Kenneth E. Doernenburg, KIA
USN – WWII
Antigo, Wisconsin – 09-25-21
ABOUT THE MISSION:
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Navy Fireman 1st Class Kenneth E. Doernenburg, 23, of Antigo, Wisconsin, killed during World War II, was accounted for on March 25, 2021. On Dec. 7, 1941, Doernenburg was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Doernenburg. From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries. After attempts to identify the remaining crew the AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Doernenburg. Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis. F1c Kenneth E. Doernenburg’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeL4EAK
PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 09-25-21
Staging Time: 12:00
Bradley Funeral home
1550 Neva Road
Steve Boutwell Steveboutwell@outlook.com
Those not in the escort should stage at the cemetery at 12:00 noon.
Motorcycle Escort from Funeral Home
KSU 12:45 p.m.
Escort to Elmwood Cemetery W9651 Forrest Road, Antigo WI
Those not part of the escort are to stage at the cemetery at 12:00 noon.
ETA 1:00 p.m.
Graveside service with military honors.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water WILL NOT be provided, please bring your own.
Submitted By: John Curran
Position: Wisconsin State Captain
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