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Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor, Marine who died in Battle of Tarawa are identified

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday it has identified the remains of a sailor and a Marine more than 75 years after they were killed by the Japanese in World War II.

Seaman 2nd Class Lloyd R. Timm, 19, of Kellogg, Minn., was accounted for on Sept. 27, the Honolulu-based agency said in a statement. He and hundreds of others died at Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Oklahoma when the battleship was hit by multiple torpedoes and capsized on Dec. 7, 1941.

Timm’s remains were among those recovered from the Oklahoma between December 1941 and June 1944 and eventually interred in Honolulu’s National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl.

Seaman 2nd Class Lloyd R. Timm, 19, of Kellogg, Minn., died at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, aboard the USS Oklahoma when the battleship was hit by multiple Japanese torpedoes and capsized on Dec. 7, 1941.

In 2015, DPAA exhumed those remains and Timm was identified by scientists using dental, anthropological and DNA analysis, the statement said.

He is scheduled to be reburied May 25 — Memorial Day — in Wabasha, Minn.

Gunnery Sgt. Arthur B. Summers, 27, of Washington state, was identified on Oct. 17 using “laboratory analysis,” a separate DPAA statement said.

Summers, assigned to Company I, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, was killed during an amphibious assault on Betio Island on Nov. 23, 1943 — the fourth day of the Battle of Tarawa.

His remains were buried on the island and later recovered by the nonprofit History Flight, said the statement, which did not mention reburial information.

More than 72,600 U.S. service members remain unaccounted for from WWII, according to DPAA. About 30,000 of those have been assessed as “possibly recoverable.”

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Kentucky American Legion hosting veterans expo

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The American Legion Department of Kentucky’s District 9 is bringing together dozens of veterans service organizations on Jan. 11 to provide a variety of services and information for veterans and their families.

The Veterans Resource Expo will take place in Ashland, Ky., from noon-5 p.m. at Clarence Fields American Legion Post 76, 405 20th St. The organizations at the event will provide resources that include housing and homeless assistance, employment assistance, community outreach, mental health and overall health screenings in mobile units, and help with veterans benefits and Department of Veterans Affairs resources.

The event also will include a chili contest for local community members and organizations that also will provide a free meal to those attending the expo.

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Alumni speakers sought for 75th Boys Nation

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The 2020 session of American Legion Boys Nation will be the 75th edition of one of the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. To commemorate the event, alumni speakers are being sought for the session, which takes place July 17-24 at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

For more information, contact Boys Nation Program Director Scott Wynn at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Legion presenting transition workshop at Fort Hood

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The American Legion will present a transition and employment workshop for servicemembers from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Phantom Warrior Center at Fort Hood, Texas.

The event will include a military-to-civilian translation résumé workshop; a financial literacy workshop; a federal résumé workshop; a networking reception with employer panel on how to succeed at networking events; a LinkedIn workshop; and American Legion department service officer claims briefing and assistance.

To register, go to

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Veterans outreach coming to Vermont

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Department of Vermont Legionnaires are conducting a district revitalization and veterans outreach effort Jan. 11 in and around Bennington and Rutland counties. Legionnaires will be on hand to discuss veterans benefits, the Legion’s legislative efforts, membership opportunities and service to the community.

The effort will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at both American Legion Post 69, 54 Legion Road, Arlington; and at Crippen-Fellows Post 50, 378 Route 4A, Castleton.

A veterans service officer will be available at both locations to discuss claims and other Department of Veterans Affairs benefits-related questions.

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