Remains of WWII sailor from Corwith identified

CORWITH – The remains of a World War II U.S. serviceman who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 have been identified. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains are those of Navy Reserve Musician 1st Class Henri Clay Mason, 48, of Corwith, Iowa.

Mason was accounted for on March 26, 2018.

According to a press release, on Dec. 7, 1941, Mason 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 Mason.

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.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks.

The complete story is in the Dec. 5 Leader.