Navy sailor killed in Pearl Harbor to be buried in Patchogue on Dec. 4 after 80 years


December 7, 2021, marks the 80th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor that took the lives of 2,403 U.S. military personnel and civilians. 

Servicemen killed during the attack are still being identified to this day, and one U.S. Navy sailor’s remains are finally being brought home to Patchogue. 

Pearl Harbor Sailor Fireman 3rd Class Kenneth L. Jayne was identified on April 14, 2016, by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) after being missing from World War II. 

The Patchogue Village Board recently approved a burial event at Cedar Grove Cemetery on Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. for Jayne to be put to rest in his family plot. 

Fireman Third Class Jayne was born in Patchogue on Aug. 5, 1915. He entered the U.S. Navy from New York and served on the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) at 26 years old. 

He was aboard the battleship when they were attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. 

Jayne and 428 crewmen were killed that tragic day. 

While his remains were recovered from the ship, they could not be identified and he was first buried as an unknown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

With the help of advanced forensic techniques, the sailor’s remains were reexamined in 2015 and eventually identified. 

Continue to follow for updates on this special event.

Top: Pearl Harbor Sailor Fireman 3rd Class Kenneth L. Jayne. Photo courtesy of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

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