By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A Minnesota sailor killed in World War II has been found and accounted for, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Laverne A. Nigg, of Browns Valley, was killed Dec. 7, 1941 aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma, when the ship and the harbor were attacked by Japanese aircraft.

In the years following Pearl Harbor, the Navy recovered the remains of killed crew members and they were interred at the Halawa and Nu’uanu cemeteries.

A number of sailors remained unidentified for years, as laboratory staffers in the late ’40s could only confirm the identities of 35 soldiers from the USS Oklahoma. They were buried in a number of plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

(credit: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency)

In the last decade, the DPAA exhumed the unknown remains from that cemetery (also known as the “Punchbowl”) for analysis, using techniques such as mitochondrial DNA, Y chromosome DNA, and autosomal DNA.

It was through that analysis that Nigg’s remains were confirmed and accounted for. His remains will be buried in his hometown Browns Valley in June.