Historians seek unrecovered Japanese soldiers from Pearl Harbor attack

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It’s been 68 years since World War II came to an end. Back then, Japan and America were not just from the opposite sides of the Pacific. Both were also from opposing ideologies. Japan was part of the Axis Powers while America was on the side of the Allied Forces. But now both have become allies and historians from Pacific National Monument in Hawaii want to find out what happened to the unaccounted Japanese soldiers from the attacks on Pearl Harbor.

After the war, the bodies of Japanese soldiers recovered were repatriated to Japan. However, there were 29 airmen and 4 sailors that were never found. Without information, the soldiers were believed lost in the Pacific Ocean. However, four of the airmen were considered to be buried in unmarked graves on Ewa Beach on the island of Oahu, where Pearl Harbor is also located. “For a long time, we didn’t even know the names,” confessed Daniel Martinez, the chief historian at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Martinez added that during the early years of the post-war period, historians did not bother about the unknown soldiers “because of the nature of the attack.”...

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