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’42 Aggie Identified, Will Be Buried On Pearl Harbor Day

Susan "Sue" Owen '94 December 6, 2019 10:16 AM updated: December 6, 2019 10:32 AM


A Class of '42 Aggie will be laid to rest in his hometown 78 years to the day after he was killed in Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

Family learned in March that World War II remains had been identified as Victor Pat Tumlinson ’42, a 19-year-old Navy fire controlman serving on the USS Oklahoma. The ship was torpedoed Dec. 7, 1941, in the attack that killed over 2,300 Americans.

Military graveside services will be held Dec. 7, 2019, in Raymondville, Texas.

KRGV-TV in Weslaco reported in October that about 40 family members were coming to Raymondville for Tumlinson’s arrival and a celebration was planned.

From KURV-AM in McAllen: “Since 1947, his then-unidentified remains had been buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. But in 2015, the remains were among dozens that were disinterred for analysis.”

From the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s news release:

Navy Fire Controlman 3rd Class Victor P. Tumlinson, killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 8, 2019.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Tumlinson was assigned to the 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 Tumlinson.

In 2015, DPAA disinterred remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission.

Tumlinson's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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