Rep. Schamore pays tribute to recently identified Hawesville sailor killed during Pearl Harbor attack


Frankfort – State Rep. Dean Schamore paid tribute today to Navy Fireman 2nd Class Martin D. Young, a Hawesville sailor killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor attack.  Young’s identity – and those of five others serving with him on the USS Oklahoma – were announced this week by the federal Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

“As a Navy veteran, I am well aware of the high price so many paid at Pearl Harbor nearly 80 years ago,” Rep. Schamore said.  “I’m grateful we are able to identify those who perished there so that their families can have some closure.  People like Martin Young are the very reason why we are free.”

Young, 21, was one of 429 men on the USS Oklahoma – and one of 2,400 Americans overall – killed during the 1941 attack.  Those from his ship who could not be identified were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.  Five years ago, DPAA officials exhumed those remains and were able to use DNA and dental analysis to begin the identification process.

A funeral for Young is scheduled for May 15, 2021, in Lewisport, and Gov. Andy Beshear said today that he will order flags to be flown at half-staff that day in Young’s honor.

“There are only a handful of Pearl Harbor survivors still among us, and they’re well into their late 90s,” Rep. Schamore said.  “They and those they served with, however, will never be forgotten, and we will be forever grateful for their service.”