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Punchbowl burials honor USS Oklahoma sailors


    Jim Temple, in background, a retired Navy chief petty officer and brother of Seaman 1st Class Robert Monroe “Bobby” Temple, saluted as his brother’s casket was presented during a reinterment ceremony Wednesday at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl. Temple was among those killed aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, at Pearl Harbor. He had been buried at Punchbowl as one of 388 “unknowns” recovered from the battleship. More photos.

The son of sharecropper farmers in Kansas, 18-year-old Robert Monroe Temple joined the Navy around 1939 for a better future. Read more

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