The library's flags are flying at half-staff today in honor of Navy Fireman 3c Gerald George Lehman, of Calumet, Michigan. F3c Lehman was killed aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, and his unidentified remains were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.
In recent years, the U.S. military has been using advances in DNA techniques to identify previously unknown remains and return them to family members. Using DNA harvested from the envelope flaps of letters that F3c Lehman had sent home to his family during the war, a positive match was recently made and F3c Lehman's remains were returned to his family for burial. (You can read more about how this identification was made by clicking here.)
Gerald George Lehman's remains will be laid to rest with military honors today in Hancock, Michigan.