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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Never forget.

The remains of Herbert John Hoard, Chief Storekeeper on the U.S. Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, were identified by DNA and other means.

Elbert Hoard of Fayette, the oldest surviving relative (nephew), was notified by the U.S. Navy on March 23, 2016.

Herbert John Hoard was born in DeSoto, Mo., to William H. and Hattie Vinyard Hoard, June 13, 1905. His deceased brothers were Homer, Walter, Robert and Roscoe.

The military service will be conducted by Fr. Dylan Schrader on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Dietrich Funeral Home in DeSoto, Mo., with burial next to his parents at Victoria Cemetery near Victoria, Mo., by the U.S. Navy. His remains will be flown from Hawaii to St. Louis, Mo., then to DeSoto, Mo.

Herbert enlisted in the Navy Oct. 25, 1923, at St. Louis. Herbert served on the U.S.S. Mississippi and many other ships. He had a girlfriend he planned on marrying when this last tour ended and he was discharged. He died on the battleship Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.