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2018-02-07 / News

U.P. Pearl Harbor Victim Finally Identified

The last of three Upper Peninsula sailors killed aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma December 7, 1941 has been identified and will be interred in his hometown of Ontonagon.

Fireman Second Class Lowell Earl Valley, 19, died in the Japanese attack that drew the United States into the Second World War. His brother, Bob of Gladstone, was notified of the finding by telephone from the Navy Casualty Office in Millington, TN.

The notification procedure will involve a home visit within the next month or so, when more details will be available. Valley’s interment in the Catholic Cemetery in Ontonagon will take place in June or July.

The other Oklahoma fatalities from the U.P. were Fireman Third Class Gerald George Lehman of Hancock, who was interred in Houghton June 10, 2010, and William Michael Finnegan, a native of Bessemer who later lived in Dollar Bay.

Finnegan was posthumously promoted to Ensign and his remains were identified May 9, 2016. The Navy destroyer USS Finnegan was named after him.

One of the 12 U.P. men killed on Pearl Harbor Day was Gunner’s Mate Third Class Robert Spreeman of Newberry, who perished on the USS Arizona.

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