TEXARKANA, Texas(KTAL/KMSS) – A Little River County, Arkansas sailor who died when Pearl Harbor was attacked back in 1941 and declared lost at sea has been identified with advanced technology.
Fireman First Class Samuel Cyrus Steiner went missing during World War II. According to an obituary, on December 7, 1941, he was killed while serving his country in the U.S. Navy.
Steiner entered the U.S. Navy from Arkansas, and served aboard the USS Oklahoma when it sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. His remains were recovered from the ship, but could not be identified at the time. He was buried as an “unknown” at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii until his remains were finally identified on April 16, 2020.
Steiner was awarded the Purple Heart, American Defense Service, and World Two Victory Medals. He was only 20 years old when he died.
After almost 80 years, Fireman Steiner’s body was brought to a Downtown Texarkana funeral home Thursday evening. His family will pay their last respects on Saturday during memorial services at East Funeral Home. There will also be a graveside service at TheCampground Cemetery, in Winthrop, AR.
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