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Daryle Edward Artley

Maywood, Nebraska

December 7, 1941

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
21 Navy QM2c

USS Oklahoma

Pearl harbor, Hawaii


From Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 27, 2019
USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Artley, D.)
WASHINGTON – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Quartermaster 2nd Class Daryle E. Artley, 21, of Maywood, Nebraska, killed during World War II, was accounted for July 30, 2019.

(This identification was initially published Sept. 11, 2019.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Artley was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Artley.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Artley.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Artley’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. Currently there are 72,635 still unaccounted for from World War II with approximately 30,000 assessed as possibly recoverable. Artley’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

Artley will be buried May 15, 2020, in Vancouver, Washington.

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From Patriot Guard Notice:
US Navy WWII- KIA , Quarter Master Second Class Daryle Edward Artley. QM2c Artley was aboard the USS Oklahoma, moored at Pearl Harbor when attacked by Japanese Aircraft on 7 December 1941. The USS Oklahoma subsequently sank, killing 429 Sailors and Marines. The remains of QM2c Artley were recovered from the ship and were finally identified on 30 July 2019. He was returned home on 31 December 2021. Commendations/Awards earned by QM2c Artley are the Purple Heart; Combat Action Ribbon; World War II Victory Medal; American Campaign Medal; Navy Presidential Unit Citation; Navy Good Conduct Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and Navy Expeditionary Medal. A Rolling Honor Guard Team will be bringing QM2c to the gravesite location. The US Navy Honor Guard and AMVETS Post#16 will conduct Full Military Honors.
From The Columbian columbian.com 01/03/21

Woodland sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack laid to rest
By Lauren Ellenbecker, Columbian staff writer
Published: January 3, 2022, 6:10pm

Daryle Artley of Woodland was 21 years old when he was killed at Pearl Harbor. Nearly 80 years later, his remains have come home.

Artley was a U.S. Navy quartermaster second class when he was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma. The battleship was stationed off Ford Island at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, when it was struck by eight torpedoes within 10 minutes — quickly causing it to capsize.

Artley died in the attack and was placed in an unmarked grave until modern forensic science identified his body in 2019.

An intimate group of family members and local veterans organizations gathered Monday in Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver to honor the fallen sailor at a repatriation service.

Adam Dunn, Artley’s great-nephew, attended the ceremony with his wife, mother and children. He said seeing Artley brought home reestablished a sense of relief for his family. Although Artley’s descendants never knew him, Dunn gained an understanding of what his great-uncle was like.

Through family accounts, Dunn learned that Artley could do it all: play music, dance and play sports. He was a golden boy. It was comforting to know that he would be buried next to his parents, Maude and Robert, Dunn said.

Artley’s journey home was originally scheduled for May 2020 but was delayed because of flight restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. He was officially brought back to the Pacific Northwest on Dec. 31.

The Navy honor guard paid tribute to Artley and was joined by local veterans organizations. Motorcyclists from the Patriot Guard Riders bore American flags and saluted Artley and his family. Members from the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors attended the service on behalf of family members from other Pearl Harbor service members.

“If we can make the small sacrifice to be out here on a rainy day to see the internment of one of my shipmates come back home is well worth it,” Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors Chaplain Anne Beaton said.

Penny Ross, secretary of SDPHS, said losing someone and never knowing where they are is devastating for the fallen service member’s family. The descendants of Pearl Harbor military personnel aim to ensure that others don’t forget the sacrifices the sailors and soldiers made to uphold democracy, she said.

The overwhelming respect and support that the local organizations showed for Artley made Dunn emotional.

“Until (that day), they’ve never even heard the man’s name,” he said.

The sailor
Artley was born in Maywood, Neb., and moved to Woodland when he was a teenager. He and his younger brother, Richard, both served the U.S. Navy with their friend Francis Dick. All the men were from Woodland and served aboard the USS Oklahoma. Only Richard survived.

Out of more than 1,200 crew members, Artley and 428 other men were killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma.

In the years following the attack, those who died were buried in the Halawa and Nu’uanu cemeteries in Honolulu. Only 41 crewmen were identified and had marked graves. The rest, including Artley, were buried without anyone knowing their name and were placed in plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

They remained in the unmarked graves, in a place that wasn’t home.

However, the Department of Defense approved a disinterment of the crew members in 2015; this time, forensic scientists were able to discover new identities through modern DNA technology. Out of the 394 left to be identified, 346 were given back their names.

Artley was one of them.

“For him to finally come home is wonderful,” Ross said. “At least this is a closure to today.”

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