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Thomas Hembree
Apprentice Seaman - Navy
Thomas Hembree
Assigned: USS Curtiss
Highest Rank: Apprentice Seaman
Location of Service: Hawaii
Gender: male
From City: Kennewick
From State: Washington
Date Deceased: 12/1941

Awards and Citations

  • Purple Heart Medal

My War Stories
1941 Thomas Hembree served on the USS Curtiss. Only 17 years old, he had been stationed in Pearl Harbor for only a few days before the Japanese attack. He was buried in a grave marked "Unknown" until 2002 when his remains were finally identified. He was the first Unknown from the Pearl Harbor attack whose remains were identified.

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Thomas Hembree, age 17 Thomas Hembree, age 17