Walter Rogers was his name. He was from South Dakota and stationed on the USS Oklahoma.
“He was just a typical teenager. He loved cars and all things mechanical. It was during the Depression, and no one had any money. We were a very poor family, but he was an ambitious teenager. And he would scrounge around for parts for a car. And he finally was able to accumulate enough parts to make a functioning automobile.”
Scientists used mitochondrial DNA and dental analysis to identify Rogers’ remains.