WASHINGTON — Seventy-eight years after he died at Pearl Harbor, a Marine from Indiana is coming home.
Private First Class Marley Arthurholtz was born in Indianapolis in July 1920 and moved to South Bend as a child.
He was one of 429 crewmen to die aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941.
PFC Arthurholtz was not seen again after the Oklahoma sank. He was declared dead in Jan. 1942, according to US Navy records.
The remains recovered from the Oklahoma were interred in mass graves on the island of Oahu.
In 1949, a military board deemed the remains of those who could not be identified as, “non-recoverable.” That stance changed in 2015 when the remains were exhumed for DNA testing.
In September, Arthurholtz was identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The agency ID’d him by using DNA and dental analysis.
Arthurholtz will be buried Nov. 30 in Granger.
(Photo provided by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.)