It’s been nearly 80 years, but on Tuesday, a Utah sailor who was killed when Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor is back home.
Navy Radioman 3rd Class Theodore Q. Jensen was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. The ship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize resulting in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Jensen, who was 21.
Jensen was from Sutherland, Millard County, and graduated from Delta High School. Earlier this year, Jensen’s niece, who is 85 and remembers Jensen well, got a phone call informing her the Navy had identified his remains.
After a plane carrying Jensen’s remains landed at the Salt Lake City International Airport, they were escorted by members of the Patriot Guard to Delta, where he’ll be buried on Wednesday.