Total Killed Aboard the U.S.S. Arizona
Total Crew Recovered & Identified
Total Crew Unrecovered from the U.S.S. Arizona

December 7th, 1941…. “a date which will live in infamy”……
Today, we now have the opportunity and the technology to begin identifying 85 crew members removed from the U.S.S. Arizona and currently buried in commingled graves labeled only as “unknown” at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. They have been left as “unknown” for way too long and it’s finally time to bring them home.

DPAA / Navy / Marines Project Numbers (Reported Monthly)

Last Update: July 5, 2024

Minimum Crew Represented by DNA to Begin (60% DoD Threshold Requirement)
Total Crew Represented by DNA on File at AFDIL Lab (Fully Completed DNA/FRS Process)
% Towards DoD "643" Threshold Goal

“Operation 85” Project Numbers (Reported Daily)

Last Update: July 24, 2024

Total OP85 Family Members Participating
Total of Crew Represented by at least 1 OP85 Family Member w/viable DNA (Completed or in Process)
OP85 % of Crew Represented Towards DoD Threshold Goal

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“Operation 85”
A Call For Help

Dear friends:

My name is Kevin Kline, and I am the Executive Director of the U.S.S. Arizona “Operation 85”.  I am also the great nephew of GM2c Robert Edwin Kline USN, who was killed December 7, 1941 aboard the U.S.S. Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor. My uncle’s remains, along with 1071 of his fellow shipmates, were never recovered.

“Operation 85” is a mission to identify through DNA, the 85 (or more) U.S.S. Arizona crew members, both U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps members, whose graves have been commingled, marked as “unknown” and buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hi.  I am writing to you to ask for help with outreach and awareness as we try every effort we can to reach and locate other family members for this important undertaking. Help could be something as simple as just sharing this website on your social media or within a group email list.

Most people assume that all of the unrecovered crew are entombed within the U.S.S. Arizona and rest underneath the Arizona Memorial, but this is not true.  There are multiple commingled graves 10 miles away from the ship marked simply as “Unknown USS Arizona”.  Other WW2 ships recently have had very successful projects of matching DNA to the remains of family members for positive identification.  However, one of the most iconic battleships in naval history, continues to be pushed aside and overlooked.  Why?

As director of this volunteer, civilian endeavor, we are working hand in hand with the United States Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the National Park Service, the US Navy & Marine Corps Casualty Office and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner’s System.  However, the effort for outreach and awareness to meet the threshold for family DNA participation has fallen directly on the family members.  Our goal is to find other family members of the 1072 unrecovered  U.S.S. Arizona crew members, so they can provide a family DNA sample to the Armed Forces Medical Examiners System and ultimately help identify the unknowns.

Your assistance could help change the trajectory of this mission’s outcome, and help accelerate the removal of the word “unknown” from these past American heroes.  It’s time to bring these American service member’s home!

Again, simply sharing this website could result in another family member seeing it and coming forward to help identify another hero of the U.S.S. Arizona.

I hope you’ll continue to share our message and our success, as we work together to identify the “unknowns” of the most iconic battleship in naval history,  the U.S.S. Arizona BB-39.

Sincerely yours,

Kevin D. Kline
Executive Director
The U.S.S. Arizona “Operation 85”

Meet the Crew

In 2015, Bobbie Jo Buel from Tuzson, Arizona, started a project to research and write a biography about each crew member killed aboard the U.S.S. Arizona on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona. Her amazing work was completed just in time for the memorials opening and is being published and preserved on this website. As we meet and discover new family members during “Operation 85”, the task of telling these servicemen’s story will always be a “work in progress”. Please reach out if you have any information, pictures or documents to share about a particular service member aboard the U.S.S. Arizona.

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The History of the USS Arizona Unknowns
& “Operation 85”

Our Mission

The mission of "Operation 85" is to identify the "unknown" American service members from the U.S.S. Arizona buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hi.
It all starts and stops here. We need a large family participation to make this opportunity a reality. And this window of opportunity is getting smaller and smaller with each generation that passes. Thank you to all the families that have already selflessly donated their DNA sample in an attempt to identify and match the unknown crew members.
Museums, parks, schools, military and veterans associations, etc... are all getting on board to spread the word and help us to find the family members of the unknown U.S.S. Arizona crew members. You can be a partner simply by sharing this page on your social media or through email. Please help us bring these unknowns home.
We've set a goal to acquire the minimum number of family member DNA samples required to have the DPAA announce the start of the "85 unknowns" identification process BY or BEFORE the 85th anniversary of the attack on Pear Harbor; December 7, 2026.
For family members, providing your DNA sample is crucial to match the unknowns. We can't do this without you. For non-family members, you can support our site and project by spreading the word on your social media and sending the website link to everyone on your email list. You can also buy a shirt or souvenir from our website store.

Stay Updated!

If you would like periodic updates on our progress, or would like to just reach out to us with a comment or suggestion , please message us below!
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Submitting your DNA Sample to the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

It's Simple - Secure and Free of Charge! It takes only 5-10 minutes of your time to give closure to 1072 Crew Members and their families. You could potentially identify your family member as well.

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Lou Conter, Last Surviving USS Arizona Crew Member Dies at 102

Lou Conter, Last Surviving USS Arizona Crew Member Dies at 102

For Immediate Release: SPRINGFIELD, VA, Lou Conter, the final survivor of the U.S.S. Arizona, the Navy battleship famously sunk during the Pearl Harbor attack, passed ...