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Quentin John Gifford

Born 9 Feb 1919, Sibley, Osceola County, Iowa, Home in 1930: Selma Township, Cottonwood County, Minnesota.
Gender Male
Parents Frank and Electa Mae (Jackett) Gifford
Schools Attended
Branch of Service Navy
Additional Identifiers Non-commissioned Officer
Missing in Action
Killed in Action
Died in Service
Service Timeframe 1937 - 7 Dec 1941
War/Conflict World War Two 1939-1945
Principal Units and Locations

Entered service from Mankato, Minnesota.

Petty Officer 2nd Class, Radioman. (RM2) MIA USS Oklahoma following the attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor.

Military Awards and Decorations

Purple Heart.


Burial: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Plot: Courts of the Missing.

Home town at death was Mankato, Minnesota.

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The family of a sailor from Mankato killed in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor has received confirmation that exhumed remains are those of the serviceman who died at age 22.

Two surviving siblings of Radioman 2nd Class Quentin Gifford (brothers Erle G Gifford, Harold Gifford and sister June) received word this week that DNA tests they had submitted last year confirmed their brother’s identity. Eighty-year-old June Shoen cried when she received the news. Shoen, of Angle Inlet, says she and her 93-year-old brother, Harold Gifford, of Woodbury, can now have closure on the death of their sibling and make burial plans.

Quentin Gifford was killed when the USS Oklahoma capsized after being struck by torpedoes on Dec. 7, 1941. The U.S. Navy had listed Gifford as ‘lost in action.’