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Robert "Bobby" Temple was a 19-year-old aboard the USS Oklahoma. (Credit: Temple Family) Robert "Bobby" Temple was a 19-year-old aboard the USS Oklahoma. (Credit: Temple Family)
O'FALLON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

After 75 years of uncertainty, closure comes for one local family.

The remains of a local sailor killed at Pearl Harbor have been identified.

Robert "Bobby" Temple was a 19-year-old aboard the USS Oklahoma.

In 2015, the Navy started using DNA to identify remains of the crew buried in a mass grave.

Temple's surviving brother lives in O'Fallon, Mo. and his sister lives in Tennessee.

"Mixed feelings, elation they'd identified it and said," said Jim Temple, the brother of Bobby Temple.

"Oh my, I was stunned, there's something that was just so stunning to it, and felt real wholesome closure," said John Temple, the nephew of Bobby Temple.

There will be a memorial service for Seaman First Class Temple on Saturday, June 17 at 11 a.m. at the Faith Family Church in Shiloh.

All are welcomed to attend.

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