The U.S. National Park Service of Honolulu, Hawaii, has chosen the St. Charles Chapter (known as the Fernando de Leyba Chapter) of the Sons of the American Revolution, Missouri SAR Society, to partner on a research project, according to a press release.
Daniel Martinez, National Park Service historian, and Mike Wenger, historian and author, visited with chapter members on March 10 to discuss the purposed multi-year research project.
Volunteers from the local SAR Chapters and Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters will research the personnel records of all the 1,177 sailors who perished on the USS Arizona during the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Martinez advised that some of the names and ranks on the Memorial Wall at Pearl Harbor are incorrect.
The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter will be leading the project locally to verify the records of the Military Records Center in St. Louis, under the supervision of Mike Wenger. Wenger is under contract with the National Park Service and will be the on-site authority for the required information that needs to be retrieved from the Records Center.
This project was first discussed two years ago, when SAR Member Charles Lilly met with Paul DePrey, Superintendent of the World War II Valor in Pacific National Monument (formerly known as the USS Arizona Memorial), while visiting Pearl Harbor.
The project is estimated to start in July 2014.
The Fernando de Leyba SAR Chapter meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday evening of each month, except July and August, at Culpepper’s in St. Charles.