On Friday, July 13, the remains of Fireman 2nd Class Lowell Valley were escorted by the Patriot Guard, MN State Patrol and the Pine County Sheriff’s Office through Pine County. The transport was greeted by American Legion posts, fire departments and others, showing their respect for a fallen hero, at nearly every overpass in Pine County.
According to the Pine County Sheriff’s Office, Patriot Guard website and the American Battle Monuments Commission: Navy Fireman 2nd Class Lowell E. Valley, age 19, who was killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for. On Dec. 7, 1941, Valley was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Valley.
Valley's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, along with the others who are missing from World War II.
Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the remains of Fireman 2nd Class Lowell E. Valley were accounted for in 2018. His name is permanently inscribed in the “Courts of the Missing” at the Honolulu Memorial. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
Valley’s remains were taken to his hometown of Ontonagon, MI for visitation and graveside services. He was buried with full military honors.