Walter B. Manning, who was Blanchard’s shipmate on the U.S.S. Oklahoma when the Pearl Harbor attack took place, is the last Georgian whose remains have not been identified and returned home.
In a recent push to connect remains to names, the department identified Georgians John M. Donald from Cherokee County in 2018; Archie Callahan Jr. from Atlanta in 2017; and Julian B. Jordan of southwest Georgia, in 2016.
There are six Georgians who will never come home. The men — Asbury L. Booze, Hiram D. Harris, Robert L. Mims, Harvey L. Pike, Lewis J. Pike and Robert G. Thompson — are among the 900 entombed in the U.S.S. Arizona,the most heavily damaged ship on that infamous day.
What is left of the Arizona lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor. The Navy has declared it a graveyard. The hull is still visible under the clear Pacific, and thousands daily visit the Arizona Memorial.