For 75 years his remains were unidentified.
But on Friday, a World War II sailor got the proper burial he deserved.
Navy coxswain Vern Knipp was killed December 7, 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. His body was found but never identified. Since his death, Knipp’s remains were buried at The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.
His body was exhumed two years ago, and thanks to DNA technology, his remains have finally been identified.
On Friday, family members brought Knipp home, and his 91-year-old sister Evelyn Blakely buried him at the Auburn Cemetery.
Knipp served on the U.S.S Oklahoma. The ship that sustained some of the worst damage during the attack on Pearl Harbor. His remains were buried alongside 46 other unidentified service members from the ship. He was 22 years old when he died.
His mother and sister wrote countless letters to the military hoping to find answers on his remains. More than 400,000 service men died during World War II and over 73,000 of those lost are still unaccounted for.
On this Memorial Day weekend, the navy brought another one of our hero's home to rest.