LARAMIE, Wyo. — A sailor who died during the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor has been laid to rest in Wyoming.
The Laramie Boomerang reports that there was a robust turnout for the burial of Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class George Hanson on Saturday even though only one person in the crowd professed to having ever possibly met him.
He was among the 429 crewmembers killed when the battleship capsized after being hit by aerial torpedoes during the raid on military installations in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.
The Laramie Veterans Honor Guard and Patriot Guard Riders were among those who joined Hanson’s family at the graveside service and internment in Greenhill Cemetery.
It was officiated by Navy Chaplain Mark Cox who described the service as an event to find “healing for America.”
Hanson was among the 429 crewmembers killed when the battleship Oklahoma capsized after being hit during the 1941 attack in Hawaii.
His remains were identified in December.