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Killed at Pearl Harbor, World War II sailor comes home

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— A Saturday funeral is slated for an Alabama sailor killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor nearly 80 years ago.

New outlets reported Friday the graveside service was planned for Johnnie Cornelius Laurie of Bessemer. He was a 25-year-old Navy mess attendant on board the battleship Oklahoma when it was hit by multiple torpedoes on Dec. 7, 1941.

More than 400 crew members died, and many of their bodies were interred in cemeteries in Hawaii.

Laurie’s remains were among those that couldn’t initially be identified.

The military recovered remains in 2015 and began using DNA testing and other methods for identification.

The Navy says Laurie’s remains were identified earlier this year.

Laurie's only living brother, Elmer White, says he's glad his brother is home.

Saturday would have been Laurie’s 103rd birthday.

Fair winds and following seas, Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class George Hanson. (Coast Guard image)
Pearl Harbor sailor buried

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.

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