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Pearl Harbor victim reburied decades after being killed in the attack

The Navy of the V. S. pallbearers bore the remains of Wallace Eakes, a sailor who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, which was reburied with full military honors in Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado. on Thursday.

(Matt S. Williams/Ft. Logan National Cemetery Complex via AP)

A U.S. sailor who died on a warship that sank during the attack on Pearl Harbor was reportedly buried Thursday with full military honors.

The remains of Wallace Eakes, who is on the USS Oklahoma when he was 22 years old, buried on Colorado’s Fort Logan National Cemetery after positively identified in 2017 by the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, The Associated Press reported.

Eakes’ previously unidentified remains had reportedly been buried once before, in Honolulu’s National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

A family member of the veteran Gary Eakes, told the outlet that he was shocked upon learning about his uncle’s remains and eventually decided to have them reburied in Colorado since his family, who is from Kansas, had moved.

“When I spoke with my grandparents (Wallace Eakes, the parents, they never said what they should do if they found him,” Gary Eakes said. “I’m just kind of hope that’s what they wanted. That is the best I could do.”

The Navy of the V. S. pallbearers seen the folding of the flag for the sailor Wallace Eakes.

(Matt S. Williams/Ft. Logan National Cemetery Complex via AP)

A U.S. Navy officer, presents the AMERICAN Flag presentation to Wallace Eakes’ cousin and next of kin, Gary Eakes, and his sister Janice.

(Matt S. Williams/Ft. Logan National Cemetery Complex via AP)

Photos of the event show service members of the folding of an American flag that was draped over Eakes’ chest. The flag was later given to Gary.

The veteran had a Navy Storekeeper Third Class on the USS Oklahoma, according to the National Cemetery Administration’s Twitter account, which also shared a photo of Eakes’ headstone.

“Eakes was killed in action while aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was torpedoed on Dec 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor,” the post said.

Fort Logan National Cemetery will host a funeral service for the Navy Storekeeper Third Class Wallace Eakes, a second world War Veteran. Eakes was killed in action while aboard the USS Oklahoma when it was torpedoed on Dec 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor. #HonorVeterans pic.twitter.com/tFq00v0V1x

— National Cemeteries (@VANatCemeteries) June 21, 2018

He was under the 429 sailors and Marines who died on board the ship after it was attacked, according to The Associated Press.

The Oklahoma’s death, 388 were said to have been buried as unknowns in Honolulu.

In 2015, the Pentagon unearthed their remains in the hope of identifying 80 percent of them, the outlet said, adding that some of the remains, particularly those burnt to ashes, will never be identified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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