Kentucky soldier's body headed home decades after Pearl Harbor attack

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNN) -- A Kentucky man who was killed and officially declared lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor has been found after 76 years.

Months of extensive DNA testing has confirmed that the soldier's remains have been recovered and they're on their way home for a proper burial.

Samuel Warwick Crowder was a 35 year old Petty Officer 3rd Class from Louisville as a firefighter on the U.S.S. Oklahoma.

He was among the more than 400 sailors and marines who died in the 1941 attack.

The next step will now be funeral services with full military honors for the Navy fireman.

His remains were recovered and identified thanks to the work being done by the DPAA (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency).

Officials with the group will be meeting with Crowder's living family to tell them more about their ancestor.



 
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