DENVER (AP) – A sailor from Kansas who was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is being reburied in Colorado, not far from the remains of his family.
The body of Wallace Eakes will be buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver on Thursday.READ MORE: Straight Creek Fire Fully Contained, Local Crews To Continue Monitoring
Eakes was born and raised in Caney, Kansas. He was a sailor on the USS Oklahoma and was killed when the ship was torpedoed and sank on Dec. 7, 1941.READ MORE: Denver Prepares To Open Center To Help Student Excel In Athletics & Studies
Eakes had been buried as an unknown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, but his remains were recently identified through DNA.
His nephew and next of kin, Gary Eakes of Tacoma, Washington, decided to have his uncle’s body reburied in Colorado. Wallace Eakes’ parents and sister moved from Kansas to Colorado and are buried in a private cemetery in the area.MORE NEWS: 'Shows Our Unity': Colorado Teens Hold March For Peace To End Violence
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