"Unknown Sailor" Laid To Rest in Pearl Harbor

Mar 10, 2016 7:54 PM by News Staff

At the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific several graves used to hold the unidentified remains of hundreds of sailors who were killed aboard the USS Oklahoma.

Vernon Luke's remains were in one of those graves.

Luke was a 43-year-old Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class. The husband and father from Green Bay, Wisconsin, also served in World War I. He died when

Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. For more than 70 years, Luke's family didn't know what happened to his remains. On Wednesday he was buried with full military honors.

"We finally are able to recognize him individually for his efforts. It took a long time but it's nice knowing we did the right thing," said Rear Adm. John Fuller, Cmdr. of Navy Region Hawaii.


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