ALBANY, N.Y. – The remains of a New York sailor killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago are scheduled to arrive in his upstate hometown for burial.
Alfred Wells, of Syracuse, was 32 when he was among the 429 crew members of the USS Oklahoma killed on Dec. 7, 1941.
His unidentified body was eventually recovered from the ship during World War II and buried with the remains of hundreds of shipmates in a Hawaii cemetery. The U.S. military dug up the remains of the Oklahoma unknowns last year and began the identification process.
The Pentagon announced last week that Wells' remains had been identified. A coffin bearing his remains is scheduled to arrive at the Syracuse airport late Friday morning.
His funeral service is Saturday followed by burial in a veterans' cemetery in Syracuse.