A tiny Minnesota town is getting its war hero back

There'll be a funeral for him more than 75 years after he died.

A small town in southern Minnesota is holding a funeral for Glaydon Iverson Saturday – 75 years after he died.

Iverson was one of the American sailors killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. His remains were only recently identified and on Thursday they were returned to family members.

Who was he?

The 24-year-old from Emmons, Minnesota was a Fireman Third Class aboard the USS Oklahoma, his obituary relates.

There were 429 people who died when the Oklahoma capsized after being hit by torpedoes. It took years to recover them from the harbor and most of their remains could not be identified.

At least not until recently. There have been a lot of advancements in DNA testing since World War II. A couple years ago the POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed those unidentified remains, which had been buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

Uncle Glaydon comes home

Gary Iverson told the Albert Lea Tribune it was just a few weeks after he returned from the 75th anniversary ceremonies at Pearl Harbor that he got the call about his uncle. Scientists had positively identified Glaydon's remains.

"It's nice to have closure," Gary Iverson told the Tribune. "It's closure we never thought we'd have."

A plan was set in motion to return the remains to Emmons, a town near the Iowa border with population of 386.

A plane landed in the Twin Cities Thursday and those remains were turned over to Iverson's family members. WCCO says veterans groups escorted the family on the 100 mile drive back to Emmons.

A funeral service with full military honors will be held for Iverson at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Emmons Lutheran Church.

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