After nearly 77 years, remains of World War II seaman finally laid to rest

A Missouri family finally laid their loved one to rest after decades of living with the unknown.


Navy Seaman 2nd Class Harold Lloyd Head was on board the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor when the ship was sunk by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941.

The Oklahoma lost 429 crewmen that day, including Head.

For decades, his family cherished invaluable keepsakes, like letters from Head's mother to the Navy.

For nearly 77 years, the Navy didn't have the ability to answer her request — until now.

While Head's remains had been classified as nonrecoverable for decades, recent DNA testing made it possible to identify him and to bring his body home.

Head finally was laid to rest in Laclede, Missouri, with full military honors.

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