75 Years After Pearl Harbor, Sailor's Remains Returned to Arlington Family

A headstone for Navy Seaman 1st Class George Anderson Coke Jr. has sat on an empty plot beside his parents’ graves for more than five decades in the Parkdale Cemetery in Arlington.The sailor, one of the 429 killed at Pearl Harbor in 1941, will finally be laid to rest Saturday. His remains were flown from Hawaii and arrived Friday morning as a dozen family members stood on the tarmac of DFW International Airport to welcome him home.“It’s closure,” said H. Milton Coke Jr., Coke’s next of kin and nephew who was born after he died. “All of my life I’ve heard about Uncle George, and now he’s finally back home.”His uncle was only 18 when Japanese torpedoes sank the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941. His body was buried with other unknowns in Hawaii and twice was disinterred for identification.  Continue reading...

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