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Family Fights Navy For Return Of WWII Remains

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The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. The memorial, dedicated in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. (Photo by Ronen Zilberman/Getty Images)

The USS Arizona Memorial, located at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, marks the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors killed on the USS Arizona during the Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by Japanese imperial forces and commemorates the events of that day. The memorial, dedicated in 1962, is visited by more than one million people annually. (Photo by Ronen Zilberman/Getty Images)

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GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut family wants the return of the remains of a family member killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor nearly 72 years ago.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/18R4xpl ) that Tom Gray is fighting the Navy to retrieve the remains of his second cousin, 3rd Class Fireman Edwin Hopkins. He and his family want to bury Hopkins in a family cemetery in Keene, N.H., his hometown.

Hopkins’ remains were designated as unknown by the Navy and are buried in a casket in Hawaii with the remains of five other veterans. He was 19 when he was killed in the engine room on the USS Oklahoma.

Spokeswoman Sarah Flaherty says the Navy does not want to disturb the sanctity of the grave. She says it’s been disturbed several times.
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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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