He Died at 30 at Pearl Harbor, and Is Finally Home

Fred M. Jones buried with military honors in the family's Michigan cemetery plot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 22, 2017 12:05 AM CDT
Sailor Killed at Pearl Harbor Finally Buried in Michigan
Helen Kellie Cosner, granddaughter of US Navy sailor Fred M. Jones, weeps as she holds her grandfather's burial flag.   (Jake May)

A Michigan sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor has been buried with military honors in the family's cemetery plot in Port Huron. More than 300 people attended Saturday's funeral services for Fred M. Jones after his casket was escorted from a Detroit-area airport, MLive.com reports. Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home said in a statement earlier this month that the Navy recently identified Jones' remains. The 30-year-old machinist's first mate was aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, reports the AP.

Helen Kellie Cosner said Saturday that the turnout for her grandfather's services was "overwhelming." "I've always been so proud of my grandfather," Cosner said. "Throughout my life, I told anyone who would listen. I don't have the words to tell you how happy this makes me. Truly, this is an honor. " (Read more Pearl Harbor stories.)

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