Elyria sailor laid to rest 75 years after he died at Pearl Harbor

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A son of Northeast Ohio, who died 75 years ago during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was finally laid to rest Friday.

The remains of U.S. Navy yeoman Rudy Piskuran, 19, were returned to the Cleveland area Thursday, decades after he was killed on Dec. 7, 1941.

Piskuran was on board the USS Oklahoma, when the ship capsized after being hit by Japanese torpedoes.

Friday, many local veterans’ groups and law enforcement agencies escorted Piskuran and his family from Bogner Family Funeral Home to St. Mary Cemetery in Elyria.



Piskuran was laid to rest near family members who passed away over the decades waiting for Rudy to be returned home.

His homecoming is the result of the tenacity of the U.S. Navy and the marvels of modern science. The Navy decided to use DNA testing to identify the remains of sailors who died at Pearl Harbor, but were never positively identified.

In April, the Navy notified Piskuran's family that a comparison of DNA from surviving family members with the remains of a sailor from the USS Oklahoma, confirmed that Rudy was among the 429 sailors who died on board the ship that day.

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