World War 2 Sailor Laid To Rest In Tipton After 76 Years

All News State News Monday, October 12th, 2020

A World War 2 Sailor who died in the line of duty has finally been laid to rest in his hometown of Tipton.

Officials say Gunner’s Mate Second Class Harold Lee Dick was buried on Saturday, following a 76-year-long search for his missing remains.

Family members say Dick joined the Navy in 1941 and was 1 of 39 sailors killed when the USS Colorado was attacked by the Japanese.

His remains were lost due to a mislabel of his last name, but thanks to DNA samples from his sister and cousin, they were found in the Philippines at the Manila American Cemetery.

Dick’s remains were then flown to Kansas City and transferred to Tipton with a road ceremony performed on Highway 50, which included a flyover from the Whiteman Airforce Base.

All News State News Monday, October 12th, 2020

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