Funeral services for a Pearl Harbor veteran who died in January were held Tuesday.
Devin Pulvin went missing while serving as a master sergeant in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and his body was never found. Pulvin’s family said that Pearl Harbor was the last war he wanted to serve.
“It’s very special that my father is coming home. We’re very grateful for that. A lot of veterans don’t get that opportunity. When I was a little girl, I got goosebumps when he was on those [studies] in Pearl Harbor,” said his daughter, Michelle Keith.
A Navy team determined in 2014 that Pulvin’s body would not be recovered.
His remains were transported from a cemetery in California to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, where they were being transferred in a ceremony Tuesday evening.
“On this day the remembrance of our past conflicts is forever alive for us. From Pearl Harbor and our cold war to Afghanistan and Iraq. Our service men and women return from battle each day in the U.S. with the scars of their recent experience imprinted in their heart and souls,” said First Lady Karen Pence, through a prepared statement.
The service included a full uniformed honor guard.
The US president’s uncle was also killed in Pearl Harbor, the Pentagon confirmed last month.
Navy Petty Officer Harold James “Hank” Wilson died in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, along with the rest of his unit, when they were attacked by Japanese forces in Pearl Harbor. Wilson’s remains had never been found and the Pentagon said they had remained undiscovered for more than 70 years.
US President Donald Trump released a statement on Wilson’s death, “With great sadness, I am so sad to learn of the passing of my uncle, Harold James ‘Hank’ Wilson, a hero of Pearl Harbor. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loving family.”
Pulvin will be buried with full military honors.
A GoFundMe has been set up for Pulvin’s family.
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