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Serviceman killed in Pearl Harbor attack laid to rest

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Navy Fireman First Class Charles R. Ogle. Credit: KMOV Navy Fireman First Class Charles R. Ogle. Credit: KMOV
SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

A US Serviceman who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor was buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors on Monday.

Navy Fireman First Class Charles R. Ogle from Southern Missouri died fighting for his country in December 1941.

“He enlisted right out of high school, he was in the Navy for two years before Pearl Harbor,” said Ogle’s nephew Donald Smith.

Smith says his uncle was 20-years-old when he died aboard the USS Oklahoma. A Japanese aircraft attacked the ship, killing 429 crewmen.

“My mom. aunt, both aunts referred to him often, no closure, they missed him dearly,” said Smith.

Ogle’s remains weren’t identified until recently.

Smith and other family members were on hand for the burial.

“I had no clue it would be this great, that there would be this much honor paid here and at the funeral home,” said Smith.

Smith said more than 75 years after his death, they finally could give his uncle the celebration of his life he says he deserved.

The Department of Defense says more than 72,000 Americans who served in World War Two are unaccounted for.

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