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Remains of World War II sailor to be laid to rest in dignified transfer

Seaman 1st Class William Brooks
Posted at 6:19 AM, Jul 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-12 16:33:31-04

BALTIMORE — The remains of a world war two sailor killed in the attack at Pearl Harbor will be flown to Baltimore to be laid to rest.

Seaman First Class William Brooks served on the USS Oklahoma. He was just 19 years old when he was killed.

His remains were buried in a national memorial cemetery in Honolulu in 1947.

In 2015, scientists exhumed those remains in an effort to identify them.

Brooks has family in Maryland. His remains were flown to BWI airport on Tuesday, July 5, around 8:30 p.m.

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The honor guard included members of the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport Fire and Rescue Department, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the TSA and Southwest Airlines.

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His body will be escorted to Singleton Funeral Home in Glen Burnie where a dignified transfer ceremony will happen.

On Saturday, almost 100 years from the day he was born, Brooks will be laid to rest next to his brother in Glen Haven Memorial Park on Ritchie highway with full military honors.