- Associated Press - Saturday, May 20, 2017

MONROE, Utah (AP) - A Utah solider killed in the Pearl Harbor bombing will finally get a proper funeral.

Reports say U.S. Navy identified the remains of Navy Musician 1st Class Elliott Dean Larsen when they matched his DNA with his sister and niece. He had been reported missing in action for 75 years. He died at age 25.

Larsen’s niece Lisa King says the Navy had requested DNA samples from her and her mother in 2011. She says the process has brought her closer to the uncle she never got the chance to meet.

Larsen’s remains are expected to arrive at the Salt Lake City airport on Thursday. His family is hosting a graveside service for him in his native Monroe on Friday.

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