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Remains Of Sailor Killed In 1941 Buried In North Dakota

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MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — The remains of Navy sailor who was killed during Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor have been buried at a military cemetery in his hometown of Mandan.

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Albert Renner was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia that was hit by two bombs and at least seven torpedoes from Japanese airplanes on Dec. 7, 1941. The 24-year-old was killed along with 105 other crewmen.

The Bismarck Tribune reports Renner’s family held a funeral for him Friday at a Mandan church, and his remains were then laid to rest in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery south of the city in a military service attended by family members and others.

The Navy presented an American flag to brother Ed Renner, 99, one of 15 Renner siblings. He traveled from Milwaukee for the funeral and said he found the observance “beyond words.”

Siblings provided DNA to the military in the mid-1990s in the hopes of helping identify their late brother’s remains, but it didn’t happen until last fall.

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