Sailor Killed At Pearl Harbor Returned to Mississippi

Jim Johnston Naval Air Station Meridian Funeral Detail Sailors carry the remains of Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Johnston at the Jackson-Evers International Airport. Johnston, a Mississippi native, died at the attack on Pearl Harbor on the USS Oklahoma. His remains were recently identified through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that exhumed remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. He will be buried Dec. 7 with full military honors in Brookhaven, Miss. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Liaghat/Released)

Wesson, MS  —  A big show of support in a small town for a hero who died long before most of those people were born.  The remains of a Mississippi sailor were brought home to Wesson on Pearl Harbor Day.

Hundreds lined the streets and crowded into the cemetery for Jim Johnston’s funeral exactly 75 years after he was killed. Johnston, a Mississippi native, died at the attack on Pearl Harbor on the USS Oklahoma.

Johnston’s nephew, Frank Springs, was only three-years-old when Pearl Harbor was attacked.  And he says he never thought this day would come.

He will be buried Dec. 7 with full military honors in Brookhaven, Miss.

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