Sailor's remains headed home after 77 years, family looking for cousins

(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: Wings of Honor Museum via Facebook)
(Source: Wings of Honor Museum via Facebook)

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - A soldier from Region 8 is finally headed home after nearly 77 years.

"They had a bunch of remains from the Oklahoma that they were not able to identify but they knew who people were on the Oklahoma," Wings of Honor Museum Founder Harold Johnson said.

Henry Glenn Tipton was one of those seamen on the USS Oklahoma on December 7, 1941.

He was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that day.

Tipton's name is in the museum as one of the 848 Arkansans whose remains were not recovered following World War II.

That changed earlier this month.

"They began to contact family members of potential matches and they took DNA samples and ran all the tests so they've identified his remains," Johnson said.

Tipton was from Randolph County and his remains are now on their way home.

"To have his remains identified and brought back here is really important and I guess you can say it brings closure that they haven't had previously," Johnson said.

A visitation for Tipton will be held at the Wings of Honor Museum on June 7.

The public is invited to come pay their respects from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Wings of Honor Museum at the Walnut Ridge Airport.

A funeral will be held June 8 and Tipton will be laid to rest beside his mother in the Opposition Cemetery near Ravenden.

Tipton's family is still working to locate and contact several of his cousins and extended family members before the funeral.

Most of them were from Randolph and Lawrence counties, but some have since moved.

The post below from the Wings of Honor Museum lists the family members they are searching for.

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