Sailor's brother wants everyone to have a chance to pay respects

Sailor's visitation was held at Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Sailor's visitation was held at Wings of Honor Museum in Walnut Ridge. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Ken Tipton (Source: KAIT-TV)
Ken Tipton (Source: KAIT-TV)

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT) - The remains of a Region 8 native killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor were flown back Wednesday night to Northeast Arkansas.

Ken Tipton said he would have been more than satisfied laying his brother to rest with a small service. But after receiving a picture, he realized he wasn't the only one who needed this closure.

Ken Tipton now lives in Florida and much of his side of the family is far from the Opposition Cemetery near Ravenden, where Glen Tipton will be laid to rest beside his mother.

After getting a picture of Glen Tipton's soon-to-be grave site with flowers on it, he knew there were so many more family members and friends who wanted a chance to pay their respects.

"They had the right to have some closure," Ken Tipton said. "I did not know a single one of them, I don't even know all of the Tipton and the Huffstetler side that were first cousins, but they needed to have that closure as much and it would not be fair to them."

U.S. Navy Seaman First Class Henry Glenn Tipton's remains arrived on a C-130 aircraft at Walnut Ridge Regional Airport at approximately 7 p.m., according to a news release.

The Navy escorted Tipton's coffin to Memphis International Airport. Originally, plans called for his body to be brought to the area by hearse. But the 189th Airlift Wing of the Air National Guard offered its services to deliver Tipton back home.

Tipton, who was a Randolph County native, died during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor when his ship, the USS Oklahoma, was struck and capsized.

His remains and many others lost on the ship remained unknown until recently when they were identified through DNA technology.

Visitation for Tipton was held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Wings of Honor WWII Museum, 70 Beacon Road in Walnut Ridge. The public is invited.

The family had several pictures and artifacts on display, and a representative from Senator John Boozman's office presented the family with Glenn Tipton's medals.

Ken Tipton said they had over 150 people stop in at the visitation. And they're expecting an even larger crowd to honor Glenn Tipton at the funeral service.

That service will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the museum. Tipton will be laid to rest at the Opposition Cemetery near Ravenden.

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