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After 77 years the remains of soldier killed at Pearl Harbor come home to family in North Carolina


By Adriana Mendez

FRANKLIN, N.C. (WLOS) — An American hero is finally laid to rest in the mountains after being killed in action during World War II.

"It's just so awe-inspiring, the turnout here, and the streets lined with people," said Jack Overly, the nephew of Frank Wood.

Navy Seaman Second Class Frank Wood, only 25 years old at the time of his death, was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago.

DNA testing made it possible for him to finally be laid to rest with Macon County family.

The family of Frank Wood says the burial of the soldier's remains brought them a sense of closure, as Wood was laid to rest Carsons Cemetery.

His body was escorted by a patriot guard through the town of Franklin to his final resting place

The veteran was buried with full military honors in front of family, friends and community members.

About 100 people where in attendance, many of them military veterans who never knew Frank Wood, but felt it was important to honor a fallen hero as he comes home.

Wood was aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma on December 7 1941 when the battleship was struck by torpedoes and capsized. His remains were among those not identified until 2015 when they were sent out for DNA analysis.

The family says they are thankful for the overwhelming support.

"It's such an emotional thing, but I guess you can use the word closure. It's more than that. It's just something we thought would never happen," Overly said.

Frank Wood was from Jackson, Ohio but was laid to rest in Macon County, next to family members.

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