Remains of sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack come home

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The remains of WWII veteran Charles Stern arrive at Albany International Airport on Friday, July 19, 2019, in Colonie, N.Y. The U.S. Navy ensign died during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. (Will Waldron/The Albany Times Union via AP)/The Albany Times Union via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The remains of a New York sailor killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 have been brought home for reburial.

A flag-draped coffin containing the remains of Charles M. Stern Jr. arrived at Albany’s airport Friday afternoon.

Stern was among the 429 crewmembers killed when the USS Oklahoma capsized after being hit by aerial torpedoes during the surprise attack on U.S. military installations in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941.

The 26-year-old ensign’s remains were among those the military had been unable to identify. They were buried in a cemetery in Hawaii until 2015, when the military began exhuming remains of the USS Oklahoma’s unknowns.

Stern, a graduate of Albany High School and Dartmouth College, joined the Navy in 1940.

He’ll be buried Sunday at a local cemetery.

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