Elizabethon Sailor Killed in Pearl Harbor Laid to Rest This Week

An Elizabethton sailor killed at Pearl Harbor will finally be laid to rest.

It took 78 years, but the remains of U.S. Navy Seaman 2nd Class William Campbell of Elizabethton were finally identified earlier this year. Campbell was serving on the USS Oklahoma when it was hit, taking 429 lives. Back in 2015, the government started exhuming the remains of the 400-plus unidentified soldiers for examination.

Campbell was finally identified in May and will be laid to rest this week. Governor Bill Haslam has declared Friday a day of mourning and has ordered flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset.