Re­mains of man killed at Pearl Har­bor come home

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION / AMERICAN SCENE -

CHICAGO | An Illi­nois sailor has been laid to rest near the com­mu­nity

where he grew up — more than 75 years af­ter he was killed at Pearl Har­bor.

Michael Gala­jdik was buried with full mil­i­tary honors on Satur­day at the Abra­ham Lin­coln Na­tional Ceme­tery in El­wood.

The 25-year-old fire­man 1st Class from Lockport Town­ship was aboard the U.S.S. Ok­la­homa when the Ja­panese at­tacked Pearl Har­bor on Dec. 7, 1941.

The re­mains of Gala­jdik — one of more than 2,300 Amer­i­cans killed in the at­tack — were re­cov­ered af­ter the at­tack, but they could only be pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied re­cently be­cause of im­prove­ments in DNA tech­nol­ogy.

WLS-TV re­ported that Gala­jdik’s

re­mains ar­rived Fri­day at O’Hare In­ter­na­tional Air­port to full mil­i­tary honors from the Navy and the Chicago Fire Depart­ment.

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