Remains of man killed at Pearl Harbor come home
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.