WWII Veteran Who Died at Pearl Harbor Has Remains Returned Home After 80 Years

by Jonathan Howard

It has been almost 80 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. For one WWII veteran, his remains are heading home after all this time. Kefee Conolly was serving in the Navy as a hospital corpsman when he was just 19 years old.

As one of 2,400 deaths that day, Conolly went with 428 other crew members on the USS Oklahoma. Those servicemen lost their lives as the Japanese attack on Ford Island unfolded on December 7, 1941. A day that has lived on in the minds and hearts and the history of America, the attacks left many victims far away from home.

In the decades following the attacks, the remains of servicemen have been returned to their respective resting places. Conolly is finally headed back to Wisconsin after so many years away from home. The former Navalman, “is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at the Punchbowl Crater, in Honolulu, Hawaii, along with others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for,” the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said.

So, after such a long time, the WWII veteran is heading home. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office is helping with the transfer of the remains. Although it has been many years WWII veterans are still walking among us. As part of the Greatest Generation, they deserve to be honored. Over in the NFL, the New York Giants celebrated a local veteran.

WWII Veteran Honored by New York Giants

For one NFL fan, he has seen a lot of football. Particularly a lot of New York Giants football. Francis Ryan is from Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, New York. At 94-years old, he is a proud WWII veteran and Giants fan. For the last 63 years, he has been a season ticket holder. That’s dedication to a franchise and to one’s country.

Since Mr. Ryan has so much loyalty and dedication, the Giants put on a special ceremony for him. Before their game against the Carolina Panthers last week the special event took place. He grew up in Brooklyn and went to James Madison High School. After he had graduated he joined the military, specifically the Army. He served in the Panama Canal Zone during WWII. The canal was a high-priority and strategic location. A connection from the Western Hemisphere to the East.

During his service, Mr. Ryan received various medals. He was awarded the Victory and American Theater medals among others. Even though he has such a life story, the ceremony from the Giants still surprised the veteran.

“I was stunned when the Giants called me,” the WWII vet explained. “It is an unbelievable thrill and honor to be recognized for both my loyalty as a fan and my military career … I can’t ask for anything more, except maybe another Super Bowl.”