Coming Home… Finally

Stan Cromlish
Feb 10, 2019 · 5 min read
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USS Oklahoma Passing Alcatraz in the 1930’s — Official US Navy Photograph
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USS Oklahoma Capsized — December 7, 1941

After the first few days, none of us were rescued. When they pulled my body from the forward compartment, I was known but to God.

At 23, I was in the prime of my life, living in a tropical paradise, and enjoying my days as a seaman in the United States Navy.

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Unknown Soldier, Sailor, or Marine Interred at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Wait! Why am I being pulled out of my quiet resting place? Where are these men taking me?

With dignity and honor, I’m lying in a sterile room, and my bones are being scraped. What is happening?

“Great! That makes another Oklahoma soldier who can finally return home.”

They wrap me neatly and place me in a quiet box again. I hear the whisper of canvas being set over top of the box. With a final salute, I start my journey home.

I am no longer a nameless hero of a long-ago war.

My family and community gathered in the cold and rain of the family plot in my small hometown in Kansas. With the folding of Old Glory, I am finally laid to rest beside Mom, Dad, and Sis.

I can now rest in peace.

Note: This is a fictional account of real events that are occurring now with more regularity. With DNA testing improvements since World War II, the 429 Unknowns from the USS Oklahoma are being identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and reuniting long missing men with their families.

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Stan Cromlish

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From personal essays about life lessons, writing, politics, etc. to historical fiction, I write about life today and life past. Check out stancromlishbooks.com

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How to be your best self.

Stan Cromlish

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From personal essays about life lessons, writing, politics, etc. to historical fiction, I write about life today and life past. Check out stancromlishbooks.com

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How to be your best self.

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