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Hundreds of American Flags will welcome home remains of local soldier killed at Pearl Harbor

William A. “Billy” Klasing was 19 when he was killed during the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941 – 78 years later his remains are finally coming home and he'll receive a special welcome from residents

June 27, 2019 - 2:14 pm
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(KFTK) - Nearly 80 years after Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class William A. "Billy" Klasing was killed on the battleship USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor, the St. Louis-area native's remains will be coming home to be laid to rest this weekend. And the community is working together to make it a very special welcome home celebration. 

Trenton, Ill., the Clinton County town about 35 miles east of St. Louis, is planning to hang 350 Amerian Flag along the town's main street when Klasing passes by on the way to his final resting place.

A motorcade will accompany Klasing's remains, beginning at 4 p.m., Friday in New Baden, Ill. They will travel east on Hanover to Route 160, then turn north towards Trenton, then turn east on old Route 50 before proceeding through downtown Trenton to Moss Funeral Home in Breese, Ill.

Residents in the towns of New Baden, Breese, and Trenton, Ill. are all being asked to line the streets of the route on Friday afternoon as his body passes by. 

A graveside service with full military honors, rendered by the U.S. Navy will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at Trenton Cemetery. 

Klasing was 19-years-old when Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese aircrafts on Dec. 7, 1941. He was one of 429 men aboard the USS Oklahoma who died. 

There are still thousands of soliders who's remains are assessed as possibly-recoverable, but still unaccounted for from World War II. 

More details of Klasing obituary and arrangements can be found here, at the Moss Funeral Home website.

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