Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-07-29 21:25:23 –
Somerset, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Approximately 80 years after the death sentence, the remains of World War II sailors have returned to Kentucky.
According to the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Office, the body of Navy Sailor Class 2 Floyd D. Helton, 18, was accounted for on April 23, 2020.
Helton of Somerset was killed in Pearl Harbor during World War II, where he was assigned to the USS Oklahoma battleship.
His sister and niece arrived at CVG Airport on Thursday and were thrilled to see at least 12 veterans and Rolling Thunder members paying homage.
Helton’s niece, Vicky Easley, said, “It’s daunting for people to care about someone who died 80 years ago.”
She said her mother had promised Easley’s grandfather to bring Heltons’ remains home.
“I’m happy that this bears fruit,” Easley said. “My mother will be relieved to see this happen and know that it has been done and that she has fulfilled that promise to her dad.”
Helton’s remains will be placed at the Thrones Valley Cemetery on Burnside.