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USS Oklahoma sailor laid to rest in Willow River Cemetery

The casket holding the body of Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon arrives Wednesday afternoon, March 30, at Willow River Cemetery in Hudson. The sailor was born in Hudson and died aboard the USS Oklahoma in the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)

A funeral service for Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon was held in Hudson on Wednesday, March 30, more than 74 years after he died aboard the USS Oklahoma in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Rear Admiral Thomas Luscher, deputy chief of the U.S. Navy Reserve, headed a list of military officers who spoke at the hourlong service at O'Connell Family Funeral home.

Many veterans and active service members were in attendance, along community members wanting to pay their respect to a patriot who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Also in attendance was Dave Jenson of Waukesha, the great-nephew of Gordon who provided the DNA that allowed Gordon to be identified.

Gordon was laid to rest in the military section of Willow River Cemetery following the service.

Watch this website for more photos and a report on the funeral in the next few days. A story and photos also will be published in the April 7 print edition of the Star-Observer.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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