USS Oklahoma sailor laid to rest in Willow River Cemetery
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.