Thanks to DNA, family members of a sailor who died nearly 75 years ago are getting closure.
John Charles England died in the attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941. England had been on the U.S.S. Oklahoma, and he disappeared while returning to the sinking ship to save his fellow sailors.
His granddaughter, Bethany Glenn, had been researching England’s life to find out more about the man behind the heroic story. She talked to friends and visited his old school. She learned he loved to dance, so she decided to wear his portrait when she went to concerts. Yet one mystery remained—where was his body?
Thanks to DNA, his remains have now been identified and returned to Bethany Glenn and other family members to be buried in a family cemetery plot next to John Charles England’s parents.
You can read this heartwarming story in an article by Gabe Bullard in the National Geographic web site at https://goo.gl/9ZS1IY.