Holdingford Soldier Killed in Pearl Harbor Attack Coming Home
HOLDINGFORD -- After 76 years a fallen Holdingford soldier is finally coming home next week.
Navy Fireman First Class Elmer Kerestes was killed in action on December 7, 1941, aboard the USS Oklahoma during the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor.
Kerestes was one of over 400 soldiers whose remains were unidentified, until DNA analysis confirmed it earlier this year.
His remains will arrive at the Minneapolis Airport Thursday afternoon and be escorted by law enforcement, the Patriot Guard, Legion Riders and family to the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose.
His burial will take place next Saturday (July 29th) with a procession leaving the funeral home to the Highland Cemetery in Holdingford at about 9:45 a.m.
Following the service the family will be offering food and refreshments at the Holdingford American Legion.
You're encouraged to show your support at the cemetery and give Kerestes the homecoming he deserves.