WWII veteran to be buried in his hometown after 75 years

WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A World War II veteran is coming home 75 years after he was killed in action.

The remains of Second Lieutenant Harvel Moore were identified in February and now he'll be buried in Chatham.

The stories of Second Lieutenant Moore have been passed down in his family for generations.

"It's so, so neat to hear about him," Barbara Bearden says.

Bearden says she never got to meet her great uncle, but she knew he served in the marines, and that he was also the reason why she couldn't whistle at her great-grandma's house.

"One of the girls used to whistle and it would upset their grandmother because Harvel used to whistle all the time," she remembers.

The telegram from 1944 is still in perfect condition, telling Moore’s mother that he was killed in action two months earlier.

His body wouldn't found for another 75 years.

"It was just assumed that he was in an unmarked grave but they didn't have any idea," Bearden says.

In February, researchers found bones on Tawara Island in the Pacific Ocean. The DNA matched his late brother's.

Once that was done, the next step was to bring Lieutenant Moore home.

"We got a call from Quantico. I picked up the phone and wondered what in the world do they want?" Tommy Lester from Griffin Funeral home says. "Someone is really making this a priority of the agenda to bring these boys home."

Seventy-five years later, he's coming with honors.

"When he flies in to Jackson airport, they'll have the military honors that they'll do right there on the tarmac," Lester says.

Family members say they're excited to bring him to his final resting place.

"To honor him for what he was. He was a hero," Bearden says.

Lieutenant Moore's body will be flown back in about two weeks.

The public visitation will be held at Griffin Funeral Home on May 25.