Local marine killed in Pearl Harbor laid to rest 78 years later
SOUTH BEND, Ind. --- A WWII veteran finally being laid to rest at home in South Bend on the anniversary of his death and the anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor.
20-year old Marley Arthurholtz was buried Saturday at the St Joseph Valley Memorial Park in Granger, a moment of closure for his family, friends, and fellow veterans who traveled from all over the country to be here.
“It’s a whirlwind, it’s been absolutely crazy to be a part of it to watch what happened, watch the community come together,” Jeff Arthurholtz said, Marley’s nephew.
Arthurholtz was on the USS Oklahoma on December 7th, 1941 when it was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. Arthurholtz’s body was accounted for in September of this year after scientists identified his remains through dental and DNA analysis.
“We’re just thankful he did what he did, enlisting, the year before. Knowing that this was probably coming,” Henry Lynn Scott said, a family member who attended the funeral.
His family happy to finally have him back home, resting next to his mother who always hoped he’d be found and buried next to her.
“This gentleman, Marley, will never be forgotten.”