North Dakota man identified 76 years after death in Pearl Harbor attacks

Almost eighty years ago a North Dakota man was deemed missing in action after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. 

Today, a reunion of sorts. 

His remains have just recently been identified and the family is being given the chance for a proper burial almost a century later. 

Back in November of 1941, he visited his friends and family here in North Dakota.

He told them he’d be back to spend New Year’s Eve with them – but unfortunately, he never made it – and that’s where his family thought the story ended. 

“I don’t know if there’s enough honor,” Bill Fecho said he has some mixed feelings about his Uncle Lawrence’s upcoming memorial service.

That’s because Lawrence H. Fecho, First Class Fireman in the U.S. Navy, was considered missing in action since December seventh, 1941 when the Japanese attacked the U.S.S. Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor.

“It’s amazing,” Fecho said, “people come up to me and say hey what about your uncle that was killed in Pearl Harbor?”

Seventy-six years later, it’s thanks to DNA technology that Lawrence Fecho’s remains have been identified.

Now, he will finally be laid to rest at his current memorial plot in Willow City’s cemetery. 

While Fecho’s dad, Lawrence’s brother, has passed away – Fecho said the services will help console the rest of the family.

“I think they’ll feel good. It’s a tough thing to bring people and family together for. In a way I had mixed feelings, do we bring him home or leave him with the guys? But I think home is better.”

On August 13, Lawrence H. Fecho will receive military funeral honors with the help of the Navy and Bottineau County Veterans.

“I wish every veteran, as they pass away whether it’s war or not, could see more of the same honor,” Fecho said.

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