Navy sailor laid to rest in Harvard, nearly 80 years after Pearl Harbor
Family members and Harvard community members gathered at Harvard Cemetery to honor Charles Alan Jones, a sailor who was killed at Pearl Harbor.
HARVARD, Neb. (KLKN) – It was a day Janice Domeier and Robert Alan Stett never saw coming.
Domeier and Stett are cousins. On Saturday, their uncle, Charles Alan Jones, was given a proper burial, 80 years after he was killed at Pearl Harbor at the age of 21.
“He was our hero,” Domeier said. “My cousin is named after him and my son has his middle name after him. We just heard about him all the time and now it brings it home what it actually meant.”
“It hits me more because I’m named after him,” Stett said. “We’re just very, very happy to have him home back in Harvard, where he belongs with the rest of his family. Now he can rest in peace.”
A few years ago, Domeier and Stett were informed by the U.S. Navy that Jones’ remains were found. A DNA test confirmed that there was a positive identification between the Stett and the remains. Arrangements for a service were delayed due to COVID-19 and weather concerns.
Domeier and Stett were grateful to have this opportunity to honor their uncle. They shared what they would say to him if they had a chance to speak with him.
“I just would like to tell him thank you for your service and your dedication in our family,” Domeier said. “You’re always in our heart, always.”
“You’re a hero, Alan,” Stett said. “I’m proud to carry your name. Welcome home.”