This summer, the remains of a Liberty, Mississippi resident who died in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor will be returned home for ultimate burial.

When John Melton was stationed in Hawaii in October of 1940, he was 22 years old

 John had enlisted in the United States Navy after growing up on a farm near Liberty, Mississippi, as the youngest of three children.

He arrived at Pearl Harbor aboard the USS West Virginia shortly after completing boot camp.

He died in the Japanese attack that drew our country into World War II while serving on that warship.

John Melton's body remained unidentified for nearly 80 years. He was buried with a granite headstone that read "Unknown" in a national memorial cemetery in Hawaii

John's remains have finally been identified for the first time, owing to a recent military initiative.

Scientists have been attempting to identify the remains of 35 Sailors from the USS West Virginia using DNA and dental data

Providing closure to the families. John Melton's bones will be repatriated to Mississippi this summer for a last burial.

Despite the fact that John Melton did not live to witness it, the attack on Pearl Harbor inspired millions of his generation to join the military.

This Memorial Day, as we memorialise our dead warriors, we should remember John Melton

A Mississippi native, and his crewmates who did not survive to see triumph and renewed peace.