Today, 75 years after his death, Titonka welcomed home a hero, Fireman First Class William H. Kennedy, U.S. Navy. William was killed aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma in the attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 at the young age of 24. William Kennedy’s remains were flown from Hawaii and arrived at the Des Moines International Airport today. His casket was then escorted to his hometown of Titonka for funeral services. He will be buried Friday, May 11 with military graveside honors, next to his mother in Buffalo Township Cemetery. Oakcrest Funeral Services is honored to be handling the services for this World War II hero.
In 1944, the bodies of the unidentified were buried as “unknowns” in two Hawaiian cemeteries. In 2015, these caskets were exhumed in an effort to identify the rest of the 388 unknowns of the Oklahoma’s crew and return them to their families.