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Hero Laid to Rest after 76 Years

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DIAMOND, MISSOURI -

A fallen hero is finally laid at rest.

Funeral services were held today for Seaman First Class Clifford Goodwin today at the First Baptist Church in Diamond. Goodwin was born in Diamond in 19-17, and enlisted in the military in 19-40. 

Goodwin died on the U-S-S Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 19-41. He was designated as "missing in action" until his remains were identified through advancements in forensic technology. 

He was laid to rest in the Diamond cemetery, where his brother Daniel, also a Navy man, is buried. 

Goodwin's niece, Mary Putnam, says that the feeling of having her uncle back home is beyond words. 

She says, "It's just kind of like a miracle that this happened. I mean that they even learned a way to identify bones. It's just amazing. And I'm just so thankful to have him home, I feel so much better now."

Four-hundred and twenty-nine sailors and marines were lost on the U-S-S Oklahoma. 

One-hundred-seventeen of those men's remains have been identified.

Goodwin was 24 years old when he died. 

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