Home at last- Remains of Laramie veteran return after 77 years (PHOTOS)

LARAMIE, Wyo. —  WWII Veteran, Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson, who was killed in action during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, has returned to his community for the for the first time since his death in 1941.

A motorcade escorting Hanson’s remains back to Laramie from Colorado, reached its destination Wednesday night, just after 11:00 pm.

Staff Sergeant Jeremy Eller-McNeely with the Wyoming Air Guard says that Hanson had been living in Laramie at the time he enlisted in the US Navy.

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“He was a sailor on the USS Oklahoma, during the Pearl Harbor attacks,” Eller-McNeely said. “He was one of 429 crew members that perished, when the ship capsized when it was hit by torpedoes.”

Eller-McNeely was among multiple servicemen who escorted Hanson’s remains from Denver International Airport, north on I-25 through Cheyenne, and then across the summit on I-80 before arriving in Laramie. The remains were joined by a motorcade of law enforcement vehicles, dozens of motorcycles, as well as civilian passenger vehicles.

Dozens more gathered outside the funeral home to await the motorcade’s arrival, including the Laramie Ranger’s baseball team, who held two rows of US flags for the motorcade to pass through.

“It means bringing a hero to his final resting place, bringing him home,” Eller-McNeely told Oil City news, following the motorcade. The Staff Sergeant went on to say that this was his first time participating in an escort of this kind. “It’s truly humbling, I don’t have words to describe it.”

Hanson’s remains were positively identified in December of 2018.

A graveside service for Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson will be held at Laramie’s Green Hill Cemetery, at 11:00 am, Saturday June 29, 2019. A escorted motorcade will transfer Hanson’s casket from the Montgomery Stryker Funeral Home, just before 11:00 am.

The public is invited to attend the graveside service.

Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
A hearse carrying Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson arrives in Laramie from Denver. Hanson died at Pearl Harbor in 1941, and his remains were identified in December of 2018. Officials say that Hanson was living in Laramie when he had originally enlisted. (Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
A Color Guard stands by, awaiting the motorcade for Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson to arrive in Laramie. (Trevor Trujillo, Oil City)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
Members of the Laramie Rangers Baseball Team line 22nd Street in Laramie, to honor the return of Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson’s remains. (Trevor T. Trujillo)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
(Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
The motorcade for Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson was comprised of multiple motorcycles, law enforcement vehicles, and civilian passenger vehicles. (Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
Pallbearers prepare to take the remains of Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson into a Laramie Funeral Home. (Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
Pallbearers, comprised of military personnel and law enforcement, escort the casket of Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson, into the Montgomery Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie, Wyoming (Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
(Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
(Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
(Trevor T. Trujillo)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
(Trevor T. Trujillo)
Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson Motorcade
Finally in Laramie for the first time since his death in 1941, the casket of Machinist Mate First Class George Hanson sits at a funeral home. (Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City)