Remains of WWII sailor return to Tipton

The remains of a Missouri sailor killed in World War Two are finally home at a cemetery in Tipton.

KOMU reports hundreds turned out for a motorcade and funeral service for Howard Lee Dick. Dick died during a Japanese attack on his ship, the U.S.S. Colorado in July of 1944. His body was never identified due to a spelling error by the Navy. He was buried in a grave in a U.S. cemetery in Manila The Phillipines. But his family never gave up hope of finding him, and finally, in 2017, DNA samples from his sister and a cousin identified his body.

Dick’s body arrived in Kansas City Saturday morning and was brought in a motorcade to Tipton, escorted by Patriot Guard motorcycles. Dick was buried with full military honors.