Funeral For World War II Serviceman Planned

The remains of a serviceman are coming back home to Alabama more than 70 years after he was killed in World War II. Navy Reserve Seaman 2nd Second Class Ira "Buck" Slaton will be laid to rest Saturday, in Marshall County. On July 24, 1944, Slaton was aboard the battleship USS Colorado, when it was hit by Japanese shore battery fire, causing a heavy explosion. Four crewmen were declared missing in action, and 39 were killed, including Slaton. A clerical error in recording his name caused him to go unidentified until just last year, when DNA finally confirmed his identity. The Navy will conduct Saturday's service, at the Nixon Chapel cemetery. Slaton's remains will be interred under a tombstone his parents purchased for him during the 1940s.


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