A Illinois sailor who was killed in the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor has been laid buried in his hometown more than 80 years later.
U.S. Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st class Keith Tipsword was buried Tuesday with his parents and other family members at Moccasin Cemetery, near Beecher City in central Illinois.
Tipsword was only 27 years old when he was killed in action on the battleship USS West Virginia as a result of the Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.
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His remains were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific as an unknown, but they were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the Decatur Herald & Review reported.
Dalyne, Effingham’s last remaining tipword sibling, was present at Tuesday’s funeral. Sapp, 86 said that her brother is now buried close to the family farm, where he grew-up in the “hills, hollers”, of Effingham County’s Moccasin Valley.
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“It’s wonderful. After the service, she stated that it had “warm my heart.”
Tipsword was identified by the POW/MIA Accounting Agency using DNA provided five year ago by Sapp and Betty Fae Yocum, Toledo (Illinois), who both died in 2019.
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Over 60 motorcyclists representing the Patriot Guard Riders accompanied Tipsword’s casket last week from St. Louis towards Effingham. A dozen riders participated in Tuesday’s services.