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Hancock County Sailor Killed at Pearl Harbor Returning Home for Burial

The remains of a Navy officer from Hancock County are being returned home for a proper funeral.

Posted: May 7, 2021 3:20 PM
Updated: May 7, 2021 3:34 PM

On Saturday, May 15, a funeral and burial service will be held for Navy Fireman 2nd Class Martin D. Young of Hawesville, Kentucky.

Young was killed in action in the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, at the age of 21-years-old. His remains were only recently identified in October of 2020.

Related Story: Kentucky's Governor Recognizes Hancock County Sailor Killed at Pearl Harbor

Organizers of the ceremony planned for Young are looking for volunteers to help plant American flags on Thursday, May 13, ahead of his service on Saturday. Anyone who would like to help set up for the event should meet at the Lewisport Community Center at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Volunteers should bring work gloves and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Young's entourage will be arriving at Louisville International Airport on Thursday at approximately 5:05 p.m. ET. From there, the Rolling Thunder will provide an escort to Lewisport via Hwy 60 through Young's hometown of Hawesville, then to 4th street in Lewisport, and then to Gibson and Son Funeral Home on Caroline Street.

Visitation will be at the Gibson and Son Funeral Home Lewisport Chapel 315 Caroline Street in Lewisport on Saturday, May 15, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon CT. The funeral service will be at Noon.

After the funeral service concludes, the community is encouraged to line the escort route to the cemetery.

Once young is laid to rest, flags will be taken down on Sunday, May 16.

The event is being put on by "The Flagman's Mission". You can view more information from the non-profit organization below or on their website.

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