Funeral held in Dubuque for chaplain killed in WWII

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chaplain-aloysius-schmittDUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The remains of a Navy chaplain have been buried in his home state of Iowa nearly 75 years after he died during the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

A funeral was held for Chaplain Aloysius Schmitt in Dubuque on Saturday, Oct. 8. Separate ceremonies were held in his hometown of St. Lucas earlier in the week.

Schmitt’s niece Rose Foley told the Telegraph Herald she is very proud of her uncle and what he did.

Schmitt was aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when the Dec. 7, 1941, attack happened. Schmitt helped other sailors escape the sinking ship before he died.

The Navy announced in September that Schmitt’s remains had been identified.