With full military honors, Ora Sharninghouse, Jr., was finally laid to rest Saturday after 73 years.

The remains of Sharninghouse, a sailor who had been missing in action since 1944, were recovered from the north Pacific in 2014. It was finally identified through DNA in 2017.

The remains were flown home Wednesday to be buried next to his parents in Weaver Cemetery.

The three-sport athlete graduated from McComb High School in 1940 and was voted both best looking and best smile by his classmates.

He joined the Navy and was a gunner on a Naval torpedo bomber.  He was a member of the Navy Reserve Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class, USS Intrepid, Air Group 18 and was deployed to the Pacific during World War II. He died on September 8, 1944, near the Palau Islands.

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