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Memorial service for Pearl Harbor victim rescheduled
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The memorial service for a Navy sailor from Warren County killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor will be held later this month.

The service for Warren Harding Crim has been rescheduled for Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. at Gardens of Memory Cemetery on Manchester Highway. 

Crim was one of 429 men who drowned when the USS Oklahoma sank after numerous torpedo strikes capsized the ship. Crim was 21 years old and was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart, World War II Victory Medal and American Defense Service Medal.

Crim was a Navy Fireman 3rd Class who enlisted July 10, 1940. He was assigned to the USS Oklahoma in 1941.

“I’m proud to call him part of my family,” said Patricia Crim Keel, a cousin. “I felt like it was up to someone in the family who was still living to honor his memory by having him brought home. This is a long time coming.”

Crim’s remains will be buried in the Veterans of Valor section at Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Crim wasn’t identified until 2018 due to the large number of men in the ship who couldn’t get out, resulting in their remains deteriorating into bones. DNA testing determined his identification.

Full military honors will be conducted during the funeral. Anyone looking to pay their respects is welcome to attend. However, it is asked that those in attendance wear a mask.