The remains of Marine Pfc. Robert Kimball Holmes returned to Utah on Friday — nearly eight decades after his death.

Holmes, of Salt Lake City, was aboard the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Holmes' remains were identified earlier this year through a DNA match with one of his nephews.

A casket carrying his remains arrived Friday night at Salt Lake City International Airport. About 100 family members were expected to be there to greet the remains in the Delta Air Lines cargo area.


A Marine Corps honor guard was there to carry the casket. Bagpipers played. The motorcycle club Utah Patriot Guard Riders of Utah accompanied a hearse to Larkin Mortuary.

A funeral with full military honors will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Salt Lake City Cemetery.