Twins who died decades ago aboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor were buried in Nebraska Saturday with full military honors in separate ceremonies.
The American flags that covered the caskets of Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Leo Blitz and Fireman 1st Class Rudolph Blitz were presented to their surviving 93-year-old sister Betty Pitsch at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Lincoln.
“This is a huge relief for grandma,” Pitsch’s grandson Ed McLaughlin told the Lincoln Journal Star. “For her to finally know that the twins can rest their souls and have their remains brought home, I know that’s really big for her.”
The twins were Navy enlistees in 1938 when they were 17.