Welcome Home Sir. Sorry it took so long, but your war is finally over. Slow hand salute.
The remains of an Iowa priest who died saving 12 men during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor returned home this week, nearly 75 years after his death.
The Rev. Aloysius Schmitt died Dec. 7, 1941, at age 32. The Roman Catholic priest and Navy chaplain of the USS Oklahoma grew up on a farm outside of St. Lucas in Fayette County. His remains will be laid to rest Saturday at a chapel dedicated to him at Loras College in Dubuque.