Pearl Harbor hero to be buried in Colorado Springs–75 years later

Ensign John Charles England
Ensign John Charles England

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Nearly 75 years after he was killed at Pearl Harbor, a U.S. Naval Reserve officer will finally be buried next to his parents in Colorado Springs.

Ensign John Charles England was aboard the USS Oklahoma on the morning of December 7, 1941. He survived the initial attack on Pearl Harbor, and escaped as the ship was capsizing. He then returned to the radio room below decks three times, guiding one man to safety each time. He went below decks for a fourth time and was never seen again.

England, who was 20 when he died, was buried an an unknown’s grave at The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii. His remains were only recently identified.

Two ships and a barracks have been named after him.

England will be given a dignified arrival at the Colorado Springs Airport on Friday, followed by a formal procession to The Springs Funeral Services. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery.

England will be buried with Navy honors next to his parents, Sam and Thelma England.

CORRECTION: This story originally said England would be given a dignified arrival at a different airport. His remains will arrive at Colorado Springs Airport. 

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