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Guam hero honored posthumously for making the ultimate sacrifice

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77 years after his fateful death, a Guam hero has been returned home -  as a grateful island remembered the sacrifice of one fallen U.S. Navy sailor who was killed so many years ago in service to our country.

December 7, 1941. The day America and Guam were pushed into the war. In the words of President Roosevelt, a day that will live in infamy. 21- year old Navy Steward first class Ignacio Camacho Farfan of Hagatna was one of hundreds killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Navy was never able to identify his remains and those of many of his shipmates from the USS Oklahoma, and they were interred at a national cemetery in Hawaii.  But in 2015 the Navy decided to try again, and earlier this year they were able to positively identify Farfan.

Governor Eddie Calvo and Admiral Shoshana Chatfield were among those who spoke at a special ceremony at the Guam Veterans Cemetery. Calvo said, "To all of the people of Guam our lost sheep has been found, and it's now time to celebrate and welcome him home. And to give thanks to him and to so many who've paid the ultimate sacrifice."

The admiral added, "It's hard to be in a cemetery. It's hard on a day like today. But today is different. Today we are not here to mourn the loss of Petty Officer Farfan. We are here to celebrate his life. To honor his service. And to lay him to rest where he belongs."

Almost 80 years since he was killed in service to his country, and with family and a grateful crowd of wellwishers in attendance, Steward's Mate First class Ignacio Camacho Farfan was finally laid to rest with full military honors.

As the admiral said, He is home, he is finally home.

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