Navy sailor killed in Pearl Harbor finally brought home to final resting place
SLIDELL - It took 76 years, but a local WWII seaman is in his final resting place.
Steward's Mate First Class Cyril Isaac Dusset, a New Orleans native, was 21-years-old when he lost his life on-board the USS Oklahoma in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
He was among hundreds that stayed unidentified for decades and whose remains were moved throughout Hawaii at least twice in previous attempts to change that.
But a recent initiative by the Department of Defense, coupled with new technology, led the Dusset family to a bittersweet closure at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery Thursday.
"I want everybody in my family to be proud that you have the knowledge that your uncle went to serve this country and to keep the peace and the freedom and the honor," said nephew Freddie Dusset.
"This is a great moment for us, gives us closure." said nephew Mitchell Dusset, "So we feel great about this and we're all here to represent our parents who couldn't be here."
And as we approach Veterans Day, this moment gives a war hero the personal thanks he's long deserved to receive.
"He gave the ultimate sacrifice," Dusset said. "You can't ask anything more of someone. He did it, we appreciate it, we're proud of him."
Cyril's five brothers also served in the military; two in the Army, the rest in the Navy.