A touching ceremony was held Thursday for an American war hero: The ashes of a Pearl Harbor survivor were finally laid to rest in Hawaii.
The family of retired Boatswain’s Mate First Class Michael Elkovics spread his ashes in the waters surrounding the USS Utah Memorial on Ford Island.
Elkovics was born in 1921 in New Jersey and served on the USS St. Louis, which was docked at Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.
The light cruiser was credited with shooting down three Japanese planes that day.
Elkovics earned several honors for his service in the Navy. He died in 2013 at the age of 93 and his family said it was his wish to be laid to rest at Pearl Harbor.