Marine killed in World War II buried at Miramar after DNA testing provides his name

Sgt. Millard Odom had been unidentified
Posted at 4:25 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 20:25:04-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Only recently identified through DNA testing, Marine Sgt. Millard Odom was laid to rest Tuesday at Miramar National Cemetery.

Tuesday was the 75th anniversary of Odom's being killed in action during World War II in the battle for the Pacific Island of Tarawa.

Sgt. Odom had been buried in Hawaii for 69 years with no name on his marker.  Now his loved ones are able to pay tribute.

His niece, Pollyanna Brown, spoke at the service.

"Even after 75 years our family is one of the lucky ones that have the privilege and honor to bury our lost loved one," said Brown.

Several other veterans, including the Patriot Guard Riders, attended the service.