WWII hero’s remains arriving home Saturday — after 74 years lost at sea

World War II hero Captain Elwood Euart.

(WPRI) — Army Capt. Elwood J. Euart of Pawtucket, previously lost and unaccounted-for from World War II, is returning home Saturday morning, to fanfare at T.F. Green, according to his family.

Euart was on the SS President Coolidge — converted from a cruise liner into a troop transport vessel for wartime — when the ship hit two mines and sank. Though there were 5,000 troops aboard the ship, only two crewmen were lost — and one of them was Euart.

When amateur scuba divers were exploring the wreck of the Coolidge decades later in 2012, one of them found what appeared to be human remains — including Capt. Euart’s dog tags. DNA from family members closed the loop.

He’ll be buried with full military honors next Wednesday in Pawtucket, next to his parents.

A military and state police escort will accompany Capt. Euart’s remains from the airport in Warwick to a funeral home in Lincoln, according to his family.

According to Euart’s obituary, relatives and friends, as well as members of the public are invited to attend a wake service and presentation of awards on Tuesday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Higginson Ave., Lincoln, followed by calling hours until 7 p.m., as well as a Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 10 a.m. in St. Maria Goretti Church, 165 Power Rd., Pawtucket. Burial with full Military Honors will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Smithfield Ave., Pawtucket.

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