CORBIN — Hundreds of people lined the streets Thursday evening to welcome home World War II Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class Ulis Claude Steely of Corbin.

People stood along Main Street and Master Street as a procession brought Steely home to Corbin.

Steely died while on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor. He was 25.

He was one of 429 crewmen that died on the USS Oklahoma during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

For 78 years his remains were unidentified until the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency used new forensic techniques and were able to positively identify Steely.

A visitation will be open to the public at Hart Funeral Home from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

There will be another opportunity to welcome Steely as the procession moves Steely to Grace on the Hill for Saturday's service. The procession will move down Kentucky Street between 9:30-10 a.m.

A memorial service will be held for Ullis at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace on the Hill Church in Corbin. Immediately following the memorial service, the funeral procession will travel to Corinth Cemetery where Ulis will be buried with full military honors by his headstone that was placed in his memory in 1942.

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