DUBUQUE – Almost 75 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of Father Aloysius Schmitt have been identified, and he was welcomed home to Loras this past Friday.
The celebration of life began with a procession and several prayer services on Friday leading up to a memorial mass on Saturday.
Military escort Lt. Brian Lewis was especially touched by the celebration saying, “There were hundreds and hundreds of people which was absolutely moving, and you could see their expressions on their faces and the joy that we brought them for bringing Father Al back.”
Many people were excited upon the chaplain’s return, but the occasion triggered tears as families and friends recalled the stories of the attack.
Raye Jean Plehn, daughter of WWII veteran, shared, “My dad looked him in the eyes and tried to get him to come out, and he said he was going to go look for more guys and that was it.”
Despite the sadness of the attack, friends and family are happy that Fr. Al can now rest in peace.
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