A 1943 U.S. Marine, who died in World War II, is coming home this weekend.
Private Jack Redman gave his life at the age of 20 while serving his country as a Marine. He died November 23, 1943 on an island in the Central Pacific Ocean near Australia. His remains, following years of searching by his family, were recently identified this past December by the United States Government.
This Saturday, Jack Redman is being laid to rest at the G.A.R. Cemetery in Watseka.
The Knapp Funeral Home in Watseka is assisting the family with a 12 Noon Funeral Service at the First United Methodist Church in Watseka. Visitation is at the church from 10:30 until Noon.
A full military graveside service will include the United States Marine Corp and Watseka American Legion Post #23.
One of Jack's surviving brothers, Merrill Redman of Watseka, said it's been such a rollercoaster of emotions over the last 70 plus years trying to locate his brother's remains, but he's so grateful for all the help in finding Jack and bringing him home.
Knapp funeral home director Steve Knapp says it's been an overwhelming experience but he too is amazed at the support of everyone in making this day happen. He said "we're trying to accommodate all concerned."
Jack Redman's remains are being flown from Hawaii to O'Hare Airport in Chicago Friday. A brief military service with the Marines is planned on the tarmac. Then, the trip home to Watseka where a Marine honor guard will stand watch over Jack through the night leading up to Saturday's service.
General William Mullen from Quantico, VA and an 18-member color guard from Joliet will be among the military officials participating. A procession of onlookers is also expected to pay respects and lead Jack Redman to his final resting place at the G.A.R. Cemetery.