Bill's neighbor Jeff Smith helped him find military records and learn more about Joe's missions during World War II.
"It's been a long process," said Smith. "I'm happy for Bill. I'm happy for the family, and I’m happy to have contributed a supporting role in some closure that they well deserve."
Seventy-six years after he gave his life, Glennon says Uncle Joe will finally be getting the honor and recognition he deserves.
"He died a hero. My son is 25. He was 22 when he died, and he gave up all of his future and has been unknown," said Glennon.
On Nov. 1, Finneran's remains were flown back to Massachusetts, arriving in Needham in the evening.
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Dozens gathered in his hometown to welcome back the hero, 76 years later.
"What a town this town of Needham is...a turnout like this - I’m just overwhelmed," said Glennon.
There will be a wake for Finneran next Friday at Doherty’s Funeral Home in Needham, followed by a funeral the next day across the street at St. Joseph’s Parrish.
Glennon says everyone from the public can attend.