Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor laid to rest in Vancouver
It was an incredible moment of respect and honor – 78 years later.
On Wednesday, a World War II sailor, killed at Pearl Harbor, was laid to rest in Vancouver.
Francis Edward Dick, who went by the nickname “Ham,” was serving on the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941 when the Japanese forces attacked.
He was a musician in the Navy and he was just 20 years old when he was killed.
It wasn’t until last year that his remains were identified, thanks to DNA from his surviving family members.
On Wednesday, many of them, including his sister, Carole Green, were there to say goodbye yet again.
Green was just three years old when he died.
"It's a real closure for those of us that are left, and there's not a lot of us, and it's just, it's awesome to see all the people turn out and the support people came here to pay honor to him, and there's nobody here, just his remains, and it's mind-boggling," she said.
People of all ages, who didn’t even know Francis, listen to his story and stood at guard with flags.