[Ed. – Finally coming home so many years later.]
Irvin Franklin Rice was a 22-year-old sailor from Detroit – a Navy radioman Third Class aboard the U.S.S Oklahoma when the battleship was torpedoed and capsized on December 7th, 1941.
Onboard, 429 crewmen were killed – including Rice. But his remains were only recently identified with the help of DNA and now this sailor is finally being laid to rest.
“A celebration of life – it’s an honor to be able to be a part of living history,” said Matthew Rak. “Being 80 years ago, Pearl Harbor, and then we get to finally bring him home.”
Rak is a funeral director and a Marine, honored to be conducting the service for Irvin Rice at Roseland Park Cemetery in Berkley Saturday afternoon.
The place where Rice’s parents placed his headstone years ago – reading “Lost In Action at Pearl Harbor.”