SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – A decorated U.S. Marine killed during the Battle of Guadalcanal in the second world War was finally laid to rest in his home state of Massachusetts.
Masslive.com reports a memorial service for Pfc. Francis E. Drake, Jr. was held on Friday in the St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield. His remains were buried with military honors at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam.
A long-ago promise of Drake’s mother, who as killed in action her son would be buried on AMERICAN soil.
The 20-year-old was killed during the fighting on the island in the south Pacific in October 1942 and was given a field burial.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirmed that the remains found several years ago by a man while digging on his land belonged to Drake.