Remains of World War II Marine returned home 71 years later

AP News
Posted: Jul 01, 2015 8:45 PM

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Marine killed in World War II is being buried in his Massachusetts hometown 71 years after he died in the Pacific battle of Tarawa.

Springfield television's WGGB/WSHM reports ( Capt. Richard Vincent's remains arrived Wednesday at a Connecticut airport. Vincent had been reported killed in action, but his remains weren't identified until last October.

His coffin was escorted to Westfield, Massachusetts, by Marines from Westover Air Force Base, Massachusetts state police and local military veterans. Military Order of the Purple Heart commander Brian Willette says Vincent's sacrifice "is as fresh today as any loss."

Vincent has no local survivors. But relatives from around the country will attend his service Thursday at the Firtion-Adams funeral home.

He will be buried alongside his parents in a cemetery plot they bought after his death.


Information from: WGGB-TV,