Sailor who died in Pearl Harbor attack identified after 76 years

Sailor who died in Pearl Harbor attack identified after 76 years

LAKE PRESTON, SOUTH DAKOTA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A sailor who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 has finally been identified.

After several years of his remains lying buried at Punchbowl, Navy Water Tender Second Class Porter L. Rich was celebrated by family and friends in a ceremony on Monday.

Rich, who is originally from South Dakota, was aboard the USS Oklahoma during the Pearl Harbor attack. He died when he was just 27.

"The men and women that were killed in Pearl Harbor sacrificed everything to make sure that we have the opportunity to raise our children and grandchildren in freedom," said Rep. Kristi Noem of South Dakota.

"So I'm just glad I could be here and wanted his family to know how much we appreciate them," Noem said.

Hundreds of veterans, sailors and community members joined Rich's family for the ceremony Monday.

Rich will be buried at Lake Preston Cemetery in his hometown.

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