Francis E Dick
December 7, 1941
Killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor
|US Navy Musician 2nd Class Francis E. "Ham" Dick, killed December 7, 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor was accounted for on September 5, 2018.
Funeral Services will be held 10:00 AM Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 East 12th Street, Vancouver WA. Francis Dick's final resting place will be in Vancouver Barracks Cemetery following chapel services.
He was 20 years of age at the time of his death as a crewmember assigned to the USS Oklahoma. Dick was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen. MUS2C Dick was among 394 previously unidentifiable Sailors and Marines whose remains were interned in mass graves at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
MUS2C Dick was the son of Charles Roscoe Dick and Lela G. Dick of Woodland, WA. He was born 5 February 1921 in Maywood, Frontier County, Nebraska. His family moved to Woodland during the Great Depression when Charles Dick was hired by the Woodland Police Department. He was a graduate of Woodland High School where his greatest passion was music.
MUS2C Dick is survived by his youngest sister: Carole Green, 80, of Vancouver Washington and several Grand Nieces and Nephews.
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|USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Dick, F.)
Release No: 18-259 Dec. 17, 2018
From Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Musician 2nd Class Francis E. Dick, 20, of Woodland, Washington, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 5, 2018.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Dick was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Dick.
From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.
In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Dick.
In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.
To identify Dick’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and autosomal (auSTR) DNA analysis, anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.
DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. Currently there are 72,766 (approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II. Dick’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
For family contact information, contact the Navy Casualty Office at (800) 443-9298.
Dick will be buried Feb. 13, 2019 in Vancouver, Washington.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.dpaa.mil/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.
Dick’s personnel profile can be viewed at
|From: KATU TV 2, Portland, OR 02/13/19
Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor laid to rest in Vancouver
by KATU StaffWednesday, February 13th 2019
VANCOUVER, Wash. — 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.
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