Rich, Porter Leigh, WT2c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Second Class
Last Primary NEC
WT-0000-Water Tender
Last Rating/NEC Group
Water Tender
Primary Unit
1941-1941, WT-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
Service Years
1935 - 1941
WT-Water Tender
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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lake Preston, SD
Last Address
Box 82
Sheridan, OR
(Wife~Margaret Rich)

Casualty Date
Dec 07, 1941
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
World War II
Location of Interment
Lake Preston Cemetery - Kingsbury County, South Dakota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1937-1939, WT-0000, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1941-1941, WT-0000, USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 12, 1935, Service Entry Date & Enlisted Serial Number 316-43-941
  May 28, 1937, Received on USS Pennsylvania
  Oct 06, 1939, Honorably Discharged
  Oct 06, 1939, Enter into Naval Reserve
  Jun 05, 1940, Returned to Active Duty from Naval Reserve Station Omaha, NE
  Jun 08, 1940, Received at Naval Receiving Station San Diego CA, from NRS Omaha, NE
  Aug 28, 1940, Transferred Back to USS Oklahoma via Commercial
  Aug 30, 1940, Received on USS Oklahoma Rank of WT2c
  Dec 07, 1941, Missing in action after engagement with enemy1
  Aug 28, 2017, Remains Accounted For
  Mar 30, 2018, General Photos1
  Mar 31, 2018, Recently Identified Pearl Harbor Sailor Honored
  Mar 31, 2018, Lake Preston Porter L. Rich American Legion Post #631
  Mar 31, 2018, Re-intern at Lake Preston Cemetery - Kingsbury County, South Dakota
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Mar 23, 2018 that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, recently accounted-for from World War II, have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors om Mar 31, 2018.

Navy Water Tender 2nd Class Porter L. Rich, 27, of Lake Preston, South Dakota, accounted for on Aug. 28, 2017, will be buried March 31 in his hometown. On Dec. 7, 1941, Rich 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 Rich. 

Source: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  1941, Pearl Harbor Fallen
  1941, World War II Fallen
  2017, American Battle Monuments Commission
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
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