WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Military Order of the Purple Heart is devoted to honoring the memory of servicemen who died for our country. On Wednesday, members of the Western Massachusetts Chapter 875 accompanied the casket bearing the body of Marine Corps Captain Richard Vincent from Bradley International Airport to his hometown of Westfield.
Capt. Vincent’s status had been listed as missing in action during World War II. His remains were identified recently, and he was reclassified as killed in action by the Japanese on the island of Tarawa in 1943.
Capt. Vincent has no surviving family, but Brian Willette told 22News “We are his family. When we lose one brother or sister we, lose a family member.”
Members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart will be present for Captain Vincent’s burial with full military honors on Thursday, July 2 at Westfield’s Pine Hill Cemetery at 1pm.