Feb. 5, 1921 — Dec. 7, 1941
US Navy Musician 2nd Class Francis E. “Ham” Dick, killed Dec. 7, 1941, during the attack on Pearl Harbor was accounted for on Sept. 5, 2018.
A funeral service is planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Vancouver Funeral Chapel, 110 East 12th St. He will be laid to rest in Vancouver Barracks Cemetery following chapel services.
Ham was 20 years of age at the time of his death. He 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 interred in mass graves at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Ham was the son of Charles Roscoe and Lela G. Dick of Woodland. He was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Maywood, Frontier County, Neb. 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.
He is survived by his youngest sister, Carole Green, 80, of Vancouver; and generations of nieces and nephews.