Navy Fireman killed at Pearl Harbor laid to rest in Braman

October 14, 2020 | Featured|Headlines


BRAMAN — Navy Fireman 1st Class Rex Elwood Wise, 21, was laid to rest on what would have been his 100th birthday in Braman Cemetery.

Wise was killed during World War II, and was accounted for on Oct. 17, 2019. (see story)

Wise was born in Braman on Oct. 14, 1920, the son of Henry Blaine Wise and Belle Marlow Stacy Wise.

Rex Elwood Wise

He was raised in the Braman and South Haven, Kan. areas.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Dec. 27, 1939 and earned several medals.

On Dec. 7, 1941 he was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma which was marred at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The ship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to capsize, resulting in the death of 429 crewmen including Wise.

U.S. Navy Chapman Daniel McGraw spoke at Wise’s funeral.

“Fireman Wise gave his all and faithfully kept watch,” said McGraw.

He read the poem A Hero’s Welcome by Robert Longley.

Admiral Noah Kouski presented the flag to Wise’s niece Helen Sutton Weller, Manhattan, Kan., who met Wise when she was three-years-old but has no memory of the meeting.

Admiral Kouski told the crowd that the nation is again facing a great power struggle just like years ago.

The song Anchors Away was played at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Wise was laid to rest near his parents and other family members.

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