A somber moment in Franklin as the sidewalks of Main Street were lined with men, women, and children on Saturday. Droves of people rose to their feet as a processional made its way through Franklin lead by law enforcement officers, a motorcycle motorcade of veterans, and a horse carrying the remains of Seaman 2nd class Frank Wood, who was laid to rest at Carson Cemetery.
Wood gave his life to service during Pearl Harbor when the USS Oklahoma, the ship he reported to duty on October 12, 1940, was torpedoed during World War II. Wood’s remains were originally buried along with hundreds of others in mass graves in Hawaii, but DNA testing recently identified the Seaman and traced his kin back to his niece, Jill Overly Lee, who resides in Franklin.
A plane with Wood’s remains landed at Hartsfield Jackson Airport in Atlanta at 4 p.m. on Friday, and a motorcade escorted the veteran home, with patrons lining streets and overpasses along the way home to Franklin. On Saturday, after a procession through Franklin, Wood was laid to rest on a family plot at Carson Cemetery with a full military burial.