Remains of Springfield marine, killed in battle 75 years ago in Guadalcanal, coming home

SPRINGFIELD — U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Francis E. Drake Jr., more than 75 long years following his heroic death on a faraway battlefield, is finally returning home.
The remains of the 20-year-old, the city’s first marine to be killed in World War ll, are being flown in from Hawaii to Bradley International Airport Thursday afternoon.
Surviving members of Drake’s extended family, all born after his death, never got a chance to know their Uncle Franny, but it’s an emotional homecoming for them all the same.