RITES FOR NAVY FLIER
Military Funeral Held For Lieutenant Powers at Floyd Bennett Field
NEW YORK, New York, August 24, 1941 – Before more than 500 officers and men drawn up at attention, military funeral services were held yesterday afternoon on the concrete apron at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, New York. Lieutenant Powers, who was a flying instructor at the Naval Air Base at the field, died Tuesday when a Navy training plane fell into Jamaica Bay.
Services were conducted by the Chaplain of the base, the Rev. Ralph Blomquist, who said of Lieutenant Powers, “For our great way of life he was willing to give everything he had. As a shipmate, he was one of the most competent, respected and loved at our Naval Air Station.”
The body was carried in a flag-draped coffin from a hearse to a position in front of a six-foot cross of lilies. Eight white-clad sailors were the pallbearers and the coffin was escorted by an honor guard of eight Marines.
Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
POWERS, ROBERT WAYNE
- LT JG USNR, INDIANA
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/19/1941
- BURIED AT: SECTION EAST SITE 5737
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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