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John Raymond Rice
Birth: Apr. 25, 1914, USA
Death: Sep. 6, 1950

United States Army Solider. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Sergeant 1st Class, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was killed in action September 6, 1950 in South Korea. However, it was the circumstances surrounding his burial for which he became most well known. Sergeant Rice, who was part Native American, was married to a caucasian woman, Evelyn. Evelyn made the funeral arrangements for Rice to be buried in Memorial Park in Sioux City, Iowa. During the funeral, cemetery officials noticed that many of the mourners were Native American. These officials stopped the funeral and denied hin interment in the "white" cemetery. The resulting uproar gave Sioux City the reputation for bigotry and prejudice. The matter eventually reached the highest ranks of the United States Government, and President Harry S Truman personally intervened and arranged for a burial plot in Arlington Cemetery, where Rice was finally laid to rest. His grave is located between the graves of General John J. Pershing and General Walton H. Walker. (bio by: Shiver) 
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 34, Lot 1033-2
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Shiver
Record added: Sep 05, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7837601
John Raymond Rice
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Dear Sgt. Rice, In reading my biography on Truman, I discovered a hero that I was never told of nor heard his story.know to tell ones story of his great dreads on the battle field is to honor him. Therefore your memory has been dishonest red because I, a ...(Read more)
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