Horn welcomes Saginaw-area veteran to state Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ken Horn on Thursday welcomed Sgt. Major Ken Rice to the Michigan Capitol to participate in the Senate’s 25th Annual Memorial Day Service.

Rice graduated from high school in January of 1939 and entered the U.S. Marine Corps in April of that year — beginning what would be an extraordinary military career as an aviator that spanned two decades. Rice fought in World War II and survived as a P.O.W, which included the infamous Bataan Death March. He returned home in 1945, but remained in the Marine Corps. In 1951, he resumed his duties on the front lines after being called to Korea as a forward air observer. Rice retired in 1960 in Saginaw, Michigan.

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Photo caption: State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, stands on the Senate floor with Sgt. Major Ken Rice of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Michigan Senate’s 25th Annual Memorial Day Service Thursday morning.