For a moment on an unusually warm December morning, people from all walks of life, faiths and nationalities came to downtown Waltham to pay their respects to Corporal Robert Campbell Dakin who went missing on the 12th of December, 1950 during the Korean War. Corporal Dakin was promoted to Sergeant when he was listed as killed in action, body not recovered.
A procession of police officers on motorcycles and cyclists from the area led the procession. The mournful sound of bagpipes filled the air as a marching band marched down Moody Street. Then came the honor guard marching in unison – a final tribute to a fallen soldier. A horse drawn carriage, carrying the remains of Sergeant Dakin followed the procession.
Sergeant Dakin is now laid to rest, in his native community at Mount Feake Cemetery on the banks of the Charles River, Waltham. It's his first Christmas home. Thank you, Sergeant Dakin, for your service to our country and for being a son of Waltham.