Lynn Daue '04 | May 27, 2013 | Notre Dame Magazine
On May 9, 2013, hundreds of men and women in uniform, their families and Hawaii residents lined the streets at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as a C-17 Globemaster taxied to a halt on the tarmac. They watched in solemn silence as a six-man carry team in crisp ceremonial dress retrieved a brushed chrome casket adorned with the brilliant red, white and blue of our nation’s flag.
Inside the casket was U.S. Air Force Captain Reid Kijiro Nishizuka, a 2005 graduate of the Aerospace Engineering program at the University of Notre Dame and beloved friend. He died in service to his country on April 27, 2013, near Kandahar Air Base, Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.