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Recovered US Airmen to Be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

11 Feb 2011

On 20 Nov 1943, a B-24D Liberator bomber took off from Port Moresby, New Guinea. It soon lost contact with the airfield. The wreckage of the aircraft was not found until 1984, but threat of landslides in the remote terrain meant that the remains of the airmen would not be obtained until 2004. Beginning in 2009 and completing recently, the remains were identified by DNA testing to be that of:

Although some of the human remains recovered had already been previously returned to surviving family, the remainder would be buried together at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, United States on 24 Mar 2011, sharing one headstone.

For more information:
Green Bay Fallen WWII Airman Identified And to be Buried at Arlington
U.S. officials identify remains of 11 missing WW II airmen

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1. jerry kuklis says:
24 Feb 2011 07:26:18 PM

I would like to find out information in regards to my Marine father, who fought in the Pacific during WWII, but I know nothing else because he took all his information to his grave. Where do I begin?
2. Katherine Leann Ladd says:
1 Mar 2011 11:25:48 PM

I was trying to find a list of all the Navajo Code Talkers. I know most of them were from New Mexico, and that we just lost another one. They were so detrimental to our freedom. We MUST never forget what they did for our country!!!!
3. Anonymous says:
18 Mar 2011 06:49:32 PM

"found until 1984, but threat of landslides in the remote terrain meant that the remains of the airmen would not be obtained until 2004?"
You got a be kidding me! They waited 20 years... unacceptable
4. Anonymous says:
1 Apr 2011 04:50:41 PM

I think Katherine Leann Ladd means "instrumental", not "detrimental".
5. Anonymous says:
2 Apr 2011 07:07:05 PM

For Jerry Kuklis,who wrote on 2-24-11 You may start with American Battle Monuments Commission. If you know the full name and rank, and serial number if you have it. In fact, any information would be helpful. You can go online to that site, and start there. I found where my uncle was buried in Holland, and went to visit his grave 4 years ago. What a wonderful experience.
6. Anonymous says:
26 Jun 2011 10:47:51 AM


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