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WWII Marine's remains identified

3 years 3 months 1 week ago October 14, 2013 Oct 14, 2013 Monday, October 14 2013 October 14, 2013 12:00 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The remains of a Louisiana Marine killed in World War II have been identified and will be buried with full military honors.

Nineteen-year-old Staff Sergeant Thomas Meek of Lisbon, Louisiana died with another Marine, Captain Henry White during a training flight in 1943.

Their dive bomber crashed in what is now Vanutau on July 21.

An investigation in 1947 did not find them, but one last year recovered the remains along with a captain's bars and Meek's ID tag.

The two will be buried Friday at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Because no individual identification was possible, the men will be buried in a single casket.

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