2010-07-08 / Local & State

Remains Of 7 Servicemen From WWII Are Identified

TYRONE, Pennsylvania (AP) – U.S. military authorities have identified the remains of a seven servicemen missing in action since their cargo plane went down in Burma during World War II.

The men were aboard a C-47A Skytrain that left India on May 23, 1944, to resupply Allied forces near My- itkyina in Burma, now known as Myanmar, but never returned.

In 2002, a missionary found a data plate from a crash site about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northwest of Myitkyina. A military team excavated the site.

Aboard the plane were Air Force Tech. Sgt. Clarence Frantz, Capt. Joseph M. Olbinski, 1st Lt. Joseph J. Auld, 1st Lt. Robert M. Anderson, Pfc. Richard M. Dawson, Pvt. Robert L. Crane and Pvt. Fred G. Fagan.

The Altoona Mirror reports that they will be buried with full military honors July 15 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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