Arlington funeral for Moline Marine, 6 others


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Posted Online: Oct. 02, 2012, 1:54 pm
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PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) - A funeral is planned Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery for a Moline Marine and six others who were killed in a World War II crash and whose remains were only recently identified.

Second Lt. Dwight Ekstam of Moline was on a PBJ-1 bomber that crashed on Espiritu Santo island in the South Pacific in 1944.

Also killed were 1st Lt. Laverne Lallathin of Raymond, Wash.; Pfc. John A. Donovan of Plymouth, Mich.; 2nd Lt. Walter Vincent of Tulsa, Okla.; Tech. Sgt. James Sisney of Redwood City, Calif.; Cpl. Wayne Erickson of Minneapolis; and Cpl. John Yeager of Pittsburgh.

Partial remains of Ekstam and five of his comrades will be buried together Thursday. Lallathin's remains will be interred separately.














 



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