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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1864 -- 150 years ago: The Rock Island Paper Mill is now operating. It is an establishment which our people ought to encourage by saving all rags for the mill, where you can get cash and the highest prices for them.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market Square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Henry Kramer was elected president of the Tri-City Typothetae Franklin Club, which took the place of the Tri-City Ben Franklin Club.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Floyd Furh, Illinois City, was first-place winner in the second annual Gov. Horner Farm floral contest.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Nearly 4,000 people are expected to attend weekend sessions of the Jehovah's Witnesses Assembly being held at the Masonic Temple.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The B-29 Super-Fortress bomber is impressive looking, and it did the job during World War II. Its claim to fame is dropping the atomic bombs in Japan to end the war. Only one B-29 is operational in the world today. It is on display at the Quad City Airport in Moline until Friday.






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