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 only recently were 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 2nd Lt. Ekstam and his comrades will be buried together on Thursday, while 1st Lt. Lallathin's remains will be interred separately.
Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Port Byron passengers and mails will be transported by the Sterling and Rock Island railroad. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The congregation of the First Methodist church worshiped in Harper's theater, where construction work is being done at the church site. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three-eye baseball for Moline was assured the Danville Franchise will be transferred to the Plow city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Roseville Methodist Church is observing its 100th anniversary. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The last remaining unfinished portion of Interstate 80 between the Quad-Cities and Joliet will be opened to traffic by Aug 12. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Of all the highlights of the last 12 years, this is the greatest of all, said Dennis Hitchcock, producer director of Circa '21 Dinner Playhouse, as he torched the mortgage, clearing a $220,000 loan financing the downtown Rock Island theater's beginnings in 1977.