Moline WWII soldier to be buried at Arlington Thursday


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Originally Posted Online: Oct. 02, 2012, 8:27 pm
Last Updated: Oct. 04, 2012, 1:29 pm
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The Associated Press

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.



















 



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