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 Sunday, April 20, the 110th day of 2014. There are 255 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The attention of contractors is called to proposals for building a magazine. The building is to be erected on the south side of the island, above the railroad, nearly opposite Sinnit's ice houses. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Ladies patent leather tip shoes were selling for $3 at the M & K store, and men's spring overcoats were advertised at $7.50. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Fred Feuchter, of Davenport, was elected president of the Tri-City Post Office Clerks club, and Joe Goldsmith, of Rock Island, was named secretary treasurer. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Mass vaccination of more than 1,600 employed of the Rock Island Arsenal has been ordered by Col. Norman Ramsey after a 13-year-old daughter of the Arsenal manager became ill with smallpox. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The 1964 Scout-O-Rama of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts closed a two-day session last evening at the Rock Island Armory with 5,000 paid attendance. 1989 -- 25 years ago: "From the horse and buggy days ... to this" said Mercer County Sheriff Marvin Thirtyacre, waving his hand to indicate the sheriff's department facilities at the new $1.5 million Mercer County Jail in Aledo.