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

Moline WWII soldier to be buried at Arlington Thursday

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The Associated Press

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A carry team from the Marine Barracks of Washington moves a flag-draped casket during burial services for seven missing U.S. Marines from World War II, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va. The remains representing the crew buried as a group in a single casket: 1st Lt. Laverne A. Lallathin of Raymond, Wash., 2nd Lt. Dwight D. Ekstam of Moline, Ill., 2nd Lt. Walter B. Vincent, Jr. of Tulsa, Okla., Tech. Sgt. James A. Sisney of Redwood City, Calif., Cpl. Wayne R. Erickson of Minneapolis, Cpl. John D. Yeager of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Pfc. John A. Donovan of Plymouth, Mich. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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.