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Associated Press, Published October 02 2012

Arlington funerals set for Minn. Marine and 5 others recently ID'd from WWII

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — A funeral is planned Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery for a Minnesota Marine and six others who were killed in a World War II crash and whose remains were only recently identified.

Cpl. Wayne Erickson of Minneapolis was on a PBJ-1 bomber that crashed on Espiritu Santo island in the South Pacific in 1944.

Also killed were Pfc. John A. Donovan of Plymouth, Mich., 1st Lt. Laverne Lallathin of Raymond, Wash.; 2nd Lt. Dwight Ekstam of Moline, Ill.; 2nd Lt. Walter Vincent of Tulsa, Okla.; Tech. Sgt. James Sisney of Redwood City, Calif.; and Cpl. John Yeager of Pittsburgh.

Partial remains of Donovan and five of his comrades will be buried together Thursday. Lallathin's remains will be interred separately.

Relatives also held a funeral for Donovan June 8 in Washtenaw County.


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