WWII Airmen Buried At Arlington After Years Of Uncertainty

By WAMU 88.5
|  Friday, Feb 11, 2011  |  Updated 9:45 PM EDT
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WWII Airmen Buried At Arlington After Years Of Uncertainty

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ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 27: Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard place flags at gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. About 1,300 soldiers, sailors and Marines in about three hours placed a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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The remains of a World War II airman from Baltimore and several of his crew members were finally buried at Arlington National Cemetery Friday. It took more than 40 years to find the men's remains and another 20 to identify them.

Army Air Forces Technical Sgt. Charles A Bode of Baltimore was 23 when his crew's B-24D Liberator disappeared after taking off from Jackson Airfiend in New Guinea in 1943.

In 1984 the government of New Guinea notified the Department of Defense of a World War II crash site. There, a U.S. search team found human remains. But the team couldn't complete the mission because of the dangerous terrain.

Later, villagers living near the crash site turned over human remains they had removed from the area.

The Pentagon's Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office says Bode will be buried with full military honors.

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