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Friday, October 15, 2010

Remains of World War II officer in the Philippines identified

Department of Defense Thursday announced it has identified the remains of an Army officer missing in action since World War II.

The remains of Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Arthur F. Parkhurst, of Evansville, Ind., were returned to his family for a burial with full military honors on Oct. 16 in Dayton, Ohio, the Pentagon's Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office said in a release.

Parkhurst and five others aboard a C-47A Skytrain departed Tanauan Airfield on Leyte, Philippines, on March 12, 1945, and were never heard from again. The crash site was discovered in 1989, and human remains and aircraft parts were turned over to U.S. officials.

Parkhurst's remains were identified through dental records and comparisons with DNA from his brother and sister.

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