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Recovered remains of WWII veteran to be buried

May. 21, 2013 - 08:28AM   |  
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FREEMANSBURG, PA. — A military burial is scheduled Saturday in eastern Pennsylvania for a World War II soldier whose remains were recovered after more than 65 years.

The Express-Times reports that William Yawney was a 23-year-old Army private when he was killed on Saipan in July 1944, as Allied forces were trying to secure the island.

The family initially received a letter saying he had been buried at a military cemetery in Saipan, but the Department of Defense later said no grave for Yawney was found. The department said an archaeological company working in Saipan uncovered remains in 2011 that were confirmed to be Yawney’s.

The family has scheduled a full military burial for 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Cemetery in Northampton.

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