CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The remains of a U.S. soldier from West Virginia have been identified more than a half-century after he died in World War II.

The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency said Tuesday the remains are those of Cpl. Joseph Akers of Kenova.

The 23-year-old Akers was killed in November 1944 during a battle near Grosshau, Germany, while serving with the Army's 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion.

The agency says a U.S. investigation team found remains inside the remnants of an American tank destroyer near Grosshau. The remains were declared unidentifiable and were interred at a U.S. military cemetery in France.

The remains were sent to the agency last year. Scientists used DNA analysis and other means to identify them.

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