WWII San Francisco airman to be buried at Arlington

Dec 2, 2014 10:49 AM by News Staff

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A San Francisco soldier killed in WWII will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Sgt. Charles Gardner was killed in 1944 when the plane he and 11 other airmen were in was shot down over Papua New Guinea. Though the military recovered the remains of three of the airmen after WWII, the rest of the remains were deemed unrecoverable.

In September, the Pentagon announced that Gardner's remains had at last been recovered and identified after a U.S.-led team found the wrecked aircraft in 2001. The Pentagon say Gardner's remains were identified after his DNA matched his niece and nephew.

Gardner, who was 32 when he was killed, will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Thursday. He will be buried with full military honors.

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