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Wis. WWII airman, 10 others to get group burial


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin airman who died in World War II is among 11 servicemen whose remains will be buried together at Arlington National Cemetery next month.

The 11 airmen took off from an airfield in New Guinea in 1943 for a mission near the country's northern coast. The B-24D Liberator failed to return, and subsequent searches turned up nothing.

Remains of seven airmen were eventually found and identified, including those of 21-year-old 2nd Lt. Robert R. Streckenbach Jr. of Green Bay.

Larry Greer is a spokesman for the Defense Department's POW-MIA office. He said Thursday that other remains couldn't be uniquely identified, so all the remains will be buried in a single casket, under a headstone bearing all 11 names.

The March 24 burial will be conducted with full military honors.

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