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WWII soldier to be buried in Grand Rapids after remains identified

By BRIAN MCVICAR | MLive.com | Published: November 16, 2019

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Tribune News Service) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff Saturday in honor of a World War II soldier who is scheduled to be laid to rest in Grand Rapids after the government identified his remains.

Army Private Connie Cagle’s funeral is scheduled for Saturday, the governor’s office said in a news release.

He was killed on Nov. 22, 1942, while fighting along the Soputa-Sanananda Track in what is present day Papua New Guinea.

“With the identification and return of Private Connie Cagle’s remains after so many years, the United States Army continues to fulfill their commitment to never leave a soldier behind,” Whitmer said in a statement. “We are grateful for the life and service of Private Cagle, and these flag honors represent a small token of our appreciation.”

Cagle’s body was identified more than a half-century after his death when the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred his remains for analysis, according to Whitmer’s office.

Cagle, who will buried with full military honors, served in the army’s Company K, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division.

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