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Joan Baker, an anthropologist, and Marine Corp. Julian Temblador remove small stones from the top of a grave next to a church in Pokojisce, Slovenia, on July 17, 2017. A team representing the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conducted a mission in Slovenia in July to search for the remains of Sgt. Alfonso Duran, an airman missing since World War II.
Joan Baker, an anthropologist, and Marine Corp. Julian Temblador remove small stones from the top of a grave next to a church in Pokojisce, Slovenia, on July 17, 2017. A team representing the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conducted a mission in Slovenia in July to search for the remains of Sgt. Alfonso Duran, an airman missing since World War II. (Jennifer Svan/Stars and Stripes)

POKOJISCE, Slovenia — The earth by the headstone next to the church in this tiny mountain village was full of rocks.

Two days of digging under a hot sun had yielded buckets of gravel, stones the size of men’s fists and many piles of dirt – but no bones. After 73 years, Sgt. Alfonso O. Duran was still missing.

The team from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency had arrived in the nearby city of Ljubljana in mid-July on a mission to find Duran’s remains and bring him home.

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