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WWII soldier laid to rest in Boston after remains identified

CHRISTOPHER S. MUNCY/U.S. AIR NATIONAL GUARD

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: November 9, 2019

NEEDHAM, Mass. — A solider killed in World War II has been laid to rest after his remains were recently identified.

WCVB-TV reports a memorial service was held Saturday at St. Joseph church in Needham, Massachusetts for U.S. Army 1st Lt. Joseph Edward Finneran.

He was then buried with full military honors in Mount Benedict Cemetery in Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood, alongside his mother.

The 22-year-old was shot down north of Bucharest, Romania on Aug. 1, 1943 during a bombing mission. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and other military honors.

Finneran's unidentified remains had been kept inside a military cemetery in Belgium for 70 years along with other Americans killed during "Operation Tidal Wave."

The Pentagon last month announced it had accounted for Finneran using anthropological and DNA analysis.

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