Arlington funeral for Michigan Marine, 6 others

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PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) – A funeral is planned Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery for a Michigan Marine and six others who were killed in a World War II crash and whose remains were only recently identified.

Pfc. John A. Donovan of Plymouth was on a PBJ-1 bomber that crashed on Espiritu Santo island in the South Pacific in 1944.

Also killed were 1st Lt. Laverne Lallathin of Raymond, Wash.; 2nd Lt. Dwight Ekstam of Moline, Ill.; 2nd Lt. Walter Vincent of Tulsa, Okla.; Tech. Sgt. James Sisney of Redwood City, Calif.; Cpl. Wayne Erickson of Minneapolis; and Cpl. John Yeager of Pittsburgh.

Partial remains of Donovan and five of his comrades will be buried together Thursday. Lallathin’s remains will be interred separately.

Relatives also held a funeral for Donovan June 8 in Washtenaw County.

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