WWII marine's dog tags found, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery on Friday

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 1:30am

A World War II marine from Louisiana will be buried this week with full military honors at the Arlington National Cemetery, along with his Captain.

Staff Sargent Thomas Meek was only 19 when his plane crashed in the South Pacific.

The Lisbon, Louisiana native was on a night-training flight July 21, 1943 with his 23-year-old Captain, Henry White of Kansas City, Missouri.

Remains were found last year, along with White’s Captain bars and Meek's dog tags.

Because no individual identification was possible, the men will be buried in a single coffin on Friday.

More than 400,000 American Service Members were killed during WWII. The remains of more than 73,000 of them have never been recovered.


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