WWII soldier's remains arrive in Omaha to be identified

Published: Nov. 20, 2017 at 10:34 PM CST
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There was a somber welcome Monday for a soldier who never made it home. Members of the VFW saluted as remains of a service member, killed in World War II, arrived at Eppley Airfield.

The soldier has been in a cemetery in Germany for decades. Scientists at Offutt will work to identify the remains and return that fallen soldier to family.

"By identifying the remains they'll be able to tell who it was that fell, what unit they were with. Put a history together on them,” said Larry Gerlt, State Commander for the VFW department of Nebraska. “When they come through Delta air cargo only the military escort is with them which according to military guidelines as long as they have one person rendering a salute while the casket is moved, that’s efficient courtesies, but we at the VFW believe all fallen heroes deserve as many military honors, full military honors if at all possible.”

There are still more than 82,000 service members unaccounted for from World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War.