WWII Marine finally laid to rest in Michigan

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By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press

NORTHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Marine has been laid to rest in Michigan nearly seven decades after he went missing following a World War II bomber crash.

Funeral and burial services were held Friday for Pfc. John Albert Donovan near Ann Arbor.

Donovan was declared dead in 1945 at age 21.

His only surviving sibling, 82-year-old Josephine "Dody" Demianenko, flew from Florida to Michigan to attend the service. A Marine honor guard presented her with a U.S. flag that had been draped over her brother's casket.

Nephew Tim Donovan says the family has been on a "roller coaster" with the identification of Donovan's remains and the funeral provided closure.

John Donovan and six other crew members were aboard a PBJ-1 bomber that went down on the island of Espiritu Santo in the South Pacific.

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