WWII Veteran's Funeral at Arlington Held After More Than 7 Decades
Jul 12, 2018
by Elizabeth Zwirz
More than 70 years after his death, a World War II veteran was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Several relatives of Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. John H. Canty joined together at the military cemetery in Virginia to honor the fallen serviceman, who died after his B-26 Marauder crashed down in June 1944 when he was 22 years old.
The plane "was shot down" while flying over France in the midst of the war and every member of the eight-person crew onboard at the time died, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, who announced earlier this year that Canty's remains had been accounted for.
Scientists were able to use DNA analysis to identify the veteran's remains.
Canty's casket, adorned with an American flag, was escorted through the cemetery on a horse-drawn carriage. The flag was presented to Canty's nephew, Wayne Brazeau, 78, who attended the service with his wife, Dorothy.
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Photo caption: Staff Sgt. John H. Canty, bottom left, and others he served with. Top row, from left: Lt. Col. Don Weiss, Lt. David Meserow, Lt. Axel Slustrop. Bottom row: Canty, S/Sgt. Tom McCaslin, T/Sgt. Clement Monaco. (Photo courtesy of Thomas McCaslin)
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