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  • In this undated photo provided by the March Field Air Museum, Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers Jr. poses for a photo at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Madison, Wis. U.S. military officials say the remains of the western New York airman killed in a plane crash in the Pacific during World War II have been identified. Rogers was from Snyder, N.Y, outside of Buffalo. (March Field Air Museum via AP)
    Remains of WWII airman who inspired museum’s exhibit ID’d

    The remains of a New York airman whose trove of 200-plus wartime letters inspired a California museum’s popular World War II exhibit have been identified 75 years after he died in a crash off a Pacific island.

  • Pfc. John W. Martin (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency)
    Remains of US soldier reported MIA after Chosin Reservoir battle identified

    There’s now a national veterans cemetery not far from where John Martin grew up along the upper Hudson River, but when it came time to pick a burial place for the soldier 68 years after he was killed in the Korean War, his niece picked the family plot at a nearby cemetery.

  • In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, helicopters from the U.S. Navy carrier Kearsarge hover in a search area over the stern section of the U.S. Navy destroyer Frank E. Evans, left, after the ship was cut in half in a collision with the HMAS Melbourne of the Royal Australian Navy, in the South China Sea, 650 miles southwest of Manila, June 3, 1969. Retired Master Chief Lawrence Reilly Sr., who survived the collision, died May 23, 2018, according to his daughter. He was 93. (Navy via AP)
    Survivor of USS Frank E. Evans disaster that killed son dies at 93

    Lawrence Reilly Sr. barely survived the 1969 collision that sent half of the USS Frank E. Evans to the bottom of the South China Sea with his namesake son and 73 other shipmates trapped inside. The father spent the last years of his life unsuccessfully trying to convince the Pentagon to add those 74 names to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

  • In this April 1944 file photo, infantrymen of the U.S. Army Americal Division watch from behind a barricade of piled-up sandbags as U.S. dive bombers blast Japanese positions, right, across the mouth of the Torokina river on the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. The island is where American fighters shot down Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack, making the wreck site one of most important of World War II. Now, 75 years later, a group from the U.S. and Japan is trekking to the remote Pacific island to document the site. (AP)
    Researchers mark death of Pearl Harbor mastermind Yamamoto

    A group from the U.S. and Japan is trekking to a remote Pacific island jungle to document what is considered one of the most important wreck sites of World War II: where American fighters shot down a Japanese bomber carrying the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack.

  • In this October 1943 photo provided by Catholic Central High School, four classmates in military uniform walk down the stairs at Catholic Central High School in Troy, N.Y. From left are John Marcil, John McGrath, Howard McAlonie and Alfred Mahoney. The 75-year-old yearbook photo of the four young men serving during World War II is spurring an effort to locate the lost airplane flown by John McGrath, the only one in the picture not to make it home. (Catholic Central High School via AP)
    Old yearbook photo spurs effort to find missing WWII pilot

    During World War II, four American service men who graduated from the same upstate New York high school had their photo taken for the yearbook: a Coast Guardsman, a Navy pilot, a sailor and a soldier. The pilot never made it home and is still listed as missing in action.

  • These sketches provided by Ira Dube of U.S. Army 27th Infantry Division soldiers were among more than a dozen done by his father, Stan Dube, during World War II. Ira Dube, found them stashed in the attic of his sister’s home. Now Ira Dube is hoping to identify the men, so he has donated 15 sketches to the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center in Saratoga Springs. (Stan Dube/Ira Dube via AP)
    Who are the men in soldier's WWII sketches?

    Before the Army’s 27th Infantry Division was decimated in a bloody World War II battle, Stan Dube sketched portraits of his fellow soldiers. The 17 drawings were forgotten after the war and stashed in an attic for decades before being found a year ago by his son.

  • In this undated photo provided by the U.S. Army is a WWII era image of Pvt. Joseph Carbone, a Marine killed in the Gilbert Islands in 1943. The remains of Carbone during a World War II battle in the Pacific nearly 75 years ago are being returned to New York for burial. A casket holding the remains of Carbone is scheduled to arrive at JFK Airport on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017.(Pentagon via AP)
    Remains of WWII Marine from NYC being returned for burial

    Nancy Lewis never knew the uncle everyone called Joey, but the stories her grandmother would tell of the son, Marine Corps Pvt. Joseph Carbone, who didn’t return from World War II made it seem like he was still around. “She made him so real for us,” Lewis said.