The remains of a World War II pilot were buried this weekend in Michigan, 76 years after his plane went down during a battle in the Solomon Islands.

Elwood Bailey was buried Saturday next to his parents at Chapel Cemetery in Parma, Michigan. He was a 2nd lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserves when he was reported missing in action while fighting Japanese forces over Guadalcanal in 1942.

Bailey was with Marine Fighter Squadron 223. He was flying an F4F-4 Wildcat when he was reporting missing in action after being shot down, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

In 1948 his remains were declared to be nonrecoverable.