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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Forever young 21 year old Marine laid to rest after 70 years

Michigan Marine who died following WWII bomber crash in South Pacific finally laid to rest
By Associated Press
Published: June 8

NORTHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The funeral and burial of Marine Pfc. John Albert Donovan had all the pomp and circumstance of services held across the U.S. for military members killed overseas during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The 21-year-old’s flag-draped casket was solemnly carried in and out of the church by a Marine honor guard, and the flag was meticulously folded and presented to his sister at a graveside ceremony. The difference, however, was that Donovan wasn’t being laid to rest days or weeks after his death.

His passing came almost 70 years ago.
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