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Remains of WWII Sergeant returned after 72 years

The family of Sgt. Harold Burton Davis received his remains at John Glenn International airport Thursday afternoon. (WSYX/WTTE)

An Ohio hero who was lost for nearly 75 years is finally home.

The family of Sgt. Harold Burton Davis received his remains at John Glenn International airport Thursday afternoon.

Davis was a sergeant during WWII, he died in a plane crash with eight other serviceman in 1944. In 1961, their remains were found but there was no way to identify them. Years later more remains were found at the crash site in New Guinea. DNA from a rib bone identified Davis. His nephew took a DNA test and they were a match.

Everything stopped as Davis' remains were escorted to his hometown, Zanesville.

"The Columbus police department, the Columbus fire department, every fire department we saw on the overpasses. Local Zanesville police, Muskingam County sheriffs, everybody," said Ray Schwabe, the District #5 Captain for the Patriot Guard.

"Oh my goodness, to see everyone when we first came to Zanesville out in the street and on the way in. All the fire engines and the overpass, it was hard not to cry, " said Kelly Davis-Roberts, Davis' niece.

The streets of Zanesville were lined with residents holding American flags as Davis' remains were escorted throughout the neighborhood.

Davis will be buried with his mother. There will be a celebrations of live service along with a parade held for Davis this Saturday.




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