Remains Of Berkley WWII Vet Coming Home

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DETROIT (WWJ) The remains of an Oakland County serviceman who disappeared 68 years ago are finally coming home. The Defense Department has positively identified the remains of 23 year-old 1st Lt. Richard T. Heuss of Berkley.

Heuss was part of a crew of 11 whose plane crashed in New Guinea November 7, 1943. The crash site, in a remote area of the Pacific island nation, was discovered in 1984.

It has never been determined whether the plane was brought down by enemy fire or by bad weather or mechanical failure.

Heuss will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery March 24.

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