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Robert Stinson, a casualty of World War II, finally comes home

October 30, 2009 |  6:00 am

Sixty-five years after Robert Stinson's B-24 bomber went down in the Pacific Ocean during World War II, his remains were returned home Wednesday.  He will be buried Friday at Riverside National Cemetery.

Stinson joined the Army Air Forces out of high school and was a flight engineer when he died in combat on Sept. 1, 1944. He was 24.

After military divers recovered several pieces of leg bone from wreckage off the island nation of Palau, DNA samples provided by his brothers were used to identify the remains.

Said Edward Stinson, who was 9 when his brother died: "Welcome home, brother."

To read the full AP story, click here.

-- Valerie J. Nelson

Photo: Richard Stinson, left, and Edward Stinson hold a photo of  their brother, Air Force Sgt. Robert Stinson. Military divers recovered Robert's remains, which were then returned to the family. Credit: Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press