AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Family members of an Ohio military pilot whose B-24 bomber was shot down in Germany during World War II say they have closure now that his remains have returned home.
About 50 people attended Friday's burial service for Army 1st Lt. Alden Hershiser in Akron. The 24-year-old Hershiser bailed out of his flaming aircraft in 1945 but didn't survive the fall. He was buried in an anonymous grave until exhumed in 2007 and identified in July.
Bill Hershiser says it was an honor to watch his brother return home after 64 years. He grew up on stories that his brother might have been taken to a POW camp. He said their mother never gave up hope and never accepted that Alden was dead. She died in 1978.
Friday's burial featured full military decorum, including a rifle salute and honor guard from Fort Knox, Ky.