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Airmen Missing Since WWII Buried At Arlington National Cemetery

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Staff Sgt. Frederick E. Harris had been missing in action for six decades.

Staff Sgt. Frederick E. Harris had been missing in action for six decades.

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BOSTON (CBS) – It was an emotional day at Arlington National Cemetery for families of 12 servicemen who are finally home.

“It was the most beautiful ceremony I’ve ever seen,” said Elizabeth Durgin.

Durgin and her family traveled from the Cape to say a proper goodbye her uncle Staff Sgt. Frederick E. Harris.

Harris had been missing in action for six decades. The family of the Medford war hero never thought this day would come.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports

Harris and 11 other crew members went missing in 1943 during World War II when their bomber disappeared over New Guinea.

Harris, a machine gunner, was just 23 and newly married when he enlisted.

In 2003 his bomber was finally found in the jungle. It was evacuated in 2007.

Now DNA has identified the remains. A mystery decades in the making is finally over.

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