SHIRLEY (CBS) – The family of a local airman killed during World War II waited decades.

Leonard Gionet was finally laid to rest on Wednesday.

Gionet was one of nine airmen shot down over Papua New Guinea in 1943. All nine were buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

The army recovered their remains in 1949, but they were just recently identified using DNA.

  1. karen s says:

    welcome home to the spirit of tech sgt gionet. where have all the young men gone? long time passing. so many of us never knew you or your family, but we stand to thank you for your service, and your family for their sacrifice, and the many tears shed. freedom is never free.

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