Ohio family buries remains of WWII fighter pilot who went missing

(File photo)
(File photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – The family of a World War II fighter pilot declared missing in action in 1945 has gotten closure seven decades later.

WTOL-TV reports that Army First Lt. Donald Beals was buried Thursday with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Family members in attendance included Beals’ nephew.

Doug Tabner Jr. says his uncle was “a regular man with bravery, dedication, and patriotism.”

Beals was a decorated 22-year-old pilot and South Dakota native who was shot down in Germany and declared missing in action on April 17, 1945.

In 2014, the military asked Tabner’s mother and her brother for a DNA sample that matched remains found at a crash site at an archaeological dig.

Beals was buried with full military honors.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s