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.