Remains of missing Iowa WWII soldier back home

American Flag (KSN File Photo)
American Flag (KSN File Photo)

MOULTON, Iowa (AP) — The remains of a World War II veteran missing for nearly 70 years are back in his southern Iowa hometown.

The Daily Iowegian reports that a graveside service was held for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert “Bobby” Howard on Saturday morning just north of Moulton.

Howard was 21 years old in April 1945 when his aircraft was shot down over Germany. He and four other crew members were officially declared dead, though their remains weren’t recovered.

A research and analysis group concluded earlier this year that human remains found near the possible aircraft crash site belong to Howard.

Saturday’s service was held with full military honors provided by the Iowa National Guard.

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