Serviceman From Millen one of Seven in Plane Crash

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World War II remains returned home from Burma
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Washington DC-- The remains of seven servicemen missing in action from World War II, have been found at a crash site in Burma and are being returned to their families for burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

1st Lt. Robert M. Anderson, of Millen, Georgia was one of those whose remains were found at the sight that was first reported by a missionary in late 2002. 

On May 23, 1944 the men were aboard a C-47A Skytrain that left Dinjan, India heading to resupply Allied forces near Myitkyina, Burma.  They never returned and searchers could not find any trace of a crash along what should have been the flight path.

A missionary gave U-S officials a data plate from the plane in 2002 and a Burmese citizen turned over some human remains and three dog tags belonging to members of the crew in 2003.

A Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team excavated the crash sight in 2003 and 2004 and recovered more remains and equipment from the plane.

The seven crew members identified by the team are Army Capt. Joseph M. Olbinski, Chicago; 1st Lt. Joseph J. Auld, Floral Park, N.Y.; 1st Lt. Robert M. Anderson, Millen, Ga.; Tech. Sgt. Clarence E. Frantz, Tyrone, Penn.; Pfc. Richard M. Dawson, Haynesville, Va.; Pvt. Robert L. Crane, Sacramento, Calif.; and Pvt. Fred G. Fagan, Piedmont, Ala., were identified and all are to be interred July 15 in Arlington National Cemetery. 

The military scientists used mitochondrial DNA that was compared to family members,  and dental records to identify the remains.

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