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Remains of Lost World War II Airman Found and Returned to His Herkimer County Home!

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The Defense Department Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office in Washington has confirmed that the long lost remains of a Herkimer County airman have been found in the mountains of Papua, New Guinea.  Sgt. Dominick Licari, then 31 years old, was killed on the night of March 13, 1944.  The remains of his pilot, Lt. Valorie L. Pollard of California, were also found at the remote crash site.  They were piloting an A-Havoc bomber on a mission at the time.

Licari’s surviving siblings have been notified and it is expected that they will accompany his casket to their family plot in a cemetery in Frankfort, N.Y. for funeral and burial services on August 6.

These are the most recent recoveries from the Department of Prisoners and Missing Personnel Office in our nation’s capital.  It was established in 1993 and its motto is “Keeping the Promise.” More than 83,000 American soldiers are still unaccounted for in the wars from, and including World War II to present.

Welcome Home to Upstate, Sgt. Licari.  And thank you…….


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