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WWII Airman's Remains Returned After 67 Years

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The remains of 2nd Lt. Martin Patrick Murray are being returned to his family Saturday after the Army airman went missing over the Pacific more than 67 years ago.

His Army aviation wings and a Purple Heart were all that the family of 2nd Lt. Murray had to remember him by until now.

Murray's 63-year-old second cousin Eileen Ryan, who was born two years after he died, said burying his remains will now bring the family long-sought closure.

"It takes on a whole new meaning for us at this point," Ryan said. "Not having known him personally but now feeling, after reading his story and learning of his service, we do feel connected to him."

Murray will have a military burial at Saint Patrick's Cemetery in Lowell.

This program aired on April 15, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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