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Aug 3, 2013 12:40 AM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nearly 70 years later, NY WWII airman finally home

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A World War II airman who died in combat almost 70 years ago but whose remains were only recently identified has returned home.

Funeral director Vincent Iocovozzi (yahk-oh-VAHT'-zee) said Friday night Sgt. Dominick Licari's (lih-KEHR'-eez) remains arrived in Frankfort, about 70 miles west of Albany, at 9:04 p.m.

Iocovozzi said the streets were lined with people as the SUV carrying Licari's remains made its way to Frankfort. He said people were crying, waving flags and holding signs.

Iocovozzi said dozens of veterans riding motorcycles escorted the car on the final stretch of the journey.

Licari's plane crashed in the South Pacific in 1944. He was officially declared dead in in 1946. Last month his family was told his remains were found and identified.

Licari's funeral and burial with full military honors are set for Tuesday in Frankfort.

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