Airman Killed in WWII to Be Buried in California

This undated photo provided by the March Field Air Museum in April 2019 shows Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers Jr. at his home in Snyder, N.Y. U.S. military officials say the remains of the western New York airman killed in a plane crash in the Pacific during World War II have been identified. (March Field Air Museum via the AP)
This undated photo provided by the March Field Air Museum in April 2019 shows Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers Jr. at his home in Snyder, N.Y. U.S. military officials say the remains of the western New York airman killed in a plane crash in the Pacific during World War II have been identified. (March Field Air Museum via the AP)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A New York airman who died in World War II will be buried in Southern California 75 years after his bomber crashed in the Pacific.

The Press-Enterprise reports that a memorial service for Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers will be held June 5 at the Riverside National Cemetery.

Rogers' remains were identified earlier this year after being recovered from the Pacific atoll of Tarawa.

Rogers of Snyder, New York, and six others crew members died when their B-24 bomber crashed into a lagoon in January 1944.

The airman's story is the centerpiece of an exhibit at the March Field Air Museum, which is near the airfield where he trained and the Riverside cemetery.

The exhibit features his letters and other artifacts of his service.

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