NY WWII airman's remains arrive home decades later

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Associated Press

Posted on August 3, 2013 at 3:34 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 3 at 4:00 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Veterans' groups, businesses and residents along a stretch of New York's Mohawk Valley have paid tribute to a World War II airman whose remains have been returned home.

They saluted and held signs honoring Sgt. Dominick Licari (lih-KEHR'-ee) as a vehicle procession carrying his casket went by Friday evening. Honor guards were posted along the route.

Licari was a gunner aboard an Army Air Force bomber that crashed in Papua New Guinea in 1944 while returning from a raid on a Japanese airfield. U.S. military officials last month notified his family his remains had been found.

Funeral director Vincent Iocovozzi (yahk-oh-VAHT'-zee) says hundreds of people lined the roads to watch Licari's remains be transported from the Albany airport to his hometown of Frankfort, 70 miles west.

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

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