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Remains of missing World War II soldier from North Carolina identified

The remains of a missing World War II Army Private from North Carolina were recovered and identified. Remains to be buried at Arlington National Cemetary.

WASHINGTON — After decades of searching, the remains of North Carolina native David N. Owens, who served as an Army private during World War II, have been recovered near Hurtgen, Germany. 

Owens, from Green Hill, North Carolina, disappeared in battle during World War II in Hurtgen, Germany.  According to The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, his body was never recovered and he was declared dead, killed in action, in November of 1945. 

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Over the years, several organizations tasked with searching for missing soldiers attempted to locate Owens. However, until last June, these attempts were unsuccessful. 

A historian working for the DPAA suspected that Owen's remains were those of an unidentified soldier that were recovered near Hurtgen and buried in Ardennes American Cemetary in Belgium. According to the DPAA, Owens' remains were examined using dental and anthropological analyses, and his identity was confirmed. 

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