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July 23, 2013

WWII soldier’s remains return from Germany for W. Va. burial

German man who discovered crash site attends service

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MANNINGTON, W. Va. —

"Something caused him to stay with the plane and he refused to jump. That's from the sister telling me, not the official report," Oliverio said.

Seven of the men jumped; one died when his parachute failed and the other six were taken as prisoners of war, Oliverio said.

After a year, the Army declared Kiger dead.

When Mooser found the crash site in 2008, he researched the plane's identifying marks and determined it was likely the plane that carried Kiger and Marshall. The U.S. military excavated the site and found human remains, and DNA tests confirmed the soldiers’ identities, Oliverio said.

Marshall, of Martin, Ky., was laid to rest earlier this month.

On Sunday, Oliverio said he was impressed by the turnout on the flag-peppered procession route.

"You know what's neat is that it's not just old people, but the young people," Oliverio said as he gestured to a woman and a boy standing and saluting. "They could be inside playing video games. But they are choosing to stand out here and hold flags."

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