The body of an Army private killed in World War Two will return to North Carolina today after German volunteers found his remains near the border between Germany and France.
Lawrence Burkett was an Ashe County native who was 28 when he
died in 1944. He will be buried in his church cemetery this weekend. His wife, Dora, died in 1994, never knowing what happened to Burkett's body.
German volunteers searching for missing soldiers last year found Burkett's remains and dog tags near the Siegfried Line -- a series of war defenses built by German forces. The U-S military's Central
Identification Laboratory used mouth swabs from two cousins to confirm D-N-A results that proved the identity of the remains.
There are more than 78-thousand service members still missing from World War Two.