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Published June 23, 2011, 08:28 AM

Servicemen's remains finally returned to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The remains of two servicemen killed overseas more than a half century ago have been returned to Minnesota.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The remains of two servicemen killed overseas more than a half century ago have been returned to Minnesota.

Caskets containing the remains arrived to a military salute at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Wednesday where family members had gathered.

Second Lt. Harry Bedard, of Dayton, disappeared in 1945 when his B-25 aircraft crashed in the Philippines. He was just 22. Bedard's remains and those of four others were buried in a common grave in the Philippines. Years later additional remains were discovered at the crash site and buried in St. Louis.

Ralph Carlson, of Braham, died in a North Korea POW camp in 1951. He was 23. In 1991, the North Korean turned over 11 boxes of remains to the U.S. The Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/mzJO3j ) reports DNA analysis showed some of the remains belonged to Carlson.

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