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Maine WWII Marine to finally return home

CARIBOU - Gone, but not forgotten. A funeral service will soon be held for a Marine Corps Private from Caribou who has finally been identified following his death in World War II.

Alberic Blanchette was 19 years old when he was killed during the battle of Tarawa in 1943.


His remains were among thousands that could not be identified following the battle. They were kept at a cemetery in Hawaii until they were disinterred for testing last year.


The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said that testing helped identify Blanchette's remains, bringing some closure for his survivors.


Private Blanchette will now be honored during a special funeral in his hometown on September 18th.


More than 73-thousand world war two servicemen are still unaccounted for, but the accounting agency continues to work to identify remains these many years later.