CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The remains of a World War II soldier will return to West Virginia on Wednesday, more than 70 years after his death.

Second Lt. Clarence Dragoo, of Sandyville, died February 1945 when the aircraft he was in crashed in route to a rallying point following a bombing run in Italy. Dragoo was an Army Air Force navigator at the time.

His remains were discovered recently off the coast of Grado, Italy, and will be returned to his family Wednesday evening.

The West Virginia National Guard will provide honor guard detail for the arrival at Yeager Airport as well as Dragoo’s funeral, which will be held Saturday in Sandyville.

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