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World War II pilot from Green Bay laid to rest, 66 years after he went missing

A World War II pilot from Green Bay was finally laid to rest Wednesday, 66 years after he was missing in action.

U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Robert Streckenbach Jr., was 21 when his reconnaissance plane went down in a storm in New Guinea in 1943.

The plane and its crew were never seen until a few years ago, when somebody found part of the wreckage and human remains.

An Army genealogical team contacted Streckenbach's sister, Joyce Clark. And her DNA helped confirm the pilot's remains.

They were recently flown home to Green Bay, where a service and a burial were held Wednesday with the help of an Army honor guard and a casualty assistance officer.

Clark says she's glad her ordeal is over. She said the family did most of its mourning in the first couple years after he disappeared and at 81, she's now the only one left.