WWII Soldier Identified After 67 Years

The soldier's status has been MIA since 1944

By Julie Jessup
|  Saturday, Mar 19, 2011  |  Updated 7:47 AM PDT
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It took DNA to finally identify the remains of WWII Staff Sgt. Joseph Ralph Sanchez of <a title=Whittier." />

It took DNA to finally identify the remains of WWII Staff Sgt. Joseph Ralph Sanchez of Whittier.

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World War II Staff Sgt. Joe R. Sanchez has finally been returned home after being classified as Missing in Action for more than six decades.

Sanchez served in the 575th Bombardment Squadron, 391st Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force. His plane was shot down on Dec. 23, 1944.

The soldier's remains were identified by using DNA from his niece. The fallen hero was finally returned to Los Angeles on Wednesday.

A public service is scheduled for Saturday. Church services will be at St. Bruno Catholic Church in Whittier at 10:30 a.m.

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