Sunday, February 05, 2006

Frozen In Time, Part II

Back in October I posted about a WWII serviceman whose body had been found in the Sierra Nevada, encased in ice. He's been identified:

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Remains found in a California mountain range last fall are those of an airman from Minnesota whose plane went missing during World War II, a friend of the man's family said Saturday.

The U.S. Department of Defense determined the remains are those of Leo Mustonen, who was 22 when the plane he was in crashed 64 years ago in the Sierra Nevada mountains, family friend Marjorie Freeman told The Associated Press. Freeman, of Baxter, said a niece of Mustonen's called her after being notified by defense officials....

Last October, authorities recovered a body encased in ice in Kings Canyon National Park. Military anthropologists narrowed their options to four men who flew out of Sacramento's Mather Field the night the plane disappeared: Mustonen; pilot William Gamber, 23, of Fayette, Ohio; and aviation Cadets Ernest Munn, 23, of St. Clairsville, Ohio, and John Mortenson, 25, of Moscow, Idaho.


May he rest in peace.

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