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Body of WWII Soldier Passes through Minnesota

Updated: 08/09/2014 6:17 PM
Created: 08/09/2014 4:54 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart

A body of World War II soldier mistakenly buried in a German cemetery made a stop in Minnesota.
 
U.S. Army Private First Class Lawrence Gordon’s remains have traveled from Germany on the way to Canada for a proper burial. They made a stop in Rochester Friday, KSTP's sister station KAAL reports.
 
Private First Class Gordon was Canadian, but dedicated his life to the U.S. military.
 
Family members say he was killed Aug. 13, 1944, and officials had trouble identifying him because his body was so badly burned. He was mistakenly thought to be a German soldier because they found German clothing and equipment in the grave.
 
Because of this, Gordon spent nearly 70 years buried in a German cemetery.
 
Family members used DNA testing to finally confirm Gordon’s identity.
 
Gordon's remains are being escorted 1,600 miles from Wisconsin, where researchers uncovered his identity, all the way to Canada.
 
Gordon's burial is Wednesday in his Canadian hometown on the 70th anniversary of his death.


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