US servicemen killed in WWII to finally be buried in California
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US servicemen killed in WWII to finally be buried in California

More than six decades after they were killed, Homer Spence and Frank Masoni will be laid to rest in their hometowns

Undated photo shows US Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Homer Spence and Marine Corps Reserve Assistant Cook Frank Masoni, of Gilroy, California. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency via AP)
Undated photo shows US Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Homer Spence and Marine Corps Reserve Assistant Cook Frank Masoni, of Gilroy, California. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency via AP)

MANTECA, California — Two US servicemen whose remains were identified more than six decades after they were killed overseas during World War II will finally get funerals in their California hometowns.

The Defense Department says Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Homer Spence and Marine Corps Reserve Assistant Cook Frank Masoni will be buried Sunday with military honors. Spence’s funeral is in Manteca, and the service for Masoni is in Gilroy.

The plane Spence was piloting disappeared during a mission over southern Germany in July 1944. He was 22. The wreckage was found in 2010, and Spence’s remains were identified using DNA analysis.

Masoni was killed in November 1943 during a battle with Japanese forces on an island in the Pacific Ocean. He was 21. His remains were identified using dental and other records.

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