Remains of missing WWII soldier return to Calif.

SAN BRUNO, Calif. (AP) — A California soldier who died during World War II will be buried near his boyhood home after his remains were discovered on a remote island in the South Pacific.

The San Mateo County Times reports that James Austin Sisney and six other crew members died on April 22, 1944, when their plane crashed on an island known as Espiritu Santo.

The missing soldiers' relatives did not know the plane's whereabouts until 2007, when one of them tracked down the wreckage. The military excavated it and the missing soldiers' identities were confirmed through DNA.

Sisney grew up in Livermore and Redwood City, joined the Marines in 1942 when he was 17 and died at age 19.

He will be buried Friday at Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno.

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Information from: San Mateo County Times