Remains of lost WWII veteran set for return to Rhode Island

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Posted: Aug 25, 2016 6:05 AM

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — The remains of an Army captain who was previous lost and unaccounted for following World War II will return to his hometown in Rhode Island this weekend.

WPRI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2bpgjlJ ) the remains of Capt. Elwood Euart will arrive to fanfare at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick on Saturday. A military and state police escort will accompany Euart's remains to a funeral home in Lincoln in preparation for his burial Wednesday in Pawtucket.

Euart was among 5,000 soldiers aboard the SS President Coolidge when the transport vessel sank after striking two mines in the south Pacific Ocean in 1942. The Pawtucket man was one of just two casualties.

Amateur divers discovered Euart's remains and dog tags while exploring the wreck in 2012.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com