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Remains of Kentuckiana WWII pilot returned home

1st Lieutenant Jack Volz (Source: Family Photo) 1st Lieutenant Jack Volz (Source: Family Photo)

Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – As America prepares to honor her fallen military members over the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, a World War II pilot from Louisville is finally home.

In October 1943, 1st Lieutenant Jack Volz died when his B-24 Liberator was shot down over the South Pacific. Nearly 68 years later, his remains have arrived back in Louisville.

The remains of Volz and 11 other airmen were recovered in 2007 when researchers excavated the site. Each were identified by DNA.

"The current deaths are very emotional, dealing with families as the assistance officer," said U.S. Army Capt. Scott Smith, "but to be able to honor Lt. Volz and bring him back to home soil after all this time of being missing in action could not be a more meaningful experience for me."

Over the years he has been missing, all of Volz's immediate family members have died. He is survived by several nieces.

Funeral services for Volz are set for 10 a.m. May 28 at Ratterman's Funeral Home on Lexington Road. Burial with full military honors will follow at Cave Hill Cemetery.

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