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Remains of WWII soldier return to Albany

Sgt. Dominick J. Licari (J Iocovozzi Funeral Home) Sgt. Dominick J. Licari (J Iocovozzi Funeral Home)

LATHAM, N.Y. - The New York Army National Guard's conducted an honorable transfer of remains at the Albany Airport Friday evening as the casket of World War II flyer Sgt. Dominick Licari arrived on its way to his hometown of Frankfort, N.Y.

The seven-member "Military Forces Honor Guard" moved the casket containing Licari's remains from the aircraft to a hearse provided by J Iocovozzi Funeral Home in Herkimer.

Licari was a United States Army Air Forces gunner with an A-20 attack bomber crew thatcrashed in March 1944.  Licari, his Pilot 2nd Lt. Valerie L. Pollard, and their aircraft were lost during a mission fighting the Japanese.

Licari was 31-years-old. His remains were recently identified and were repatriated to New York from Hawaii.

Members of the New York Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion 108th Infantry will provide a casket honor guard during viewing hours at the Iocovozzi Funeral Home on Monday.

An Active Army Honor Guard from Fort Drum will conduct a military funeral at the J Iocovozzi Funeral Home on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on August 6th in honor of the soldier.

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