WHITTIER (AP) — An Air Force veteran has been buried in Southern California, six decades after he died in a plane crash.
The Orange County Register says the remains of Engolf Hagen were laid to rest with military honors Friday near his parents’ grave in Whittier.
Hagen, a 28-year-old technical sergeant, died when a Globemaster carrying 52 passengers crashed and exploded on an Alaskan glacier in 1952. The wreckage was quickly covered with snow.
The site was found two years ago and 17 victims identified from remains. Hagen’s forearm and rib were retrieved, cremated and the ashes flown to California.
Hagen’s youngest sister, 84-year-old Eleanor Yeager of Corona del Mar, attended the burial. Yeager says she’s grieving his loss again after so many years — but is glad he’s home at last.
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