RIVERSIDE (AP) — A World War II airman has been buried in California 67 years after his bomber crashed on a southwest Pacific island.

B-24 tail gunner Claude “Bud” Ray’s whereabouts were a mystery for six decades, then a New Guinea villager found the wreckage in the jungle seven years ago. Army investigators identified him this year through DNA analysis.

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The Coffeyville, Kan., native was buried Wednesday with a 21-gun salute and military fly over at Riverside National Cemetery.

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Ray’s niece, Karen Gideon, and nephew, Burt Risser, were on hand.

The military says there are 88,000 World War II military personnel still missing in action and presumed dead.

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