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June 29, 2011 in City, News
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U.S. Army Capt. Melvin Stai was captured near Wonju during the Korean War in 1951 and was believed to have been killed in a U.S. air raid at the camp where he was being held prisoner.

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Marine Pvt. Herman Sturmer at age 17. Sturmer’s remains have been recovered from the South Pacific where he as killed during World War II.

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1st Sgt. Dana Clark, left, awaits the remains of Pvt. Herman F. Sturmer, Jr. as members of the Battery P 5th Battalion 14th Marines Regiment prepare to bring the casket into Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, June 29, 2011 in Spokane, Wash. Sturmer was killed Nov. 20, 1943, while his 2nd Marine Division was storming the beaches of Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, in the South Pacific during World War II. His remains were identified April 8, 2011 through DNA testing.

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Members of the Battery P 5th Battalion 14th Marines Regiment carry the casket of Pvt. Herman F. Sturmer into Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, June 29, 2011 in Spokane, Wash.

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1st Sgt. Dana Clark, left, salutes the remains of Pvt. Herman F. Sturmer, Jr. as members of the Battery P 5th Battalion 14th Marines Regiment carry the casket into Hennessey-Smith Funeral Home, June 29, 2011 in Spokane, Wash.

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Lexey Lyons hold a picture of her brother, Marine Pvt. Herman Sturmer, at age 17.

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U.S. Army Capt. Melvin Stai is pictured on a military vehicle.

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Mike Stai, of Spokane, is the son of U.S. Army Capt. Melvin Stai, whose remains have been identified and will be returned to Spokane on July 6. They will be buried at Washington State Veterans Cemetery on July 9, 2011.

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Mike Stai believes his father moved to Spokane in the 1940s.