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Staff Sgt. John Hogan was killed during World War II. Though he died almost 70 years ago, Hogan is only now going to be buried at Arlington Cemetery. (Hogan)

(Washington) – The remains of a West Plains soldier who went missing during World War II have been found, and will be burried in August at Arlington National Cemetery.

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. John Hogan of West Plains was believed to have been killed in action when his B-17 was shot down over Germany in 1944.

All was thought to be lost until 47 years later, when a German gravedigger found a metal identification tag from a US soldier. It took 17 years for the U.S. government to get permission from Germany to excavate that site. Investigators turned up the remains of the B-17′s crewmembers.

Hogan is scheduled to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in August with full military honors.

A full report from KSMU reporter Jennifer Davidson can be found here.

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