- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on the return of the remains of Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating to New Orleans (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

The remains of Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating, who died in World War II, have been returned to his native New Orleans.

Keating’s remains were flown back to Louisiana on Monday, decades after his death on Dec. 5, 1942 on the island of New Guinea.

The U.S. military agency responsible for returning the remains of lost troops to their families identified Keating’s remains after a villager came across them in the jungle.

His remains were met at the airport by his family and a U.S. military honor guard and driven to a funeral home in New Orleans, where an opera singer sang “Amazing Grace.”

His nephew Nadau “du Treil” Michael Keating Jr. called the return “unbelievable.”

Funeral services will be held on Saturday for Keating, who was 28 when he died.

2:25 p.m.

More than seven decades after dying in World War II, Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating is finally coming home to his native New Orleans.

Keating’s remains are scheduled to be returned before midday Monday to Louisiana.

He died in 1942 on the Pacific island of New Guinea.

But it wasn’t until 2011 that a villager out hunting found the remains of Keating and another soldier buried with him. That triggered a U.S. military investigation and the positive identification of his remains last fall.

His remains will be met at the airport by his family and a U.S. military honor guard before being transported to a funeral home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday.

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