- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa National Guard says the remains of an airman who died nearly 70 years ago in Europe are being returned to Iowa.

The Guard announced Thursday that through DNA testing, a team identified remains found near Allmuthen, Belgium, as those of Staff Sgt. Maurice L. Fevold.

Fevold grew up in Webster County and graduated in 1941 from Eagle Grove High School.

He joined the Army in 1943 and transferred to the Air Corps.

He was the armorer-gunner of a B-26G Marauder bomber that was shot down Dec. 23, 1944, the first day of aviation operations for the Battle of the Bulge.

His remains weren’t recovered until decades later.

A memorial service will be Monday at Bruce Funeral Home in Fort Dodge with burial at Blossom Hill Cemetery near Badger.

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