- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) - The remains of a U.S. Marine killed in battle more than 70 years ago have been identified and will be returned to his upstate New York hometown for reburial.

The Pentagon announced Friday that 24-year-old Pvt. Frank Penna will be buried Sept. 17 in Canastota, 20 miles east of Syracuse.

Penna was serving in the Marines’ 2nd Division when he was killed during the World War II battle for the Tarawa atoll in November 1943. He was among the approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed during the fighting.

Penna’s body was buried in one of several cemeteries on the island but it wasn’t recovered. His remains were among those of 35 other Marines discovered last year by the Florida-based group History Flight.

Penna’s remains were identified through DNA samples provided by his family.

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