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Sgt. Vernon Hamilton was presumed killed in action in Germany on March 21, 1945. (Photo courtesy: Hamilton Family)

Sgt. Hamilton was among a crew of 3 when their A-26 bomber was shot down by German aircraft.

Along with Sgt. Hamilton, Sgt. John Kalausich (left) of Charleston, WV and pilot 2nd Lt. Lynn Hadfield of Salt Lake City, UT were killed in the crash. Their remains were also recovered and returned to family. (Photo courtesy: Mary Ann Turner Family)

Daily Republican, Monongahela, PA. April 5, 1945

Sgt. Hamilton's 1943 Monongahela High School class ring was recovered at the excavation site. (Photo courtesy: DPAA)

History Flight led the 2016 excavation in Reken, Germany, recovering the plane wreckage, human remains and personal effects. (Photo courtesy: History Flight)