World War II soldiers' remains buried at Arlington

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2003

ANCHORAGE - The remains of seven servicemen whose plane crashed in Russia after taking off from Alaska during World War II were buried Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery.

The group burial was conducted with full military honors, the Department of Defense said in a news release.

The servicemen were aboard a Navy aircraft that left Attu Island in Alaska's Aleutian Islands on March 25, 1944, and headed for enemy targets in the Kurile Islands of Japan.

The aircraft was part of a five-plane flight that encountered bad weather during the mission. The Defense Department identified the servicemen as: Lt. Walter S. Whitman Jr. of Philadelphia; Lt. j.g. John W. Hanlon Jr. of Worcester, Mass.; Petty Officer 2nd Class Clarence C. Fridley of Manhattan, Mont.; Petty Officer 2nd Class Donald G. Lewallen of Omaha, Neb.; Petty Officer 2nd Class Jack J. Parlier of Decatur, Ill.; Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel L. Crown Jr. of Columbus, Ohio; and Petty Officer 3rd Class James S. Palko of Superior, Wis.

Only one of the five bombers accomplished the mission. Two of the other planes turned back and a fourth crashed soon after takeoff, according to the Navy casualty office in Millington, Tenn.



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