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World War II veteran missing nearly 70 years laid to rest

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GALIVANTS FERRY, SC (WMBF) - The family of a World War II veteran missing for nearly 70 years finally has closure as his remains were laid to rest on Saturday.

The family of Oneal Rush has wondered where their soldier disappeared to. He boarded a military aircraft on August 19, 1944 and was never seen again.

The family says the engine of the plane Oneal was traveling in caught fire. Air traffic controllers lost sight of the plane along with the six servicemen inside it.

In 2003 the remains were found; and ten years later the remains were identified through DNA testing.

Annie Bethea, Rush's niece, was the missing piece; she provided DNA to the military, and it was a match.

Cheryle Evans is a granddaughter of Oneal Rush. "We never in our wildest dreams thought we would see this day when we can lay his remains to rest."

The family wore purple at the service to represent the purple heart given to Rush's widow after he was officially declared missing in action. She died just weeks before the family learned his remains had been found.

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