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Iowa WWII Vet buried 66 years later on American soil


On March 24, 1945, Keystone native, Staff Sergeant Marvin Steinford, left Italy on a B-17 Flying Fortress, for a bombing mission in Germany, but disappeared between Soviet and German lines in Hungary after bailing out of the plane.

Almost 60 years later, United States officials were notified of potential remains in Zirc, Hungary at a Soviet war memorial and gravesite.  During an excavation of a World War II Soviet memorial, workers unearthed a wooden coffin, different from the others.

Inside the workers found a set of identification tags, bearing Steinford's name.

Recovery efforts soon followed.   Finally Tuesday, Steinford was back on American soil.

His daughter, Carol Sansenbach, never thought she'd have this moment.

"Disbelief, that after all those years, his remains would turn up," she said.

Among friends, family, and other veterans alike, Sansenbach paid tribute to her father, a man she had never met.  Steinford was finally given a proper burial in Cedar Rapids.

"I didn't really know a lot until this all happened and everybody's come forward with what type of person he was," she said.




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