U.S. World War II Serviceman Missing in Action Returning to Wisconsin for Burial with Full Military Honors

GREEN BAY, Wis. - August 08, 2014

Army Air Force Staff Sgt. David R Kittredge (1922-1945) of Oneida, Wis., will receive a memorial service and interment conducted with full military honors Wednesday, August 13 at Nicolet Memorial Gardens, a proud member of the Dignity Memorial® network in Green Bay. Kittredge went missing in action in Germany during World War II.

 

The memorial service will be held in the chapel at Nicolet Memorial Gardens located at 2770 Bay Settlement Rd. at 2 p.m. and will feature guest speakers, the Patriot Guard Riders, rifle salute, honor guard and the playing of taps. Interment will immediately follow the service.

 

On April 16, 1945, Kittredge was participating in a bombing raid in Wittenberg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, when his B-26B aircraft was hit by enemy fire. The B-26B descended into a deep dive and the pilots of two other aircraft who were part of the same bombing mission reported that it exploded upon ground impact. In June 2012, a German national informed the U.S. government that he found possible human remains, which he believed to have been associated with an April 1945 aircraft crash. The JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA identification Laboratory then used multiple forensic identification tools to assess the remains that were later found to be that of Kittredge.

 

"It is a true honor to be able to serve Staff Sgt. Kittredge and his family," said Jim Gallagher, general manager at Nicolet Memorial Gardens. "What a remarkable story that after so many years David R Kittredge is coming home to his family and will be laid to rest on home soil."

 

Staff Sgt. Kittredge's remains will be escorted by Sgt. FC David Feliciano and will arrive in Green Bay the morning of August 11, on a United Airlines flight. Upon arrival at the airport, Kittredge's nephew, Patrick S. Stordeur, will receive his uncle's remains and drive to Nicolet Memorial Gardens accompanied by the Patriot Guard Riders.

 

Nicolet Memorial Gardens is part of Dignity Memorial network of more than 2,000 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America's most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence. For more information on Nicolet Memorial Gardens please visit www.nicoletmemorialgardens.com and for more information about Dignity Memorial visit www.DignityMemorial.com.

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