In October 1943, Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Claude A. Ray of Coffeyville, Kan., and 10 other airmen were declared missing in action after their B-24 Liberator aircraft disappeared while flying over Papua New Guinea during World War II. In 2003, a Defense Department team received information on a crash site from a citizen on the island. On Wednesday -- 67 years to the day after he disappeared -- Ray was finally laid to rest. Ray, who was 24 when he went missing, was buried at Riverside National Cemetery, where his casket was carried by a California Army National Guard color guard.
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