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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Years afterward, WWII soldier laid to rest


More than 63 years after his B-25 bomber was shot down over New Guinea in World War II, Joseph Berube was properly laid to rest in Natick yesterday.

Berube was in a plane that was hit by Japanese gunfire and crashed into a tree-lined beach that was occupied by the Japanese Army.

In 2001, government officials told Normand Berube that his brother's remains might have been found, but it was not until last month that Joseph Berube's remains were positively identified by DNA testing.

Berube was buried yesterday at St. Patrick's Cemetery. Fellow soldier Robert Hale, who was also in the bomber, was buried in Rowley.

-- Globe City & Region staff

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