WWII hero buried after remains found in sunken ship

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A World War II hero from Rhode Island who was killed in 1942 while trying to save fellow soldiers from a sinking ship has been laid to rest.

A funeral for Army Capt. Elwood Euart was held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Maria Goretti Church followed by a burial with full military honors at St. Francis Cemetery, both in Pawtucket.

Euart went down with the SS President Coolidge after it struck mines in the South Pacific.

Amateur divers discovered Euart’s remains and dog tags in 2012. The Army recovered his remains in 2015 and identified him with DNA testing. He was returned to Rhode Island last weekend.

Euart was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second-highest medal.

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