Vets plan tributes to WWII airman on NY route home

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Veterans along a 10-mile
stretch of New York's Mohawk Valley plan to pay tribute to a World War
II airman whose remains are returning home nearly 70 years after he was
killed during a combat mission in the South Pacific.

Funeral director Vincent Iocovozzi says veterans groups will post honor guards along
Route 5 as the vehicle procession carrying Sgt. Dominick Licari's casket leaves the New York State Thruway at Little Falls
and travels to his hometown of Frankfort.

A commercial flight carrying his casket is
scheduled to arrive at the Albany airport Friday evening. His funeral
and burial with full military honors are set for Tuesday in Frankfort.

Licari died in 1944 after his bomber crashed into a
mountain in Papua New Guinea. U.S. military officials recently
identified his remains.

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