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148th Fighter Wing to Give Rare Honor to WWII Veteran


By KBJR News 1

June 22, 2011 Updated Jun 22, 2011 at 6:31 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) - 2nd Lieutenant Harry Bedard's B-25 Liberator crashed in the Philippines in April of 1945

After an exhausting effort by his living family members, most of which never knew him, his body is being flown back to Minnesota to be laid to rest with military honors

As part of the ceremony, the 148th will do a 'Missing Man Formation' an honor requiring approval from the Pentagon to perform

A Fighter Pilot with the 148th says they're proud to perform this rare tribute for a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice

"It's quite an honor You know the Army has a ceremony where they have a riderless horse and the Air Force has this ceremony which is the missing man formation so it's quite an honor for us being as he's from Minnesota and a World War Two veteran so, it's a big deal"

Tonight at ten, we'll take you to Dayton, Minnesota where the family of 2nd Lieutenant Bedard is preparing to lay their airman to rest

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