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World War II soldier identified correctly after 70 years

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A WW II soldier killed in battle has finally been brought home after 70 years. (Source: WKOW/CNN) A WW II soldier killed in battle has finally been brought home after 70 years. (Source: WKOW/CNN)

MADISON, WI (WKOW/CNN) – The remains of a World War II soldier has finally made the long trip home to Wisconsin after nearly 70 years.

Pfc. Lawrence Gordon, a Canadian-born American, was killed in France in 1944.

His remains were mistakenly identified at the time and buried as a German soldier in a French cemetery. Gordon's family traveled to France this week to finally bring him home.

The soldier's nephew, who is also named Lawrence Gordon, says the process of finding and finally identifying his long-lost uncle has been well worth it.

"Every step of the way we've made progress. We moved the matter along and every time we've needed something, it's just fallen into place. It's been an incredible experience," Lawrence Gordon said.

DNA tests eventually identified and confirmed Gordon died from combat-related injuries.

After nearly seven decades, Gordon will receive a proper military funeral.

He will be laid to rest in his hometown in Saskatchewan in August on the 70th anniversary of his death.

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