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2 brothers pay respects as Marine killed in WWII is buried

In this July 31, 2018 photo, Dominic Ragucci poses for a portrait in Philadelphia with a photo of his brother, Emil, who was killed in action during W...
This undated photo provided by the United States Marine Corps shows Emil Ragucci, who was killed in action during World War II. Decades after his deat...
This image shows a Western Union Telegram dated Dec. 23, 1943, announcing that United States Marine Corps Private Emil Ragucci was killed in action du...
In this early 1940s photo provided by the United States Marine Corps, Emil Ragucci poses with a rifle. Decades after his death in the World War II Bat...
This combination of undated photos shows five of the Ragucci brothers, from left: Anthony, Emil, Joseph, Nicholas, and Dante, all of whom served in th...
In this July 31, 2018 photo, Dominic Ragucci points to a photo of himself, top left, and his brothers Gus, center, and Victor during a interview with ...
In this undated photo provided by the Ragucci family, Carmela and Nicola Ragucci pose with their daughter, Mary. Eight of the couple's sons served in ...

In this July 31, 2018 photo, Dominic Ragucci poses for a portrait in Philadelphia with a photo of his brother, Emil, who was killed in action during W...

This undated photo provided by the United States Marine Corps shows Emil Ragucci, who was killed in action during World War II. Decades after his deat...

This image shows a Western Union Telegram dated Dec. 23, 1943, announcing that United States Marine Corps Private Emil Ragucci was killed in action du...

In this early 1940s photo provided by the United States Marine Corps, Emil Ragucci poses with a rifle. Decades after his death in the World War II Bat...

This combination of undated photos shows five of the Ragucci brothers, from left: Anthony, Emil, Joseph, Nicholas, and Dante, all of whom served in th...

In this July 31, 2018 photo, Dominic Ragucci points to a photo of himself, top left, and his brothers Gus, center, and Victor during a interview with ...

In this undated photo provided by the Ragucci family, Carmela and Nicola Ragucci pose with their daughter, Mary. Eight of the couple's sons served in ...

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The remains of a Marine lost since the early days of World War II have been buried in Philadelphia, more than 70 years after he was killed.

Dominic Ragucci had thought that the body of brother Emil was swept out to sea during a battle on the Pacific atoll of Tarawa. On Tuesday, the 86-year-old and his family finally held a funeral after the remains were recovered and brought back to the U.S.

He was laid to rest in the family's plot in Philadelphia, near his parents and his brother Nicholas, who was killed in Italy less than 90 days after Emil's death.

Dominic and 91-year-old brother Victor Ragucci stood on the tarmac Monday as Emil's body was returned.

Emil was 19 when he was killed during a bloody three-day battle.


Updated : 2021-03-07 14:30 GMT+08:00