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September 7, 2018  RSS feed
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Jewish American soldier buried for 74 years after going missing

(JTA) – A Jewish-American soldier from World War II who was listed as missing 74 years ago has finally been buried in California.

Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz was buried at the Riverside National Cemetery, where four of his brothers also are buried. In March, his remains were recovered and identified near the farm in the Netherlands where he was killed, the Los Angeles Times reported.

More than 30 of his relatives, including nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and their children, attended the funeral, according to the Times.

Rosenkrantz became a hometown hero three months after being shipped out to Europe in 1943, when he and another paratrooper were mistakenly dropped into an Italian unit and all 200 of them surrendered to the two American soldiers.

He was killed at the age of 28 during Operation

Market Garden in the Netherlands, in a battle chronicled in the 1977 film A Bridge Too Far.

Rosenkrantz’s dog tags, which were stamped with a “J” for Jewish, had been returned to the family in March 2012, according to a website in his memory maintained by his nephew Dr. Phillip Rosenkrantz. According to the website, the dog tags were found not long after the war by a farmer and turned over to the U.S. Army. They were then misplaced and found by the army in 2011 and released to the family

The soldier’s remains had been recovered by Canadian soldiers and buried in an American military grave in the southern part of the Netherlands. This was discovered by a Dutchman, Ben Overhand, who as a teenager began trying to find the remains of soldiers who helped liberate the Netherlands and saw the website dedicated to Rosenkrantz.

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