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      Funeral and burial held for World War II airman killed in 1944

      Sgt. Dominick Licari / Courtesy: V.J. Iocovozzi Funeral Home

      Funeral services and a burial with full military honors was held for a World War II airman from central New York whose remains were recovered and identified in the South Pacific.

      Sgt. Dominick Licari's funeral Mass and burial was held Tuesday morning at a church in his hometown of Frankfort, in the western Mohawk Valley near Utica. He was buried in his hometown cemetery with full military honors.

      Military officials notified Licari's family last month that his remains had been found in Papua New Guinea in 2012 and positively identified.

      The 31-year-old Licari was a gunner aboard a two-man A-20 Havoc bomber that crashed into a mountain while returning from a combat mission against the Japanese in March 1944. The pilot was also killed. His remains have been recovered and will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.