WWII Soldier Finally Coming Home

Published 08/11 2014 08:46AM

Updated 08/11 2014 10:07AM

GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WFRV) US Army Staff Sergeant David R. Kittredge was killed in action in 1945 at the age of 22. 

He served as a radio specialist in a B26 Marauder during WWII. On April 16th, 1945, his aircraft was shot down with 5 of its 6 crew members over Muhlanger, Germany. The B26 descended into a deep dive. The pilots of two other aircraft who were part of the same bombing mission reported that it exploded as soon as it hit the ground.

While numerous searches were performed, his remains were not found until July 2nd, 2012.

He was flown to Hawaii until he could identified.

Staff Sergeant Kittredge received his final discharge and will be brought home to Green Bay today, August 11th. A memorial service with full military honors will take place this Wednesday, August 13th, at Nicolet Memorial Gardens, 2770 Bay Settlement Road in Green Bay. The service starts at 2pm and will feature guest speakers, the Patriot Guard Riders, rifle salute, Honor Guard and the playing of taps.

Staff Sergeant Kittredge was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Air Medal with a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze Service Stars and the WWII Victory Medal.

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