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    Last week all that is mortal of sergeant Joseph Patrick Ward came home at last. (PAUSE)
    It seems so long ago that he died...

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    Last week all that is mortal of sergeant Joseph Patrick Ward came home at last. (PAUSE)
    It seems so long ago that he died...almost in another time entirely. So much has happened, we have moves so fast, since that April day in 1945 when a crew of six volunteers, sergeant Ward among them, took off in an Air Force supply plane to drop supplies to allied forces in Northern Burma. (MAP IN LIMBO)
    It was a mixed crew...four Americans, two Britains. They got as far as Naue Chanung...there the plane went down. (BURMA DROP)
    Exactly why, no one will ever know...Enough that the cruel jungles of Burma claimed six more victims during one of the most hazardous of all missions. That was in 1945...so long ago.

    It took 13 years but their bodies were finally recovered...almost 79,000 other men who gave their lives in world war two have not been found. What kind of men were these six... last we forget. Dick McCutchen followed them to their last resting place. And here is part of the answer.

    They were buried in a common grave at the Long Island National Cemetery... Sergeant Joseph Ward, Flight Officer George Russell, Corporal Wendell Gross, Lieutenant M Edward Corr, Private Albert Robinson, Private John Morris. Here they will rest with 58 thousand other casualties of America's wars...to the casual stranger, just names on a simple white stone. But their long journey home was a mixture of faith, devotion and courage...it seemed proper that we try to find out what kind of men they were. And to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ward, the memories stay alive over the years...

    They died in an old-fashioned war.... many long years of fear ago. The flowers soon withered in a bitin winter wind...a leaf whispered gently past a stone... but Joseph Patrick Ward, the smiling boy with medals for valour... has come home at last...with a cherished flower and a folded flag...

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