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WWII MIA honored at Arlington after long effort

Thursday - 4/25/2013, 5:11pm  ET

Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- A memorial service scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery for a soldier who went missing in World War II is shining a spotlight on a relatively unknown part of cemetery operations.

The service Friday commemorates Capt. Stan Loewenberg, who went missing along with 11 others on a flight near Papua New Guinea in 1943.

Though his remains were never recovered, a memorial marker similar to the iconic gravestones that cover the grounds has been placed in his memory. It is one of less than 3,000 such memorial markers at Arlington, where more than 400,000 are buried.

The family says it took years to navigate bureaucratic red tape and fix errors that were engraved on the stone. Arlington says it is working to improve the process for families seeking the markers.

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