WW2 Soldier Is Buried In California 74 Years After Battle

Phil Rosenkrantz and wife Judy Rosenkrantz, center, walk behind the casket of his uncle U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz, during services Friday, July 20, 2018, at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. Rosenkrantz was killed on Sept. 28, 1944, while on a mission to disrupt German defensive lines in the Netherlands during World War II. His remains weren’t identified until 2017 and was laid to rest Friday. (Terry Pierson /The Orange County Register via AP)


RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 74 years after he was killed in a ferocious World War II battle, Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz has been laid to rest in Southern California.

Flags were lowered to half-staff as relatives gathered Friday for Rosencrantz’s funeral at Riverside National Cemetery, where four of his brothers are also buried.

The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced in March that Rosenkrantz’s body was recently recovered not far from where he died in the Netherlands.

David Rosenkrantz was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division’s Company H, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment when it made a daring landing in the early days of September 1944. It took decades to locate his body.

Rosenkrantz grew up in Los Angeles and enlisted in the Army soon after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.


 

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