Funeral set for Kansas soldier killed in crash

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CANEY, Kan. (AP) — Services are planned this weekend for a Kansas soldier who was among those killed when a military plane crashed in Alaska more than 60 years ago.

Earlier this week, the Department of Defense released the identities of 17 people onboard the C-124 Globemaster, which crashed in 1952. The department was able to identify the victims after the glacier shifted two years ago, releasing the remains.

Army Pvt. Leonard Kittle of Caney was among the 52 killed.

Kittle will be buried Saturday next to his mother’s grave at the Sunnyside Cemetery in Caney, a town of about 2,100 people in southeast Kansas where Kittle was born and raised. His casket was flown with an Army honor guard to Tulsa on Thursday.

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