MILITARY

Decades after death in WWII, a son of New Orleans comes home

  • In this May 20, 2016 photo, Nadau "du Treil" Michael Keating Jr., left, and his nephew Tyler Lege, go through boxes of photos and letters of Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating, who died more than seven decades ago in World War II, in Metairie, La. Keating's remains are scheduled to be returned to Louisiana on Monday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    In this May 20, 2016 photo, Nadau "du Treil" Michael Keating Jr., left, and his nephew Tyler Lege, go through boxes of photos and letters of Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating, who died more than seven decades ago in World War II, in Metairie, La. Keating's remains are scheduled to be returned to Louisiana on Monday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo provided by the Keating family shows Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating, who died more than seven decades ago in World War II. Keating's remains are scheduled to be returned to Louisiana on Monday, May 23, 2016. He died in 1942 on the Pacific island of New Guinea. (Courtesy of the Keating family via AP)

    This undated photo provided by the Keating family shows Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating, who died more than seven decades ago in World War II. Keating's remains are scheduled to be returned to Louisiana on Monday, May 23, 2016. He died in 1942 on the Pacific island of New Guinea. (Courtesy of the Keating family via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • An undated photo provided by the Keating family shows Pvt. John H. Klopp, who died and was buried with Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating. Pvt. Keating will actually be buried in two places. Some of his remains were so intertwined with that of his friend, Pvt. Klopp, that they were buried side by side with Klopp's remains at Arlington National Cemetery in March. The remains that were positively identified as Keating's are arriving Monday, May 23, 2016, to Louisiana. (Family of Earl Keating via AP)

    An undated photo provided by the Keating family shows Pvt. John H. Klopp, who died and was buried with Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating. Pvt. Keating will actually be buried in two places. Some of his remains were so intertwined with that of his friend, Pvt. Klopp, that they were buried side by side with Klopp's remains at Arlington National Cemetery in March. The remains that were positively identified as Keating's are arriving Monday, May 23, 2016, to Louisiana. (Family of Earl Keating via AP)  (The Associated Press)

More than seven decades after dying in World War II, Pvt. Earl Joseph Keating is finally coming home to his native New Orleans.

Keating's remains are scheduled to be returned before midday Monday to Louisiana.

He died in 1942 on the Pacific island of New Guinea.

But it wasn't until 2011 that a villager out hunting found the remains of Keating and another soldier buried with him. That triggered a U.S. military investigation and the positive identification of his remains last fall.

His remains will be met at the airport by his family and a U.S. military honor guard before being transported to a funeral home.

Funeral services will be held Saturday.

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