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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