Saturday, February 04, 2006

FROZEN AIRMAN: We now know the identity of the "frozen airman" discovered

... in October, 2005, at the bottom of a glacier in the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Family members said they learned this week that the man was 22-year-old Army Air Corps cadet Leo Mustonen, who died in a 1942 plane crash.

Frozen Airman, MIAMustonen joined the Army during his senior year in high school in Brainerd, Minnesota, and was in training to become a navigator when he was reported missing on November 18, 1942.

A Defense Department official called the Mustonen family on Wednesday and confirmed that the identity of the body found in October, relatives said.
Thank you Cadet Mustonen for your service to this nation, it's people, and the fight for freedom and liberty in the world. Thank you Mustonens for the price your family paid!

The family, a friend says, now feels "absolute elation and joy" about writing the last chapter in their uncle's life story. They add, "We are so delighted that we can take him and put him to rest with his mother and father. That's what we would like to do."

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