WWII soldier's remains return to Maine

Remains of WW2 soldier finally home in Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A Maine soldier whose remains spent the past 74 years in India and Hawaii have reached their final resting place.

A burial ceremony took place for Albert Walter Wiley Friday afternoon at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Wiley died from heat exhaustion while stationed in the Indian city of Karachi which is now India. His remains were later sent to an American military ceremony in Hawaii. While researching the history of their American Legion Post several veterans spent four years tracking down Wiley's remains and paid for them to be returned to Maine.

Wiley's only surviving daughter, now 86, says she is incredibly grateful her father is finally home.

"I am so glad he is coming back to Maine. I wish he was alive but it is what it is." said Arden Clement.

Wiley was the first soldier from Gardiner to die in World War II.

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