Remains of Beloit man killed in WWII return home on Thursday

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BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) -- After 77 years, a Beloit family finally has closure.

Army Sgt. Robert McCarville, who lost his life at the age of 24, fighting in World War II, returns home to be put to rest. McCarville was killed in action on Dec. 5, 1942.

His procession began at Milwaukee's Mitchell Field earlier on Thursday. It will end at Dale Murphy Wisch Funeral Home in Beloit around 10:30 p.m.

McCarville was buried in a temporary grave before being moved to a small cemetery on the beach near Cape Endaiadere. McCarville moved several times before finally being identified earlier this year through dental and DNA analysis.

His family is requesting a private visitation and burial on Saturday, but ask that people stand along the procession route on Thursday night.

More than 400,000 Americans died while fighting in World War II. More than 7,200 of them are still unaccounted for.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered flags throughout the state fly at half-staff on Saturday from sunrise to sunset as a mark of respect for McCarville.