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U.S. Marine gets proper burial after sixty years

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COLUMBUS, GA (WXTX) - Carolyn Mallard never thought she would see the day. Her uncle Private James Howard Benjamin died over sixty years ago in World War II.

Today he would be given a proper funeral, and buried along thousand who like himself gave the ultimate sacrifice. Mallard says after all these years she is glad that people are finally working with each other.

"We need to come together and be as one, we don't need to separate we need to come together and be as one," Mallard

Private Benjamin was buried in Hawaii after his death. His remains were moved in 19-49 to his home in Montezuma Georgia.

Because of his race he was not allowed to be buried in cemetery among fellow comrades of war. After almost sixty-two years later, Private Benjamin would be buried at Andersonville National Cemetery.

"It's just so, so very special any unique that we can honor one of our fallen warriors," Sanford Bishop.  

This afternoon's ceremony began with a Motorcade into the cemetery. Family and close friends were among those in attendance this afternoon as was U.S. Congressman Sanford Bishop who gave a special address to the family.

"It's altogether fitting and proper that we should pay honors to him even though it was over sixty years late," Sanford Bishop.

Carolyn Mallard is happy. She says this is a milestone for her family... Something that generations will remember and cherish for a lifetime.

"This will go down in history for my grannies they will have something to look back on and see how far we have come but still we have a long way to go," Mallard says.

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