WWII soldier's remains returned to family 73 years after death

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The remains of a soldier who died in World War II were finally returned to his family in Chicago 73 years after his death.

Army Private Arthur "Bud" Kelder grew up in the city's Norwood Park neighborhood.

Japanese forces caught him in the Philippines. He died in a POW camp in 1942. He was buried in a mass grave. It took years for him to be identified.

Private Kelder's remains arrived at O'Hare International Airport Thursday morning. The Patriot Guard served as escort as his family took the remains to a funeral home in Chicago.