The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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September 9, 2013

WWII vets hope lake in Italy yields GIs' remains


When his great-nephew, Matthew Hilley, learned of the Italian group's discovery in December, he showed his aging relatives the video of the DUKW on his smartphone. It was a particularly emotional moment for 86-year-old Jewell Scott, James Hilley's sister.

"She said, 'I prayed over and over and over again that we would find James before I passed away,'" Matthew Hilley said.

For Nash and the division's dwindling number of World War II veterans, the determination to recover the lost soldiers' remains hasn't diminished with the passage of time.

"It's the old story," he said. "You never leave any man behind."

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