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Stras
04-19-2011, 23:06
Welcome Home PFC Robert Bayne

DNA match with brother brings WWII soldier's remains home
Pfc. Robert B. Bayne to be buried in family plot
March 23, 2011|By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun
Kenneth Bayne received a call from the Army on Wednesday with news he has awaited for nearly 66 years. His elder brother, Pfc. Robert B. Bayne, who was killed in action in 1945, is coming home from World War II.

DNA taken from Kenneth and his twin brother, Calvin Bayne, has helped the Army to positively identify their brother's remains.

"They just contacted me and said Buddy will be home in a week or two," said an emotional Kenneth Bayne, 83. "On Monday, it will be 66 years to the day that he went missing."

Bayne has put a large photograph of the young man he called Buddy in the window of his Dundalk home.

"I want everybody in Dundalk to know," he said.

Robert Bayne enlisted in 1944 and served in the infantry. At 26, he volunteered for a risky mission crossing the Rhine River near Mannheim, Germany. Three of the four American soldiers on that mission were killed, but only two bodies were identified at the end of the war. Dental records of the third soldier did not match those taken from Bayne at his induction. The remains were declared unknown and buried in a military cemetery in northern France.

After meeting decades ago with the lone survivor of that skirmish, the Baynes became convinced that the unknown soldier was their brother. Army officials repeatedly denied their requests for further testing, but the brothers never gave up. DNA research finally confirmed their arguments after both men submitted samples in 2008. Last summer, the Army disinterred the remains and transported them to a lab in Hawaii for testing.

The brothers are making plans for a funeral Mass at their parish church in Dundalk and a graveside service with military honors at the family plot.

mary.gail.hare at baltsun.com

wet dog
04-20-2011, 02:44
Welcome home PFC Bayne, rest easy, prayers out to his family.

greenberetTFS
04-20-2011, 03:18
God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior..............:(

Big Teddy

JJ_BPK
04-20-2011, 04:52
Welcome home Warrior, Vaya con Dios..

Agoge2
04-20-2011, 07:56
Welcome home Warrior! Rest in Peace and thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Susa
04-20-2011, 10:01
Welcome Home..

Gypsy
04-20-2011, 18:33
Welcome home, Soldier. May your family finally have some closure and may you Rest in Peace.

ZonieDiver
04-20-2011, 19:20
Welcome home. Rest In Peace... at last.

Red Flag 1
04-21-2011, 08:10
Welcome home soldier. May you Rest In God's Peace.

Dusty
04-21-2011, 08:34
Prayers out.