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July 21, 2013

Mooser vital in return of remains

German’s research led to identification of Mannington soldier

FAIRMONT — The story of Mannington native Sgt. Jerome Kiger is well known by now in Marion County.

Kiger was the serviceman who was killed in a plane crash in World War II. Until recently, his remains had not been found. But they’ve since been identified, and on Thursday those remains were returned to his family in Mannington.

A German man, Markus Mooser, played a significant role in Kiger’s remains being returned.

“This is my third time in America,” Mooser said Saturday morning after a whirlwind tour of Marion County. “I’ve been to Kentucky and to Syracuse in your country previously. Everything is so green here.

“But I came here for Jerome Kiger’s funeral,” Mooser said of this visit. “We went to the house where he was born. I saw where he lived when he went to high school.”

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