The Times West Virginian

July 19, 2013

69 years after death, remains of Mannington soldier brought back: VIDEO AND PHOTOS

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — After a long awaited arrival, a World War II U.S. serviceman has came home to Marion County.

On Thursday, the remains of Sgt. Jerome Kiger were transported from Hawaii to his hometown in Mannington with police escort. Kiger died on July 21, 1944, during World War II and his remains were recently identified.

Kiger traveled from Hawaii to Pittburgh, and then was escorted by the West Virginia Patriot Guard from Pittsburgh to Mannington. At the West Virginia and Pennsylvania state line, Marion County Sherriff Joe Carpenter and a Marion County and Monongalia County deputy joined the procession to bring Kiger to Mannington.

“Anytime we can honor a veteran or their families, it’s great,” Carpenter said.


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