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Family learns details of search for WW2 soldier's remains

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Story by Antwan Harris
Eyewitness News Reporter

HAMILTON COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)-- He was a member of the greatest generation, and gave his life for the freedom of others and America.

But Berthold Chastain left his family behind with only memories for the past 60 years.

We told you last week that his remains had been found.

Those remains still left his family with plenty of questions and now they have some answers thanks to a book detailing the efforts the military made to find her father.

Tulie Swilling says the more she's learned about her father, Staff Sergeant Berthold Chastain, and his military service, the more exciting his story becomes.

Wreckage from his plane was found in New Guinea where the last contact with the crew was made.

She says bad weather, and thick fog may have caused the pilot to crash into a mountain.

U.S. Military groups are seen there repelling down the mountain where several pieces of the plane were found.

First a propeller was spotted sticking out the ground. The more crews searched, the more they found.

Swilling was given a book that gave every detail of the search and everything search teams found.

They were able to identify her father by dental records.

The military has searched for the soldiers since they went missing during the war.

Swilling says in 2002, recovery crews received better leads, which led them to the area where most of the remains were found.

Remains from the entire unit were found in the wreckage.

Swilling says she will bury her father at a local cemetery, but the U.S.Military will hold a formal ceremony for the entire unit at the National Cemetery in Arlington.

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