A World War II soldier returns to St. Louis after decades of captivity

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) – He made the ultimate sacrifice and decades after being a POW, a World War II soldier is set to return home to St. Louis.

US Army Private James Tash was a member of the 31st Infantry Regiment when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands in December 1941.

He was captured and later died in a prison camp. His body remained unidentified for nearly 80 years until recently. The POW Defense POW accounting agency says it used DNA analysis to identify Tosh’s remains at its laboratory in Hawaii. They are still working to determine when Tosh will be buried in St. Louis

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