Flag presented to Brooklyn Marine’s family 75 years after death

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DYKER HEIGHTS -

A flag presentation to a Brooklyn Marine's family today has been 75 years in the making. 

The World War II Marine from Brooklyn Heights was remembered, three-quarters of a century after his death. 

U.S. Marine Private Joseph Carbone was killed in action in one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific in 1943.  His remains were never identified until his niece, Bensonhurst resident Nancy Lewis, contacted the Marines and finally got some answers.  

Lewis sent in her DNA and after two years, the military, along with non-profit History Flight, matched it to her uncle's remains that had been stored in Hawaii for decades. 

Carbone's remains were sent back to Lewis in Brooklyn, and a full military service was held on Sept. 30.  An American flag flew above the U.S. Capitol building that day, and today, Congressman Dan Donovan presented that flag to Lewis. 

Although Carbone died at 18 with no children, Lewis says it is an honor to bring him back to rest with his parents.

Lewis says she hopes to encourage other families with loved ones who were killed or missing in action to consider using DNA to get answers and closure. 

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