Airman missing in action from World War II laid to rest

May 25, 2012 7:15:04 PM PDT
An Air Force gunner who went missing in action on Valentine's Day in 1950 was given a proper military burial Friday at Presidio National Cemetery in San Francisco.

Staff Sergeant Elbert Pollard was aboard a B-36 Bomber carrying an atomic bomb when it went down off British Columbia. His remains were found in 1952 but weren't identified until last year.

Pollard's daughter, Betty Wheeler, said the burial lifts a sadness she has always associated with memories of her father.

"I have one very distinct memory of being in the ocean with him," she said. "He was probably just holding me and rocking me in the water," she said.

A Bomber did a fly-over during Friday's funeral. Pollard flew 13 missions during World War II and he was a German prisoner of war for 13 months.


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