Western Michigan soldier who died in WWII laid to rest
May 13, 2022
Zeeland, MI — A soldier who died when a B-25 bomber went down in Papua New Guinea during World War II has been laid to rest in his western Michigan hometown nearly eight decades after his death. WOOD-TV reports dozens of relatives and local residents attended Thursday's funeral for U.S. Army Air Force Cpl. LaVerne “Dirk” Van Dyke at the Zeeland Cemetery. The Zeeland resident and six fellow crew members were presumed dead after their B-25 went down in 1943 over Papua New Guinea. Their remains were found in 1998 in the southwest Pacific nation but Van Dyke’s remains were not positively identified for another 20 years.