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It's been a long journey home for Private Herman Mulligan, a 21-year-old U.S. Marine who was killed in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

Detailed in a New York Times article, the young veteran's remains were believed to be lost among the many U.S. troops who perished in World War II overseas, until a group of amateur investigators began to unravel the mystery of a man in a photograph. And after 73 years, Delta had the honor of bringing him home last week.

During his voyage from the Philippines to Baltimore, Private Mulligan's plane was met by Delta's Honor Guard, a group of employee volunteers who greet every plane that carries the remains of fallen military service men and women. ​

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