AUGUSTA MAINE, N.Y. (WWNY) - A repatriation ceremony on Fort Drum had members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division remembering one of their own.
Sergeant Lawrence Hanscom served as a rifleman during World War II. He was captured by the Japanese and survived the Bataan Death March.
It's believed Hanscom died from illness in Cabanatuan Prison and was buried in a mass grave with 9 other Americans.
Through DNA, 77 years later, his remains were identified and brought back to his hometown in Maine.
At a ceremony on Fort Drum, Hanscom’s nephew was presented with the sergeant’s awards of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.