7 Sep 2006

Remains of US soldier found 63 years after war death

2:23 pm on 7 September 2006

The remains of an American soldier who died in the Second World War in Solomon Islands have been found on Ranonga Island, Western Province.

An Australian expert on the war, John Innes, has told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation that the remains were of General Preston Douglas who was a seaman on the USS Helena which sunk off New Georgia Island in 1943.

Mr Innes says General wasn't his rank but it was his first name.

He says a group of Americans from the Joint Prisoners of War Accounting Command in Hawai'i will be coming to Solomon Islands later this month to collect the remains.