WWII pilot finally laid to rest in Green Bay

Memorial service held Sunday

A World War II pilot has been laid to rest in Green Bay nearly 70 years after his plane was shot down over Germany.

The family of 21-year-old pilot Lt. James Des Jardins says it now has closure, and they’re thanking other veterans for paying their respects.

A memorial service for Des Jardins was held Sunday in Green Bay. His nephew, Outagamie County Judge John Des Jardins, got an email last year that a P-51 Mustang had been discovered during dredging in Germany with his uncle James’ remains inside.

James Des Jardins’ brother Earl was also killed in action and missing in World War II, but was buried a few years ago.

John Des Jardins tells WLUK-TV the service for James brought to a close a decades-long family mystery.