More than six decades after he died during World War II, a Bay Area Marine came home Thursday and will be buried in San Bruno with full military honors.
Thursday morning, the remains of Bay Area Marine and World War II veteran James Austin Sisney arrived at San Francisco International Airport.
Family members and a marine honor guard stood at attention when the soldier's casket was set down on the tarmac.
"All the people watching had their hands over their hearts paying their respects," said the soldier’s nephew Robert Sisney, Jr.
James Sisney was 17-years-old when he joined the Marines in 1942. Two years later, Sisney’s twin-engine plane went down in the South Pacific on a training mission.
Sisney and six other crew members were killed. His remains were buried at the plane crash site and essentially forgotten until paperwork was found more than 40 years later.
68 years later, Sisney -- who grew up in Livermore and Redwood City -- is getting a proper military funeral.
"It's really emotional. It choked me up a little bit, said his nephew. It felt pretty good that his whole story is coming to an end and there's a place we can go visit him now."
From the airport, Sisney's remains traveled by motorcade to a Sunnyvale funeral home. From there, he will go to Golden Gate National Cemetary in San Bruno.
"As you can imagine, it's not our everyday funeral that we do here," said Don Lima of Lima & Campagna Sunnyvale Mortuary. "But going out there on the actual runway with the airplanes and the feeling was great. It was amazing. It really was."
A portion of James Sisney's remains will be buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery and some will be flown to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
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