World War II vet laid to rest on the Coast

An Army private who died in World War II was finally laid to rest on the Coast on Saturday after 80 years.

Private Andrew J. Ladner was killed in action in the Pacific theater in 1942. He was a native of Lizana and was 30 years old when he died.

Ladner, whose remains were positively identified in 2020, served in the Anti-Tank Company, 126th Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division.

Riemann Family Funeral Home of Gulfport gave him a proper Catholic sendoff at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, followed by a graveside ceremony at Wolf River Cemetery outside of Long Beach.

Ladner was buried with full military honors.

“You know, our Coast is strictly a veteran community, and this impacts all of us, especially when someone from the Greatest Generation to have died in combat and be MIA all these years,” said Jason Green with Riemann Family Funeral Home. “For us to bring him back, give him the honor he deserves, and honor not only the family but his service — it’s just a tremendous honor.”

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