With just a few dozen people in attendance, U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. John Prince’s burial Friday at Calverton National Cemetery seemed atypical for someone killed in combat.
The small gathering of relatives and strangers was unusual for a military funeral, during which long processions often follow grieving parents or spouses into the cemetery.
But for Mr. Prince, a Queens native who died over 70 years ago during World War II, that type of service was never possible. His remains were discovered only last summer in a mass grave on Betio Island in the central Pacific, along with those of more than 30 other soldiers.