By PAUL DELANEY
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Final resting place realized at Vets Cemetery for Uncle Gordon

 

Last updated 6/3/2021 at 9:37am

Paul Delaney

After several years of work, and almost 80 years after he vanished in waters off the Alaska coast during World War II, Capt. Gordon Ehlers has something of a final resting place at the Washington State Veterans' Cemetery near Medical Lake.

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