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It was more than a decade ago when Nowy van Hedel, then a student in a school in the Netherlands, adopted the grave of missing World War II soldier, Clifford Mills. He became a determined researcher into Mills’ life, including his early years in Perry County. Van Hedel is overjoyed that Mills’ remains have been identified by the U.S. Army and will return home for burial this month.
A fallen hero and Dutch determination

By VINCE LUECKE

Editor

 

A young man from the Netherlands who adopted the grave of a Troy solider killed in World War II is happy that Private First Class Clifford Mills’ remains will return home to Perry County.

However, Nowy van Hedel feels a tinge of sadness that Mills’ last living sibling and nieces and nephews will grieve over a death that took place nearly 75 years ago.