A army casket that after repatriated the physique of a fallen soldier to the U.S. from Germany throughout World Struggle II has been returned to the soldier’s family in Whittier thanks to a Lengthy Seashore vintage vendor and Samaritan with a knack for family tree.

Pvt. Elio Nila was killed in motion in Germany simply shy of his 22nd birthday, his nice nephew Harold Vaught of Whittier stated.

Over the a long time, his repatriation casket ended up in the possession of Lengthy Seashore vintage vendor Scott McCrorie, who stated he bought it at an property sale a number of years in the past.

A buyer of McCrorie’s acknowledged the casket was one thing particular and requested if she might perform a little research on its markings, McCrorie stated. Inside days, she had discovered the family.

The casket is now at Vaught’s dwelling in Whittier, and he stated he’s grateful to each McCrorie and the lady who tracked him down for making it attainable.

Kareen Wynter stories for the KTLA 5 Information on Might 3, 2020.