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By Elaine Bakke
Gorge News Reports 

Soldier returns to county for burial


Elaine Bakke, Gorge News Reports

BYE TO MIKE: A military flag, flowers, photos and drawings surround the remains of Mike Kight at Gardner Funeral Home last Saturday, prior to his service. Upper right, Kight’s Bronze Star and Purple Heart, along with his ID tags and other fragments found with his remains in The Netherlands, were displayed at the service. At right, a member of the Patriot Guard displays one of the unique flags flying at Kight’s service. The KIA (Killed in Action) flag, along with the U.S. Army flag, was posted nearest the funeral home door in a show of patriotism.

He left White Salmon to serve the country in World War II and returned home on May 18, 2012, nearly 68 years later.

Unfortunately for Army Pfc. Gerald W. “Mike” Kight, the return trip came only after his remains were found and identified in The Netherlands.

According to the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), in September 1944, Kight and the 82nd Division’s 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment were dropped in the vicinity of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, as part of the allied invasion code named “Market Garden.”

Kight was manning a machine gun position near the town of Groesbeek, when he was overrun by German Forces.

On Sept. 12, 2011, the Royal Netherlands Army...

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