Posted: Sep 9, 2013 12:25 AM
Updated: Sep 9, 2013 12:30 AM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The discovery of a World War II amphibious vehicle on the bottom of an Italian lake is raising hopes among a group of American veterans that the remains of two dozen of their comrades will be found and possibly recovered for burial in the U.S.
The Italian volunteer organization that found the truck on the bottom of Lake Garda last December believes it's the same one that sank in 1945, killing 24 of the 25 U.S. soldiers aboard the open-topped vehicle known as a DUKW (duhk).
The bodies of the artillerymen from the 10th Mountain Division were never recovered from the alpine lake.
Veterans who fought in Italy in the war's waning days say they hope the U.S. military will take steps to find and locate the soldiers' remains.