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Flag presented to family of World War II vet who was declared MIA

Posted July 5

— The family of a World War II veteran was given a flag to commemorate the man who is the only known veteran from West Haven to be declared missing in action during the fighting in Europe.

James W. Gilbert disappeared in 1946.

With the help of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, 70-year-old Terrance Gilbert, James Gilbert's nephew, said he has been able to compile medals honoring his uncle's service.

Blumenthal presented the flag to Terrance Gilbert on Wednesday at the West Haven Veterans Museum.

The senator also helped get James Gilbert's military uniform for a display at the museum.

The only thing missing from the exhibit was an American Flag, which the family said they never received after James Gilbert was declared missing.

The exhibit was officially completed on Wednesday morning.

Eyewitness News will have more on this story starting at 5 p.m.

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