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Swiss-born NY war hero OK'd for Arlington burial

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SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. (AP) - The family of a Swiss-born New York doctor has received approval from American military officials to have his remains buried at Arlington National Cemetery because of his espionage heroics during World War II.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports that U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh approved Dr. Rene Joyeuse's burial at Arlington after the Saranac Lake physician's case was reviewed by McHugh's staff.

Although Joyeuse was decorated for parachuting behind German lines before D-Day while working for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, the burial initially was denied because his wartime heroics happened before he became an American citizen.

The newspaper reports that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower personally awarded Joyeuse the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest military decoration for bravery, behind only the Medal of Honor.

Joyeuse died in June at 92.

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