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April 9, 2019

Lansdale looking to update memorial for Korean War serviceman (Via Montgomery Media)

A local landmark could have a new look as soon as the end of next month, to honor a local resident who gave his life for his country more than half a century ago.Borough Manager John Ernst reported this week that staff are working on updating a marker in Memorial Park to reflect the name of a local man recently found to have been killed in the

March 20, 2019

Pentagon Officials to Meet With Hundreds of S.A.-area POW/MIA Families (Via WOAI News Radio)

Hundreds of San Antonio-area relatives of military personnel listed as prisoners of war or missing in action this weekend meet with Pentagon officials to receive updates on the search for remains or other information related to the service members' disappearance, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.Saturday's meeting between the next of kin and

March 19, 2019

75 years after his death, a lost Philadelphia airman is returned to his family (Via The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Janice Hechler can’t remember the first time she learned that her Uncle Howard was lost.She was not yet 4 when the bomber plane he had piloted crashed in a lagoon off the Pacific in World War II. Janice didn’t know much about her uncle. As the years went on, the family drifted apart, as families sometimes do.When she thought of it, she imagined

March 15, 2019

Remains of World War II Pottstown airman identified (Via The Mercury)

Seventy-four years after his bomber crashed in a Pacific lagoon, the remains of a Pottstown airman who died serving his country have been identified.U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer, 22, was accounted for on Dec. 20, 2018.According to a release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Shaffer's B-24J bomber, often called a

March 14, 2019

Identified Middletown sailor killed in Pearl Harbor ‘coming home’ (Via Dayton Daily News)

The niece of a Middletown sailor killed on Pearl Harbor Day said she’s thankful he’s finally “coming home.”The remains of Navy Fireman 3rd Class Willard Irvin Lawson, 25, were identified after they were buried in a mass grave, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that made the announced Monday.(For the full story, follow the link

March 12, 2019

Sailor Killed During Pearl Harbor Attack Identified 77 Years Later (Via Time Magazine)

The body of an Ohio sailor killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II has been identified.The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement Monday that Navy Fireman 3rd Class Willard Lawson was accounted for on Aug. 27, 2018.(For the full story, follow the link below)

March 8, 2019

This Korean War Veteran's Remains Were Lost for Nearly 70 Years. Here's How Cutting-Edge Science Brought Him Home (Via Time Magazine)

What happened to Hoover Jones? The question loomed over Ida Dickens’ life for nearly seven decades. When she last saw her younger brother, he was waving from the back of a taxicab, a lanky 18-year-old farm boy headed to Korea, a country he knew nothing about. Hoover had enlisted as an infantryman in one of America’s last segregated units, even

March 7, 2019

Remains of three missing World War II airmen recovered, half a world apart (Via Army Times)

The remains of three U.S. airmen whose planes went down in World War II, one in Europe, one in what is now Vietnam and the third on Tarawa, a Pacific atoll, have been recovered. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Walter B. Stone was accounted for Feb. 20 and AAF Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer was accounted for Dec. 20, according to separate Feb. 25

March 7, 2019

Hopes fade of learning fate of missing Korean War soldier (Via The Buffalo News)

In memory, Madylon Mathers Kubera always links her brother to his foot locker. More than 65 years ago, the Army sent it back to the Mathers' home in Dunkirk, where Kubera's mother, Antoinette Mathers, refused to open it. The foot locker belonged to her son Leonard, best known as "Jack," and Antoinette prayed he would come home and open it himself.

March 7, 2019

77 years later, DNA testing IDs remains of N.J. sailor lost in Pearl Harbor attack (Via NJ.com)

Angelo M. Gabriele was only 21 years old when he died in World War II. But for decades, his relatives lacked full closure. Gabriele, a U.S. Navy fireman from Trenton, was aboard the USS West Virginia on Dec. 7, 1941. The battleship was moored at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when Japanese aircraft attacked, hitting the ship with multiple