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June 28, 2022

A young WWII soldier’s remains could be those of Spike Lee’s lost cousin (via The Washington Post)

Maceo A. Walker was 20 when he was killed in the battle of the Cinquale Canal, a little remembered, four-day struggle between men of the segregated African American 92nd Division and German forces in northern Italy during World War II.It was a bloody battle, fought in the rain and mud as enemy artillery pounded the Americans crossing the waterway

June 14, 2022

77 years later: U.S. military identifies Ashland County soldier who died in World War II (via the Ashland Times-Gazette)

The remains of a 26-year-old U.S. Army soldier from Ashland County have been identified nearly eight decades after he died fighting in France during World War II.The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency announced in a news release Monday the body of Pfc. Sanford Keith Bowen was identified in March after months of research,

June 8, 2022

He was killed at Pearl Harbor when he was 20. More than 80 years later, this sailor has been laid to rest. (via CNN)

George Gilbert, a sailor killed in the Pearl Harbor attack who remained unidentified for decades, was laid to rest Monday -- more than 80 years after his death, officials said.He was 20 years old when he died.A Fire Controlman 2nd class, Gilbert was stationed on the USS Oklahoma after joining the Navy from Indiana, according to a profile page on

June 6, 2022

The US military is trying to identify dozens of airmen who didn't make it home from a daring bomber raid on 'Hitler's gas station' (via Business Insider)

On August 1, 1943, US Army Air Force B-24 Liberators took off from bases in Libya for an audacious raid on one of the Nazi military's most valuable resources.Operation Tidal Wave was meant to destroy Nazi-controlled oil fields and refineries at Ploiești, north of Bucharest, Romania. The campaign was unprecedented in scale, with 1,725 airmen taking

May 31, 2022

US will bring home and identify remains of unknown soldiers from only American cemetery in Africa (via CNN)

The US is set to bring home and identify the remains of unknown World War II soldiers from the only American cemetery in Africa, the US Embassy in Tunisia said on Monday, Memorial Day.The announcement comes after the US and Tunisia signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow the US to exhume the remains of unknown soldiers from the North

May 31, 2022

Naming the Unknown Soldier: How agency helped identify local men killed in action (via The Dayton Daily News)

On May 21, nearly 72 years after his death in battle, U.S. Army Pfc. Chauncey William Sharp, a native of the village of Osborn, finally came home.Sharp was buried three times in seven decades — the first time in South Korea, the second time in Hawaii. The third burial was May 21, when he was laid to rest at Dayton National Cemetery — this time

May 31, 2022

On Memorial Day, Nursing Professor Remembers the Missing (via University of Virginia)

Terri Yost, an assistant professor of nursing and a retired Army officer with 20 years of service, once joined an effort to find and return the remains of missing service members lost on foreign battlefields.The work is often tedious – sifting dirt for bone fragments – and takes place in some of the world’s most remote and inhospitable places. But,

May 18, 2022

Thai archival find may resolve fate of missing WWII US flyer (via AP)

The remains of an American airman who went missing in action in World War II may finally be on their way home, thanks to a chance discovery of records in flood-threatened archives in Thailand. U.S. and local authorities held a solemn ceremony Wednesday at an air base in eastern Thailand to honor and repatriate remains recently recovered from a rice

April 20, 2022

Home again: Korean War vet's remains delivered to Hagerstown (via The Frederick News-Post)

For more than 70 years, Sgt. Roy “Buddy” Charles DeLauter’s family wondered what became of him after his unit was sent to fight in the Korean War.Then in 2018, North Korea returned to the United States 55 boxes reported to contain remains of U.S. service members.On Tuesday, Buddy came home.Guided by a motorcade of flashing lights, DeLauter’s casket

April 18, 2022

Unknown war dead identified 80 years after their deaths (via Nebraska Public Media)

The USS Oklahoma was docked at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The massive battleship capsized quickly after Japanese torpedoes hit. 429 sailors and Marines on board died that day. The mostly unidentified and unidentifiable remains that were recovered from the wreckage were moved to mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Until