The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt. Floyd A. Fulmer, 20, of Newberry, South Carolina, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Nov. 27, 2018.
In November 1944, Fulmer was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 14, 1944, after fierce combat in the Raffelsbrand sector of the Hürtgen Forest, near the village of Simonskall, in Germany. Due to ongoing combat operations and extensive land mines throughout the forest American forces were unable to search for him. When the war ended, Fulmer was among more than two dozen Soldiers still missing in the Raffelsbrand sector. On Nov. 15, 1945, the War Department declared him deceased.
After the war, the American Graves Registration Command extensively searched the Hürtgen Forest for Fulmer’s remains. Unable to make a correlation with any remains found in the area, he was declared non-recoverable.
In April 1947, following demining operations, a set of remains was recovered from the Raffelsbrand sector of the Hürtgen Forest. The remains were sent to the central processing point at Neuville, Belgium. They were unable to be identified, were designated X-5460, and buried at Neuville American Cemetery.
Based upon the original recovery location of X-5460, a DPAA historian determined that there was a likely association between the remains and Fulmer. In April 2018, the Department of Defense and American Battle Monuments Commission disinterred X-5460 and accessioned the remains to the DPAA laboratory for identification.
To identify Fulmer’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.
DPAA is grateful the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) for their partnership in this mission.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. Currently there are 72,751 service members (approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II. Fulmer’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with others who are missing from WWII. Although interred as an Unknown, Fulmer’s grave was meticulously cared for by ABMC for 70 years. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
For family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.
Fulmer will be buried July 18, 2019, in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.