Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Cansler, J.)

Release No: 20-016 Feb. 11, 2020 PRINT | E-MAIL
WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pvt. James J. Cansler, 21, killed during World War II, was accounted for Jan. 29, 2020.

On Dec. 19, 1944, Cansler was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Vossenack, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was reported as missing in action. A year later, Army officials had received no evidence he had been captured or otherwise survived combat, and so released a presumptive finding of death.

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Cansler’s personnel profile can be viewed at