Press Release | July 23, 2021

Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Ladner, A.)

WASHINGTON  –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pvt. Andrew J. Ladner, 30, killed during World War II, was accounted for July 9, 2021.

In the fall of 1942, Ladner was assigned to the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division. On Nov. 30, his unit was part of the effort to cut off the Japanese supply and communications line coming from their beachhead at Sanananda Village, Territory of Papua, on the island of New Guinea. Ultimately, the effort was successful as the unit established the blockade, called the Huggin Roadblock, and held for 22 days until relieved by Australian forces. However, Ladner was killed in the initial assault. He was reportedly buried 26 yards west of the road the unit was blockading.

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