Press Release | Nov. 10, 2021

Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Ryan, E.)

WASHINGTON  –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt. Edward M. Ryan, 33, killed during World War II, was accounted for Nov. 3, 2021.

In July 1944, Ryan was a member of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, which occupied defensive positions along the northwest coast of Saipan as part of a larger operation to secure the Mariana Islands. On the morning of July 7, the commanding general of the Japanese forces ordered a mass suicide charge of his remaining soldiers into the 105th’s line. Ryan was killed sometime during the attack. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star.

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