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Press Release | Sept. 20, 2022

Tanker Accounted For From World War II (Vinyard, J.)

WASHINGTON  –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Cpl. Joe A. Vinyard, 23, killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 9, 2022.

In December 1944, Vinyard was assigned to Company A, 774th Tank Battalion, as a crewmember on an M4 Sherman tank. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Gey, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when his tank was hit by an 88-mm round. The crew bailed out of the tank, but when they regrouped a few minutes later, Vinyard was missing. One of the other crewmen reported seeing Vinyard exit the tank, but, even after several days, no one could find him. Two later inspections of the destroyed tank reported finding no remains inside. The Germans never reported Vinyard as a prisoner of war. The War Department issued a presumptive finding of death in April 1946.

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