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Press Release | Oct. 3, 2022

Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Searle, R.)

WASHINGTON   –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pfc. Roy J. Searle, 22, killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 27, 2022.

In December 1944, Searle was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division. His unit crossed the Saar River on Dec. 6 and attempted for the next two days to capture and hold two heavily defended towns Pachtener Kopfe and Rehlingen. Searle was mortally wounded during enemy engagement on Dec. 9, and was reported to have died of his wounds near Rehlingen, Germany.

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