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News | June 16, 2017

Soldier Missing From World War II Accounted For (Jacobsen)

Army Staff Sgt. Gerald L. Jacobsen, missing from World War II, has now been accounted for.

On July 15, 1944, Jacobsen was a member of the 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, which participated in the siege of Saint-Lô, France. Jacobsen, who was acting as an artillery spotter, was manning a mortar compound post near La Forge, approximately two kilometers northeast of Saint-Lô, when he and another service member went missing. The other service member’s body was later found near the command post but Jacobsen’s remains were not recovered and he was reported missing in action. The U.S. Army subsequently declared him deceased as of July 16, 1945.

In 2016, based on a family request, Unknown X-481, possibly correlated to Jacobsen, were disinterred for analysis.

DNA and laboratory analysis were used in the identification of his remains.

Interment services are pending.

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