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Press Release | June 26, 2024

Soldier Accounted for from WWII (Mahoney, J.)

Washington  –  

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pvt. Jeremiah P. Mahoney, killed during World War II, was accounted for May 6, 2024.

In January 1945, Mahoney was assigned to Anti-Tank Company, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division in the European Theater during World War II. Shortly before midnight on New Year’s Eve 1944, German forces launched a major offensive operation in the Vosges Mountains in Alsace-Lorraine, France, known as Operation NORDWIND. The German attack surged through Allied defenses along the Franco-German border, and the ensuing battle enveloped two U.S. Corps along a 40-mile-wide front. In the following few weeks, Anti-Tank Company found itself assigned to resupply and reinforce Allied forces during the Battle of Reipertswiller. At some point on Jan. 17, Pvt. Mahoney was killed, but due to the intensity of the fighting his body was unable to be recovered while Anti-Tank Company was forced to withdraw from the area. With no record of German forces capturing Mahoney, and no remains recovered, the War Department issued a “Finding of Death” in January 1946.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.