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Press Release | June 26, 2024

Soldier Accounted for from WWII (Zarifian, J.)

Washington  –  

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Sgt. Jack Zarifian, killed during World War II, was accounted for May 10, 2024.

In April 1945, Zarifian was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 253rd Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in fierce fighting near the town of Buchhof, Germany, when he was reported killed in action after being struck by a Nebelwerfer rocket on Apr. 6. His body was unable to be recovered due to intense fighting against German forces hiding in the town. Sgt. Zarifian’s remains were not accounted for during or after the war, and he was not reported as being captured by German forces.

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