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Sept. 22, 2021

70 years after he died in a Korean POW camp, Father Emil Kapaun begins journey home

Emil Kapaun was a priest from Pilsen, Kansas who became a war hero for his actions during the Korean War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2013 and is now being considered for sainthood by the Vatican.None of his family or his closest Korean War compatriots thought Tuesday’s eventswere possible, not in 70 years.But the day has come. And Father

Sept. 17, 2021

A Proclamation on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2021 (via WhiteHouse.gov)

When service members take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, they do so knowing that they may be called upon to make great sacrifices to ensure and sustain our shared values. These patriots accept those risks and rush to fulfill the mission, no matter how harsh or dangerous the conditions. They embody the best of the American

Sept. 8, 2021

Veterans dug up a WWII bomber—in hopes of finding peace

It’s a hazy summer day in southern England, not far from the medieval market town of Arundel, and the Sussex countryside is dozing in the heat. In a pasture on a family farm a mile or so west of the town’s historic castle, an international team of military veterans and archaeologists from the University of York is methodically sifting through

Aug. 24, 2021

Sister grateful to bury Michigan Korean War veteran whose remains were missing for 70 years (via MLive.com)

After missing for 70 years, the remains of Korean War Veteran Dale W. Wright were interred at the Great Lakes National Cemetery.Linda Stover, 75, Wright’s half-sister and last remaining direct relative along with Stover’s children, some grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present on Monday, Aug. 23 at the morning service to inter the remains

Aug. 23, 2021

CSU center works to recover remains of American WWII pilot in France (via Colorado State University)

This year marks the 77th anniversary of the crash of an American bomber in Northern France that occurred in the summer of 1944. The pilot’s remains have gone unrecovered in the European country for decades.A mission to recover the remains of the pilot who crashed in a farmer’s field is now underway, led by Colorado State University’s Center for

Aug. 16, 2021

Pearl Harbor Hero, Missing in Action for Decades, Gets Patriotic Homecoming in Kentucky

To view this story from its original source, visit https://www.theepochtimes.com/pearl-harbor-hero-missing-in-action-for-decades-gets-patriotic-homecoming-in-kentucky_3870724.html?welcomeuser=1Nestled on the western edge of Barren County, Kentucky, is a small community named Merry Oaks, with a population of fewer than 300 people. In the 1900s, the

Aug. 2, 2021

With Undersea Robots, an Air Force Navigator Lost Since 1967 Is Found (via The New York Times)

A recovery mission off Vietnam’s coast showed how advances in technology have given new reach to the Pentagon’s search for American war dead.----On a July morning in 1967, two American B-52 bombers collided over the South China Sea as they approached a target in what was then South Vietnam.Seven crew members escaped, but rescue units from the Air

July 22, 2021

‘Welcome home’: Powell Butte soldier, MIA for 70 years, finally laid to rest at Arlington (via KTVZ News Channel 21)

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- A somber ceremony Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery brought tears, salutes and the scenes we've seen so often, along with grateful closure for the family of a fallen Korean War soldier from Powell Butte who had been listed as missing in action for nearly seven decades, until his remains were returned and identified.The

July 14, 2021

The hunt for Johnny Reb: American veterans dig up wreckage of WW2 B-24 Liberator that crashed in Sussex field after 1944 bombing raid in search for three crew who didn't make it - Via The Daily Mail

The search for the remains of US soldiers who were killed after a Second World War bomber plane which was gunned down by enemy fire near Paris crashed in a farmer's field in Sussex has begun, as American veterans dig up the area to finally take their fallen compatriots home. A B-24 Liberator with the 489th Bombardment Group dubbed 'Johnny Reb' was

July 8, 2021

After 77 years, Bolivar soldier killed in WW II returned to the Ozarks for honors, military funeral (via KY3 Springfield)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - U.S. Army Pvt. James J. Cansler was 21 years-old when he died during World War II while fighting in Germany. The Bolivar native had joined the Army on May 31, 1944 and was reported missing in action just over five months later on Dec. 19, 1944 after his unit was involved in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in Vossenack,