MIA Update - June 7, 2021

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MIA Update - June 7, 2021

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Jun 07, 2021 8:47 pm

MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced three burial updates for service members who have been missing and unaccounted-for from World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:

-- Army Pfc. Bill F. Hobbs, 20, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, was a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. Hobbs will be buried June 26, 2021, in Coffeyville, Kansas. Read about Hobbs https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2159417/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-hobbs-b/.

-- Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Leslie P. Delles, 21, of St. Charles, Illinois, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Delles. He will be buried on Oct. 23, 2021, in Sutter Creek, California. Read about Delles https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2540605/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-delles-l/.

-- Navy Seaman 1st Class Wilbur F. Ballance, 20, of Paw Paw, Michigan, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Ballance. He will be buried on Dec. 3, 2021, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Read about Ballance https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2548074/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-ballance-w/.
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