MIA Update - August 11, 2017

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MIA Update - August 11, 2017

#1 Postby boardman » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:55 am

MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced burial updates and identifications of remains of seven American servicemen who had been missing in action from World War II and the Korean War. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:

-- Army Cpl. Sgt. Stafford L. Morris, 24, of Allentown, Pa., was buried Aug. 5 in Atlanta. In late November 1950, Morris was a member of Battery A, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was fighting north of the town of Kujang-dong, North Korea. On December 1, his battalion began to withdraw under continuous enemy fire. It would be later learned that Morris had been captured but died in captivity on Jan. 21, 1951. Read about Morris http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1268883/soldier-captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-morris/.
-- Navy Fireman 1st Class Lawrence H. Fecho, whose remains were identified earlier, will be buried Aug. 13 in Bottineau, N.D. Fecho, 20, of Willow City, N.D., was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The battleship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen. Read about Fecho http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1268887/uss-oklahoma-sailor-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-fecho/.
-- Navy Radioman 2nd Class Walter H. Backman, 22, of Walton, N.D., was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The battleship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen. Interment services are pending. Read about Backman http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1269856/sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-backman/.
-- Navy Radioman 2nd Class Quentin J Gifford, 22, of Mankato, Minn., was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The battleship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen. Interment services are pending. Read about Gifford http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1269851/sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-gifford/.
-- Army Cpl. Roy J. Hopper was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion 19th Infantry Regiment. He was reported killed in action on July 31, 1950, when his battalion was engaged in a fighting withdrawal against North Korean forces in Chinju, South Korea. Interment services are pending. Read about Hopper http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1273023/soldier/.
-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Alfred G. Bensinger, of Oklahoma, was a member of Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, when his unit was heavily engaged fighting Chinese forces in the Ch'ongch'on River area in northwestern North Korea, in late November 1950. Bensinger was reported missing in action as of Dec. 1, 1950. It would later be learned he had been captured but died in captivity. Interment services are pending. Read about Bensinger http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1269833/soldier-captured-during-korean-war-accounted-for-bensinger/.
-- Army Pfc. Walter C. Hackenberg, of Beavertown, Pa., was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, when Chinese and North Korean forces attacked his unit west of Chorw'on, South Korea, in April 1951. The American troops were able to hold the line, but Hackenberg could not be accounted for at the end of the battle. He was declared missing in action as of April 25, 1951. Interment services are pending. Read about Hackenberg http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1269928/soldier-captured-during-korean-war-accounted-for-hackenberg/.
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