MIA Update - September 29, 2017

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MIA Update - September 29, 2017

#1 Postby boardman » Sat Sep 30, 2017 10:17 am

MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced identifications of remains and burial updates of 13 American servicemen who had been missing in action from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:

-- Army Pfc. Charlie H. Hill, 31, of Williamsburg, Ky., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Sept. 29 in Augusta, Mich. Hill was a member of Battery D, 15th Anti-aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Self-propelled Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. In late November 1950, his unit was assembled with South Korean soldiers in the 31st Regimental Combat Team on the east side of the Chosin River, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by Chinese forces. Hill was among more than 1,000 members of the RCT killed or captured in enemy territory and was declared missing on Dec. 2, 1950. He did not appear on any POW lists and the Army declared him deceased on Dec. 31, 1953. Read about Hill http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1320877/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-missing-from-the-korean-war-hill-c/.
-- Marine Corps Pvt. Joseph C. Carbone, 20, of Brooklyn, N.Y., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Sept. 30 in his hometown. Carbone was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division. His unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll on Nov. 20, 1943, against stiff Japanese resistance. Carbone was killed on the first day of the battle. Read about Carbone http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1320896/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-carbone-j/.
-- Army Sgt. Thomas E. Zimmer, 19, of Milwaukee, Wis., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Sept. 30 in his hometown. Zimmer was stationed with Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, on the east side of the Chosin River, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by Chinese Forces. After heavy fighting, his unit was forced to withdraw to Hagaru-ri. Zimmer was unaccounted for after the battle and was reported missing as of Dec. 6, 1950. He did not appear on any POW lists and the Army declared him deceased on Dec. 31, 1953. Read about Zimmer http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1320884/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-korean-war-zimmer-t/.
-- Navy Fireman 1st Class Walter B. Rogers, 22, of Bison, S.D., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Oct. 2 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Rogers was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Rogers was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Read about Rogers http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1323276/funeral-announcement-for-uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-rogers-w/.
-- Seaman 1st Class Milton R. Surratt, 21, of Greenville, S.C., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Oct. 6, in Mauldin, S.C. Surratt was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Surratt was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Read about Surratt http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1329064/funeral-announcement-for-uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-surratt/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve 2nd Lt. Elwood R. Bailey was a pilot assigned to Marine Fighting Squadron 223 (VMF-223), Marine Aircraft Group 23, (MAG-23). On Aug. 24, 1942, Bailey engaged his F4F-4 Wildcat in air-to-air combat with Japanese Military Air Forces over Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. He failed to return to base and was declared missing in action on the assumption that he had been shot down. Interment services are pending. Read about Bailey http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1328218/marine-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-bailey-e/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Charles A. Drew was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Drew’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll on Nov. 20, 1943, against stiff Japanese resistance. Drew was killed on the first day of the battle. Interment services are pending. Read about Drew http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1328233/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-drew-c/.
-- Marine Corps Pvt. John M. Tillman was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Tillman’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll on Nov. 20, 1943, against stiff Japanese resistance. Tillman was killed on the first day of the battle. Interment services are pending. Read about Tillman http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1328212/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-tillman-j/.
-- Army Air Forces Tech Sgt. John S. Bailey was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Helen Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands. On Jan. 21, 1944, Bailey’s B-24J bomber crashed shortly after takeoff. Interment services are pending. Read about Bailey http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1323443/airman-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-bailey-js/.
-- Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Homer A. Spence was a member of the 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group. On July 20, 1944, Spence flew his P-38J on a bomber escort mission targeting Memmingen Airdrome in Germany. On the return flight, his aircraft was seen diving into the clouds and there was no further communication from him. Interment services are pending. Read about Spence http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1321387/airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-spence-h/.
-- Army Cpl. Donald L. Baer was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, which was engaged with enemy forces in and around the city of Taejon (now Daejon), South Korea. On July 19, 1950, enemy forces initiated a large-scale attack on the city. Baer could not be accounted for after the battle and was declared missing in action as of July 20, 1950. Interment services are pending. Read about Baer http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1329070/soldier-missing-from-the-korean-war-accounted-for-baer-d/.
-- Army Maj. Stephen T. Uurtamo was a member of Headquarters Battery, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was engaged in persistent attacks with the Chinese forces near the Ch’ongch’on River in North Korea. On Nov. 30, 1950, the unit was forced to withdraw south along the Main Supply Route, known as “The Gauntlet.” Uurtamo could not be accounted for after the withdrawal and was declared missing as of Dec. 1, 1950. It was later determined that he had been captured and died at a POW Transit Camp. Interment services are pending. Read about Uurtamo http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1329068/soldier-captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-uurtamo-s/.
-- Army Pfc. Leroy W. Bryant was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. On Feb. 6, 1951, Bryant’s unit was tasked to determine the location and strength of enemy forces in the town of Yonghyon-ni, South Korea. They were attacked by enemy forces and forced to withdraw. Bryant could not be accounted for after the attack and was declared missing in action. Interment services are pending. Read about Bryant http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent ... -bryant-l/.
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