MIA Update - October 6, 2017

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MIA Update - October 6, 2017

#1 Postby boardman » Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:11 am

MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced identifications of remains and burial updates of 15 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:

-- Marine Corps 2nd Lt. George S. Bussa, 29, of Chicago, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Oct. 10 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Bussa was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Bussa's unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against stiff Japanese resistance. Bussa was killed on the first day of the battle, one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed in the intense fighting. Read about Bussa http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1332019/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-bussa-g/.
-- Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Earl P. Gorman, 23, of Lynn, Mass., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Oct. 13 in Valatie, N.Y. Gorman was a member of the 718th Bombardment Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group, based in Grottaglie, Italy. On April 23, 1944, Gorman was serving as the radio operator for a B-24 aircraft on a bombing mission against targets near Schwechat, Austria. While en route over Yugoslavia, they were attacked by German planes. Struck during the attack and critically wounded, Gorman was put into a parachute by his crewmates and bailed out of the plane before they bailed out themselves. All of the crewmembers except Gorman survived. Read about Gorman http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1334795/funeral-announcement-for-airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-gorman-e/.
-- Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Clarence L. Dragoo, 21, of Sandyville, W.Va., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Oct. 14 in his hometown. Dragoo was a member 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group. On Feb. 28, 1945, Dragoo and ten other B-24J Liberator aircrew took off from Grottaglie Army Air Base, Italy, as part of a mission to target the Isarc-Albes railroad bridge in northern Italy, which was part of Brennan Route, used by Germans to move personnel and equipment into and out of Italy. After the bombing run, the other aircraft moved toward the rally point and witnessed one aircraft skim the mountain tops with at least two damaged engines. The plane was last seen near Lake Wiezen in Austria and no parachutes were reported exiting the aircraft. Based on this information, Dragoo was reported missing in action. Read about Dragoo http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1334797/funeral-announcement-for-airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-dragoo-c/.
-- Storekeeper 3rd Class Wallace E. Eakes was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Eakes was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Eakes http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1333796/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-eakes-w/.
-- Seaman 1st Class Clifford G. Goodwin was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Goodwin was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Goodwin http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1330730/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-goodwin-c/.
-- Seaman 1st Class Joseph M. Johnson was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Johnson was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Johnson http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1332081/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-johnson-j/.
-- Storekeeper 3rd Class Eli Olsen was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Olsen was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Olsen http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1330732/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-olsen-e/.
-- Marine Corps Pfc. Harold P. Hannon was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Hannon’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll on Nov. 20, 1943, against stiff Japanese resistance. Hannon was killed on the first day of the battle. Interment services are pending. Read about Hannon http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1334923/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-hannon-h/.
-- Army Air Forces Tech Sgt. John F. Brady was a B-17 crew member assigned to the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, Brady’s B-17 was hit by flak while on a bombing run to Merseburg, Germany and then attacked by German fighters. Witnesses reported that the B-17 burst into flames and crashed southwest of Barby. Brady was declared missing in action. Interment services are pending. Read about Brady http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1335282/airmen-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-brady-j-chandler-a-liekhus-j-sh/.
-- Army Air Forces Tech Sgt. Allen A. Chandler was a B-17 crew member assigned to the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, Chandler’s B-17 was hit by flak while on a bombing run to Merseburg, Germany and then attacked by German fighters. Witnesses reported that the B-17 burst into flames and crashed southwest of Barby. Chandler was declared missing in action. Interment services are pending. Read about Chandler http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1335282/airmen-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-brady-j-chandler-a-liekhus-j-sh/.
-- Army Air Forces 1st Lt. John H. Liekhus was a B-17 crew member assigned to the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, Liekhus’s B-17 was hit by flak while on a bombing run to Merseburg, Germany and then attacked by German fighters. Witnesses reported that the B-17 burst into flames and crashed southwest of Barby. Liekhus was declared missing in action. Interment services are pending. Read about Liekhus http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1335282/airmen-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-brady-j-chandler-a-liekhus-j-sh/.
-- Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Robert O. Shoemaker was a B-17 crew member assigned to the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, Shoemaker’s B-17 was hit by flak while on a bombing run to Merseburg, Germany and then attacked by German fighters. Witnesses reported that the B-17 burst into flames and crashed southwest of Barby. Shoemaker was declared missing in action. Interment services are pending. Read about Shoemaker http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1335282/airmen-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-brady-j-chandler-a-liekhus-j-sh/.
-- Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Younger was a B-17 crew member assigned to the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, Younger’s B-17 was hit by flak while on a bombing run to Merseburg, Germany and then attacked by German fighters. Witnesses reported that the B-17 burst into flames and crashed southwest of Barby. Younger was declared missing in action. Interment services are pending. Read about Younger http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1335282/airmen-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-brady-j-chandler-a-liekhus-j-sh/.
-- Army Pfc. Willie E. Blue was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. In August 1950, his unit was defending the Naktong Bulge portion of the Pusan Perimeter. Blue was admitted to the 2nd Clearing Station, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division in Yong-san, South Korea. After admission, Blue could not be accounted for. When no additional records could be found showing his disposition and the 8076th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital could not provide any information, the Department of the Army declared him deceased on March 3, 1954. Interment services are pending. Read about Blue http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1330738/soldier-killed-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-blue-w/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Johnson McAfee, Jr., was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. In late November 1950, McAfee’s unit was fighting against Chinese forces in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir at the Marine outpost known as Fox Hill. McAfee was killed in the action and was buried alongside others at the base of Fox Hill prior to the evacuation of the outpost. Interment services are pending. Read about McAfee http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1334938/marine-killed-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-mcafee-j/.
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