MIA Update - October 27, 2017

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MIA Update - October 27, 2017

#1 Postby boardman » Sat Oct 28, 2017 7:35 am

MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced identifications of remains and burial updates 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 Staff Sgt. Michael Aiello, 35, of Springfield, Ill., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Oct. 28 in his hometown. Aiello was a member of Company G, 401st Glider Infantry Regiment (GIR). Attached to the 325th GIR for Operation Market Garden in September 1944, Aiello’s unit battled German forces in a dense forest in the Netherlands, known as Kiekberg Woods. During four days of intense battle, the Americans incurred many losses, including Aiello. Read about Aiello http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1349447/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-aiello-m/.
-- Army Pfc. Richard A. Lucas, 17, of Monmouth, N.J., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Nov. 2 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Lucas was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. Lucas’s unit was located in defensive positions in the area of the Chongchon River, northeast of Kujang, North Korea, when enemy forces launched a large-scale attack on Nov. 25, 1950. Intense fighting separated the battalion from the rest of the regiment and Lucas was reported missing in action on Nov. 26, 1950. Read about Lucashttp://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1353475/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-missing-from-korean-war-lucas-r/.
-- Army Pfc. Walter C. Hackenberg, 22, of Snyder County, Pa., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Nov. 2 in Middleburg, Pa. Hackenberg 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. Read about Hackenberg http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1351867/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-captured-during-the-korean-war-hackenberg-w/.
-- Navy Shopfitter 3rd Class Francis L. Hannon 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. Hannon was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Hannon http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1351546/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-hannon-f/.
-- Marine Corps Pfc. Arnold J. Harrison was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Harrison’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against stiff Japanese resistance. Over several days of intense fighting, approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed. Harrison was killed on the first day of the battle. Interment services are pending. Read about Harrison http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1349310/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-harrison-a/.
-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Lester R. Walker was assigned to Battery B, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. On Sept. 3, 1950, Walker was attached to Task Force Haynes in the vicinity of Changnyeong, South Korea, when he disappeared. Based on a lack of information concerning his status, the U.S. Army declared him deceased and his remains non-recoverable. Read about Walker http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1349191/soldier-captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-walker-l/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Donald E. Eichschlag was assigned to Company D, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. In November 1950, Eichschlag’s unit fought against repeated attacks by Chinese forces in the area surrounding Yudam-ni, North Korea. Eichschlag was reported to be killed in action on Nov. 28, 1950 during the fight over Hill 1250. Interment services are pending. Read about Eichschlag http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1354180/marine-killed-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-eichschlag-d/.
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