MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced identification of remains and burial updates of five American servicemen who had been missing in action from World War II. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Army Pvt. Shirley E. Bailey, 19, of Charleston, W.Va., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Dec. 1 in Dunbar, W. Va. Bailey was a medic with Company G, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. Bailey provided medical support to his unit as they fought in the Hürtgen Forest of Germany, an area comprised of roughly 50-square miles along the Belgian-German border in late 1944. On Nov. 29, when Bailey’s battalion was moving out, a German counterattack struck his company. Bailey rushed forward to aid a wounded man and was himself killed by enemy fire. Due to the fighting, Bailey’s remains were not recovered and he was later buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium as an unknown soldier. Read about Bailey http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1379359/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-bailey-s/.
-- Marine Corps Pfc. Donald R. Tolson, 20, of Bakersfield, Calif., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Dec. 2 in Kansas City, Mo. Tolson was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Tolson's unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against stiff Japanese resistance. Tolson was killed on the first day of the battle, one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed in the intense fighting. His remains were buried in a battlefield cemetery on the island. Read about Tolson http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1383064/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-tolson-d/.
-- Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert L. Mains, 27, of Rochester, N.Y., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Dec. 2 in Wading River, N.Y. Mains was a member of the 714th Bombardment Squadron, 448th Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Division. On April 4, 1945, Mains, along with more than 400 other bombers, took off to attack airbases at Parchim, Perleberg and Wesendorf, Germany, as part of an Allied attempt to cripple what was left of the German air force. Mains' aircraft, which held 10 airmen, was attacked by enemy fighter planes in the vicinity of Hamburg. The plane exploded and crashed; Mains and eight other crew members perished. Read about Mains http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1381522/funeral-announcement-for-airman-killed-during-world-war-ii-mains/.
-- Navy Radioman 3rd Class Howard W. Bean, 27, of Everett, Mass., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Dec. 6 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Bean 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. Bean was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Read about Bean http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1383183/funeral-announcement-for-uss-oklahomoa-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-bean-h/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve 1st Sgt. David H. Quinn was assigned to Company C, 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion (C-2d Amp Tr Bn), 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Quinn’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against stiff Japanese resistance. Quinn was killed on the second day of the battle, one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed in the intense fighting. Interment services are pending. Read about Quinn http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1382907/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-quinn-d/.
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