MIA Update - December 8, 2017

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MIA Update - December 8, 2017

#1 Postby boardman » Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:28 am

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

-- Marine Corps Pvt. Archie W. Newell, 22, of Aberdeen, S.D., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Dec. 8, in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Newell was assigned to Company C, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. Newell’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll on Nov. 20, 1943, against stiff Japanese resistance. Newell was killed on the first day of the battle and his remains were buried in a battlefield cemetery on the island. Read about Newell http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1385978/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-newell-a/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Sam J. Kourkos, 20, of Independence, Kan., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Dec. 9 in his hometown. Kourkos was assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Kourkos's unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against stiff Japanese resistance. Kourkos was killed on the second day of the battle, one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed in the intense fighting. Read about Kourkos http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1385982/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-kourkos-s/.
-- Navy Fireman 1st Class Samuel W. Crowder, 35, of Louisville, Ky., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Dec. 9 in his hometown. Crowder was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Crowder was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Read about Crowder http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1385985/funeral-announcement-for-uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-crowder/.
-- Navy Reserve Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Albert P. Rybarczyk, 21, of St. Joseph, Mich., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Dec. 11 in his hometown. Rybarczyk was a member of the Navy Torpedo Squadron Eighteen (VT-18), USS Intrepid. On Sept. 8, 1944, during a bombing mission against Japanese positions on Babelthuap Island, Palau, their 2,000-pound bomb hit an ammunition dump. The resulting explosion tore the tail from the aircraft, causing it to crash offshore. Rybarczyk was reported missing in action. Read about Rybarczyk http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1387017/funeral-announcement-for-michigan-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-rybarczyk-a/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Albert Strange, 18, of Mammoth Cave, Ky., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Dec. 13, in Cave City, Ky. Strange was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Strange's unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against stiff Japanese resistance. Strange was killed on the first day of the battle, one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed in the intense fighting. He was buried in a battlefield cemetery. Read about Strange http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1389630/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-strange-a/.
-- Marine Corps Pfc. Lyle E. Charpilloz was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Charpilloz's unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against stiff Japanese resistance. Charpilloz 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. Interment services are pending. Read about Charpilloz http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1385869/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-charpilloz-l/.
-- Marine Corps Pvt. Emil F. Ragucci was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Ragucci's unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against stiff Japanese resistance. Ragucci died 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. Interment services are pending. Read about Ragucci http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1387114/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-ragucci-e/.
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