MIA Update - February 23, 2018

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MIA Update - February 23, 2018

#1 Postby boardman » Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:28 am

MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced the identification of seven American service members who had been missing in action from WWII and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:

-- Navy Gunner's Mate 2nd Class William F. Hellstern was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Hellstern was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Hellstern http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1446374/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-hellstern-w/.
-- Navy Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Lorentz E. Hultgren was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Hultgren was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Hultgren http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1447368/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-hultgren-l/.
-- Navy Seaman 1st Class Henry G. Tipton was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Tipton was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Tipton http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1446343/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-tipton-h/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Joe Lukie was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Lukie’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against stiff Japanese resistance. Lukie died on the first day of the battle, one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed in the intense fighting. Interment services are pending. Read about Lukie http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1446337/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-lukie-j/.
-- Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Harvel L. Moore was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. On Nov. 20, 1943, Moore’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll against stiff Japanese resistance. Moore died on the third day of the battle, one of approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors killed in the intense fighting. Interment services are pending. Read about Moore http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1447592/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-moore-h/.
-- Army Staff Sgt. Leo J. Husak was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division, serving in the European theater. On Jan. 30, 1945, Husak was killed while out on patrol in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest. The offensive in the forest was one of the longest battles the United States fought during World War II, lasting for nearly five months. Interment services are pending. Read about Husak http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1447646/soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-husak-l/.
-- Army Cpl. Leonard V. Purkapile was Company E, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. In late November 1950, Purkapile’s unit was engaged by Chinese forces in the vicinity of Unsan, while withdrawing southeast to Yongbyon, North Korea. Purkapile could not be accounted for following the battle and was declared missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950. Interment services are pending. Read about Purkapile http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1447605/soldier-killed-during-korean-war-accounted-for-purkapile-l/.
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