MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced the identification of five American service members who had been missing in action from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Marine Corps Pfc. Arnold J. Harrison, 19, of Detroit, Mich., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 2, in Dallas, Texas. 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. Read about Harrison http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1448752/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-harrison-a/.
-- Army Pfc. Lamar E. Newman, 19, of Griffin, Ga., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 2, in his hometown. Newman was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. In November 1950, his unit took part in a defensive operation in the vicinity of the village of Kujang, North Korea. The division suffered heavy losses, with many soldiers going missing or being killed or captured. Newman went missing on Nov. 27, 1950, near the village of Kujang as a result of heavy fighting. Read about Newman http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1448772/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-missing-from-the-korean-war-newman-l/.
-- Army Pfc. Leroy W. Bryant, 22, of Autreyville, Ga., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 9, in Columbus, Ohio. Bryant was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. On Feb. 6, 1951, Bryant’s unit was tasked to determine the location and strength of enemy forces in the town of Yonghyon-ni, South Korea. They were attacked by enemy forces and forced to withdraw. Bryant could not be accounted for after the attack and was declared missing in action. Bryant’s name later appeared on a list of Americans who died while in custody of communist forces, informally known as the “Christmas List.” Following the war, a returning prisoner from Bryant’s regiment reported he was told Bryant died while being marched north to prisoner of war Camp 1, located along the Yalu River, near the village of Changsong. Read about Bryant http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1452920/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-captured-during-korean-war-bryant-l/.
-- Navy Electrician's Mate 3rd Class George H. Gibson was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Gibson was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Gibson http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1449956/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-gibson-g/.
-- Army Lt. Col. Robert G. Nopp, an OV-1C pilot, was assigned to the 131st Aviation Company. On July 13, 1966, Nopp flew a night surveillance mission from Phu Bai Airfield over Attapu Province, Laos. Flying through heavy thunderstorms, radar and radio contact were lost with the aircraft, which was not uncommon due to the mountainous terrain in that part of Laos. When the aircraft did not return as scheduled, search efforts were initiated, but no crash site was found. Interment services are pending. Read about Nopp http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1451686/soldier-missing-from-vietnam-war-accounted-for-nopp-r/.
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