MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced identification and burial updates for six American service members who had been missing in action from WWII and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Marine Corps Pvt. George F. Patrick, 22, of Dallas, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 17 in his hometown.Patrick was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Patrick’s unit was one of those tasked with securing the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll. Encountering fierce resistance by the Japanese, almost 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed and another 1,000 were wounded in the battle. Patrick was killed on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943, and initially buried in a battlefield cemetery. Read about Patrick http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1462443/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-patrick-g/.
-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Harry E. Harkness, 22, of Lansing, Mich., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 17 in his hometown. Harkness was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. In November 1950, Harkness’ unit was participating in combat actions against Chinese forces in the vicinity of Unsan, North Korea. Harkness was reported missing in action as of Nov. 2, 1950, when he could not be accounted for by his unit. During a post-war operation known as “Operation Big Switch,” prisoners of war were returned and Americans who had been held reported that Harkness had been captured and held at POW Camp 5, where he died in early 1951. Read about Harkness http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1462453/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-captured-in-the-korean-war-harkness-h/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Manuel Menendez, 20, of Elizabeth, N.J., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 22 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Menendez was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. Menendez’ unit was one of those tasked with securing the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll. Encountering fierce resistance by the Japanese, almost 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed and another 1,000 were wounded in the battle. Menendez was killed on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943, and was initially buried in a battlefield cemetery. Read about Menendez http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1467177/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-menendez-m/.
-- Army Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz was assigned to Company H, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. In September 1944, his unit participated in Operation Market Garden, a ploy by Allied planners to break German defensive lines on the western front by capturing a highway route through the Netherlands. On Sept. 28, 1944, Rosenkrantz’ platoon occupied Heuvelhof, a farm located south of the town of Grosbeek, when German tanks and infantry attacked. The paratroopers hid among sparse trees and buildings. Rosenkrantz was killed by enemy gunfire when he rose from his position. Due to the proximity of the enemy, his remains could not be recovered at the time. Interment services are pending. Read about Rosenkrantzhttp://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1467205/soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-rosenkrantz-d/ .
-- Army Cpl. James I. Jubb was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. In August 1950, his unit sustained heavy losses while fighting against Korean forces in the vicinity of the Naktong River, South Korea. Jubb was declared missing in action on Aug. 10, 1950, when he could not be accounted for by his unit. Interment services are pending. Read about Jubb http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1467182/soldier-killed-during-korean-war-accounted-for-jubb-j/.
-- Army Sgt. Julius E. McKinney was a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. In late November 1950, his unit was assembled with South Korean soldiers in the 31st Regimental Combat Team on the east side of the Chosin River, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by Chinese forces. McKinney was among more than 1,000 members of the RCT killed or captured in enemy territory and was declared missing on Dec. 2, 1950. Interment services are pending. Read about McKinney http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1467194/soldier-missing-from-the-korean-war-accounted-for-mckinney-j/.
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