MIA Update - March 23, 2018

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MIA Update - March 23, 2018

#1 Postby boardman » Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:14 am

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, Korea and Vietnam. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:

-- Army Pvt. Rudolph Johnson, 20, of Malvern, Ark., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 23 in Little Rock, Ark. Johnson was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 365th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division –– the only African-American combat infantry division in Europe. In February 1945, during Operation Fourth Term, Johnson’s regiment fought for days against strong German counterattacks to secure positions along the Lama di Sotto ridge, part of the Gothic Line in northern Italy. Johnson was reported missing in action as of Feb. 6, 1945. His status was changed to killed in action on Feb, 21. 1945. Read about Johnson http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1468074/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-johnson-r/.
--Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Donald J. Hall, 29, of Stroud, Okla., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 26 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Hall was a member of Detachment 5, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron. On Feb. 6, 1967, Hall and three other service members were flying an HH-3E helicopter on a rescue and recovery mission over northern Vietnam. Hall’s helicopter was hit by enemy ground fire after rescuing a downed pilot, resulting in an internal explosion and crash. Hall was subsequently reported missing in action. Read about Hall http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1469438/funeral-announcement-for-airman-killed-during-vietnam-war-hall-d/.
-- Army Cpl. Dow F. Worden, 20, of Boardman, Ore., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 27 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Hall was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. In September 1951, Worden’s unit was operating in the vicinity of Hill 1024 in South Korea, near Heartbreak Ridge, when they were attacked by Chinese forces. After moving east to nearby Hill 867, American forces withdrew after suffering a large barrage of enemy mortar fire. Worden could not be accounted for after the battle and was declared missing in action on Sept. 28, 1951. His name did not appear on any prisoner of war lists and no returning POWs indicated any knowledge of his whereabouts, prompting the Army to declare him deceased in December 1953. Read about Worden http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1470508/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-missing-from-the-korean-war-worden-d/.
-- Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Frank A. Fazekas, 22, of Trenton, N.J., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 28 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Fazekas was assigned to the 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group. On May 27, 1944, Fazekas was returning from a mission over northern France when his P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft came under enemy fire, causing him to crash in a field north of the French village of Buysscheure. His remains were not recovered and the Army reported him deceased on May 27, 1944. Read about Fazekas http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1473035/funeral-announcement-for-airman-killed-during-world-war-ii-fazekas-f/.
-- Army Cpl. Thomas H. Mullins, 18, of Harriman, Tenn., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 29 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Mullins was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. In November 1950, his unit engaged with Chinese forces near Unsan, North Korea. Approximately 600 men were killed, captured or missing. Mullins was declared missing in action on Nov. 2, 1950. He was later reported to have died while being held in POW Camp 5, Pyokdong, North Korea. Read about Mullins http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1473039/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-captured-during-the-korean-war-mullins-t/.
-- Navy Fireman 1st Class Jarvis G. Outland was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Outland was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Outland http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1469293/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-outland-j/.
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