MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced identification and burial updates for eleven American service members who had been missing in action from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Pete W. Simon, 34, of Grindstone, Pa., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried March 31 in Northfield, Ohio. Simon was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. In September 1950, his unit participated in a defense of the Pusan Perimeter, a large defensive line west and north of Pusan, South Korea. Simon was reported to have been killed in action on Sept. 5, 1950, but his remains could not be located following the battle. Read about Simon http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1474324/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-the-korean-war-simon-p/.
-- Army Cpl. William C. McDowell, 20, of Stuttgart, Arkansas, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried April 4 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. McDowell was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 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. McDowell was among more than 1,000 members of the RCT killed or captured in enemy territory and was declared missing on Dec. 2, 1950. Read about McDowell http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1475683/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-missing-from-the-korean-war-mcdowell-w/.
-- Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William H. Harth, Jr., 22, of Columbia, S.C., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried April 6 in his hometown. Harth was a bombardier assigned to the 329th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy), which was known as “The Traveling Circus.” On Aug. 1, 1943, Harth’s B-24D aircraft, nicknamed “Hell’s Angels,” participated in a historic mission, code-named Operation TIDAL WAVE-- the first large-scale, low-altitude attack by U.S. heavy bomber aircraft on Ploesti, Romania. As Harth’s aircraft approached the target, it was hit by German antiaircraft fire. Harth was killed when the aircraft crashed. Read about Harth http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1476967/funeral-announcement-for-airman-killed-during-world-war-ii-harth-w/.
-- Marine Corps Pvt. John M. Tillman, 21, of Reno, Nev., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried April 6, in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Tillman was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Tillman’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll on Nov. 20, 1943, against stiff Japanese resistance. Tillman was killed on the first day of the battle. Read about Tillman http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1476972/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-tillman-j/.
-- Army Cpl. Roy J. Hopper, 21, of Miami, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried April 6 in Dayton, Ohio. Hopper was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment. He was reported killed in action on July 31, 1950, after his battalion engaged in a fighting withdrawal against North Korean forces in Chinju, South Korea. Following the battle, the enemy had control of the battlefield, preventing a search for his remains. Read about Hopper http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1476945/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-the-korean-war-hopper-r/.
-- Air Force Col. Edgar F. Davis, 32, of Goldsboro, N.C., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried April 6 in his hometown. Davis was an RF-4C Phantom navigator, assigned to the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. On Sept. 17, 1968, Davis was on a night photo-reconnaissance mission over Laos when he and his pilot were shot down by anti-aircraft artillery fire. While the pilot ejected and was rescued, no contact was received from Davis. After search and rescue efforts were suspended after failing to locate Davis or the wreckage, Davis was declared missing in action. Read about Davis http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1476960/funeral-announcement-for-airman-killed-during-vietnam-war-davis-e/.
-- Marine Corps Pfc. Lyle E. Charpilloz, 19, of Silverton, Ore., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried on April 7 in Salem, Ore. 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 initially buried in a battlefield cemetery on the island. Read about Charpilloz http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1476974/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-charpilloz-l/.
-- Navy Reserve Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ora H. Sharninghouse, Jr., 22, of McComb, Ohio, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried April 7 in Findlay, Ohio. Sharninghouse 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 off-shore. Sharninghouse was reported missing in action. Read about Sharinghouse http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1476983/funeral-announcement-for-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-sharninghouse-o/.
-- Navy Radioman 3rd Class Jack R. Goldwater was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Goldwater was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Goldwater http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1476576/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-goldwater-j/.
-- Navy Water Tender 2nd Class Porter L. Rich was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Rich was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Rich http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1474547/funeral-announcement-for-uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-rich-p/.
-- Army Air Forces Capt. George Van Vleet was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Helen Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands. On Jan. 21, 1944, Van Vleet was a passenger on a B-24J bomber when the aircraft crashed shortly after take-off. Interment services are pending. Read about Van Vleet http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1474434/airman-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-van-vleet-g/.
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