MIA Update - April 13, 2018

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MIA Update - April 13, 2018

#1 Postby boardman » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:28 am

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

-- Air Force Col. Roosevelt Hestle, Jr., 38, of Orlando, Fla., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried April 13 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Hestle was a pilot assigned to the 388th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On July 6, 1966, he led a flight of four F-105s on a strike mission against surface-to-air missile sites in northern Vietnam. As they approached the target, Hestle issued a missile launch warning and all aircraft began evasive action. Hestle’s maneuvers took him close to the ground near the town of Thai Ngyuen, where the plane came under anti-aircraft fire and was believed to have crashed. Read about Hestle http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1486811/funeral-announcement-for-pilot-killed-during-vietnam-war-hestle-r/.
-- Army Master Sgt. George R. Housekeeper, Jr., 28, of Lansdale, Pa., whose identification was previously announced, was buried April 11 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Housekeeper was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st 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. Housekeeper was among more than 1,000 members of the RCT killed or captured in enemy territory and was declared missing on Dec. 12, 1950. Read about Housekeeper http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1486631/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-missing-from-the-korean-war-housekeeper-g/.
-- Navy Seaman 2nd Class Frank Wood, 25, of Jackson, Ohio, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried April 14 in Franklin, N.C. Wood was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Wood. Read about Wood http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1486815/funeral-announcement-for-uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-wood-f/.
-- Navy Reserve Lt. j.g. Irwin E. Rink, 25, of Wichita, Kan., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried April 16 in his hometown. Rink was an F4F-4 Wildcat pilot assigned to Fighting Squadron Twenty Seven (VF-27). On Aug. 4, 1943, he and seven others took off on an escort mission to New Georgia Island when they were attacked by Japanese fighter aircrafts. Rink did not return to base and would be reported missing in action on Aug. 4, 1943. Read about Rink http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1488103/funeral-announcement-for-naval-aviator-missing-fron-world-war-ii-rink-i/.
-- Navy Steward Mate 1st Class Ignacio C. Farfan was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Farfan was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Farfan http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1490186/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-farfan-i/.
-- Navy Chief Machinist's Mate Dean S. Sanders was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Sanders was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Interment services are pending. Read about Sanders http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1488924/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-sanders-d/.
-- Air Force Col. Peter J. Stewart was a member of Headquarters, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, and the pilot of a two-seater F-4C aircraft, the second in a flight of two on an armed reconnaissance mission over northern Vietnam. Stewart was assumed to have been shot down on March 15, 1966, along with his aircraft commander, Col. Martin R. Scott, whose remains were identified in June 2017. Read about Stewarthttp://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1486578/air-force-pilot-missing-from-vietnam-war-accounted-for-stewart-p/.
-- Army Staff Sgt. Marshall F. Kipina was assigned to the 131st Aviation Company, serving as an observer aboard an OV-1C aircraft, on a night surveillance mission from Phu Bai Airfield over Attapu Province, Laos People’s Democratic Republic. Radar and radio contact were lost with the aircraft which did not return as scheduled. Search efforts were initiated, but no crash site was found. Read about Kipina http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1486584/soldier-missing-from-vietnam-war-accounted-for-kipina-m/.
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