MIA Update - June 22, 2018

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MIA Update - June 22, 2018

#1 Postby boardman » Fri Jun 22, 2018 11:07 am

MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced identification and burial updates for 12 American service members who had been missing in action from Korea and WWII. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:

-- Army Pfc. Felipe A. Champion, 19, of Brownsville, Texas, whose identification was previously announced, was buried on June 21 in his hometown. Champion was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, when he was reported missing in action following a battle with Chinese forces on Feb. 12, 1951, in an area known as the Central Corridor, South Korea. Read about Champion http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1550538/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-korean-war-champion-f/.
-- Army Pfc. David Baker, 18, of Gary, Ind., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 23 in Hobart, Ind. Baker was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. On Nov. 25, 1950, his unit was attacked by Chinese forces while positioned near Yongbyong, North Korea. The battalion suffered heavy casualties and Baker was listed as missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950. Later reports indicated that Baker was likely captured by the enemy. Read about Baker http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1551668/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-korean-war-baker-david/.
-- Army Staff Sgt. Leo J. Husak, 21, of West, Texas, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 23 in his hometown. Husak was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division, serving in the European theater. On Jan. 30, 1945, Husak was killed while out on patrol in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest. The offensive in the forest was one of the longest battles the United States fought during World War II, lasting for nearly five months. Read about Husak http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1551664/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-husak-l/.
-- Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Roy F. Davis, 26, of Peterborough, N.H., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 23 in Ashby, Mass. Davis was a member of the 13th Bombardment Squadron, 3rd Bombardment Group. On March 12, 1944, he was one of two crew members aboard an A-20G Havoc bomber that failed to return to base in northeastern New Guinea after attacking enemy targets on the island. Attempts to locate the aircraft and crew during and after the war were unsuccessful and the remains were listed as non-recoverable on June 30, 1949. Read about Davis http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1551658/funeral-announcement-for-airman-killed-during-world-war-ii-davis-r/.
-- Army Air Forces Tech Sgt. John F. Brady, 26, of Taunton, Mass., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 27 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Brady was a member of the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, their nine-man aircrew was on a mission to Merseburg, Germany, when their plane was hit by flak during the bomb run. As the B-17 fell out of formation, German fighters attacked and their plane crashed two kilometers southwest of the town of Barby. Read about Brady http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1556781/funeral-announcement-for-airmen-killed-during-world-war-ii-brady-chandler-liekh/.
-- Army Air Forces Tech Sgt. Allen A. Chandler, 23, of Fletcher, Okla., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 27 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Chandler was a member of the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, their nine-man aircrew was on a mission to Merseburg, Germany, when their plane was hit by flak during the bomb run. As the B-17 fell out of formation, German fighters attacked and their plane crashed two kilometers southwest of the town of Barby. Read about Chandler http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1556781/funeral-announcement-for-airmen-killed-during-world-war-ii-brady-chandler-liekh/.
-- Army Air Forces 1st Lt. John H. Liekhus, 29, of Anaheim, Calif., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 27 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Liekhus was a member of the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, their nine-man aircrew was on a mission to Merseburg, Germany, when their plane was hit by flak during the bomb run. As the B-17 fell out of formation, German fighters attacked and their plane crashed two kilometers southwest of the town of Barby. Read about Liekhus http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1556781/funeral-announcement-for-airmen-killed-during-world-war-ii-brady-chandler-liekh/.
-- Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Robert O. Shoemaker, 23, of Takoma Park, Md., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 27 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Shoemaker was a member of the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, their nine-man aircrew was on a mission to Merseburg, Germany, when their plane was hit by flak during the bomb run. As the B-17 fell out of formation, German fighters attacked and their plane crashed two kilometers southwest of the town of Barby. Read about Shoemaker http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1556781/funeral-announcement-for-airmen-killed-during-world-war-ii-brady-chandler-liekh/.
-- Army Air Forces Tech Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Younger, 19, of McKinney, Texas, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 27 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Younger was a member of the 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On Nov. 2, 1944, their nine-man aircrew was on a mission to Merseburg, Germany, when their plane was hit by flak during the bomb run. As the B-17 fell out of formation, German fighters attacked and their plane crashed two kilometers southwest of the town of Barby. Read about Younger http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1556781/funeral-announcement-for-airmen-killed-during-world-war-ii-brady-chandler-liekh/.
-- Marine Pfc. John W. Mac Donald, 19, of Somerville, Mass., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 22 in Bourne, Mass. Mac Donald was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division. Mac Donald’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll on Nov. 20, 1943, against stiff Japanese resistance. Mac Donald was killed on the first day of the battle. Read about Mac Donald http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1551653/funeral-announcement-for-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-mac-donald-j/.
-- Navy Pharmacist’s Mate 1st Class John H. Schoonover, 39, of Port Edwards, Wis., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 26 in Pensacola, Fla. Schoonover was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The battleship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen. Read about Schoonover http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1553872/funeral-announcement-for-uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-schoono/.
-- Army Cpl. Morris Meshulam was a member of Battery D, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons,) 2nd Infantry Division. The Division suffered heavy losses to units of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces between the towns of Kunu-ri and Sunchon, North Korea. Meshulam was reported missing in action on Dec. 1, 1950. Interment services are pending. Read about Meshulam http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1547691/soldier-killed-during-korean-war-accounted-for-meshulam-m/.
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