MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced the identifications of five American servicemen who had been missing and unaccounted-for since World War II. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Navy Fireman 3rd Class Harold K. Costill was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia, which sustained multiple torpedo hits as it was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. The attack resulted in the deaths of 106 crewmen, including Costill. Interment services are pending. Read more about Costill here https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1818762/uss-west-virginia-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-costill-h/.
-- Navy Seaman 2nd Class Ray H. Myers was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which capsized after sustaining multiple torpedo hits as it was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Myers. Interment services are pending. Read more about Myers here https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1817616/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-myers-r/.
-- Army Pfc. Dale W. Ross was a member of Company E, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, who was reported missing in action on Jan. 14, 1943, following a patrol on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. A search was conducted but his remains were not found. Interment services are pending. Read more about Ross here https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1817493/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-ross-d/.
-- Army Pfc. Dewey W. Harris was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, who was reported missing in action on Nov. 14, 1944, after fierce combat in the Hürtgen Forest, near the German village. Due to ongoing combat operations and extensive land mines throughout the forest, American forces were unable to search for him. Interment services are pending. Read more about Harris here https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1821247/soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-harris-d/.
-- Army Pfc. John W. Hayes was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, who was killed in action on Jan. 4, 1945, when a German tank round struck his foxhole near Mâgôster, Belgium. Following the war, American graves registration teams had no record of Hayes’ remains being recovered or buried. Interment services are pending. Read more about Hayes here https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1817589/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-hayes-j/.
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