MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced the identifications of eight American servicemen who had been missing and unaccounted for from Korea and WWII. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Army Pvt. Edward M. Morrison was a member of 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. His unit was holding a defensive position north of P'yongt'aek, South Korea, when he was killed by small arms fire on July 6, 1950. Morrison was the first casualty of his company during its second engagement in the war. Interment services are pending. Read about Morrisonhttps://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1865168/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-morrison-e/.
-- Army Cpl. William S. Smith was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, when he was reported missing in action after an enemy assault on his unit's position along the Naktong River, near Yongsan, South Korea. Interment services are pending. Read about Smith https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1867836/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-smith-w/.
-- Army Master Sgt. James G. Cates was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 3, 1950, following combat actions against enemy forces in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Interment services are pending. Read about Cates https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1865164/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-cates-j/.
-- Army Pfc. Hulett A. Thompson was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 5307th Combat Unit (Provisional), also referred to as Task Force Galahad, or Merrill's Marauders, in the China-Burma-India region. On June 30, 1944, Thompson's unit fought in the siege of Myitkyina, Burma. He was reportedly killed in action and his remains could not be recovered. Interment services are pending. Read about Thompson https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1864228/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-thompson-h/.
-- Navy Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Harold L. Dick was stationed aboard the USS Colorado, which was moored approximately 3,200 yards from the shore of Tinian Island. Early in the morning, the USS Colorado came under attack by a concealed Japanese shore battery. From the attack, four crewmen were declared missing in action, and 39 personnel were killed, including Dick. Interment services are pending. Read about Dick https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1864199/uss-colorado-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-dick-h/.
-- Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Charles G. Ruble was a member of the 99th Troup Carrier Squadron, 441st Troup Carrier Group, serving as an aerial engineer aboard a C-47A aircraft. On Sept. 17, 1944, his aircraft was carrying a crew of five and transporting 10 paratroopers, approaching a drop-zone near Groesbeek, Netherlands. The plane was seen taking direct anti-aircraft fire to the wing. The paratroopers successfully exited the plane; however, only three crewmembers survived. The remaining two, including Ruble, could not be accounted for. Interment services are pending. Read about Ruble https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1865171/airman-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-ruble-c/.
-- Navy Signalman 3rd Class William J. Shanahan was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at 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 crewmembers, including Shanahan. Interment services are pending. Read about Shanahan https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1867909/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-shanahan-w/.
-- Navy Seaman 1st Class Ralph H. Keil was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at 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 crewmembers, including Keil. Interment services are pending. Read about Keil https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1865216/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-keil-r/.
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