MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced the identifications of four American servicemen who had been missing and unaccounted for from the Korean War and WWII. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Marine Corps Pfc. Billy E. Johnson was a member of 1st Marine Division, attached to the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950, when enemy forces attacked his unit near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. Interment services are pending. Read about Johnson https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1937637/marine-accounted-for-from-korean-war-johnson-b/.
-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Phillip C. Mendoza was a member of Battery D, 15th Anti-Aircraft Artillery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, when enemy forces attacked his unit near Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. Interment services are pending. Read about Mendoza https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1937622/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-mendoza-p/.
-- Army Pfc. Junior C. Evans was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 12, 1950, in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. However, accurate accountability of troops was often difficult due to the chaotic environment and Evans likely went missing during a battle between Nov. 27 and Dec. 6, 1950. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. Interment services are pending. Read about Evans https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1940170/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-evans-j/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Raymond Warren was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands. In November 1943, approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed, and more than 2,000 were wounded during the fighting. Warren died between the first and second day of battle, Nov. 20-21, 1943. Interment services are pending. Read about Warren https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1937646/marine-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-warren-r/.
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