MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced the identification of seven servicemen who had been missing in action from World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Herschel H. Mattes, 22, of Pittsburgh, will be buried Sept. 23 in Avon, Conn. Assigned to the 525th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 86th Fighter-Bomber Group, Mattis was piloting an A-36A Apache on March 6, 1944, when it crashed near Lake Bracciano, Italy, after being struck by ground fire. His remains could not be recovered immediately following the crash. Read about Mattes https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1922587/pilot-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-mattes-h/.
-- Army Cpl. Henry L. Phillips, from Tennessee, was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950, as the result of enemy action 50 miles south of the Yalu River in North Korea. It would be later learned he had been captured, but would die in captivity on March 17, 1951. Read about Phillips https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1965003/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-phillips-h/.
-- Army Cpl. Lloyd B. Odom, from Missouri, was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team. He was reported missing in action Dec. 2, 1950, as the result of enemy action in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. It would be later learned he had been captured, but would die in captivity of pneumonia on Jan. 31, 1951. Read about Odom https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1963851/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-odom-l/.
-- Army Cpl. Wilfred K. Hussey Jr., from Hawaii, was a member of Company K, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, who would be reported missing in action on Dec. 12, 1950, following an engagement with enemy forces. Read about Hussey https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1963823/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-hussey-w/.
-- Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Thomas J.E. Crotty, from New York, served aboard the USS Quail in the Philippines as part of the 16th Naval District-in-Shore Patrol Headquarters, during the onset of World War II. Crotty was among those reported captured after the surrender of Corregidor and held at the Cabanatuan POW camp, where he died on July 19, 1942. Read about Crotty https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1962730/coast-guardsman-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-crotty-t/.
-- Army Cpl. Asa E. Vance, from Illinois, was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, who would be reported missing in action Dec. 2, 1950, following an engagement with enemy forces in North Korea. Read about Vance [url][/url].
-- Army Pfc. William J. Winchester, from Alabama, was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, who was captured during combat operations in the vicinity of Unsan, North Korea. He was reported to have died in captivity in February 1951. Read about Winchester https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1961374/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-winchester-w/.
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