MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced burial updates and identifications of remains of five American servicemen who had been missing in action from World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Marine Corps Reserve Cpl. Henry Andregg, Jr., 22, of Whitwell, Tenn., whose identification was previously announced, is being buried today in Chattanooga. In November 1943, Andregg was assigned to Company C, 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on Tarawa. Over several days of intense fighting, approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Andregg died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943. Read about Andregg http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1287075/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-andregg/.
-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Max E. Harris, 21, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried Aug. 27 in his hometown of Monticello, Ind. In late November 1950, Harris was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, when it was attacked by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces east of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. It would be later learned that Harris had been captured, but died while en route to a POW camp. Read about Harris http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1282902/soldier-captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-harris/.
-- Army Pfc. Felipe A. Champion, 20, of Cameron County, Texas. On Feb. 12, 1951, 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 in an area known as the Central Corridor, South Korea. Interment services are pending. Read about Champion http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1282700/soldier-captured-in-the-korean-war-accounted-for-champion/.
-- Air Force Col. Martin R. Scott, 34, of Tulsa, Okla., a fighter pilot assigned to the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing. On March 15, 1966, then-Captain Scott was piloting an F-4C Phantom II on an armed reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam. His aircraft was shot down while on a strafing run, and no parachutes or emergency signals were seen. Interment services are pending. Read about Scott http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1282268/pilot-missing-in-vietnam-war-accounted-for-scott-m/.
-- Air Force Reserve 1st Lt. David T. Dinan, III, 25, of Nutley, N.J. On March 19, 1969, Dinan, a member of the 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 288th Tactical Fighter Wing, was piloting an F-105 Thunderchief on a strike mission over northern Laos. During the second strafing pass, Dinan transmitted a distress message before the aircraft crashed. A Forward Air Controller did observe Dinan’s parachute enter the jungle. Search and rescue aircraft conducted an aerial search and located a parachute and confirmed the death of the pilot; however, they were unable to recover the body due to enemy fire. Interment services are pending. Read about Dinan http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1282266/airman-killed-during-vietnam-war-accounted-for-dinan/.
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