MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced identification and burial updates for 11 American service members who had been missing in action from Vietnam, Korea, and WWII. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
-- Air Force Maj. James B. White, 27, of St. Petersburg, Fla., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 19 in West Point, N.Y. White was assigned to the 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron. On Nov. 24, 1969, contact with White’s F-105D was lost after a single pass attacking enemy troops in Laos. On Nov. 28, wreckage thought to be from White’s aircraft was spotted by an Air America helicopter. A Laotian ground team searched the area and found only small pieces of wreckage. White was subsequently declared missing in action. Read about White http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1547110/funeral-announcement-for-airman-killed-during-vietnam-war-white-j/.
-- Air Force Col. Peter J. Stewart, 47, of Glasgow, Scotland, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 18 in Winter Haven, Fla. Stewart was a member of Headquarters, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, and the pilot of a two-seater F-4C aircraft, the second in a flight of two on an armed reconnaissance mission over northern Vietnam. Stewart was assumed to have been shot down on March 15, 1966, along with his aircraft commander, Col. Martin R. Scott, whose remains were identified in June 2017. Read about Stewart http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1547106/funeral-announcement-for-pilot-killed-during-vietnam-war-stewart-p/.
-- Army Sgt. Donald L. Baker, 20, of Thornton, Ark., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 19 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Baker was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Sept. 6, 1950, as a result of fighting that occurred between his unit and enemy forces near Haman, South Korea. Read about Baker http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1547806/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-korean-war-baker-donald/.
-- Army Maj. Stephen T. Uurtamo, 32, of Chicago, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 19 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Uurtamo was a member of Headquarters Battery, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was engaged in persistent attacks with the Chinese forces near the Ch’ongch’on River in North Korea. On Nov. 30, 1950, the unit was forced to withdraw south along the Main Supply Route, known as “The Gauntlet.” Uurtamo could not be accounted for after the withdrawal and was declared missing as of Dec. 1, 1950. It was later determined that he had been captured and died at a POW Transit Camp. Read about Uurtamo http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1548028/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-korean-war-uurtamo-s/.
-- Army Pfc. John H. Walker, 20, of Morning Sun, Iowa, whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 20 in his hometown. Walker was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, when he was reported missing in action after his unit engaged in fierce fighting on Hill 207 near Schönthal, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest. With no evidence that Walker had been captured or survived combat, his status was changed to deceased on Nov. 25, 1945. Read about Walker http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1548921/funeral-announcement-for-soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-walker-j/.
-- Navy Reserve Radioman 2nd Class Julius H.O. Pieper, 19, of Esmond, S.D., whose identification was previously announced, will be buried June 19 at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Pieper was a member of Landing Ship Tank Number 523 (LST-523) off the coast of Normandy, France, on June 19, 1944. The ship struck an underwater mine and sank, killing Pieper. Pieper's twin brother, Radioman 2nd Class Ludwig J. Pieper, was also killed in the attack but his remains were recovered after the incident and buried at the Normandy American Cemetery in France. Read about Pieper http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1548126/funeral-announcement-for-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-pieper-j/.
-- Marine Corps Sgt. Meredith F. Keirn was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. He was reported to have been killed Nov. 30, 1950, and buried at the base of “Fox Hill,” in the Toktong Pass, a critical main supply route between the villages of Hagaru-ri and Yudam-ni, North Korea. Interment services are pending. Read about Keirn http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1546340/marine-killed-during-korean-war-accounted-for-keirn-m/.
-- Army Cpl. Morris Meshulam was a member of Battery D, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons,) 2nd Infantry Division. The Division suffered heavy losses to units of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) between the towns of Kunu-ri and Sunchon, North Korea. Meshulam was reported missing in action on Dec. 1, 1950. Interment services are pending. Read about Meshulam http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1547691/soldier-killed-during-korean-war-accounted-for-meshulam-m/.
-- Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Paul D. Gilman was assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force. Gilman’s unit landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll on Nov. 20, 1943, against stiff Japanese resistance. Gilman was killed on the first day of the battle. Interment services are pending. Read about Gilman http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1546351/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-gilman-p/.
-- Navy Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Charles H. Harris was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The battleship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen. Interment services are pending. Read about Harris http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1546360/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-harris-c/.
-- Navy Reserve Fireman 1st Class Lewis F. Tindall was stationed aboard the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The battleship sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen. Interment services are pending. Read about Tindall http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1546358/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-tindall-l/.
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