Nine Missing WWII Airmen are Identified

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    Nine Missing WWII Airmen are Identified

    The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced
    today that the remains of nine U.S. servicemen, missing in action
    from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to
    their families for burial with full military honors.

    They are 1st Lt. David P. McMurray, of Melrose, Mass.;
    1st Lt. Raymond Pascual, of Houston, Texas; 2nd Lt. Millard C. Wells
    Jr., of Paris, Ky.; Tech. Sgt. Leonard J. Ray, of Upper Falls, Md.;
    Tech. Sgt. Hyman L. Stiglitz, of Boston, Mass.; Staff Sgt. Robert L.
    Cotey, of Vergennes, Vt.; Staff Sgt. Francis E. Larrivee, of Laconia,
    N.H.; Staff Sgt. Robert J. Flood, of Neelyton, Pa.; and Staff Sgt.
    Walter O. Schlosser, of Lake City, Mich.; all U.S. Army Air Forces.
    Ray and Flood were buried last week in Harford County, Md., and Dry
    Run, Pa., respectively. The burials of the other servicemen will be
    at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. on a date to be
    determined.

    Representatives from the Army met with the next-of-kin of these men
    in their hometowns to explain the recovery and identification process
    and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the
    secretary of the Army.

    On July 7, 1944, the men were aboard a B-24J Liberator that departed
    North Pickenham, England, on a mission to bomb a German aircraft
    factory near Bernburg, Germany. The plane was last seen by U.S.
    aircrew members in that vicinity. Captured records revealed that it
    had crashed near Westeregeln, about 20 miles northwest of the target
    in what would become the Soviet sector of a post-war-divided Germany.

    In 2001, a group of German citizens interested in
    recovering wartime relics and remains learned of a potential crash
    site south of Westeregeln. Later that year and in 2002, the group
    found the site and uncovered human remains from what appeared to be
    two burial locations. The remains and other personal effects,
    including identification tags, were turned over to U.S. officials.

    In 2003, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) team
    excavated the crash site and recovered additional remains,
    identification tags and non-biological material evidence.

    Among dental records, other forensic identification tools
    and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed
    Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA in
    the identification of the remains.
     
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    Saw this is today's morning paper (Norfolk's Virginian Pilot) I'm glad that
    some more US servicemen are coming home.... :salute:

    Charles
     
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    May these brave men forever rest in peace. :salute:
     
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