MIA Update - October 25, 2021

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MIA Update - October 25, 2021

#1 Postby boardman » Mon Oct 25, 2021 10:00 am

MIA Update:The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced seven burial updates and three new identifications for service members who have been missing and unaccounted-for from World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:

-- Army Staff Sgt. William R. Linder, 30, Piedmont, South Carolina, was assigned to Company E, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 16, 1944, after his unit was part of the Hürtgen Forest offensive, near Hürtgen, Germany. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. He will be buried Oct. 29, 2021, in Anderson, South Carolina. Read about Linder https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2791119/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-linder-w/.
-- Army Pvt. Emmet W. Schwartz, 24, of Dover, Ohio, was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division. He was reported killed in action on Dec. 27, 1944, by an artillery blast while his unit was part of an effort to capture Obermaubach, Germany. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. He will be buried Nov. 18, 2021, in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Read about Schwartz https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2714505/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-schwartz-e/.
-- Navy Fireman 1st Class James O. McDonald, 25, of Levelland, Texas, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including McDonald. He will be buried Jan. 19, 2022, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Read about McDonald https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2790843/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-mcdonald-j/.
-- Navy Seaman 1st Class Walter C. Stein, 20, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Stein. He will be buried on March 23, 2022, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. Read about Stein https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2579871/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-stein-w/.
-- Army Cpl. Robert C. Agard, Jr., 19, of Buffalo, New York, was assigned to 2nd Platoon, 24th Reconnaissance Company, 24th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on July 19, 1950, while conducting a night recon patrol with his unit near Tejon, South Korea. Following the war, his remains could not be identified. He will be buried May 30, 2022, in Elmira, New York. Read about Agard https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2367910/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-agard-r/.
-- Navy Mess Attendant 1st Class Octavius Mabine, 21, of Portsmouth, Virginia, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Mabine. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The date has yet to be determined. Read about Mabine https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2560787/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-mabine-o/.
-- Navy Ship’s Cook 1st Class Rodger C. Butts, 47, of Portsmouth, Virginia, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Butts. He will be buried in Newton, Pennsylvania. The date has yet to be determined. Read about Butts https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2388686/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-butts-r/.
-- Navy Fireman 2nd Class Edward E. Casinger, 21, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Casinger. Interment services are pending. Read about Casinger https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2815285/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-casinger-e/.
-- Navy Fireman 1st Class Hal J. Allison, 21, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Allison. Interment services are pending. Read about Allison https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2815305/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-allison-h/.
-- Army Sgt. Howard R. Belden, 19, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 1, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. Interment services are pending. Read about Belden https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/2816347/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-belden-h/.
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