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Missing WWII Airmen Brought Home

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Missing WWII Airmen Brought Home
Posted by Radial9 on Thursday, February 26, 2015 3:52 PM

Here’s a headline you don’t see from the Pentagon all that often: “Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For.” This is not an old story. This news was released by the Department of Defense late Tuesday night:

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced yesterday that the remains of U.S. servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

Army Air Forces 1st Lts. William D. Bernier of Augusta, Montana; Bryant E. Poulsen of Salt Lake City, Utah; Herbert V. Young Jr. of Clarkdale, Arizona and Tech Sgts. Charles L. Johnston of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hugh F. Moore of Elkton, Maryland and Staff Sgts. John E. Copeland of Dearing, Kansas; Charles J. Jones of Athens, Georgia; and Sgt. Charles A. Gardner of San Francisco, California, have been accounted for and buried with full military honors. Jones will be buried Feb. 28 in Athens, Georgia and Johnston will be buried March 2 in Arlington National Cemetery. On March 18, there will be a group burial service at Arlington National Cemetery honoring Poulsen, Copeland and the other crew members. Bernier was buried Sept. 19, 2014, in his hometown. Young was buried Oct. 15, 2014, in Prescott, Arizona Moore was buried on Nov. 11, 2014, in his hometown. Gardner was buried on Dec. 4, 2014 in Arlington National Cemetery.

On April 10, 1944, 12 B-24D Liberator crew members took off from Texter Strip, Nazdab Air Field, New Guinea, on a mission to attack an anti-aircraft site at Hansa Bay. The aircraft was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire over the Madang Province, New Guinea. Four of the crewmen were able to parachute from the aircraft, but were reported to have died in captivity.

Following World War II, the Army Graves Registration Service (AGRS) conducted investigations and recovered the remains of three of the missing airmen. In May 1949, AGRS concluded the remaining nine crew members were unrecoverable.

In 2001, a U.S.-led team located wreckage of a B-24D that bore the tail number of this aircraft. After several surveys, DoD teams excavated the site and recovered human remains and non-biological material evidence.

DNA from the remains was matched to relatives of the missing airmen. R.I.P.

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Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, February 26, 2015 6:09 PM

IIRC, there are still more MIAs from WWII than all the rest of the wars in the past 100 years. It's good to read that these men have been located, accounted for, and laid to rest with proper honors so well earned.


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Posted by Devil Dawg on Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:40 PM

I agree whole-heartedly with you, stik.

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:35 PM


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Posted by OldFart on Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:02 PM

May they Rest In Peace.

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Posted by Eagle90 on Friday, February 27, 2015 5:41 AM

We have the freedoms we have today because of their sacrifices.  Thank you!  May you now rest in peace.



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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, February 27, 2015 7:00 AM

This brings closure to the families and it's great that they are finally back home. It's sad hearing these stories but having a more positive ending when the remains are finally located. Just like the air crew of the B-26K  that crashed in Laos in1969. I built this particular aircraft for the Viet Nam GB unaware of its fate. The remains of both air men were located in 2012 and both were buried at Arlington the following year. Thanks for your service and sacrifice. RIP




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