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Old 10-10-2022, 12:20 PM
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Arrow VFW Action Corps Weekly - 10-10-22

MIA Updates: VFW Action Corps Weekly - 10-10-22
Re: https://www.vfw.org/advocacy/grassro...n-corps-weekly

Topic: MIA Update(s)
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(11) MIA Update(s): The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced two burial updates and nine 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:
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-- Navy Electricianís Mate 1st Class Edward L. Conway, 29, of Auburn, Illinois, 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 Conway. He will be buried in Decatur, Illinois, on Nov. 12, 2022. Read about Conway.
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-- Navy Machinistís Mate 1st Class Keith W. Tipsword, 27, of Moccasin, Illinois, was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS West Virginia sustained multiple torpedo hits, but timely counter-flooding measures taken by the crew prevented it from capsizing. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 106 crewmen, including Tipsword. He will be buried in Beecher City, Illinois, on Nov. 15, 2022. Read about Tipsword.
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-- Army Cpl. Delbert L. White, 20, was assigned to Company D, 2nd Engineer (Combat) Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. On Dec. 1, 1950, White and many other 2nd ID soldiers were captured by the Chinese Peopleís Volunteer Force (CPVF). After reviewing conflicting reports, the Army determined and declared March 18, 1951, as Whiteís date of death. Interment services are pending. Read about White.
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-- Army Pfc. Roy J. Searle, 22, was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division. He was mortally wounded during enemy engagement on Dec. 9, 1944, and was reported to have died near Rehligen, Germany. Interment services are pending. Read about Searle.
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-- Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. George E. Davies, 27, was assigned to the 345th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force. On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 Liberator aircraft on which Davies was the assistant engineer crashed as a result of anti-aircraft fire during Operation Tidal Wave. Following the war, his remains could not be identified. Interment services are pending. Read about Davies.
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-- Army Staff Sgt. James Rotunno, 27, was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in the Battle of Reipertswiller in France when it was surrounded by German forces. On Jan. 20, 1945, his unit and four other companies attempted a break-out through German lines. Rotunno was among those killed the following day and his body could not be recovered. Interment services are pending. Read about Rotunno.
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-- Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Paul W. Schmidt, 20, was assigned to the 161st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Group, 8th Air Force. On March 23, 1945, Schmidt was last seen piloting his F-6D Mustang fighter in an attack on an enemy train near Sedenhorst, Germany. He was declared missing in action, and there was no evidence he had been a prisoner of war. The War Department issued a presumptive finding of death on March 24, 1946. Interment services are pending. Read about Schmidt.
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-- Army Pfc. Clinton E. Smith Jr.,19, was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. In January 1945, his unit was engaged with German forces during the Battle of Reipertwiller in France. Smith was killed in an artillery strike on Jan.14, and his body could not be recovered. Interment services are pending. Read about Smith.
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-- Army Cpl. Leo J. Barlosky, 24, was assigned to the 7th Chemical Company, Aviation, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands in December 1941. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula in April 1942. Barlosky was among those captured and held at the Cabanatuan POW Camp, where he reportedly died on July 27, 1942, and was buried. Interment services are pending. Read about Barlosky.
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-- Army Air Forces 1st Lt. John B. Thomas, 23, was assigned to the 345th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force. On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 Liberator aircraft Thomas was the piloting crashed as a result of anti-aircraft fire during Operation Tidal Wave. Following the war, his remains could not be identified. Interment services are pending. Read about Thomas.
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-- Navy Cmdr. Frederick R. Schrader, 31, was the commander of Carrier Air Group Eleven on the USS Hornet. On Oct. 13, 1944, Schraderís F6F-5 Hellcat fighter was shot down during an attack on Toko Seaplane Base on Formosa, now known as Taiwan. There was no evidence he exited the aircraft before it crashed, and no rescue attempts were possible. Interment services are pending. Read about Schrader.

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Personal note: Welcome Home Men may you and your families now find Peace knowing
you've been found and will be buried in accordance to your Family Wishes! We thank
you for your services and your sacrifices - in behalf of the United States of America.
You are not alone - and never will be - by your Families - or us past - and former veterans. Now Rest In Peace you're finally home!
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