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    World War II


    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

    He is Sgt. John P. Bonnassiolle, U.S. Army, of Oakland, Calif. He will be buried Tuesday in San Francisco.

    On April 29, 1944, he was aboard a B-24J Liberator with nine other crewmen. They failed to return following a bombing mission over Berlin. German documents captured after the war established the aircraft had crashed near the town of East Meitze, Germany, north of Hannover. German forces removed the remains of three crewmen from the site and buried them in a cemetery in Hannover.

    In 1946, The U.S. Army’s Graves Registration Command located the remains of the men buried in Hannover and reburied them at the U.S. Military Cemetery at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium, after confirming the identities of two of the three.

    In 2003, a German citizen began excavating the East Meitze crash site and turned over human remains to U.S. officials. A Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team traveled to excavate the crash site in 2005 and 2007, recovering additional remains and crew-related equipment -- including identification tags for Bonnassiolle and three other crew members.

    Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA -- which matched that of Bonnassiolle’s sister -- in the identification of his remains.

    More than 400,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II died. At the end of the war, the U.S. government was unable to recover, identify and bury approximately 79,000 as known persons. Today, more than 72,000 Americans remain unaccounted-for from the conflict.

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    4 August 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Master Sgt. Jared N. Van Aalst, 34, of Laconia, N.H., died Aug. 4 in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered while his unit was conducting combat operations. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

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    Pfc. Dariusz Tylenda

    From: Poland
    Age: 31
    Unit: 15 Goldapski Pulk Przeciwlotniczylat (15th Air Defense Regiment)
    Died: August 6, 2010

    Killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his convoy in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

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    six Americans, a Briton, a German and four Afghans - seven men and three women


    Gunmen Kill Medical Aid Workers in Afghanistan

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    7 August 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Cpl. Max W. Donahue, 23, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., died Aug. 7 of wounds received Aug. 4 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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    Pfc. Erik Berre Rolandsen

    From: Denmark
    Age: 26
    Unit: Kompagniet B, 1. Bataljon, Den Kongelige Livgarde (Company B, 1st Battalion, Royal Life Guards)
    Died: August 7, 2010

    One of two Danish soldiers killed when their infantry fighting vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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    Pfc. Jimmi Bøgebjerg Petersen

    From: Denmark
    Age: 28
    Unit: Kompagniet B, 1. Bataljon, Den Kongelige Livgarde (Company B, 1st Battalion, Royal Life Guards)
    Died: August 7, 2010

    One of two Danish soldiers killed when their infantry fighting vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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    7 August 2010


    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Spc. Faith R. Hinkley, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Aug. 7 in Baghdad, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked her unit in Iskandariya, Iraq. She was assigned to the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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    8 August 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    They died Aug. 8 at Zhari Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked their unit using an improvised explosive device.

    Killed were:

    Sgt. Andrew C. Nicol, 23, of Eaton, Mich.,

    Pfc. Bradley D. Rappuhn, 24, of Grand Ledge, Mich.

    They were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.

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    7 August 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two Marines who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    The following Marines died Aug. 7 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan:

    Lance Cpl. Kevin M. Cornelius, 20, of Ashtabula, Ohio.

    Pfc. Vincent E. Gammone III, 19, of Christiana, Tenn.


    Cornelius and Gammone were assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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    8 August 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Pfc. Paul O. Cuzzupe, 23, of Plant City, Fla., died Aug. 8 in Akhtar-Mohammad-Khan, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

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    Soldiers Missing in Action from Vietnam War Identified

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

    U.S. Army 1st Lt. Paul G. Magers of Sidney, Neb., will be buried on Aug. 27 in Laurel, Mont., and Army Chief Warrant Officer Donald L. Wann of Shawnee, Okla., will be buried on Aug. 21 in Fort Gibson, Okla.

    On June 1, 1971, both men were flying aboard an AH-1 Cobra gunship in support of an emergency extraction of an Army ranger team in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam. After the rangers were extracted, helicopters were ordered to destroy claymore mines which had been left behind in the landing zone. During this mission their helicopter was hit by ground fire, crashed and exploded. Pilots who witnessed the explosions concluded that no one could have survived the crash and explosions. Enemy activity in the area precluded a ground search.

    In 1990, analysts from DPMO, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and their predecessor organizations interviewed both American and Vietnamese witnesses and produced leads for field investigations. In 1993 and 1998, two U.S.-Socialist Republic of Vietnam teams, led by JPAC, surveyed the suspected crash site and found artifacts and debris consistent with a Cobra gunship. In mid-1999, another joint team excavated the site, but it stopped for safety reasons when the weather deteriorated. No remains were recovered, but the team did find wreckage associated with the specific crash they were investigating.

    The Vietnamese government subsequently declared the region within Quang Tri Province where the aircraft crashed as off-limits to U.S. personnel, citing national security concerns. As part of an agreement with JPAC, a Vietnamese team unilaterally excavated the site and recovered human remains and other artifacts in 2008. The Vietnamese returned to the site in 2009, expanded the excavation area and discovered more remains and additional evidence.

    Forensic analysis, circumstantial evidence and the mitochondrial DNA match to the Magers and Wann families by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory confirmed the identification of the remains.

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    For anyone interested, there is a website where you can get information about prisoner of war and missing in action troops.

    It's The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)

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    this is about a firefighter who fell down a ladder while trying to put out a grease fire at a restaurant - he was carrying about 75 lb of equipment at the time. Sad.

    Christopher D. Wheatley, C.F.D., 31, died August 9, 2010 in line of duty. Beloved son of Dan and Mary, nee Delaney; dearest brother of Kimberley (Chris) Skubic; cherished fiancée of Jessica Roberts; also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Chris loved all of his brothers and sisters at the Chicago Fire Department, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Bears. Funeral Friday 9:15 a.m. from Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd Street, Oak Lawn to St. John Fisher Church, 103rd & Fairfield, Chicago, Mass 10:30 a.m. Entombment Mausoleum of the Archangels, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Alsip, IL. Visitation Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Burn Camp-Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, P.O. Box 911, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056 will be appreciated.
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    7 August 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Pfc. John E. Andrade, 19, of San Antonio, Texas, died Aug. 7 at DE Khak Chupan Turah, Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany.

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