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    Missing WWII Soldier is Identified in Germany

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

    Army Sgt. Edward T. Jones, of West Pawlet, Vt., will be buried on Sept. 25 in Saratoga, N.Y. In November 1944, the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division was traveling east through the Hürtgen Forest in an attempt to capture the German towns of Vossenack and Schmidt. On Nov. 6, Jones and five other members of A Company, 112th Infantry Regiment, were killed in the town of Kommerscheidt when a German tank fired point-blank on their position.

    In 2008, a German explosive ordnance disposal team, working at a construction site in the town of Kommerscheidt, found fragments of a World War II-era U.S. military boot. The team notified the German War Graves Commission who recovered remains of two individuals at the site and military equipment including two identification tags. The items were turned over to a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command team in the area for further analysis.

    Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the JPAC used dental comparisons in the identification of the remains.

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    23 September 2010

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

    Lance Cpl. Anthony J. Rosa, 20, of Swanton, Vt., died Sept. 23 while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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    RAF helicopter pilot Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his heroic actions whilst on operations in Afghanistan.
    Ministry of Defence statement

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    It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must confirm that Corporal Matthew Thomas, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, was killed in the Garmsir district of Helmand province on Saturday 25 September 2010.
    Ministry of Defence statement.

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    Pvt. Simon Mundt Jorgensen

    From: Denmark
    Age: 21
    Unit: Kompagnie C, Den Kongelige Livgarde (Company C, The Royal Life Guard)
    Died: September 22, 2010

    Killed when a roadside bomb detonated during a dismounted patrol south of Patrol Base Bridzar, nearly four miles (six km) northeast of Gereshk, in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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    24 September 2010

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

    Pfc. Clinton E. Springer II, 21, of Sanford, Maine, died Sept. 24 in Kabul, Afghanistan, in a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y

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    24 September 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation New Dawn.

    They died Sept. 24 in Fallujah, Iraq, of injuries sustained Sept. 23 in a non-combat incident. They were assigned to 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

    Killed were:

    Spc. John Carrillo Jr., 20, of Stockton, Calif.

    Pfc. Gebrah P. Noonan, 26, of Watertown, Conn.

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    Missing WWII Naval Aviators Identified

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

    Navy Lt. Francis B. McIntyre of Mitchell, S.D., will be buried on Sept. 29, and Aviation Radioman Second Class William L. Russell of Cherokee, Okla., will be buried on Oct. 1. Both men will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

    On Nov. 10, 1943, the two men took off on a bombing and strafing mission in their SBD-5 Dauntless dive bomber from Munda Field, New Georgia, in the Solomon Islands. Witnesses last saw the aircraft flying at low altitude through a large explosion on an enemy airfield on Buka Island, Papua New Guinea. None reported seeing the crash of the aircraft itself.

    The American Graves Registration Service searched numerous South Pacific Islands in 1949 in an effort to gather data about aircraft crashes or missing Americans. The team was unable to find any useful information, and failed to recover any American remains in the area. A board of review declared both men unrecoverable.

    In 2007, a Papuan national found a World War II crash site near the Buka airport, which was reported to U.S. officials. In May 2008, specialists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), working with the country’s national museum, investigated the crash site but were unable to excavate it because of inclement weather. Local officials turned over human remains, McIntyre’s identification tag and other military-related items which had been recovered earlier. After examining the remains in 2008 and 2009, JPAC determined that no excavation would be required since the two sets of remains were nearly complete.

    Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC used dental comparisons for both men and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA which matched a sample from Russell’s relatives and DNA extracted from a hat belonging to McIntyre.

    At the end of World War II, the U.S. government was unable to recover, identify and bury approximately 79,000 individuals. Today, more than 72,000 Americans remain unaccounted-for from the conflict.

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    24 September 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation New Dawn.

    Spc. Marc C. Whisenant, 23, of Holly Hill, Fla., died Sept. 24 in Kuwait of injuries sustained in a military vehicle roll-over. He was attached to the Florida National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, Miami, Fla.

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    24 Sepyember 2010

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

    They died Sept. 24 of wounds suffered while traveling between Ghanzi and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, when their military vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device. They were assigned to the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, U.S. Army, Alaska, Fort Richardson, Alaska.

    Killed were:

    Pfc. William B. Dawson, 20, of Tunica, Miss.

    Pfc. Jaysine P. S. Petree, 19, of Yigo, Guam.

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    26 September 2010

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

    They died Sept. 26 at Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked their military vehicle with an improvised explosive device on Sept. 25 at Forward Operating Base Frontenac, Afghanistan. They were assigned to the 20th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

    Killed were:

    Sgt. Mark A. Simpson, 40, of Peoria, Ill.

    Spc. Donald S. Morrison, 23, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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    28 September 2010


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

    Lance Cpl. Ralph J. Fabbri, 20, of Gallitzin, Pa., died Sept. 28 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the HeadquartersBattalion, 1st Marine Division, IMarine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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    Sgt. Kazimierz Kasprzak

    From: Poland
    Age: 32
    Unit: 15 Pułk Obrony Powietrznej (15th Air Defense Regiment)
    Died: September 27, 2010

    Died of injuries sustained when a roadside bomb detonated in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

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    Four suicides in one week at Fort Hood.

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    29 September 2010

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of an airman who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Senior Airman Mark Forester, 29, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died Sept. 29 in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations in the area. He was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

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