B-26 Marauder Historical Society 2018 Reunion

B-26 Marauder Historical Society 2018 Reunion
The B-26 Marauder Historical Society is holding its 2018 Reunion at Colorado Springs, CO from 1-4 August 2018. Please contact Jenn at 520-322-6226 or admin@B-26MHS.org for more information, the program and registration form. We also are promoting Reunion Scholarships for those 25 and younger. Ask Jenn for info. http://www.b-26mhs.org/
Marshall Magruder, President MHS

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Vietnam MIA Colonel Edgar Felton Davis Funeral Notice

North Carolina State University ROTC Photo Edgar Felton Davis

ROTC Photo from North Carolina State University (NCSU.EDU)

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, recently accounted for from the Vietnam War, are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Air Force Col. Edgar F. Davis, 32, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, accounted for on Dec. 19, 2017, will be buried April 6 in his hometown. On Sept. 17, 1968, Davis was a navigator aboard a RF-4C Phantom fighter-bomber aircraft, assigned to the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing. Davis and his pilot were on a night photo-reconnaissance mission over the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.) when they were shot down by anti-aircraft artillery fire. The pilot ejected out of the aircraft and was rescued, however no contact could be established with Davis. Because of this, he was declared missing in action. Search and rescue efforts were suspended after failing to locate Davis or the aircraft wreckage. Davis was later declared deceased.

Between August 2001 and February 2015, joint U.S./L.P.D.R. teams investigated a crash site six times that correlated with Davis’ loss. Excavations recovered personal effects, but analysis could not confirm whether Davis was in the aircraft at the time of the crash. A subsequent team excavated an ejection seat location associated with the crash.

In 2015, a Stony Beach debriefer in Bangkok, Thailand obtained information from a villager concerning the burial location of a U.S. service member in Boulapha District, Khammouan Province, L.P.D.R. The villager claimed that in 1968, his father came across the remains of a U.S. pilot and buried them near his house. The villager turned over bone fragments, which were sent to DPAA for analysis.

To identify Davis’ remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA and autosomal (auSTR) DNA analysis, which matched his family, as well as material and circumstantial evidence.

DPAA is grateful to Stony Beach and the government of Laos for their partnerships in this recovery.

Today there are 1,600 American servicemen and civilians still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. Davis’ name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with others unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420.

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History Flight Repatriated Airman Identified (Capt. George Van Vleet)

Captain George Van Vleet in the ready room

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1474434/airman-/

Army Air Forces Capt. George Van Vleet, killed during World War II, has now been accounted for.

On Jan. 21, 1944, Van Vleet was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Helen Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, when the B-24J bomber aircraft he was a passenger on crashed shortly after take-off.

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Republic Kiribati of for their partnerships in this mission.

Van Vleet’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, site along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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Nonprofit turns over remains from Tarawa battlefield to U.S. Department of Defense

Tarawa Repatriation July 2017

http://historyflight.com/nw/docs/PressRelease_Jul_26_2017.htm

July 26, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
History Flight, Inc. | 5409 Overseas Highway #101 | Marathon, FL 33050
Contact: Cathy Kornfield / Cell 717-615-6185 / cathy@cathyco.com

History Flight makes second-largest recovery of missing WWII remains.
Nonprofit turns over remains from Tarawa battlefield
to U.S. Department of Defense.

BETIO ISLAND, TARAWA ATOLL, Republic of Kiribati — An archaeological team from Florida-based History Flight, Inc. has turned over 24 sets of remains to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Defense, for official identification.

Private, non-profit History Flight recently recovered the remains of long-missing U.S. personnel from the Nov. 20-23,1943 Battle of Tarawa and its aftermath on Betio Island. This is the second-largest single recovery of U.S. battlefield remains since the Korean War, topped only by History Flight’s 2015 recovery of 35 sets of remains, including those of Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Marine 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., also on Betio.

“We are immensely pleased to be able to deliver the two largest recoveries since the Korean War in a span of just over two years,” says History Flight founder and director Mark Noah. “We’re also grateful to have such an excellent public-private partnership with the DPAA. We feel that this recovery is an exemplar of the successful two-year, public-private partnership we have with the Department of Defense and is an indication that more success lies in the future.

Members of the DPAA, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and History Flight held a Repatriation
Ceremony of the remains at Tarawa’s Bonriki International Airport on July 24, after which they were flown to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory.

“History Flight’s recovery efforts of Marines lost during the Battle of Tarawa continue to be a model of success,” said Fern Sumpter Winbush, acting director of DPAA. “The mission of DPAA is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation, and through our strategic partnership with History Flight we are confident that we will continue to have success.”

More than 1,100 U.S. personnel were killed in the bloody, 76-hour Battle of Tarawa and its aftermath. Due to extreme environmental conditions in the equatorial Pacific, remains were hastily buried in trenches and individual graves on and around sandy, one-square-kilometer Betio.

Teams from the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service returned after the war to exhume and repatriate the remains, but could not locate over 500 servicemen. In 1949, the Army Quartermaster General’s Office declared the missing servicemen “unrecoverable,” and informed hundreds of families that their loved ones had been “buried at sea” or as “unknowns” in Hawaii.

For over seven decades, few Americans — including families of the missing — were aware that over 500 Marines (and a small number Navy and Army personnel) remained buried on or near Betio.

Since 2007, History Flight has been actively searching for and recovering remains nearly year-round on Betio.

“The investment of 10 years of work and $6.5 million has resulted in the recovery of extremely significant, but not yet to be disclosed, number of missing American service personnel,” Noah says. “Our transdisciplinary team – including many volunteers – of forensic anthropologists, geophysicists, historians, surveyors, anthropologists, forensic odontologists, unexploded ordnance specialists, medics and even a cadaver-dog handler have excelled in difficult conditions to produce spectacular results.”

The remains, turned over on July 24, were discovered adjacent to the site of a memorial cemetery built after the war, but most were found outside its recorded boundaries.

“This is unwritten history that we are writing today,” Noah says. “We’ve discovered that the official records were often wrong in many and multi-faceted ways.”

History Flight maintains a full-time Tarawa office as well as offices in Europe and the Philippines.

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For more information on History Flight visit www.historyflight.com or call 1-888-743-3311.

For photos and video, contact Cathy Kornfield, History Flight Public Relations, cell 717-615-6185 or cathy@cathyco.com.

For interviews with Mark Noah or Clay Bonnyman Evans, grandson of recovered Tarawa MIA 1st
Lt. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr., please contact Cathy Kornfield.

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Families Frustrated by Changes to POW MIA System

Families Frustrated by Changes to Pow MIA System

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day at Pentagon

The Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel delivered a speech on the Pentagon Parade grounds to honor POW/MIAs from Past Conflicts.
He was joined by Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and ABMC Secretary Max Cleland.
The speech can be viewed at the following web page:
http://www.defense.gov/Speeches/Speech.aspx?SpeechID=1886

http://www.defense.gov/video/default.aspx?videoid=361817

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123209

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony
As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Pentagon River Terrace Parade Field, Friday, September 19, 2014

Admiral Winnefeld, thank you.

And to our former POWs, families of former POWs, families our missing-in-action, we welcome you. We honor you. We thank you. And we are grateful that you are here to share a special day of recognition with us, with our country.

Yesterday afternoon, at Arlington National Cemetery, a soldier from the Korean War who for decades was listed as missing-in-action finally received the full honors he so richly deserved. His burial fulfilled a solemn pact – a solemn pact America makes with its each of its defenders and their families – that we will take care of them, and that however much time has passed, they will make it back home.

For the Department of Defense, this is a responsibility and an obligation that we are proud to shoulder. We do whatever it takes to recover every U.S. servicemember held in captivity; and do whatever it takes to find and recover and identify the remains of America’s missing from past conflicts.

Today, we are thankful that there are no U.S. troops being anywhere held in captivity. We know that there are still tens of thousands of fallen Americans who remain missing from many wars. We must continue to work hard – work hard to bring all of our missing Americans home. And we will.

The United States appreciates the ongoing support of many allies and partners across the globe – many represented here today – and on behalf of the men and women of our military, I thank you. You have helped us in recovering our missing. A good example of many of these efforts is Vietnam. Vietnam has been providing an increasing amount of archival documents to support our pursuit of our missing Americans. We appreciate these efforts and will continue to build on this partnership going forward.

Since we gathered on these parade grounds last September, DoD has been able to account for 71 servicemembers from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. A year ago, that number was 61. While this improvement is good, we must do better – we will do better – not only in more effectively accounting for our missing personnel, but also ensuring that their families receive timely and accurate information.

As many of you know, earlier this year I directed the Defense Department to organize this effort into a single, accountable operation that has the responsibility for personnel accounting resources, research, and operations… resolving issues of duplication and inefficiency, while also making that organization stronger, more effective, more transparent, and more responsive.

DoD has been working closely with everyone who has a stake in this mission – including families, the veterans’ service organizations that are represented here today, and I thank them, Congress, and the agencies’ workforce. We’ve made progress in this transformation, and the new Defense Personnel Accounting Agency will achieve initial operating capability this January.

Fifteen years ago this week, a Vietnam veteran said that “for those of us who were soldiers, that’s our one fear: that somehow we’ll be forgotten. But let it be known far and wide, around this great nation and around this great world that this nation,” the United States of America, “does not forget. … [It] does not forget its POWs, and for certain, does not forget its MIAs and the families they represent.”

Those words still ring true today, and we are privileged today to be joined by the man who spoke them… a man who despite the wounds of war has continued to serve our country with great distinction, commitment, and honor – from the jungles of Vietnam, to lead the Veterans Administration, to the Georgia Statehouse, to the United States Senate, to the American Battle Monuments Commission… a man who I am privileged to now introduce, and am proud to call my longtime friend, former Senate colleague, and fellow Vietnam veteran… a man whose humility, his good grace, his decency, and humanity represent this nation’s finest qualities.

Ladies and gentlemen, help me in welcoming Max Cleland.

Photos:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel gives former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, of Georgia, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a hug after introducing him as the guest speaker at the 2014 National POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept.19, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivers remarks at the 2014 National POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony at the Pentagon, Sept. 19, 2014. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett
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Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, U.S. Army Accounted For

Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, U.S. Army, Reconnaissance Company, 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division, was lost on Aug. 13, 1944, near Ranes, France. He was accounted for on May 27, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors summer 2014 in Canada.

Attached it the route for PFC Gordon’s journey home. It has dates, times, and roads.

Also attached is the invitation to PFC Gordon’s burial.

Jed Henry
7331 Century Pl.
Middleton, WI 53562
(608) 239-2228

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PFC Gordon Route Home Aug 8-11th

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380th BG Association Reunion Nov 5-9, 2014 Norfolk, VA

http://380th.org/

Reunion Coordinator: Barbara Gotham, 130 Colony Road, West Lafayette, IN 47906-1209 or by email to: 380th.ww2@gmail.com
CURRENT/UPCOMING EVENTS
November 5-9, 2014 – 380th Reunion, Norfolk, Virginia. Yearly gathering of all 380th veterans, their family and friends to remember, reminisce, and reconnect; includes yearly memorial service. Advance reservations are required. Please contact Barb Gotham at email 380th.ww2@gmail.com for more information.

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SSGT Robert E. Howard and David R. Kittredge USAAF WWII

Army Air Force Staff Sgts
. Robert E. Howard, 21, of Moravia, Iowa, and
David R. Kittredge, 22, of Oneida, Wis
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News Release
Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (Public Affairs)
Washington, DC 20301-2900
Phone:
(703) 699-1169
IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fax: (703) 602-4375
July 9, 2014
Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that two
U.S. servicemen, missing from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their
families for burial with full military honors.
The two servicemen are Army Air Force Staff Sgts. Robert E. Howard, 21, of Moravia, Iowa, and David R. Kittredge, 22, of Oneida, Wis. The individually identified remains of Howard will be buried on July 19, in Moulton, Iowa. The individually identified remains of Kittredge will be buried at a date and location still to be determined. Some of the remains could not be individually identified and they will be buried as a group in a single casket, at
a future date at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
On April 16, 1945, three aircraft were flying in a formation on a bombing raid to Wittenberg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, when the pilots of two other aircraft reported seeing Howard and Kittredge’s aircraft hit by enemy fire. The B-26B descended into a deep dive and exploded upon ground impact. In 2007, a German aircraft researcher interviewed eyewitnesses, who reported seeing two deceased crew members buried near
the crash site under an apple tree. He also reported the crew members as being exhumed in 1947 or 1948, by an allied recovery team. In June 2012, a German national informed the U.S. government that he found possible human remains in Muhlanger, which he believed to have been associated with an April 1945, B-26B crash, and turned them over to the local police. In
July 2012, a JPAC team began excavating the site recovering human remains, personal effects and aircraft wreckage. JPAC also took custody of theremains that the local German national had previously recovered. To identify Howard’s remains, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidenceand forensic identification tools such as mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA).
To identify Kittredge’s remains, scientists from JPAC and AFDIL also used mtDNA and dental comparisons, which matched his records.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who
went missing while serving our country, visit the DPMO web site at
www.dtic.mil/dpmo
or call (703-699-1169.

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Fight over US veterans’ remains in Philippine graves continues

Fight over US veterans’ remains in Philippine graves continues
By Matthew M. Burke | Stars and Stripes | Published: June 29, 2014

http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/fight-over-us-veterans-remains-in-philippine-graves-continues-1.291218

“CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Defense Department’s accounting agencies have agreed to disinter and conduct DNA testing on the remains of 10 World War II servicemembers who were buried as unknowns in the Philippines, after years of fighting against unearthing the bodies.

But now the relative of one veteran believed to be buried there might block the exhumation over fears that the Defense Department’s accounting agencies — the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command, Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office, and Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory — are not equipped to properly test the remains.

For years, John Eakin has fought with JPAC/DPMO to exhume the remains for identification. Eakin’s cousin Pvt. Arthur “Bud” Kelder was one of the 10 moved to the Manila American Cemetery from the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp in Luzon……”

see the full article here

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