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Stras
09-23-2010, 00:35
Missing WWII Soldier is Identified


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

U.S. Army Pfc. James C. Konyud, of Cleveland, will be buried on Sept. 25 in his hometown. From mid-September 1944 to early February 1945, the U.S. Army was engaged against German forces in the Hürtgen Forest, along the Germany/Belgium border, in the longest continuously fought battle in American history. In early January 1945, elements of the 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division were deployed defensively in the area southeast of Aachen. Konyud, a member of K Company, 121st Infantry Regiment, was reported missing near the location on January 1.

In 2007, a German Explosive Ordnance Disposal team working in an agricultural field between Vossenack and Hürtgen, found human remains and military-related equipment, including Konyud's military identification tag. The remains and items were turned over to U.S. Army Memorial Affairs Activity-Europe officials for further analysis.

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command teams traveled to excavate the crash site twice in 2007 and once in 2008, recovering additional remains and crew-related equipment—including a second identification tag for Konyud.

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 Konyud's brother and niece -- 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.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO Website at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1420.


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wet dog
09-23-2010, 07:13
Welcome home warrior, thank you for your service.

Rest easy.

PedOncoDoc
09-23-2010, 08:34
Welcome home! Thank you for your sacrifice.

mojaveman
09-23-2010, 10:53
Rest in Peace PFC Konyud.

I visited the American military cemetery in Luxembourg two weeks ago and it left an impression on me. I'd recommend anyone visiting that part of Europe to check it out.

"Old Blood and Guts" is buried there too...

FMF DOC
09-23-2010, 11:05
Welcome, Greatest generation ever, Thank You for your service

greenberetTFS
09-23-2010, 12:10
God Bless,Rest in Peace Warrior...........:(

Big Teddy

Gypsy
09-23-2010, 17:50
Another Warrior will return home to Rest in Peace. May your family find comfort in your return.