MIA Update

National VFW - 6/18/2017

-- Mr. John D. Armstrong, 24, of Hutchinson, Kan., will be buried June 17 in his hometown. A former U.S. Navy Reservist, Armstrong was training with the Flying Tigers at Kyedaw Airfield, a British Royal Air Force airfield outside of Toungoo, Burma, in 1941. Armstrong was killed in a midair collision during a training flight on Sept. 8, 1941. Read about Armstrong.
-- Navy Fireman 1st Class Charles W. Thompson, 19, of Weaubleau, Mo., will be buried June 17 in his hometown. Thompson was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Thompson was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Read about Thompson
-- Army Sgt. 1st Class Harold P. Haugland, 22, of Belgrade, Mont., will be buried June 17 in Bozeman, Mont. Haugland was a member of Company D, 15th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, part of the 31st Regimental Combat Team deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. The RCT was attacked by an overwhelming number of Chinese forces in late November 1950. Haugland could not be accounted for by his unit at the end of the battle and was reported missing in action as of Dec. 2, 1950. Read about Haugland
-- Army Pvt. Walter F. Piper, 21, of Williamstown, N.J., will be buried June 17 in his hometown. Piper was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. Piper was reported missing in action on Feb. 13, 1951, after his unit was attacked by Chinese forces in the village of Hoengsong, an area known as the Central Corridor in South Korea. Read about Piper
-- Army Cpl. Edward Pool, 22, of Paso Robles, Calif., will be buried June 19 in Portland, Ore. Pool was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950, while serving with 31st Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. His unit was part of the 31st Regimental Combat Team deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. Pool could not be accounted for after several days of intense fighting. Read about Pool
-- Army Cpl. Edward L. Borders was a member of Dog Battery, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons), 2nd Infantry Division. Borders’ unit, part of Support Force 21, provided artillery fire support for South Korean forces from Changbong-ni. On Feb. 11, 1951, Chinese forces launched a massive counter offensive, forcing the support force to withdraw. Borders could not be accounted for after the unit reassembled in Wonju on Feb. 13. Interment services are pending. Read about Borders.

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