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MIA Update:

National VFW - 8/7/2017

-- Army Cpl. Richard J. Seadore, 21, whose remains were identified earlier, will be buried Aug. 4 in his hometown of Long Pine, Neb. In December 1950, Seadore was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, when Chinese forces attacked and penetrated his company’s defensive line. Following the battle, Seadore could not be located. It would later be learned he had been captured and died in a North Korean POW camp in April 1951. Read more here.

-- Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson, 24, whose remains were identified earlier, will be buried Aug. 4 in Indiantown Gap, Pa. On Dec. 23, 1944, Carlson was shot down in an air battle south of Bonn, Germany. The Flushing, N.Y., native was a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot with the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force. German officials reported finding and burying Carlson’s remains at the crash site near Buschhoven, Germany. Read more here.

-- Army Air Forces Pvt. William D. Gruber, whose remains were identified earlier, will be buried Aug. 5 in Boulder, Mont. On Dec. 8, 1941, Gruber was assigned to the Philippine Department, U.S. Army Forces in the Far East, when Japanese forces invaded. When Corregidor fell on May 6, 1942, Gruber and thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were captured and forced to endure the Bataan Death March. Gruber, 22, of Townsend, Mont., reportedly died on Sept. 27, 1942, at the Cabanatuan POW Camp. Read more here.

-- Army Sgt. Willie Rowe, whose remains were identified earlier, will be buried Aug. 8 at Arlington National Cemetery. He was a member of L Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, when on Nov. 25, 1950, his unit was attacked by Chinese forces in North Korea. Rowe, 22, of Hampton, Va., would be declared missing and unaccounted for following the battle. It would later be learned he had been captured but died in a North Korean POW camp in January 1951. Read more here.

-- Navy Fireman 3rd Class Kenneth L. Holm, 29, of Clarkfield, Minn., will be buried Aug. 9 in Fort Snelling, Minn. Holm 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. He would be one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Read more here.

-- Army Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell, 23, of Janesville, Wis., was stationed in the Philippines with Company A, 192nd Tank Battalion, when Japanese forces invaded on Dec. 8, 1941. When Corregidor fell on May 6, 1942, Lobdell and thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were captured and forced to endure the Bataan Death March. Lobdell reportedly died on Nov. 19, 1942, at the Cabanatuan POW Camp. Interment services are pending. Read more here.

-- Navy Reserve Lt. j.g. Irwin E. Rink, of Kansas, was an F4F-4 Wildcat pilot assigned to Fighting Squadron Twenty Seven (VF-27). On Aug. 4, 1943, he and seven others took off on an escort mission to New Georgia Island when they were attacked by Japanese fighter aircrafts. Rink did not return to base, and would be reported missing in action on Aug. 4, 1943. Interment services are pending. Read more here.

-- Army Cpl. Dow F. Worden, of Morrow, Ore., was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, and was near an area known as Heartbreak Ridge when the Chinese launched a probing attack on the forward slope of Hill 1024. After repelling the attack, Worden’s company was then ordered to attack the enemy on nearby Hill 867. Worden could not be accounted for after the battle, and he was declared missing in action on Sept. 29, 1951. Interment services are pending. Read more here.

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