Anzack Jr.,  Joseph

Name: Joseph Anzack Jr.
Branch/Rank:  Army / Pfc
Unit: Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade combat team.

MOS: 
Date of Birth/Age:  20
Home City of Record: Lawrence, CA
Date of Loss: May 12, 2007
Country of Loss: Iraq
Original Status:
Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN).  
Current Status:  Captured, Died in Captivity
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground


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ers in Incident: DUSTWUN: Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.; and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich. The Department of Defense identified the soldiers who were killed in the attack as Sgt. 1st Class James D. Connell Jr., 40, of Lake City, Tenn.; Pfc. Daniel W. Courneya, 19, of Nashville, Mich.; Pfc. Christopher E. Murphy, 21, of Lynchburg, Va. and Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, 23, of Reno, Nev.

Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. 05/2007   

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NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

No. 591-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 15, 2007
Media Contact: (703) 697-5131/697-5132
Public/Industry(703) 428-0711

DoD Announces Army Soldiers as Whereabouts Unknown

The Department of Defense announced today the identities of four soldiers listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.They have been unaccounted for since May 12 in Al Taqa, Iraq, when their patrol was attacked by enemy forces using automatic fire and explosives.They are assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

 Reported as DUSTWUN are:

 Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, 23, of Reno, Nev. (Killed in attack, remains recovered)

 Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.

 Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, Calif.

 Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich.

 Search and recovery efforts are ongoing, and the incident is under investigation.

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Family: Body Found In Iraq Calif. Private's

Search Still On For Other Missing Soldiers

POSTED: 5:37 am EDT May 23, 2007
UPDATED: 10:21 pm EDT May 23, 2007

A U.S. soldier found in the Euphrates River in Iraq has been identified as a California man who was abducted with two comrades a week and a half ago.

A relative said military officials told the family of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. that a commanding officer identified the body.

But DNA tests were still pending. ....

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Relatives Say Body Found in Iraq Is Missing GI

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

BAGHDAD   The body of a U.S. soldier found floating in the Euphrates River in Iraq earlier Wednesday was identified as a California man abducted along with two comrades nearly two weeks ago, his aunt confirmed to FOX News.

A military official with police officers visited the home of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. and told his family that a commanding officer identified the body. She said the official told them the GI had died of a gunshot wound to the head.

"They told us we're sorry to inform you the body we found has been identified as Joe," said Debbie Anzack, choking back tears. "I'm in disbelief."......

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NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense
No. 640-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2007

DoD Announces Change-In-Status of Army Soldier

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom who was previously listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown.

Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, Calif., was captured May 12 by enemy forces in Al Taqa, Iraq, when his unit was attacked by insurgents using automatic fire and explosives.

His body was recently recovered in Iraq. The circumstances surrounding his capture and death remain under investigation.

Anzack was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.For more information in regard to this release the media can contact the Fort Drum public affairs office at (315) 772-8286.

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U.S. IDs body found in river as missing solider


By Joseph Giordono, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Friday, May 25, 2007

The U.S. military has confirmed that a body found in the Euphrates River on Wednesday is one of three American soldiers captured in a May 12 ambush near Baghdad.

Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., a 20-year-old from Torrance, Calif., was identified by one of his commanding officers late Wednesday, officials said. His family was told of the news just hours later.....

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