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AMERICANS IDENTIFIED SINCE 1989
WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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Aril 27, 2016
Dear Editor,

The family of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Leonard R. Farron, 23, of Tacoma, Washington, unaccounted for since World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried May 4 in his hometown.

On Oct. 15, 1942, Farron was the pilot of a P-39 aircraft with the 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, 13th Air Force, when he failed to return from a strafing mission over Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal. His squadron mates reported they last saw Farron 10 minutes before landing, but there was heavy anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters swarming the area at the time. No one reported seeing Farron crash.

A family member, Cindy LeCompte, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (813) 841-9091.

The Department of Defense has no photos of Farron on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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http://www.fox9.com/news/132515945-story


Minnesota sailor, killed during D-Day, identified after 72 years


04/25/2016
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Fireman 3rd Class Kenneth L. Jayne U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/14/2016
Pvt. John P. Sersha U.S. Army Company F, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment 9/27/1944 Netherlands 4/13/2016
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Alfred F. Wells US Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/7/2016
Pfc. Anthony Brozyna U.S. Marine Corps Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/6/2016
Ensign Joseph P. Hittorff U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/6/2016
Fire Controlman 1st Class Paul A. Nash U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/5/2016
Chief Storekeeper Herbert J. Hoard U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/4/2016
Pfc. John F. Prince U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/2/2016
Seaman 1st Class William E. Welch U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/1/2016
 
 
KGO-TV
George flew to Hawaii, where his uncle's remains were identified by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and escorted them home. He blinked ...
 

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Air Forces Capt. Arthur E. Halfpapp, 23, of Steelton, Pennsylvania, unaccounted for since World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried April 14 in Annville, Pennsylvania.

On April 24, 1945, Halfpapp was assigned to the 87th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group, and was the pilot of a P-47 aircraft that crashed during an armed reconnaissance mission southeast of Alberone, Italy. After the crash, the mission flight leader circled the burning wreckage, and did not see any signs of life. Following the war, the Army Graves Registration Service searched for Halfpapp's crash site; however, his remains were not located.

His nephew, Jack Sipe, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him at (717) 944-5664.

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Halfpapp on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Dennis D. Buckley, 24, of Detroit, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried April 14 in Rittman, Ohio.

On Feb. 5, 1951, Buckley was assigned to A Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was supporting the South Korean Army attacks against units of the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in the area known as the Central Corridor in South Korea. The CPVF launched a counterattack, overwhelming neighboring units and leaving the 15th Field Artillery Battalion behind enemy lines. As the unit conducted a fighting withdrawal south toward Wonju, Buckley went missing near Hoengsong and was reported missing on February 13.

His niece, Eleanor Stevenson, of Youngstown, Ohio, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (330) 727-8339.

The Department of Defense has no photos of Buckley on file.


HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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When Eleanor Stevenson of Youngstown, Buckley's niece, received notice from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) that her uncle's ...

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Pfc. Aubrey D. Vaughn, 20, of Union, South Carolina, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried April 12 in his hometown.

On April 23, 1951, Vaughn was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 5th Regimental Combat Team, when his company's position was overrun by the Chinese Communist Forces near Undamjang, North Korea. After the battle, Vaughn was reported missing in action.

His daughter, Mrs. Myra Heatherly, of Jonesville, South Carolina, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (864) 674-1586.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Vaughn on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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April 5, 2016

 

Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

 

Army Pfc. Aubrey D. Vaughn, 20, of Union, South Carolina, will be buried April 12 in his hometown. On April 23, 1951, Vaughn was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 5th Regimental Combat Team, when his company’s position was overrun by the Chinese Communist Forces near Undamjang, North Korea. After the battle, Vaughn was reported missing in action.

 

Repatriated American prisoners of war reported that Vaughn died while in captivity at POW Camp 1 in 1951. The U.S. Army subsequently declared Vaughn deceased on July 7, 1951.

 

In 1954, United Nations and communist forces exchanged the remains of war dead in what came to be called “Operation Glory.” All remains recovered in Operation Glory were turned over to the Army’s Central Identification Unit for analysis. The remains they were unable to identify were interred as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the “Punchbowl.”

 

In 1999, due to advances in technology, the Department of Defense began to re-examine records and concluded that the possibility for identification of some of these unknowns now existed. The remains designated X-14176 were exhumed on May 18, 2015 so further analysis could be conducted.

 

In the identification of Vaughn’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, circumstantial evidence, as well as dental and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched Vaughn’s records.

 

Today, 7,819 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered by American recovery teams.

 

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 or call (703) 699-1420.

 

 
 
Holly Slaughter, a spokeswoman with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, said in a phone interview. The remains that couldn't be identified ...

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April 4, 2016

 

Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

 

Army Air Forces Flight Officer Dewey L. Gossett, 23, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, will be buried April 11 in Wellford, South Carolina. On Sept. 27, 1943, Gossett was assigned to the 527th Fighter Squadron, 86th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, and was the pilot of a single-seat A-36A “Apache” aircraft, in a flight of four aircraft searching for targets of opportunity on a strafing mission. Within 10 minutes of departing Sele Airfield in Italy, the aircraft encountered bad weather and poor visibility, leading them to fly into a ravine under cloud cover. Upon exiting the ravine, three planes turned left, while Gossett’s turned right and disappeared near Acerno, Italy. There was no enemy activity in the area and a search failed to identify a crash site. Following the loss incident, and with no further information on the whereabouts of Gossett, he was declared dead on Sept. 28, 1944.

 

The American Graves Registration Service, charged with the recovery and identification of fallen U.S. service members, conducted a search and investigation near Acerno in March, 1945. The investigation revealed that a plane had crashed and the pilot was buried in the Civil Cemetery in Acerno. The remains were disinterred, but were later found to be part of a B-17 loss in the same area. The AGRS declared Gossett non-recoverable on May 29, 1948.

 

            In June 2012, U.S. investigators contacted a private group of Italian historians and enthusiasts, Association Salerno 1943, who discovered the crash of an A-36 type aircraft in the mountains near Acerno, Italy. In November 2014, Association Salerno 1943 again visited the crash site and found human remains, which were returned to the custody of U.S. personnel.

DPAA is grateful to Association Salerno 1943 for their vital help in this recovery mission.

 

To identify Gossett’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched two nieces and a great niece, circumstantial evidence, and dental analysis, which matched Gossett’s records.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war.

 

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 or call (703) 699-1420.

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Dear Editor,

The family of Army Air Forces Flight Officer Dewey L. Gossett, 23, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, unaccounted for since World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried April 11 in Wellford, South Carolina.

On Sept. 27, 1943 Gossett was assigned to the 527th Fighter Squadron, 86th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, and was the pilot of a single-seat A-36A "Apache" aircraft, in a flight of four aircraft searching for targets of opportunity on a strafing mission. Within 10 minutes of departing Sele Airfield in Italy, the aircraft encountered bad weather and poor visibility, leading them to fly into a ravine under cloud cover. Upon exiting the ravine, three planes turned left, while Gossett's turned right and disappeared near Acerno, Italy. There was no enemy activity in the area and a search failed to identify a crash site. Following the loss incident, and with no further information on the whereabouts of Gossett, he was declared dead on Sept. 28, 1944.

His grandniece, Nora Messick, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (864) 316-2777, or via email at nora.messick@gmail.com.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Gossett on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Robert P. Graham, 20, of San Francisco, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried Dec. 12 in Colma, California.

In February 1951, Graham was assigned to Company A, 13th Engineer Combat Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, which was engaged in a battle near Hoengsong, South Korea. Under heavy enemy attack, his unit was ordered to withdraw south to Wonju. During the withdrawal, they fought continuously with the enemy and encountered numerous roadblocks. Upon arrival at Wonju, Graham was reported missing on Feb. 13, 1951.

His nephew, James George, of Fairfield, California, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him at (707) 864-8059 or (707) 290-7156.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Graham on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/A-long-belated-homecoming-for-SF-soldier-who-died-7232854.php?cmpid=email-desktop

Army Cpl. Robert Graham disappeared after Chinese forces attacked his combat battalion in South Korea on a freezing day in February 1951. His family in San Francisco never saw him again.

On Wednesday night, he came home....

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Dear Editor,

The family of Army Pfc. Roy A. Henderson, 18, of Newark, Ohio, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried April 8 in Follansbee, West Virginia.

On July 27, 1950, Henderson was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, when his unit set up a defensive position near Anui, South Korea, in an attempt to stop invading North Korean forces. The troops were forced to withdraw south, and found the road blocked. This required Henderson's company to abandon most of its equipment and withdraw over mountains to friendly lines. Following the withdrawal, Henderson was reported missing. He was subsequently declared deceased on Dec. 31, 1953.

His niece, Judy Foresha, of Follansbee, West Virginia, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (304) 527-1969.

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Henderson on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 
 
WEAU

HONOLULU — The U.S. military says a recently identified sailor killed in the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor will be buried in his Wisconsin hometown next week.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon was 52 years old and assigned to the USS Oklahoma when he died.

He's scheduled to be buried in Hudson, Wisconsin, on Wednesday....

03/25/2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon, 52, of Hudson, Wisconsin, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried March 30 in his hometown.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Gordon was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma suffered multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in 429 casualties, including Gordon.
 
His grandnephew, David Jenson, of Waukesah, Wisconsin, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (262) 547-2481.

The Department of Defense has no photos of Gordon on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Fireman 3rd Class John H. Lindsley U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/25/2016
Cpl. Dennis D. Buckley U.S. Army A Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 South Korea 3/21/2016

earlier identifications below...

03/23/2016
 
 
Roanoke Times
They were then put in contact with the Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency. And on Feb. 3, the family was notified that McMillian's ...
 
 
The News Tribune
The gathering is sponsored by the Defense Department POW/MIA ... It could have led to burial sites for prisoners of war and eventually to the ...
 
 
Stars and Stripes
Pfc. James M. Smith, of Abbeville, Ga., was buried Wednesday with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, a Defense POW/MIA ...

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The Pentagon agency that searches for missing service members from the Himalaya Mountains to the jungles of Papua New Guinea is mounting a recovery this summer for a naval aviator who has been missing in the group's backyard since World War II.

Between Aug. 8 and Sept. 30, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency plans to seek the remains on Oahu of Ensign Harold P. DeMoss, whose F6F-3 Hellcat went down during a night training mission on June 23, 1945, in the Koolau Mountains...

03/18/2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Davey H. Bart, 18, of Houston, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried March 26 in Humble, Texas.

In early November 1950, Bart was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, near Unsan, North Korea, when Chinese People's Volunteer Forces attacked the regiment, forcing the unit to withdraw. Many soldiers attempted to escape and evade the enemy but were captured and marched to prisoner of war camps. Bart was declared missing in action as a result of the battle that occurred between Nov. 1 and 2, 1950.

Bart's family does not wish to be contacted by the media.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Bart on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

03/18/2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Sgt. 1st Class Raymond K. McMillian, 20, of Axton, Virginia, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried March 26 in Martinsville, Virginia.

On Feb. 5, 1951, McMillian was assigned to Medical Company, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, which was supporting the South Korean Army attacks against units of the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in the area known as the Central Corridor in South Korea. The CPVF launched a counterattack, overrunning neighboring units, which left the 38th Infantry Regiment behind enemy lines. As the unit conducted a fighting withdrawal south to Wonju, McMillian went missing near Hoengsong while assisting the wounded and was reported missing in action on Feb. 12, 1951.

His niece, Nancy Strickland, of Glade Hill, Virginia, is available for interviews is you would like to contact her at (540) 483-5665.

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of McMillian on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

1st Lt. Frederick W. Langhorst U.S. Army Air Forces 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command 7/17/1945 India 3/17/2016
Sgt. 1st Class Alan L. Boyer U.S. Army Command and Control Detachment, 5th Special Forces Group 3/28/1968 Laos 3/16/2016
Sgt. 1st Class Raymond K. McMillian U.S. Army Medical Company, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/12/1951 South Korea 2/26/2016
Flight Officer Dewey L. Gossett Army Air Forces 527th Fighter Squadron, 86th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force 9/27/1943 Italy 2/25/2016
Cpl. Davey H. Bart U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 2/24/2016
Sgt. John C. Holladay U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Raider Regiment 7/20/1943 Soloman Islands 2/24/2016
Pfc. Aubrey D. Vaughn U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 5th Regimental Combat Team 4/23/1951 North Korea 2/24/2016
03/07/2016 11:56 AM CST
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-075-16
March 7, 2016
Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For

 
The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Pfc. James M. Smith of Abbeville, Georgia, will be buried March 9 in Arlington National Cemetery.  In February 1951, Smith was assigned to Company K, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, and was supporting the South Korean Army in attacks against the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF). On Feb. 12, the CPVF counterattacked and forced the South Korean Army units to retreat, leaving American forces to fight alone. After the battle, Smith was reported missing in action. In April and May of 1953, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Graves Registration Companies conducted searches of the battlefields associated with Smith's unit, but no remains associated with him were located.

In 1953, during prisoner of war exchanges known as "Operation Little Switch" and "Operation Big Switch," no repatriated American service members were able to provide any information regarding Smith's whereabouts. A military review board amended his status to deceased in 1953.
 
Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which when combined with remains recovered during joint recovery operations in North Korea, account for the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents included in the repatriation indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the vicinity where men captured from Smith's unit were believed to have died.

To identify Smith's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence; two types of DNA analysis, including mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched a brother and a cousin, and Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat DNA analysis, which matched a brother; and dental analysis, which matched Smith's records.

Today, 7,823 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North Korea by American recovery teams.
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Cpl. Eldon W. Ervin U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 2/9/2016
Cpl. Dudley L. Evans U.S. Army Company G, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/15/1951 South Korea 1/29/2016
Pfc. Roy A Henderson U.S Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 7/27/1950 North Korea 1/14/2016
Cpl. Kenneth R. Stuck U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 1/8/2016
 
 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Members of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) march alongside a disinterred casket holding the remains of unknown USS Oklahoma ...
http://www.stripes.com/news/us/after-75-years-remains-of-5-uss-oklahoma-sailors-are-identified-1.388226

Oklahoma sailors are identified

By Michael E. Ruane

The Washington Post

Published: January 11, 2016
 

WASHINGTON — Almost 75 years after they were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of five U.S. sailors who perished when their battleship was sunk, have been identified, the Pentagon said Monday.

The five men, who were exhumed last year from their graves in Hawaii and examined in special military laboratories, were among 429 sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma was torpedoed and capsized.

They had been buried as "unknowns."

The battleship's loss of life at Pearl Harbor was second only to the 1,100 lost on the USS Arizona, whose wreck remains a hallowed Pearl Harbor historic site.

The men identified were Chief Petty Officer Albert E. Hayden, 44, of Mechanicsville, Md., in St. Mary's County; Ensign Lewis. S Stockdale, 27, of Anaconda, Mont.; Seaman 2nd Class Dale F. Pearce, 21, of Labette County, Kan.; Petty Officer 1st Class Vernon T. Luke, 43, of Green Bay, Wisc.; and Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon, 52, of Hudson, Wisc....

 
 
Stars and Stripes
Pfc. David S. Burke, 18, of Akron, Ohio, will be laid to rest Friday in Rittman, Ohio, according to a statement by the Department of Defense POW/MIA ...

1st Lt. Leonard R. Farron, lost during World War II, has now been accounted for.

1st Lt. Farron, a member of the 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, 13th Air Force, was flying a P-39D when he failed to return from a strafing mission over
Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal, on October 15th, 1942.

His squadron mates reported he was last sighted ten minutes prior to landing while flying through heavy anti-aircraft fire. In July 2013, an aircraft crash site was located
 in the area consistent with the circumstances of 1st Lt. Farron’s loss. In early 2015, a DPAA recovery team excavated the crash site and recovered aircraft wreckage,
life support equipment, and human remains. Circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis established the remains as those of 1st Lt Leonard R. Farron.

Interment services at the Puyallup Tribal Cemetery, Tacoma, WA are currently being planned for the spring/summer of 2016.

Welcome home and rest in peace 1st Lt. Farron.

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