POW/MIA

All those who fought and served their country when they received the call, were men and women of courage, judgment, integrity and dedication. Where does dedication end? You can never put an end to dedication. After all, those who remain Prisoners of War or are still Missing in Action are still serving with never ending dedication. For them, it can never be over. For us, we can never let their sacrifices, or them, be forgotten.
 

June 20, 2022

 

The POW/MIA flag flying in the breeze
 
MIA Update: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced three burial updates and one new identification for service members who have been missing and unaccounted-for from World War II and Korea. Returning home for burial with full military honors are:
 
-- Army Pfc. Sanford K. Bowen, 26, of Ashland, Ohio, was assigned to Company I, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. He was reported killed in action on Jan. 20, 1945, when Company I and four other companies were engaged in battle with German forces near Reipertswiller, France. Bowen could not be recovered because of the ongoing fighting. He will be buried in Shiloh, Ohio, on July 22, 2022. Read about Bowen.

-- Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Arthur B. Summers, 27, of Poplar, Montana, was assigned to Company I, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against a stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Summers was reported killed on the fourth day of the battle, Nov. 23, 1943. He will be buried in East Wenatchee, Washington, on a date yet to be determined. Read about Summers.

-- Army Tech. Sgt. Ross H. Thompson, 50, of Maryville, Tennessee, was assigned to the Finance Department, U.S. Army Forces Far East, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands in December 1941. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula in 1942. Thompson was among those captured and held at the Cabanatuan POW Camp, where he reportedly died on Dec. 10, 1942, and was buried. He will be buried in Kent, Washington, on a date yet to be determined. Read about Thompson.

-- Army Staff Sgt. Casimir P. Lobacz, 25, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was assigned to Company E, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. On Sept. 27, 1944, Lobacz’s unit was part of the ground attack on Fort Driant near Metz, France. He was reported to have been killed during the first wave of the assault and his body was unable to be recovered. He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on a date yet to be determined. Read about Lobacz.

-- Army Pvt. Carl G. Dorsey, 19, was assigned to Company I, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 4, 1945, when his unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Grosshau, Germany. He was declared killed in action Dec. 5, 1945. Interment services are pending.  Read about Dorsey.

-- Army Pfc. David N. Owens, 27, was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion,12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 22, 1944, when his unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Hürtgen, Germany. He was declared killed in action Nov. 23, 1945. Interment services are pending. Read about Owens.