Closing Thought–09Jun17

Another WW2 Vet Comes Home!

Great news….another WW2 vets remains have been found and returned home….

More than 70 years ago, a US Army plane was headed for India on a supply mission. It never arrived, and no one went looking for the doomed aircraft or the eight men on board because military officials had no way of pinpointing where it went down. All signs of the mission were lost until 2006, when a hiker in India spotted a wing and panel sign inscribed with the bomber’s name. It wasn’t until 2015 that the US Defense Department investigated the crash site and found the remains of 1st Lt. Robert Eugene Oxford. On Thursday, Oxford will finally be returned home and laid to rest with full military honors in his hometown of Concord, Georgia, the AP reports. Photos of Oxford’s seven fellow crewmen, none of whom were found, will be placed inside his coffin for burial.

Oxford’s plane departed Kumming, China, on Jan. 25, 1944, said Staff Sgt. Kristen Duus at the Defense Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Agency. Oxford was declared dead two years later. Oxford’s family didn’t know the wreckage had been found until 2007. Harmful weather coupled with access issues and security delayed recovery operation efforts until late 2015, Duus said. Officials say a DNA analysis of Oxford’s remains matched his niece and nephew. Though Oxford’s parents, siblings, and any other relatives who saw him leave for World War II have all died since he went missing, a relative said the niece and nephew were “shocked and excited” when they heard the news. Duus said Oxford is one of 74 veterans who have been identified so far this year.

Welcome home

May he now Rest in Peace

Another Friday comes to an end….time to ready myself for the weekend and some down time.  Enjoy yours as I will mine  chuq

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12 thoughts on “Closing Thought–09Jun17

  1. I write often about our various unnecessary wars. But, WWII truly was a necessary one, With the Japanese steamrolling over Asia-Pacific, and Hitler’s Nazis having already taken control of most of Europe and North Africa, our Isolation–virtually to the point of being too late–was dangerous, and shortsighted.

    Nowadays, we are taking a similarly asinine approach–acting as the self-imposed traffic cop to the world, while engaging in various local, regional civil wars. We would do more toward honoring those–like Lieutenant Oxford, who had lost their lives, defending our way of freedom–rather than going-off willy-nilly into small internecine conflicts, which will never be won by outsiders, like us!

    Let’s honor them all–but, by only by not jeopardizing lives–our and the local Peoples!

  2. I’m Dutch, as you know. And like this MIA American of WWII is not missing anymore, he has regained his name, his face, his family.
    It maybe more than 70 years ago WWII ended, but still those only known to God, are found. Sometimes by accident, sometimes by those that make it their mission to search for anything that can be given to the families.
    That is still something that is important to us.
    Not only Americans, ALL that got buried in the haste of battle, the planes that crashed on land and sea, all have the right to their name, their place of remembrance!

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