Another Soldier Comes Home

Slowly but slowly we are finding and identifying the unknown soldiers from our many wars so they can be laid to rest and their families can find some closure.

Another unknown from World War 2 has been identified and returned home…..

The remains of a World War II pilot from New York City have been identified more than 70 years after he was killed in combat, the AP reports. The Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday the remains of Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson, of Queens, have been identified after being found last year by History Flight, a private Florida-based group.

Military officials say Carlson was the 24-year-old pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt fighter that was shot down near Bonn, Germany, during a dog fight with German planes Dec. 23, 1944. German officials reported burying Carlson’s remains at the crash site, but post-war efforts to find them were unsuccessful until his case was reopened in 2008. Carlson’s remains will be buried Friday at the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Welcome home…may you now Rest in Peace and your family can have peace they deserve…..

Welcome Home Soldier

Today we celebrate the founding of the Untied Stares of America…..but I would like to post on some “good” news…..

Today will be a short day here on IST for I would like to spend time with my better half doing what adults do in the privacy of their homes (use your imagination)……

There have been many MIAs from our many wars and it is always a good day when one is identified and returned home for a proper burial……

A World War II airman missing since 1944 was buried in his Iowa hometown Saturday afternoon, decades after the Army buried him in Italy as an unknown.

Staff Sgt. Byron Nelson’s remains were interred at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Primghar, in northwest Iowa, with full military honors provided by soldiers from the Iowa National Guard, according to a press release from the Guard.

Nelson, 28, was a nose gunner aboard a B-24G Liberator that was shot down by German fighter planes April 25, 1944, over Italy. Eight crew members parachuted from the bomber and survived. Nelson and another airman, Sgt. John E. White, were reported to have died.

Local residents found the remains and buried them in a cemetery in Fognano, just north of Florence. After the war, the Army twice disinterred the remains and tried to identify them, but failed.

The ones later linked to Nelson were labeled “Mirandola Unknown X-190,” from the name of a cemetery where they had been buried. They were moved to the Florence American Cemetery in central Italy on May 26, 1949.

In 2015 the Defense Department changed a long-standing policy that strongly discouraged attempts to identify service members buried as unknowns. Historians at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reviewed the records of Mirandola Unknown X-190 and wartime Italian military police records, linking them to Nelson.

His remains were disinterred in August 2015 and shipped to an accounting agency lab at Offutt Air Force Base. Dental and anthropological analysis, and a DNA match with one of Nelson’s grandnephews, allowed scientists to identify Nelson late last year.

(Omaha World-Herald)

AS I have stated…welcome home soldier…

May your family now have the closure that they had previously been denied….and may you now rest in peace.

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

Finally Coming Home!

A Navy pilot who died in Vietnam 52 years ago is finally coming home….

Deborah Crosby touched her father’s flag-draped casket as her three brothers hugged her in a tearful embrace on the tarmac at the San Diego airport Friday — ending a more than half century search to find and bring home the remains of Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby, shot down as a Navy pilot in the Vietnam War.
Deborah Crosby, now 58, was only six when she was sent home from the first grade to learn her father was presumed dead, though his body had not been found.
Her mother could never talk about that day, but she gave Crosby and her brothers a binder with articles about her father’s plane zooming low through the clouds on a bomb damage assessment mission before it was gunned down by North Vietnamese ground forces in 1965. The 31-year-old pilot was armed only with cameras, his daughter said.
A year ago, military investigators found his remains in a fish pond in north Vietnam. On Friday, Deborah Crosby fulfilled her promise to her late grandmother.
Deborah Crosby walked forward, touched the casket and embraced her three brothers. The aviator’s elderly sister, Sharon, and brother, David, also hugged, and he wiped an eye.
“I’m just overwhelmed with seeing the plane drive up and all of the uniforms and all of the respect and the honors that he’s receiving,” Deborah Crosby said.
The sailors saluted before the casket left in a hearse.
On Sunday, Frederick Crosby will be buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery with full military honors and a Navy flyover.
(Navy Times)
Welcome home brother may you now find the rest that you deserve.
  R.I.P.

Closing Thought–05Apr17

Exploit those veterans!

American veterans have to put up with a lot of crap….from delayed medical to educational issues to homelessness….but in a recent news article I read where they were being exploited by none other than America’s butt buddy, Saudi Arabia.

The DOJ has filed a complaint against the actions of the Saudis during an election…..

A group of 9/11 families and survivors has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, suggesting broad misconduct in a lobbying campaign the firm has conducted on behalf of Saudi Arabia.

According to the 17-page complaint, individuals associated with Qorvis MSLGroup violated several provisions of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) as they worked to weaken a law that cleared the way for 9/11 families and victims to sue the kingdom for its alleged role in the September 11 attacks.

The accusations, leveled by 9/11 Victims’ Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism, center on a campaign in which lobbyists have flown large groups of U.S. military veterans to Washington to oppose the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA)—without informing those veterans that Saudi Arabia was sponsoring and orchestrating their activities.

Source: DOJ Complaint Filed Over Saudi Lobbying Campaign That Exploited Military Veterans | 28Pages.org

I have said that troops are used like tools and now so are the veterans that gave so much for their country.

Have a good day my friends….tomorrow will be another such day…..chuq

Vietnam Veterans Day

Closing Thought–29Mar17

The Last Chopper Out!

Since the rest of the world has forgotten our contribution let me be the first to say thank you to all my comrades in Vietnam.  We are quickly losing our battle with time….but as long as I breath you will NOT be forgotten.

Most Americans are familiar with Veterans Day. Every November, we show our appreciation to everyone who ever enlisted in our armed forces: Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Guardsmen.

Scattered throughout the year, however, we honor certain groups of veterans who serviced our nation during particular conflicts. For example, we celebrate V-E Day and V-J Day on the anniversaries of the end of World War II combat operations in Europe and Japan. Veterans Day itself was once Armistice Day, marking the anniversary of the end of World War I.

On March 29, we recall the day in 1973 when the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam.

This date is generally considered the official end of the war.

Yet, when we consider the entirety of U.S. involvement in Vietnam, it was not until May of 1975 that U.S. military presence completely ended. Likewise, although the war is generally considered to have “begun” with the deployment of full combat units in 1965, U.S. troops were in country, in harm’s way, as early as 1955.

The U.S. Department of Defense, in its official observance of the 50th anniversary of the war, has declared the Vietnam War Commemoration will recognize the period from Nov. 1, 1955, through May 15, 1975.

And for those that have never given my war much thought…….as per usual I offer a historical perspective…..

Although the Vietnamese had been rebelling against the French since their arrival in S.E. Asia, World War I was the initial catalyst for Vietnam’s independence. Vietnamese and other Indochinese troops, notably Cambodians, in the French colonial forces went to Europe and the Middle East in World War I to serve in both combat and support roles.

Source: The Unwinnable Vietnam War – Consortiumnews

To all Vietnam Veterans…..Thank you for your service and your sacrifice……all gave some and some gave all….you will always be in my memory…..Peace!

A Well Deserved Homecoming

With little fanfare a US soldier has come home…..

The Korean War has been over for 60+ years and yet not everyone has come home….one more causality of that war has made a much deserved homecoming……

The remains of an Army medic from Massachusetts who was reported missing in action during the Korean War in 1950 are returning home for burial, military officials said Tuesday.

Cpl. Jules Hauterman Jr. is scheduled to be buried in Holyoke on March 31 with full military honors, according to the Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Hauterman, of Hampden, will be buried in the family plot with his parents and sister, said David Stuntz, whose 94-year-old mother is Hauterman’s cousin.

Hauterman was 19 years old when he was reported missing in action during the fighting withdrawal of the 31st Regimental Combat Team from the Chosin Reservoir in December 1950, military officials said.

More than 1,300 Americans, pursued by the Chinese army, were captured or killed.

Neither the Chinese nor the North Korean armies listed Hauterman as a prisoner, and no returning American POWs reported any information about him, so he was declared dead.

Remains recovered from the reservoir area in 1954 were declared unidentifiable and buried the next year in Hawaii.

Those remains were disinterred last June and were sent to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s lab for analysis.

Dental and anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence matched Hauterman’s records.

The Accounting Agency said 7,757 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

(yahoo news)

Welcome home soldier….may you Rest in Peace…..