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Washington.— Villa preparing for big battle against Carranza forces. [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.) , April 27, 1915. Submitted by Kim Torp]

Missing World War II Airmen Identified After 64 Years
Furnished by : Shauna L. Williams

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They apparently were buried during the war, but remained unidentified until recently.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Three U.S. servicemen missing from World War II were recovered and identified in Europe.

The Department of Defense says they will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors. They are 2nd Lt. John F. Lubben, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin; Sgt. Albert A. Forgue, of North Providence, Rhode Island; and Sgt. Charles L. Spiegel, of Chicago, Illinois; all aviators with the U.S. Army Air Forces.

The three will be buried on April 18th in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

Representatives from the Army met with the next-of-kin of these men in their hometowns to explain the recovery and identification process and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

Records indicate that on December 12th 1944, these men crewed an A-20J Havoc aircraft departing from Coullomiers, France, to bomb enemy targets near Wollseifen, Germany.

The aircraft was last seen entering a steep dive near Cologne, Germany. Several searches and investigations of this area and reviews of wartime documents failed to provide information concerning the incident.

The A-20J was a variant of a famous line of light bombers used by the U.S. Army Air Force and several other groups during WWII including the RAF and the Soviet Air Force.

This model of the twin engine light bomber carried an additional bombardier in an extended acrylic glass nose section.

These were intended to lead bombing formations, with the following standard A-20s dropping their bombs when signaled by the leader. A total of 450 of these aircraft were built.

Nobody knew the fate of this crew of U.S. airmen for many decades. In 1975, a German company clearing wartime mines and unexploded ordnance near Simmerath, Germany, reported the discovery of a gravesite northeast of Simmerath where American servicemembers were buried.

U.S. officials evaluated the remains and determined they represented three individuals, but they could not make identifications at that time. The remains were subsequently buried as unknowns in the Ardennes American Military Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium.

In 2003, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) was notified that a group of German citizens had information correlating the three servicemembers who were buried as unknowns with the crew from the 1944 A-20J crash.

Based on that information, JPAC exhumed the three unknown graves from the Ardennes American Military Cemetery in 2005. Among dental records, other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA in the identification of the remains.

(Washington D.C.)
The Revolutionary Veterans
The House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill giving a gratuity of $300 a year to each of the five surviving revolutionary pensioners, in addition to the pension of $100, which they now receive. In January, 1864, there were only twelve remaining, seven of whom have since died. The names of the only survivors are as follows:
Lemuel Cook, enlisted in Hatfield, Mass., 98 years of age, now residing at Clarendon, Orleans county, N. Y.; Samuel Downey, enlisted in Carroll county, N. H., 98 years of age, now living at Edinburg, Saratoga county, N.Y.; William Hutchins, enlisted in, Newcastle, Me., 100 years of age, residing at Penobscot, Me.; Alexander Maroney, enlisted at Lake George, N. Y., as a drummer boy, 94 years of age, residing at Yates, Orleans county, N. Y.; James Beartham, a substitute for a drafted man in Southhampton county, Va. living in Missouri, in his 101st year.
[The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Highland Co., Oh.) March 2, 1865. Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Death Of The Last Revolutionary Pensioner. ---Samuel Downing, the last Revolutionary soldier whose name is inscribed on the pension roll, died at Edinburgh, Saratoga county, New York, recently, aged about 107 years.
[The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Highland Co., Oh.) March 7, 1867. Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Old Pensioners.—The recent law granting pensions develops some new and interesting facts at that office. Applications have been received from one applicant 105 years old, another of 103, and another from an old Washingtonian (Dr. Matchett), now in his 83d year-well remembered in connection with the Washington temperance movement. His pension is granted for service at the battle of Plattsburgh, NY. In another case a paper was returned to the claimant on account of some informality, and the old man had died before it reached him. It was then returned to the widow, when she, too. was found to be dead. [Evening star., (Washington, DC) June 28, 1878 - KT - Sub by FoFG]


By Tom Hoge, Stars and Stripes Unit Correspondence   A. U. S. INFANTRY DIVISION, England, Mar. 8 – every non-com a potential intelligence man – that’s the goal the S-2 of one of the regiments in this outfit has set for himself.                

Realizing that things can become pretty desperate if the intelligence branch of an outfit is wiped out – not an unheard of occurrence – Capt. J. Clarke Geiglein, of Westminster, Md., has initiated a concentrated course of instruction.   Having passed the probationary period with flying colors, it is expected that the school will be established on a more permanent basis.                

 “They don’t give us much time in which to teach a man the fundamentals of intelligence,” Geiglein said, “but you’d be surprised how much stuff you can squeeze in.”                

The men receive a substantial grounding in map reading, compass shooting, aircraft identification and terrain study.  As a climax, they are put through a highly realistic patrol mission, replete with snipers, land mines and booby traps.                

To carry out the mission the men must pass through a ten-acre tract of “enemy infested” territory that includes virtually every type of terrain known to England – dense woodland, barren moors and steep, rocky hills.                

To begin with, they must pass through a small forest reeking with tear gas.  Then, to make sure the men on test avail themselves of natural cover, concealed snipers fan the area with live fire.                

Farther on, they pass through a mined field, each mine containing sufficient TNT to blow an arm off if they don’t handle it properly.  Their orders are to neutralize the mines.                

They are pretty groggy by the time they reach a group of buildings ingenuously rigged with booby traps.  Mantel clocks wired with explosives, false floorboards and all the rest of the hazards one would encounter in a house “abandoned” by the enemy await them here.  As before, their orders are to neutralize as many traps as possible.  The first few usually go off with a nerve-shattering roar, but after a while the men get the hand of it and do a pretty good job cleaning out the buildings.                

Sgt. Lou Neifeld, of Washington, D.C., who has been an infantryman for nearly three years, just completed his hitch in the school.                

“It was pretty rugged,” he said, “but it certainly taught us something.  I think I learned more plugging away here than I did in the previous six months.”                

“It was a hell of a good idea,” agreed S/Sgt. Phil Little of Whiteford, Missouri. 

“I know I feel better about going into combat with some of that training under y belt.” [“The Stars and Stripes” in the European Theater of Operations Thursday, March 9, 1944 Vol 4, No. 109 . Submitted by AFOFG]

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