WWII Soldier is Identified
Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced
that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War
II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial
with full military honors.
He is Pvt. James W. Turner, U.S. Army, of Altus, Okla. He will be buried on
Sept. 11 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.
Representatives from the Army met with Turner’s next-of-kin to explain
the recovery and identification process and to coordinate interment with military
honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.
In November 1944, the 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division was
attacking east through the Hürtgen Forest in an attempt to capture the
German towns of Vossenack and Schmidt. On Nov. 4, the Germans counterattacked
in what would
become one of the longest running battles in U.S. history. Turner, a member
of G Company, 112th Infantry Regiment, was reported missing in action near
Vossenack on Nov. 9.
In 2005, a German citizen who was searching for wartime relics in the Hürtgen
Forest, near Vossenack, found human remains and other items, including Turner’s
military identification tag. The remains and items were turned over to the
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) for further analysis.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists
from JPAC also used dental comparisons in the identification of Turner’s
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account
for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call