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    MIA US Marine identified from WWI

    Defense.gov News Release: Marine Missing in Action From World War I Identified

    Marine Missing in Action From World War I Identified

    The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War I, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

    U.S. Marine First Sergeant George H. Humphrey of Utica, N.Y., will be buried on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery. On Sept. 15, 1918, Humphrey participated in the first U.S.-led offensive of the war under the command of Gen. John J. Pershing. The battle with the Germans became known as the St. Mihiel Offensive. There were 7,000 Allied losses during this offensive and it was the first use of the American use of the term “D-Day” and the first use of tanks by American units.

    Humphrey, a member of the U.S. 6th Marine Regiment, attached to the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division, was killed in action during the battle and his remains were buried by fellow Marines the next day. In October 1919, a Marine who witnessed the death wrote a letter to Humphrey’s brother recounting the attack near the village of Rembercourt. He included a map of his recollection of the burial site.

    Attempts to locate Humphrey’s remains by U.S. Army Graves Registration personnel following the war were unsuccessful. In September 2009, French nationals hunting for war relics found artifacts near Rembercourt-sur-Mad they believed to be those of a World War I American soldier. A month later, a team from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command excavated the area, recovering human remains and military-related items including a marksman’s badge with Humphrey’s name engraved on the back.

    Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC laboratory also used dental comparisons in the identification of the remains.

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    Great for the family...

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    Excellent. I've known folks that work for the POW/MIA identification/recovery units, and they are truly tireless in their efforts to bring everyone back. Welcome home, First Sergeant.
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    How did they ID a body that old? Thats crazy! I'm sure the family has figured by now he wasn't coming back home. Sad. R.I.P. and welcome back, First Sergeant


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    Welcome home sir! And thank you for the fact that I'm typing this in English.
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    God Bless him and all who served and died with him! Welcome home First Sgt.!
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    Welcome home First Sergeant....R.I.P.
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    Thanks for his service and sacrifice. I'm glad the family have whatever remains they could find and can now put him to rest in a place that they know... honors him.

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    This sort of thing really does matter. It gives a peace of mind to Marines (and those in other branches I'm sure), that they know someone will always come back for them, and at the very least their family will get them back, even if it takes a little while. But Marines don't quit until everything is done right, and here is a true showing of "Semper Fidelis"
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    Welcome home, U.S. Marine First Sergeant George H. Humphrey.
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    Men in combat will do many brave things for their country and buddies,all they hope for is to be returned to the US for burial if they make the ultimate sacrifice.May he rest in peace
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    Good for the family, welcome home.

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