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Missing WWII Soldier is Identified

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In 2007, a German Explosive Ordnance Disposal team working in an agricultural field between Vossenack and Huertgen, found human remains and military-related equipment, including Konyud's military identification tag. The remains and items were turned over to U.S. Army Memorial Affairs Activity-Europe officials for further analysis. 

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command teams traveled to excavate the crash site twice in 2007 and once in 2008, recovering additional remains and crew-related equipment?including a second identification tag for Konyud. 

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA ? which matched that of Konyud's brother and niece -- in the identification of his remains.  

More than 400,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II died. At the end of the war, the U.S. government was unable to recover, identify and bury approximately 79,000 as known persons. Today, more than 72,000 Americans remain unaccounted-for from the conflict. 

Missing WWII Soldier is Identified [ http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=13912 ]