Mississippi soldier, operating in 1942, finally ID

Gulfport, Mississippi (AP) — A family in southern Mississippi has finally found the answer to an 80-year mystery.

The fate of Private Andrew Radnor, a soldier in Harrison County, has been unknown since his disappearance at the Battle of Bunagona during World War II.

This month, the US government announced that Radnor’s body had been identified. The notice came from the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Office. Saint Herald report.

In November 1942, Ladner was stationed in the mountain jungle of the southeastern part of Australian New Guinea at the time and fought with Japanese troops to control the port of Beech, San Herald reported. The mission of his troops was to cut off Japanese supply and communications from the nearby village of Sanananda.

Raddonner was killed in action.

According to a newspaper article at the time, Radnor from Lizana, Mississippi was 30 years old at the time of his death. He is currently a graduate of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Kinston Junior College.

The American Tomb Registration Authority spent years combing the battlefield in search of the bodies of American soldiers, but in 1950 declared Radnor unrecoverable. However, Radnor’s body was actually discovered in April 1943 and was buried in a temporary US cemetery. In the nearby village of Sopta. The unidentified body was later moved to the Philippines and buried in another cemetery in 1949.

About 45 years later, in 1995, an organization dedicated to finding prisoners of war / MIA soldiers in World War II launched a new effort to identify men from the battle in which Radnor went missing. A review of unknown casualty records prompted the excavation of Radnor’s body (listed only at number X-1545) in November 2016.

Later, new technologies, including DNA analysis, allowed researchers at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to identify their bodies.

According to San Herald, the funeral will take place in Gulfport on an undecided day.