Two More Accounted For

| February 7, 2024 | 15 Comments

Defense MIA/POW Accounting Agency

Soldier Accounted for from WWII

U.S. Army Pfc. Hood E. Cole

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pfc. Hood E. Cole, 26, of Atlanta, Georgia, killed during World War II, was accounted for Feb. 22, 2023.

In January 1945, Cole was assigned to L Company, 3rd Battalion, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division. On Jan. 14, Cole was killed in action when his unit was attacked by German forces near Baerenthal, France. At some point during the fighting, Cole was killed, but historical records do not indicate exactly where. Due to the fighting, his body was unable to be immediately recovered.

Beginning in 1947, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel in the European Theater, searched the area around Baerenthal. None of the investigations uncovered any leads regarding the disposition of Cole’s remains. He was declared non-recoverable on May 11, 1951.

DPAA historians have been conducting on-going research into Soldiers missing from combat around Baerenthal and found that X-9441 and X-9442 Frankfurt Mausoleum, buried in Ardennes American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in in Neupré, Belgium, could be associated with Cole. X-9441 and X-9442 were disinterred in April 2018 and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for analysis.

To identify Cole’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological and dental analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Cole’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Epinal American Cemetery in Dinozé, France, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Cole was buried on January 15, 2024, in Canton, Georgia.

 

Soldier Accounted for from WWII

U.S. Army Pvt. Homer J. Mitchell

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pvt. Homer J. Mitchell, 20, of Portales, New Mexico, killed during World War II, was accounted for July 24, 2023.

In November 1944, Mitchell was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division. His battalion had been tasked with holding defensive positions in the Pachten Forest near Dillingen, Germany, when he was reported killed in action on Dec. 10 by enemy artillery fire. His body could not be evacuated due to intense fighting against heavily reinforced German forces. American commanders eventually ordered the regiment to withdraw, but many casualties were nonrecoverable due to the intensity of the mortar and artillery strikes.

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Pachten Forest area between 1946 and 1950 but were unable to recover or identify Mitchell’s remains. He was officially declared Killed in Action in November 1951.

While studying unresolved American losses in the Pachten Forest area in 2018, a DPAA historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-3212, recovered in Feb. 1946, possibly belonged to Mitchell. The remains, which had been interred in the United States Military Cemetery (now Brittany American Cemetery), an American Battle Monuments Commission site in St. James, France, in 1950, were disinterred in August 2021 and sent to the DPAA laboratory for identification.

To identify Mitchell’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, as well as dental and circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Mitchell’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Lorraine American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in St. Avold, France, along with the others still missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Mitchell will be buried in Portales, New Mexico, on April 26, 2024.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission. DPAA would also like to thank Mr. Chris Seiwert and Mr. Hans-Peter Jung for their assistance with historical and battlefield information vital to DPAA’s research of the fighting at the Pachten Forest and for Mitchell’s case.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

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ninja

PFC Hood Earnest Cole Jr.

He was only a Teenager (19) when he gave his life for our Country.

https://www.georgiafuneralcare.com/hood-e-cole

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/21183830/hood-earnest-cole

“Hood E. Cole, known by his family as “Hoodie”, was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 3, 1925. Hood enlisted in the U. S. Army, Ft. McPherson Army Base, Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1944, and was killed on January 14, 1945, in the “Battle of the Bulge” near Baerenthal, France, one day before his one-year anniversary of enlistment.”

“Hood was the son of Hood C. Cole and Vera M. Cole. He was the youngest of four children. He had two older sisters, Grace and Francis Cole and one brother Wyley “Buddy” Cole. When Hood was five years old his mother died in June 1931 and six months later his father died on Christmas day, December 25, 1931. He was raised by his oldest sister, Grace Cole Garman. Times were very hard for this family as they lived during the Great Depression.”

“Hood enlisted – he was not drafted – in the U. S. Army, Ft. McPherson Army Base, Atlanta, Georgia, January 15, 1944; he was 18 years old. Hood was 5’9” tall and weighed 131 pounds with only grammar school listed as education.”

Rest In Peace, Soldier.

Salute.

Never Forget.

Bring Them All Home.

1000006600
ninja

Homer J. Mitchell.

20 years young when he gave his life for our Country.

He will be buried next to his Mama.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/262430345/homer-j-mitchell

Rest In Peace, Soldier.

Salute.

Never Forget.

Bring Them All Home.

Jay

Welcome home, gents. You took the long way around.

Prior Service

Another job well-done, DPAA. Keep it up.

RGR 4-78

Welcome Home.
May you and your families find peace.

Sparks

Welcome home Brothers. Rest in peace now.

Green Thumb

Welcome home, men.

Rest well.

KoB

Welcome Home, Young Sirs. Our apologies that it took so long. A Salute to your Service and Honors Paid for your Sacrifice. Every Fallen Service Member deserves, at the very least, a Marked Resting Place and the Thanks of Patriotic Americans. You have that now. We will say your names…we will be your witnesses.

Thank you, again, Dave, for bringing us these notifications. And some more Thanks to our very own (we have THE best), ninja for bringing us “the rest of the story”.

Roh-Dog

Thank you, again, Dave, for bringing us these notifications.

THIS!

We owe our Brothers and Sisters the respect of account and repatriation.

Until that day and forevermore, say their names!

Anonymous

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Roh-Dog

‘tarded BS.

Maybe he met up with a ‘troon’ who got laughed at and filed an IG complaint.

Anonymous

“He wouldn’t toss my ‘transwoman’ salad– that’s racist!” s/he/it said, all offended.

Hell, that’s probably what happened– LTC Showman only digs real chicks.

A Proud Infidel®™

*Slow Salute*