Funerals for 2nd Lt. John F. McTigue, Pvt Edwin F. Benson, Pvt Channing Whitaker, and TSgt. Max W. Lower (World War II); and SGT William C. Holmes and Pfc Ray P. Fairchild (Korea) – UPDATED

| November 14, 2019

Funerals will be held next week for the following previously missing individuals recently accounted for by DPAA.

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This September, DPAA announced that it had accounted for 2nd Lt. John F. McTigue, US Army. 2nd Lt. McTigue was lost in Germany on 24 August 1944.

2nd Lt. McTigue will be buried next week – on Monday, 18 November – in Woodside, New York. Regrettably, DPAA does not seem to have posted the specific location and time for his funeral services or interment.

If any TAH readers have the precise location and time for 2nd Lt. McTigue’s funeral services or interment, please post it in comments below. And if any readers are in the area and have the time, here’s an opportunity to give someone lost during World War II a proper final send-off.

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This August, DPAA announced that it had accounted for Pfc Edwin F. Benson, USMC. Pfc Benson was lost on Tarawa on 20 November 1943.

Pfc Benson will be buried next week – on Tuesday, 19 November – in Arlington National Cemetery. Regrettably, DPAA does not seem to have posted the specific location and time for his funeral services or the time for his interment.

If any TAH readers have the precise location and time for Pfc Benson’s funeral services or the time for his interment, please post it in comments below. And if any readers are in the NCR and have the time, here’s an opportunity to give someone lost during World War II a proper final send-off.

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This October, DPAA announced that it had accounted for Pfc Channing Whitaker, USMC Reserve. Pfc Whitaker was lost on Tarawa on 22 November 1943.

Pfc Whitaker will be buried next week – on Tuesday, 19 November – in Des Moines, Iowa. Regrettably, DPAA does not seem to have posted the specific location and time for his funeral services or interment.

If any TAH readers have the precise location and time for Pfc Whitaker’s funeral services or interment, please post it in comments below. And if any readers are in the area and have the time, here’s an opportunity to give someone lost during World War II a proper final send-off.

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This October, DPAA announced that it had accounted for SGT William C. Holmes, US Army. SGT Holmes was lost in North Korea on 21 September 1951.

SGT Holmes will be buried next week – on Saturday, 23 November – in Middleway, West Virginia. Regrettably, DPAA does not seem to have posted the specific location and time for his funeral services or interment.

If any TAH readers have the precise location and time for SGT Holmes’ funeral services or interment, please post it in comments below. And if any readers are in the area and have the time, here’s an opportunity to give someone lost during World War II a proper final send-off.

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This October, DPAA announced that it had accounted for Pfc Ray P. Fairchild, USMC. Pfc Fairchild was lost in North Korea on 27 November 1950.

Pfc Fairchild will be buried next week – on Saturday, 23 November – in Salyersville, Kentucky. Regrettably, DPAA does not seem to have posted the specific location and time for his funeral services or interment.

If any TAH readers have the precise location and time for Pfc Fairchild’s funeral services or interment, please post it in comments below. And if any readers are in the area and have the time, here’s an opportunity to give someone lost during World War II a proper final send-off.

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UPDATE

Today, DPAA announced that it had accounted for TSgt. Max. W. Lower, US Army Air Forces. TSgt. Lower was lost in Romania on 1 August 1943.

TSgt. Lower will be buried next week – on Saturday, 23 November – in Lewiston, Utah. Regrettably, DPAA does not seem to have posted the specific location and time for his funeral services or interment.

If any TAH readers have the precise location and time for TSgt. Lower’s funeral services or interment, please post it in comments below. And if any readers are in the area and have the time, here’s an opportunity to give someone lost during World War II a proper final send-off.

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    We will raise a glass in Salute and to pay Honors to these returned Warriors. Rest Easy at Home.

  2. AW1Ed says:

    Service information for 2nd Lieutenant John F. McTigue-
    https://osheafuneral.com/tribute/details/4478/2nd-Lieutenant-John-McTigue/service-information.html

    Pfc Edwin F. Benson-
    Reinterment November 19, 2019 at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA 22211, USA

    Military Rites and Services honoring Private First Class Ray Palmer Fairchild will be held at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, November 23, 2019 from the Magoffin County Funeral Home Chapel with Brett Unger officiating. Burial will follow in the Fairchild Family Cemetery at Mash Fork in Magoffin County, Kentucky.

    Anyone wishing to honor the memory of PFC Ray Palmer Fairchild may do so by visiting the Magoffin County Funeral Home after 10:00 A.M. Saturday, November 23, 2019 until time of services at 1:00 P.M.

    Arrangements are under the direction of the Magoffin County Funeral Home.

  3. Combat Historian says:

    “…DPAA announced that it had accounted for TSgt. Max. W. Lower, US Army Air Forces. TSgt. Lower was lost in Romania on 1 August 1943….”

    A participant of Operation TIDAL WAVE, the B-24 raid on Ploesti Oil Refinery on 01 Aug 43. 177 B-24s flown on mission, with 53 lost and 55 damaged; one of the costliest bombing missions in USAAF history.

    RIP…

    • Herbert J Messkit says:

      Added note. This was the LOW LEVEL raid on Ploesti. I believe every airman received at least a Distinguished Fling Cross

  4. Sparks says:

    God rest them well.

  5. History says:

    Pvt Channing Whitaker is Nov 22 in Des Moines Iowa
    Caldwell Parrish Funeral Home

  6. Cheryl says:

    Sgt. William C. Holmes [Nov. 1, 1929 – Sept. 21, 1951]

    From THE JOURNAL [Martinsburg WV] Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, p. B3:

    A visitation will be held for family, friends, and anyone wishing to honor Sgt. Holmes on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 at Rosedale Funeral Home, [Martinsburg WV]. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at the funeral home and interment will follow in Middleway Masonic Cemetery, [Middleway WV].

    Condolences can be sent to Rosedalefuneral.com