Wed, Aug 13, 2008
To Be Buried At Arlington Next Month
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO)
announced Tuesday the remains of a US serviceman, missing from
World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his
family for burial with full military honors.
He is 2nd Lt. Howard C. Enoch Jr., US. Army Air Forces, of
Marion, KY. He will be buried September 22 in Arlington National
Cemetery near Washington, DC.
Representatives from the Army met with Enoch's next-of-kin to
explain the recovery and identification process and to coordinate
interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the
On March 19, 1945, Enoch was the pilot of a P-51D Mustang that
crashed while engaging enemy aircraft about 20 miles east of
Leipzig, near the village of Doberschütz, Germany. His remains
were not recovered at the time, and Soviet occupation of eastern
Germany precluded his recovery immediately after the war.
In 2004, a team from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
surveyed a possible P-51 crash site near Doberschütz. The team
found aircraft wreckage. In 2006, another JPAC team excavated the
site and recovered human remains and aircraft wreckage.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial
evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA
Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA in the
identification of Enoch's remains.
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