MIA Update

National VFW - 7/17/2017

-- Army Cpl. John Lane, Jr., 18, of El Monte, Calif., will be buried July 17 in Mountain Home, Tenn. Lane was assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. In late July 1950, Lane’s unit set up in defensive positions in Chinju, South Korea, after Chinese forces attacked the city. After his unit was forced to withdraw east to regroup, Lane could not be accounted for and was reported missing in action as of July 31, 1950. Read about Lane.
-- Air Force Reserve Capt. Joseph S. Smith, 25, of Assumption, Ill., will be buried July 17 in his hometown. Smith was an F-100D pilot. During a combat mission over Cambodia, Smith’s wingman noticed a stream of white vapor coming from the left wing of Smith’s aircraft. Smith crashed a half-mile from the target. An aerial search was conducted the following day, but a recovery operation was ruled out due to intense enemy activity in the area. Smith was listed as missing in action as of April 4, 1971. Read about Smith.  
-- Navy Fire Controlman 3rd Class Robert L. Pribble, 19, of St. Petersburg, Fla., will be buried July 18 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. Pribble was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored off Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when Japanese aircraft attacked his ship on Dec. 7, 1941. Pribble was one of 429 crewmen killed in the attack. Read about Pribble.
-- Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz was a member of the 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group. On Feb. 28, 1945, Horwitz and 10 other airmen departed Grottaglie Army Air Base, Italy, in a B-24J Liberator aircraft for a combat mission targeting Isarc-Albes railroad bridge in northern Italy, which was used by Germans to move personnel and equipment out of Italy. After the bombing run, Horwitz’s aircraft was reported to have damaged at least two engines after skimming the mountain tops near Lake Wiezen, Austria, on the way to the rally point. No parachutes were reported and Horwitz was reported as missing in action. Interment services are pending. Read about Horwitz.
-- Army Sgt. William A. Larkins was a member of Battery A, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division. In late November 1950, his unit fought persistent attacks by Chinese forces in the Ch’ongch’on River region of North Korea. On Dec. 1, 1950, the unit came under continuous enemy mortar, small arms, and machine gun fire while moving down the main supply route toward the town of Sunchon. Larkins could not be accounted for afterwards. Interment services are pending. Read about Larkins