Beloit soldier, killed in WWII, identified after 77 years

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVO) — Army Sgt. Robert McCarville, of Beloit, Wisconsin, who was killed in World War II, has been accounted for after 77 years.

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), McCarville, who was 24 at the time, was killed on December 5th, 1942, during an assault against enemy positions near Cape Endaiadere in New Guinea.

Due to intense enemy fire, his unit was unable to recover his remains until December 18th, 1942, and he was buried in a small grave near where he was killed.

In January of 1943, a burial detail dug up his unidentified body and moved it to a cemetery on the beach at Cape Endaiadere, before being moved to a US Armed Forces cemetery in 1945.

In 1947, the American Graves Registration service exhumed 11,000 remains, including McCarville’s, who was eventually sent to Fort McKinley for identification.

In 2016, his remains were sent to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

McCarville will be transported back to Beloit on November 10, 2019 for burial in his hometown.

Over 16 million Americans served in World War II; more than 400,000 died. There are currently 72,650 service members still unaccounted for.


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