Soldier killed in World War II to be buried in home state of WVa

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia soldier killed in World War II has been held accountable, the military has said.

Army Cpl. Joseph H. Gunnoe, 21, of Charleston, was reported missing in Germany in November 1944. He was declared killed in action after the war, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said on Tuesday.

Gunnoe was assigned to Company G, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. His unit captured the town of Vossenack, Germany in the Hürtgen Forest on 2 November, but was forced to withdraw four days later.

Gunnoe’s remains were not identified after the war, but a DPAA historian determined that a set of unidentified remains may have belonged to the soldier. They were exhumed last year and sent for identification.

Scientists used DNA, anthropological evidence and circumstantial evidence to identify the remains, the DPAA said.

Gunnoe will be buried in Charleston on December 14.

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