Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For In Papua New Guinea

By Newsroom America Staff at 13 Sep 2013

(Newsroom America) -- The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office has announced that two U.S. servicemen who were missing in action from World War II in Papua New Guinea have been identified.

They are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Valorie L. Pollard of Monterey, Calif. and Sgt. Dominick J. Licari of Frankfort, N.Y. will be buried as a group in a single casket, on Sept. 19 at Arlington National Cemetery.

The individually-identified remains of Licari were buried on Aug. 6 in Frankfort, N.Y.

On March 13, 1944, Pollard and Licari were crew members of an A-20G Havoc bomber that failed to return to base in a country now known as Papua New Guinea.

The aircraft crashed after attacking enemy targets on the island. In 2012, the A-20G crash site in the mountains of Papua New Guinea was excavated and the remains of Licari and Pollard were recovered.

More than 400,000 American service members were killed during WWII, and the remains of more than 73,000 were never recovered or identified.


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