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Birth: May 22, 1918
New Mexico, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1946, Belgium

NEWS RELEASE from the United States Department of Defense
No. 617-05
Jun 17, 2005
WWII Missing in Action Soldiers Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two Army soldiers missing in action from World War II have been identified and returned to their families for burial.
They are Sgt. John T. Puckett, Wichita, Kan., and Pvt. Earnest E. Brown, Bristol, Va. Puckett will be buried tomorrow at the Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium.  Brown was buried last week near Bristol, Va.
On Jan. 15, 1945, during the Battle of the Bulge, Puckett and Brown were searching for German soldiers in a wooded area near Elsenborn, Belgium.  They were ambushed and came under intense enemy machine gun and mortar fire. Eyewitnesses indicated they were killed, but their bodies could not be recovered due to enemy activity.
Following the war, remains of American soldiers were recovered and identified, but not those of Puckett and Brown.  Then in 1992, two Belgian nationals located and excavated an abandoned fighting position in the forest east of Elsenborn.  They recovered remains and other evidence and turned them over to U.S. authorities in Europe. Scientists of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA as one of the forensic tools to identify the remains as those of Puckett and Brown.
Of the 88,000 Americans missing in action from all conflicts, 78,000 are from World War II.  
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  Lillian M Murphy Dechon (1889 - 1951)
  Arleen Vera DeChon Harris (1915 - 1967)*
  Harold E. Dechon (1918 - 1946)
  Samuel Dechon (1928 - 1986)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Entered the service from California.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60 Site 8362
Created by: Hope
Record added: Jun 11, 2006
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