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PFC David A Read

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PFC David A Read

  • Birth 8 Feb 1925 Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA
  • Death 15 Dec 1944 Belgium
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot section 66 site 6996
  • Memorial ID 33052478

David was the 4th of 6 children born to Verne and Ethel Read. He was born in Texas on his grandparents property while his family was there on vacation. He grew up in Hudson, Ohio and went to Western Reserve Academy. In school he played varsity football and tennis. He also participated in swimming and spring board diving. He loved Big Band music. He had a scholarship to Amherst College in MA when he was drafted.

He was part of the 395th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division and was killed in action on hill 627 in Germany a few hundred yards from the Belgium border during the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war his remains were deemed unrecoverable by the Army. On Tuesday, 17 April 2001, his remains were found by 2 Belgiums who were part of the MIA Project.

He is listed on the wall of the missing at Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium. However, now there is a bronze rosette next to his name signafying he is no longer missing. He was burried at Arlington National Cemetery on 18 July 2002.

His brother Verne received the flag that drapped his casket. When presenting it the chaplin said these words...

"Sir, I present this flag to you and your family on behalf of a greatful nation as an expression of our appreciation for the service and sacrifice that David gave to our country. I hope the flag will serve as a reminder to all that freedom is not free. It often costs us the lives of young soldiers like David".

Gravesite Details To learn more about PFC Read and the MIA Project you can read The Dead of Winter by Bill Warnock.

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  • Created by: Concetta
  • Added: 19 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33052478
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC David A Read (8 Feb 1925–15 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33052478, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Concetta (contributor 46909449) .