In November 1944, Reab was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action as of Nov. 9, after his unit engaged German forces at Vossenack, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest. His body was not recovered.
While studying unresolved American losses in the Vossenack area, a DPAA historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-7388 Neuville, recovered from a foxhole on the southeastern end of town in March 1948 possibly belonged to Reab. The remains, which had been buried as an unknown soldier in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1949, were disinterred in June 2018 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification.
To identify Reab's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.
Reab's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the others still missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
Reab will be buried June 8, 2021, in Aurora, Nebraska.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that U.S. Army Private Lyle W. Reab, 22, of Phillips, Nebraska, killed during World War II, was accounted for Feb. 24, 2021.∼Mr. and Mrs. Harry Reab of Giltner received word from the War Department Tuesday evening, June 5, that their son, Pvt. Lyle Reab, reported missing since November, was killed in action on Nov. 9 in Germany.
Pvt 112 Inf 28 Inf Div
World War II
Entered the service from Nebraska.
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