PVT John Henry “Buddy” Klopp

PVT John Henry “Buddy” Klopp

New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 5 Dec 1942 (aged 25)
Popondetta, Northern (Oro), Papua New Guinea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 60, Grave 11198
Memorial ID 56761454 · View Source
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Article from the Times-Picayune, Tuesday, January 26, 1943.

Mrs. Eula Klopp received a telegram informing her that her 25 year old husband, who had been in the Far Pacific since last April, was killed in action on December 5, 1942.

Private Klopp, a graduate of Lakeview, had been employed with a freight line company before entering the Army, September 10, 1941. He received his training at Camp Shelby, Miss., Camp Walters, Tex, and Fort Devons, Mass.
He was enducted at Camp Livingston, La.

He is survived by his widow, his mother, Mrs. Christina Lagman; a sister Miss Evelyn Klopp; four half brothers, Private Edgar Lagman, United States Army Corp., Gulfport, Miss.; Seaman Second Class, Alfred William Lagman, Treasure Island, Calif.; Louis and Charles Lagman; Three half sisters, Mrs. Andrew Bohach and Lorina and Calliemae Lagman; and stepfather, Edgar Lagman.
Killed and missing in action in the second phase of the battle of Buna Village, New Guinea, Northern Papua New Guinea. 126th infatry 32 Division. Awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

Name is listed on the tablets of the missing at Fort William McKinley, Manila, Philippines.
Private Klopp's remains were found in 2010 by a member of Tumbuna Bilas tribe by Huggins Road Block an area near the village of Sanananda, Papua, New Guinea. His remains, along with his watch, helmet, boots and dog tags were recovered in 2012 by JPAC and taken to Hawaii for DNA testing. A family member submitted DNA in 2014 for positive identification.

On 10-2-2015, this family member and contributor was notified of a positive DNA ID of John Klopp.

He will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in the Spring of 2016.

DPAA's Announcement March 16, 2016

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, unaccounted for since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

Army Pvt. John H. Klopp, 25, of New Orleans, will be buried March 23 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Additionally, group remains representing Klopp and Army Pvt. Earl J. Keating, 28, also of New Orleans, will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery that same day. Keating will be buried May 28 in his hometown.

In December 1942, Klopp and Keating were assigned to the Anti-Tank Company, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division, when their unit was involved in an intense engagement with enemy forces along the Soputa-Sanananda Track, which is present-day Papua New Guinea. On Dec. 5, 1942, American forces manned a roadblock position and repulsed a heavy Japanese attack, but sustained heavy casualties. Klopp and Keating died during the fighting and were buried by their fellow soldiers within the American perimeter. The American Graves Registration Service team was unable to locate Klopp’s and Keating’s remains after the war.

In October 2011, an Australian citizen in Papua New Guinea contacted DPAA regarding personal effects that possibly belonged to Klopp and Keating. The Department of Defense surveyed the site and recovered human remains and material evidence that correlated to Klopp and Keating. Additionally, in September 2012, another local citizen turned over more remains and personal effects to a U.S. recovery team.

To identify Klopp’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence, mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched his maternal niece and maternal half-brother, and dental analysis, which matched his medical records.
Finally home: New Orleans WWII soldiers' remains back from Pacific

Gravesite Details Interred, March 23, 2016 with full military honors by the "The Old Gaurd."
  • Maintained by: Andrea Grega
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PVT John Henry “Buddy” Klopp (2 Oct 1917–5 Dec 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 56761454, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Andrea Grega (contributor 47056707) .