Panel at the American Military Cemetery in Hamm depicts the names of soldiers and airmen missing in action. Photo: Flickr/LenDog64
An unknown soldier at the American Military Cemetery in Hamm, known only as X-70 Hamm has been identified and reburied in the US 75 years later.
According to The News Tribune, recent technological advances enabled the positive identification of Private Donald E. Mangan, who was killed when his infantry platoon was ambushed near Wettlingen, Germany on 17 September 1944. He was 26 years old.
The identification was carried out by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Accounting Agency and confirmed on 30 July 2019. It had disinterred the remains and studied them at a laboratory, using dental, anthropological analysis and chest radiographs.
Mangan, who was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment of the 28th Infantry division, was finally laid to rest on 22 October at Gig Harbor, Washington. He was buried next to his sailor brother, James E. Mangan.
According to the DPAA, some 16 million Americans served in WWII, of which 400,000 died and 72,000 were unaccounted for at the end. According to the military cemetery in Hamm, three unknown soldiers buried there have been identified in recent years. There are 98 whose identities are still unknown.