Remains found in Germany in 2007 identified as Ohio soldier missing in World War IIBy AP
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Remains IDed as missing WWII soldier from Ohio
CLEVELAND — The U.S. Department of Defense says remains found in Germany in 2007 are those of an Ohio soldier who went missing in action during World War II.
The department’s POW/Missing Personnel Office said Wednesday that Pfc. James Konyud of Cleveland will be buried in his hometown Saturday with full military honors. He was identified in part through DNA matches with his brother and niece.
Konyud was reported missing on Jan. 1, 1945, as U.S. and German troops fought in the Hurtgen Forest along the Germany-Belgium border.
An explosives disposal team in Germany found remains and Konyud’s military identification tag near the site in 2007. U.S. military excavators later found a second Konyud ID tag.
Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office: www.dtic.mil/dpmo/
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command: www.jpac.pacom.mil/