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    Military Funeral Honors with Funeral Escort Were Conducted for U.S. Army. Pfc. Raymong Middlekauff in Section 57 [Image 6 of 23]

    Military Funeral Honors with Funeral Escort Were Conducted for U.S. Army. Pfc. Raymong Middlekauff in Section 57

    ARLINGTON, VA, UNITED STATES

    02.05.2020

    Photo by Elizabeth Fraser  

    Arlington National Cemetery

    Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, and the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon conduct military funeral honors with funeral escort for U.S. Army Pfc. Raymond Middlekauff in Section 57 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Feb. 5, 2020.

    From the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA):

    In late 1944, Middlekauff was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, which was engaged in battle against German forces near the town of Grosshau, in the Hürtgen Forest in Germany. He was reported missing in action as of Dec. 4, 1944, when his company reorganized after a severe counterattack and he could not be accounted for.

    Following the close of hostilities in Europe in 1945, Middlekauff was among the hundreds of soldiers still missing from combat in the Hürtgen Forest. On Dec. 5, 1945, after no information on his whereabouts, the War Department declared him deceased and non-recoverable.

    Between 1947 and 1950, American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) investigative teams traveled to Grosshau to search for Middlekauff’s remains. Various graves registration units recovered dozens of unidentified remains from the Hürtgen Forest. Those that could not be identified were designated as Unknowns and buried in American cemeteries in Europe.

    Following thorough analysis of military records and AGRC documentation by DPAA historians and scientists, one set of remains, Unknown X-2773 Neuville, which was buried at present day Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium, was determined to have a likely association with Middlekauff. Unknown X-2773 Neuville was disinterred in April 2018 and sent to DPAA for analysis.

    To identify Middlekauff’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome STR DNA (Y-STR) analysis. He was officially identified on April 8, 2019.

    Middlekauff’s nephew, Christopher Middlekauff, received the flag from his uncle’s casket.

    (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)

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    Date Taken: 02.05.2020
    Date Posted: 02.05.2020 15:13
    Photo ID: 6075081
    VIRIN: 200205-A-IW468-130
    Resolution: 5568x3712
    Size: 10.64 MB
    Location: ARLINGTON, VA, US 

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