The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced recently two soldiers who were killed during World War II had been accounted for.
Army Tech. Sgt. Arthur W. Countryman, 37, and Army Sgt. Bernard J. Sweeney, Jr., 22, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country were accounted for on June 14, 2021.
In November 1944, Countryman was assigned to Company F, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Hürtgen, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was reported killed in action on Nov. 20 of that year. His body was not recovered.
In December 1944, Sweeney was assigned to Company I, 330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division. His unit had been engaged in battle with German forces near Strass, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was reported missing in action on Dec. 16 of that year. His body was not recovered.
As of this week, there are still more than 20,925 Americans who remain missing in the European theatre of World War II.