Neuville X-4734 identified 73 years later, almost date to date!
Pvt Shirley E. Bailey was reported missing in action on November 29, 1944, in the Hürtgen Forest. The 19 year old West Virginian was a member of Co G, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. His remains were recovered after the war but were not positively identified, he was buried as unknown in Neuville-en-Condroz military cemetery, Belgium.
Recent investigations conducted by DPAA lead to matching associations between X-4734 and Pvt Bailey. On June 26, 2017, X-4734 was disinterred and sent to
the DPAA laboratory in Nebraska. Bailey was positively identified On September 20, 2017.
Funeral will take place on December 1, 2017 in Dunbar, WV. #mia #purpleheart #kia #ww2 #wwii #war