KEITH JACKSON | Source: WMTV, Madison, Wisconsin
WASHINGTON DC - In 1942, John E Bainbridge from Sheboygan, Wisconsin in the United States was just 23 when he was killed in a World War II battle in Papua New Guinea.
According to the US government, efforts to find Bainbridge’s body failed but, in 1943, remains of an unidentified American soldier had been interred at a US Armed Forces Cemetery in PNG, where they were designated ‘Unknown X-135’.
After the war, the remains were moved to the Philippines and re- interred at the American Cemetery there.
In 2017, the remains were disinterred and sent to a laboratory for analysis.
They were eventually positively identified as John E Bainbridge.
To identify the remains, scientists from the US Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used anthropological and other forms of analysis unavailable until recently.
Bainbridge will finally be buried on Thursday 29 September at Monona in Wisconsin.
About 7,000 American soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen were killed in the New Guinea campaign.
They include the 2,100 US Marines killed during the landings at Cape Gloucester on New Britain and the fighting on Bougainville.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. There are still 72,674 unaccounted for.