Missing WWII POW finally comes home

Missing WWII POW finally comes home

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Army Pvt. Emmet W. Schwartz, 24, of New Philadelphia, killed during World War II, was accounted for July 9, 2021.

In December 1944, Schwartz was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division. His unit was part of an effort to capture Obermaubach, Germany, near the town of Hürtgen, when he was reported killed in action by an artillery blast on Dec. 27. His body was unable to be recovered.

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Hürtgen area between 1946 and 1950 but were unable to recover or identify Schwartz’s remains. He was declared nonrecoverable in December 1951.

While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a DPAA historian determined one set of unidentified remains, designated X-7173 St. Avold, originally recovered from a foxhole near Obermaubach by the AGRC in 1946, possibly belonged to Schwartz.

The remains, which had been buried in Rhône American Cemetery in Draguignan, France, were disinterred in June 2019 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for examination and identification.

To identify Schwartz’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA analysis.

Schwartz’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the others still missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Schwartz will be buried Nov. 18, 2021, in New Philadelphia. For family and funeral information, call the Army Casualty Office at 800-892-2490.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving their country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find them on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Schwartz’s personnel profile can be viewed at dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Ll1eEAC.