WASHINGTON, June 22, 2018 —Army Sgt. James K. Park, killed during World War II, was accounted for on June 20, 2018.
In November 1944, Park was a member of Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, engaged in fierce fighting within the Hürtgen Forest in Germany. Park was reported missing in action on Nov. 23, 1944, when he was believed to have been wounded by shrapnel from a shell that struck a tree above him. Due to continuous enemy fire, Soldiers from Park’s company were prevented from searching for him. Additionally, no graves registration teams reported finding his remains. Due to no information regarding his whereabouts, his status was amended to deceased as of Nov. 24, 1945.
DPAA is grateful to American Battle Monuments Commission for their partnership with this disinterment.
Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.
Park’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission in Margraten, along with the others missing from WWII. Although interred as an Unknown, Park’s grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the ABMC.