The physique of a World War II soldier was accounted for greater than 77 years after his dying. On Sunday, April 10, he was buried in his residence state of South Carolina.
“This is something for 78 years we had wondered would he ever come home. He’s home, so there is closure for us,” the soldier’s niece Janet Hawkins instructed WHNS.
Army Staff Sgt. Grady H. Canup, 30, from Greenwood, a metropolis about 80 miles west of Columbia, was assigned to the Western Front of the conflict in November 1944 within the Hürtgen Forest, based on a March 11 information launch from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).
Canup was reported killed on Nov. 14 when he was hit by an enemy artillery shell in his foxhole, based on his personnel profile.
“Because of the fighting, his body was unable to be recovered,” the company wrote within the launch.
Despite a number of makes an attempt to seek out his stays from the American Graves Registration Command — liable for recovering lacking American troopers in Europe — Canup was declared non-recoverable in December 1951, officers stated.
That was till 2019, when a historian from the DPAA decided that unidentified stays found in 1947 probably belonged to Canup, based on the discharge.
The stays, named X-5450 Neuville, had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium. In April 2019, the physique was exhumed and despatched to a DPAA laboratory in Nebraska for identification, officers stated.
The identical 12 months, Canup’s identification tag was discovered within the Hürtgen Forest the place the stays had been found.
Using dental and anthropological evaluation, scientists had been in a position to formally determine the stays as Canup’s in January 2022, officers stated.
Canup’s title was added to the Tablets of the Missing on the Netherlands American Cemetery together with different troopers nonetheless lacking, based on the American Battle Monuments Commission. A rosette can be positioned subsequent to his title to notice that he now rests in a identified gravesite, based on the fee.
Canup was buried on April 10 in Anderson, based on the discharge.
“Every veteran ought to be honored and appreciated. Especially World War II veterans because of what they did for their country,” Vietnam Veteran Gary Murphy instructed WHNS.