Descendants of WWII 92nd Infantry Buffalo Troopers Sought to Determine Stays

Troopers of the 92nd Infantry Division enter town of Montignon, Italy after releasing it from German troops on April 8, 1945. Public Area,

Not too long ago, Fold3 published an article in regards to the 92nd Infantry Division generally known as the Buffalo Troopers – a black infantry division that fought in Italy throughout WWII and suffered extreme casualties.

Fifty troopers of the 700 misplaced have by no means been recognized and stay unaccounted for.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is searching for relations of those deceased troopers to submit DNA for comparability. Details are provided, here.

That is NOT Industrial Testing

Observe that testing with any business firm (akin to Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage, and many others.) does nothing to determine these stays. If in case you have already examined there, it doesn’t rely for this goal.

The DNA of the troopers’ stays is processed within the authorities forensic lab and is NOT entered in any public database. Members of the family should contact the Protection POW/MIA Company and submit DNA particularly for identification of stays. DNA submitted for the identification of stays won’t be used for some other goal.

Whereas this particular ask is for the Buffalo Troopers of the 92nd Infantry Division, DNA of relations of all troopers whose stays haven’t been recovered and repatriated needs to be submitted.

Traditionally, mitochondrial DNA is the easiest to recover from degraded stays, however typically they’ll get better sufficient autosomal DNA. In case you’re a member of the family, supply regardless. Wonderful outcomes are being garnered with forensic samples that wasn’t attainable even simply months in the past.

Belief me, I’m inquiring about submitting my DNA within the hope of figuring out my first cousin, Robert Vernon Estes who died as a POW in North Korea.

In case your member of the family’s stays have by no means been recognized, even a distant cousin, please contact the authorities and volunteer to DNA check. Even for those who don’t qualify for no matter motive, it’s possible you’ll know or be capable to find somebody who does.

Servicemen’s Households Sought

The whole checklist of unidentified 92nd Infantry troopers who gave their life for his or her nation will be found in this article.

The boys listed beneath can’t be recognized as a result of there is no such thing as a DNA pattern accessible from a member of the family. When making an attempt to determine the dad and mom and households of those males for this text, I discovered hints about why the households of those males might not have been positioned. It seems that some weren’t dwelling with their beginning households or had no siblings.

This makes it much more necessary for anybody who acknowledges these males or these households to contact the Military Casualty workplace with data. Each soldier deserves to be recognized.

  • Benjamin Davis Jr., 29, Webster, Florida, died February 9, 1945, so born about 1916. Jr. implies that his father’s title was the identical, however I used to be not in a position to find his household by way of census or different available genealogical search strategies.
  • Melton Futch, 20, Perry, Florida, born January 28, 1923. Died Dec. 31, 1944. Mother and father Robert Futch born 1881 in Georgia and Laura Littingham born 1885 in Georgia, married in Taylor Florida on October 15, 1916.
  • James Thomas Mathis, 22, Fayetteville, Georgia, born there August 9, 1922, died December 27, 1945
  • Anderson Slaughter Jr., 23, Fulton, Georgia, born August 14, 1921, in Atlanta, Georgia. Died February 11, 1946. Essie Mae Slaughter is given as subsequent of kin in 1942 draft registration. Her title is given as Elsie Slaughter on 1930 census as his mom, age 36 (born 1894), dwelling along with her mom Victoria Travelis or Travis or Trarelis (SP) age 59, (born about 1871). Eliga Travis died on October 10, 1920, together with his spouse listed as Victoria Travis. Jr. suggests his title is similar as his father.
  • Wesley Melton, 20, Chicago, Illinois, born September 26, 1924. Died February 10, 1945. Edna Melton listed as subsequent of kin on draft registration in 1942. Within the 1940 census, Edna, his mom, is listed as a widow, age 39 within the 1940 census, born about 1901 in Illinois. A girl by that title died July 12, 1972.
  • Workers Sgt. Henry W. Wilson, 24, Independence, Kansas. Draft registration says born December 11, 1919, in Kansas. Subsequent of kin is Carrie Wilson. 1920 census exhibits Altee (spelled Henry in 1930 and 1940) Wilson (35) born in Oklahoma, father in Tennessee and mom in Oklahoma, and spouse Caroline (34) born in Missouri, father in Tennessee and mom in Missouri. 1930 and 1940 census present two different youngsters, a male, Leroy age 17, and a feminine, Louise age 13.
  • James Luther Robust, 34, Covington, Louisiana, born September 23, 1910, in LeCompte, Louisiana, died November 10, 1945. He was married when he enlisted in 1943. He listed his residence as St. Tammany, Louisiana however enlisted in Houston, TX. His draft registration card in 1940 offers his subsequent of kin as Mrs. Kattie Bogany, his aunt. Who lived in Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX.
  • Herbert Taylor, 23, Salisbury, Maryland, died February 12, 1946, so would have been born in 1923. 1930 census exhibits an individual by his title, age 11, so born 1919, with Charles and Hattie Helpful, listed as an adopted son. He was born in Virginia however each dad and mom in Maryland. There’s a draft registration for Herbert Taylor, born Might 8, 1915, in Newport Information, VA who lists Nanie Duncan as his mom. He works for the Seaman Elridge Orchestra in Baltimore. One other registration for Herbert Lee Taylor who lists his spouse as Adeline Taylor. None of those align effectively.
  • James Edward Warren, 19, Pelahatchie, Mississippi, born June 17, 1925, identical location. Lists Lennie Macelroy, his mom, as subsequent of kin who lives in the identical place. Died February 6, 1945.
  • Maceo Aquinolda Walker, 20, New Rochelle, New York, born December 11, 1924, in Baltimore. Subsequent of kin is Louis Walker of New Rochelle, identical handle. Died February 10, 1945. Within the 1940 census he’s listed with dad and mom Louis Walker, 40 (born 1900) in Maryland and Patricia, 38, (born 1902) in Virginia. In 1930, Richard Shelton, brother-in-law resides with the household in NYC, age 22. No different youngsters.
  • Cleo Penny, 23, New York. Died February 11, 1946. The 1930 exhibits a Cleo Penny born in 1924 in NC. If that is the fitting household, there are 3 sisters and a brother.
  • William Thomas McFadden, 24, Olanta, South Carolina/Baltimore, MD. Died February 10, 1945. The 1930 census exhibits an individual by this title in Motts, Florence Co., SC with dad and mom Thomas L. McFadden (3) and spouse Annie (28). If that is the proper individual, there are 2 sisters and a brother. Additionally dwelling within the residence is the sister-in-law, Elizabeth Nelson, age 13. His draft registration card in Baltimore, MD in 1942 exhibits that he was born in Olanta, SC on July 18, 1920, and that Catherine Dickey is his subsequent of kin, with no relationship given.
  • Robert Williams, 26, Richmond, Virginia. Died February 8, 1945, so born about 1919. A number of males by this title within the Richmond space.
  • 1st Lt. John M. Madison, 32, Washington D.C. Died April 5, 1945. The 1940 census exhibits him, age 27, a math trainer. The census says he’s dwelling with some household however his father is clearly not age 30. One thing is amiss with the census. The home quantity suggests he’s dwelling alone.
  • Jose A. Lopez, 29, Washington D.C./Palmira, Cuba. Died February 8, 1945. Born 1915, not a citizen when enlisted in 1942.

For all we all know, the bones of those males have already been examined within the Military forensic lab in Hawaii and are simply ready for a member of the family to match their DNA. In case you are associated to those males, please contact the Military Casualty Workplace at (800) 892-2490 to rearrange to submit a DNA pattern.

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