|Journalist and filmaker|
Jed Henry of Middleton,
Wisconsin, worked for
two years to force the
military to accept its errors.
|Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, KIA 8/13/44|
|Pfc. Gordon's charred wallet|
was returned to his family,
but the military said
it didn't know where
his remains were buried.
From the Wisconsin State Journal:
A Middleton man has finally outflanked the U.S. military in his determined two-year campaign to bring home the remains of a World War II veteran who had served with his grandfather.
Along the way, Jed Henry enlisted the help of the Madison Police Department, UW-Madison’s DNA Sequencing Facility, members of the state’s congressional delegation and two Madison-based forensic scientists.
“The people of Wisconsin really got this done for the Gordon family,” said Henry, a freelance journalist and filmmaker.
Henry was researching his grandfather’s Army reconnaissance company for a documentary when he stumbled across the strange case of Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon — the only member of the unit who was killed in action but never got a proper burial.
After butting heads with the Department of Defense Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command and the Defense POW-MIA Office since 2012, Henry said, he wasn’t surprised by the announcement in March that the agencies would be reorganized because of complaints about their performance in the recovery and identification of war dead.
|Temporary cemetery near Gorron, France, where|
Pfc. Gordon's remains were buried first, on Aug. 15, 1944,
as an unknown American soldier, then months later
reburied as an unknown German soldier.
|Cemetery for German soldiers where Pfc. Gordon's|
remains were buried in 1961.
In March, after Henry arranged for further testing at UW-Madison and
|Pfc. Gordon's nephew in the funeral vault in France where his|
uncles remains were exhumed on Sept. 13, 2013.
Last week, hundreds of veterans mounted motorcycles and headed for Washington, D.C., dedicating their 26th annual Run for the Wall rally to Gordon.
Henry and members of Gordon’s family plan to travel to France next month to take custody of the remains. They refused the military’s offer of military transport to the usual reception point for war dead, Dover Air Base in Delaware.
Read the full story here.