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Scientists identify remains of World War I Army private

By Star-Advertiser Staff


Scientists with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii have identified the remains of a soldier who died in World War I in France, the Pentagon said.

Army Private Henry A. Weikel, 28, of Mt. Carmel, Pa., will be buried tomorrow in Annville, Pa.

Weikel was part of the 60th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division. On Sept. 16, 1918, his unit encountered heavy enemy artillery barrage and machine gun fire near Jaulny, France, in a wooded area known as Bois de Bonvaux, officials said.

 Weikel was killed during the battle and his remains were buried with two other soldiers in a wooded area between Bois de Bonvaux and Bois de Grand Fontaine. Attempts to locate his remains by U.S. Army Graves Registration personnel following the war were unsuccessful, the Pentagon said. 

 In September of 2006, French nationals hunting for metal in the area found human remains and World War I artifacts. A JPAC team, operating near the location, was notified of the discovery and recovered human remains upon excavating the site. 

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the JPAC laboratory also used dental comparisons in the identification of the remains.

JPAC investigates, recovers and identifies missing American war dead and is headquartered at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. 

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