The Department of Defense
POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that
the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action
from World War I, have been identified and returned
to his family for burial with full military honors.
Army Private Henry A. Weikel, 28,
of Mt. Carmel, Pa., will be buried on Dec. 9 in
Annville, Pa. On Sept. 16, 1918, as part of the 60th
Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 5th
Infantry Division, his unit encountered heavy enemy
artillery barrage and machine gun fire near Jaulny,
France, in a wooded area known as Bois de Bonvaux.
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
In September 2006, French
nationals hunting for metal in the area found human
remains and World War I artifacts. A Joint POW/MIA
Accounting Command 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.
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