When going thru an Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) of a missing soldier of the 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, we find in related IDPF’s of other missing soldiers the name of Vernard R. Murray with ASN 34887983 and decide to issue a request for his IDPF in the U.S.

By checking, it’s verified that PVT Murray is missing because his name and ASN are also mentioned in the Defense Prisoner of War / Missing Personnel Office (DPMO). By double-checking this database with the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) database, it seems that Vernard R. Murray was recovered in the fifties, positively identified and transferred and buried in Tennessee. The following details can be found in the ABMC database;

Name: Vernard R. Murray 
Rank: Private (PVT)  
Service number:   34.887.983
Unit: 115th Infantry Regiment
29th Infantry Division  
Died: October 4, 1944
Commemorated: Tablets of the Missing
Netherlands Margraten
U.S. Cemetery and Memorial
Buried: Tennessee

 

By again checking with the received IDPF we find that Vernard R. Murray was indeed recovered, identified and transferred to Tennessee. We sent and email with our findings to the ABMC and DPMO and hope that the name of PVT Murray will be removed from the DPMO WWII Service Personnel Not Recovered database.

After a while Stichting Missing In Action (MIA) is informed that the name of PVT Murray has been removed from the DPMO WWII Service Personnel Not Recovered database. The WWII Service Personnel Not Recovered database counts one less. On Fields of Honor Database there is more info to be found on PVT Vernard R. Murray.

 

Killed (KIA) PVT Vernard R. Murray - 34887983.

 

Killed (KIA) PVT Vernard R. Murray. Tablets of the Missing at Margraten, Netherlands.

 

Headstone Vernard R. Murray Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee, USA.