May 25, 2009
The ashes of a soldier who went missing during World War II are returning to Kansas after his remains were discovered in Germany.
Army Pvt. Henry "Rickey" E. Marquez of Kansas City, Kan., was
killed in November 1944 while fighting with the 112th Infantry of
the 28th Division in the Heurtgen Forest. His body couldn't be
recovered and the military listed him as "missing in action." His
family had held out hope he actually survived.
But a German souvenir hunter found Marquez's dog tags and his
remains in the forest two years ago. More than 170 U.S. servicemen
remain unaccounted for in the forest.
Marquez's ashes will return in Kansas City on Wednesday and he
will be buried with full military honors on Saturday.