The remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Julius Wolfe, of southwest Missouri’s Liberal, have been identified. The announcement has been made by the POW/MIA Accounting Agency, a U.S. Defense Department agency in charge of finding and identifying the remains of American prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.

On June 6, 1944, U.S. Army Corporal Julius Wolfe was killed, along with about 200 other service members enroute to Normandy, France. As the ship they were on steamed toward the shore, it struck an underwater mine, causing the ship to burst into flames. It was also hit by enemy fire. causing an explosion that ignited the ships fuel stores and instantly killed everyone in the troop compartment.

Wolfe was assigned to Company B, 149th Engineer Combat Battalion in the European Theater. He was 20 years old when he died.

Wolfe’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery in France, along with others still missing from World War Two. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

He will be buried in Liberal at a later date.

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