A Missouri soldier killed during World War II will finally be laid to rest.

Staff Sgt. Woodrow Gerdes of St. Louis was part of the U.S. Army’s 28th Infantry Division, which engaged in heavy combat with German forces during the fall of 1944, specifically the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in western Germany.

Gerdes was reported missing in action on November 10th, 1944. His unidentified remains were found in a foxhole in 1947 and buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium, in 1949.

His remains were disinterred in 2018 for DNA testing, and he was positively identified in July of last year.

Gerdes will be buried July First at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis County. His name is also listed at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten on a memorial containing the names of more than 1,700 missing American servicemen from World War II. A rosette will be placed by Gerdes’ name to indicate that he’s been found and accounted for.

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