The remains of a central Missouri soldier who was killed during WWII have been identified. The federal Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency says the remains of U.S. Army Pvt. William Smith have been accounted for.

Smith, of mid Missouri’s Syracuse, was 21 years old when he was killed during WWII in June 1944. He was assigned to Company C, 149th Engineer Combat Battalion in the European Theater.

Smith was aboard a ship on its way to Normandy, France, when the ship struck an underwater mine – causing the vessel to burst into flames. The ship was also hit by enemy fire, causing an explosion that ignited its fuel stores – instantly killing everyone in the troop compartment.

There were about 200 other servicemembers aboard.

Smith’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Pvt. Smith will be buried November 11 in St. Louis.

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