The DPAA has announced today that Army Pfc. John H. Walker, missing since November 1944 at Hürtgen Forest (“Hürtgenwald”) during World War II, has now been accounted for after being positively identified with DNA. He was interred as an Unknown in Neuville American Cemetery,
Pfc. John H. Walker enlisted at Camp Dodge, Iowa in March 1944 and went abroad in September of that year. After arriving in England, he was sent to France and finally to Germany.
On November 24, 1944, John H. Walker was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, when he was reported missing in action after his unit engaged in fierce fighting on Hill 207 near Schönthal, Germany in the Hürtgen Forest. With no evidence that Walker had been captured or survived combat, his status was changed to deceased on November 25, 1945.
At this moment, Walker’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission in Margraten. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.