American Flags and Kentucky flags to fly at half-staff Thursday, August 11th, in the commonwealth of Kentucky in honor of Army Pfc. William F. Stehlin.
According to the Department of Defense, Army Pfc. William F. Stehlin of Dayton, Ky., went missing on Nov. 20, 1944 near Süggerath while his unit conducted a largely successful offensive to capture towns in Western Germany. In 1951, after an extensive search, his remains were determined unrecoverable by U.S. Army Graves Registration personnel. Stehlin was a member of the 333rd Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division.
In 2009, a German citizen digging in a wooded area near Süggerath, discovered a grave with the remains of two individuals, military-related equipment and identification tags. Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command laboratory also used dental comparisons in the identification of the remains.