Chicago man identified among remains of 7 servicemen missing in action from WWII

Remains of 7 servicemen from WWII are identified
2010-07-03T12:26:00Z Chicago man identified among remains of 7 servicemen missing in action from WWIIThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 03, 2010 12:26 pm  • 

One Chicago man has been identified by U.S. military authorities as among the remains of seven servicemen missing in action during World War II when their cargo plane went down in Burma.

According to U.S. military authorities, Air Force Capt. Joseph M. Olbinski of Chicago, was aboard a C-47A Skytrain that left India on May 23, 1944, to resupply Allied forces near Myitkyina, Burma, but never returned.

In 2002, a missionary found a data plate from a crash site about 31 miles northwest of Myitkyina. A military team excavated the site.

Aboard the plane with Olbinski were Air Force Tech. Sgt. Clarence Frantz of Tyrone, Pa.;  1st Lt. Joseph J. Auld of Floral Park, N.Y.; 1st Lt. Robert M. Anderson of Millen, Ga.; Pfc. Richard M. Dawson of Haynesville, Va.; Pvt. Robert L. Crane of Sacramento, Calif.; and Pvt. Fred G. Fagan of Piedmont, Ala.

Olbinski and the others will be buried with full military honors July 15 at Arlington National Cemetery.

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