From March 28, 2023 KSDK (St. Louis, Mo.) by Sam Clancy.
A World War II soldier from the St. Louis area will finally return home more than 80 years after he was killed.
The remains of Army Private James R. Tash will be interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on April 7. Tash was a St. Louis native and member of F Company, 2nd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment.
He was among the thousands of American and Filipino service members captured and taken prisoners of war when the Phillipines surrendered. He endured the Bataan Death March. After the march, he was held at the Cabanatuan POW camp and died on July 19, 1942 at the age of 20.
Private Tash was buried in a common grave and his body was exhumed at the end of the war and eventually reburied at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial as an unknown. In early 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency moved the unidentified bodies to Joint Base Pearl Harbor for identification. In September, his remains were identified.
Again, so happy the U.S. government and military is doing this.