11 Jan '18, 8am

Unidentified for decades, Texas soldier receives final rites

HOUSTON — A funeral was held Wednesday for a Texas soldier whose 92nd Infantry Division was the only African-American Army division to fight in Europe and who was buried for decades as “unknown.” The service was held at Houston National Cemetery for Army Pfc. Lonnie Eichelberger, a 20-year-old from Waco who died in heavy fighting with German forces in Italy just months before Germany’s surrender in 1945. For decades he was among nearly 73,000 U.S. service members from WWII who are unaccountable. “It has brought closure that he has been identified,” said his great-nephew, Cheyenne Eichelberger, who explained that family members knew only that his uncle was killed in action somewhere in Europe. Capt. Jeffery Hauck, left, salutes after presenting the flag that was covering Pfc. Lonnie Eichelberger's coffin to his grandnephew, Cheyenne Eichelberger, right, during a funeral ser...

Full article: https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/01/11/unide...

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