G.I. SLAIN IN GERMANY IN 1945
IS BURIED WITH MILITARY HONORS
ARLINGTON, Virginia, August 25, 1982 – Army Private Curtis L. Nabors, killed by German machine-gun fire 37 years ago, was buried today with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.
Private Nabors of Ackerman, Mississippi, was 24 years old when he was killed March 3, 1945, near Hartungshof along the German-French border.
In 1974, a West German construction company discovered an Army identification tag but did not report the discovery to authorities.
Several years later, a retired Army Major living in West German obtained the tag and notified the dead man’s son, Curtis Nabors, Jr., a Madison New Jersey, businessman, who in turn contacted the Army Memorial Affairs Officer and requested held in recovering the remains.
The unmarked grave was dug up in May. The remains of three soldiers were shipped to the Army’s Central Identification Laboratory in Honolulu. One of the other two soldiers, Private First Class Joseph Hartley, was buried in Charleston, South Carolina, on August 11. The identity of the third man was withheld at his family’s request.
The Nabors funeral was also attended by his widow, Juanice Nabors Cutts.
“I’m pleased in a way,” Mr. Nabors said. “He was an American, a Mississippi farm boy. He belongs here.”
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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