Remains of West Virginia veteran identified in France

BRADSHAW, WV (WOAY) – The remains of a McDowell County soldier who died during World War II have been located and identified, according to the Department of Defense.

U.S. Army Private First Class Mose E. Vance was 21 years old when he was killed fighting along the front in the mountains of France.

He is believed to have died on January 11, 1944, defending Allied lines from a German offensive.

At the time, the fighting was too fierce to recover his remains. He was eventually buried without any identification.

In 2022, historians exhumed his body for analysis. Based on the evidence, they were able to identify him and notify his family to return his remains on January 5, 2024.

Vance was from Bradshaw. He will be buried in Paynesville.

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