Name of missing WWII soldier from NY added to POW database
GOWANDA, N.Y. (AP) - The name of a missing soldier who was left off a World War II memorial in his western New York hometown is being added to a prisoner of war database at a national historic site in Georgia.
Army Pvt. Carroll Heath was serving in the Philippines when it fell to the Japanese in May 1942. The military said he died months later. Heath's remains were never recovered.
Heath's name wasn't included on the WWII memorial in Gowanda, where he graduated from high school. The oversight will be corrected thanks to research done by Alan Mesches (MESH'-ihz), a Gowanda native whose father was Heath's classmate.
Mesches recently learned Heath died while a POW. Mesches passed the information to the Andersonville National Historic Site, which keeps an on-site database of American POWs. His name is being added to that list.
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