Name: David A Read
First Name(s): David A
Last Name: Read
Place of birth: Texas, Cameron Cnty, Brownsville
Rank: Pfc Radio Operator
Unit: 395th IR 99th ID
Reported as: MIA ► FOD
Date of incident: 15-12-1944
Place of incident: Monschau Forest
His story: On December 15, 1944 elements of the 99th Infantry Division were dugg in on Hill 627 near the German border. During a lull in the battle, Pfc David A Read left to fetch rations. On his way back, a German mortar shell ended his life. David was the first member of Cannon Company to die in combat. When orders were given to retreat, David and two other casualties were quickly buried in three shallow “temporary” graves and were left next to the forward aid station for a later evacuation.
By the summer of 1945, the war in Europe had ended. The army started a large operation to recover the remains of missing servicemen. This operation lasted until 1951 but failed to account for Pfc Read and the army closed his case file.
Thanks to members of MIA project, his remains were found on April, 16, 2001. The family Read chose Arlington National cemetery as the final resting place for David. He was buried with full military honors on July 18, 2002.