Kentucky soldier killed during World War II identified

Published 7:15 am Thursday, August 26, 2021

The remains of a Kentucky soldier killed during World War II have been identified.

U.S. Army Pfc. Berton J. McQueen, 20, of McKee, was accounted for last month, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

McQueen was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division in November 1944 as troops battled the German infantry in Clefcy, the statement said. He was mortally wounded and died Nov. 23 at an aid station after the 1st Battalion was forced to abandon the city. When German troops withdrew, his body wasn’t found.

Remains recovered in 1946 from a garden in Clefcy couldn’t be identified at the time but were exhumed in 2019 and confirmed as McQueen though research, DNA testing and dental and anthropological analysis.

A rosette will be placed next to his name on the Walls of the Missing at the Epinal American Cemetery in Dinozé, France.

McQueen will be buried on Sept. 18 in McKee.