Remains of Lincoln soldier killed in WWII returning home

More than 70 years after he was killed in a World War II firefight in Germany, the remains of a Lincoln soldier are being brought home to be laid to rest. 

Army Sgt. Eugene G. McBride, a member of the 78th Infantry Division, was killed by a blast from an artillery shell near Huppenbroich, Germany. 

Army officials at United States Military Cemetery Margraten processed the remains of an unknown soldier who had been killed in the area. 

They were marked as X-90 Margraten, and buried at the cemetery as an unknown soldier. 

In 1949, American Graves Registration Command officials investigated a possible link between X-90 Margraten and McBride, but the positive identification couldn’t be made and the remains were left in France. 

In 2016, using new evidence – including personal effects recovered with the body – officials once again pursued the link to McBride. 

The remains were finally ruled to be McBrides on Sept. 10th, 2018 and returned home. 

The Lincoln native will be buried in Lincoln on Nov. 14th. 

More than 400,000 of the more than 16 million Americans who served in World War II were killed. 

As of 2018, there are 72,784 service members still unaccounted for, with about one third considered to be possibly recoverable. 

McBride’s name is etched on the Tablets of the Missing at the Henri-Chappelle American Cemtery in Belgium, a monument to MIAs from WWII. 

A rosette will be assigned next t McBride’s name to indicate he has been accounted for. 

 

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