Thursday, May 24, 2007

Honor the Fallen and Pray for the Families: Missing Soldier Found

U.S. military IDs missing soldier's body

BAGHDAD - A body recovered by Iraqi police from the Euphrates River south of Baghdad was identified as one of three American soldiers abducted in an ambush claimed by al-Qaida, the military said Thursday.

Military officials told the family of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. that a commanding officer identified the remains recovered from the river, but that DNA tests were still pending.

"They told us, 'We're sorry to inform you the body we found has been identified as Joe,'" the soldier's aunt, Debbie Anzack, said Wednesday. "I'm in disbelief."

Anzack, 20, vanished along with the two others after their combat team was ambushed May 12 about 20 miles outside Baghdad. Five others, including an Iraqi, were killed in the ambush, subsequently claimed by al-Qaida.

"We can confirm that we have recovered the remains of Pfc. Anzack," Lt. Col. Josslyn Aberle, a military spokeswoman, said Thursday.

Aberle also denied reports that a second body had been found and was being examined to determine if it was that of a second missing soldier.

"The reports of a second set of remains being found is a false report," she said.

Soldiers' Angels prays for the families and the safe return of all of our men and women.

- May no soldier go unloved