Kentucky WWII soldier’s remains identified in Germany

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Army Pfc Jacob W Givens (Photo courtesy of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency )

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The remains of a Kentucky soldier who died in Germany during World War II have been identified and will be returned home.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Monday that Army Pfc. Jacob W. Givens was officially accounted for in June. Givens was a native of Mount Sterling and was 30 when he died.

A release from Gov. Matt Bevin’s office says Givens was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, which was fighting in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest in October 1944.

Officials with the accounting agency analyzed a set of remains found by a woodcutter in 1947. The agency used dental, anthropological and DNA analysis to identify Givens.

Givens will be buried Nov. 9 in Prestonsburg.

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