BELOIT (WKOW) — The remains of a Beloit man who died during a World War II battle in 1942 is finally coming home.
Robert W. McCarville, who was 24 when he died, will be buried Nov. 10, 2019 in his hometown, according to a news release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
McCarville was a member of Company L, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division and was killed in action on Dec. 5, 1942, during an assault against enemy positions near Cape Endaiadere, Duropa Plantation, Territory of Papua. Due to intense enemy fire, his unit was unable to recover his remains.
In 1945, a platoon leader from McCarville’s company recalled that McCarville’s remains were recovered Dec. 18, 1942, and he was buried in a temporary grave near where he was killed. Then in January 1943, a burial detail disinterred McCarville’s remains and transferred them to a small cemetery on the beach at Cape Endaiadere.
In 1947, the American Graves Registration service exhumed approximately 11,000 sets of remains, including those believed to have been McCarville’s, and sent them to the Central Identification Point at the Manila Mausoleum in the Philippines.
In 2016, to identify McCarville’s remains, scientists from Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.
McCarville was officially accounted for on July 10, 2019.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. Currently, there are 72,650 service members still unaccounted for from World War II, with approximately 30,000 assessed as
possibly recoverable. McCarville’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
McCarville’s personnel profile can be viewed at