All American soldiers killed in action, deserve their names. Do DNA testing.

  • by: Paul D
  • recipient: Veterans, Patriots, Citizens

In September 2018, the US Army buried the remains of two Union Civil War soldiers discovered at Manassas as "unknowns." One of the unknowns could be William Davis, a color Sergeant with the 2nd. Wisconsin Volunteers who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country on August 28, 1862 at the battle of Brawner's Farm. First hand accounts describe how Will was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a field hospital where he died from his wounds. He was hastily buried when the hospital was overrun. The remains were found in a Field Hospital bone pit near Brawner's Farm. The remains are from someone who grew up in New England. Will was from Maine. Will was 24 and the army estimated the age of the individual at 25. The wound matches the wound Will died from. The Army refused to do DNA testing due to the cost even though the remains were extensively studied by the Smithsonian. Had Will been a veteran of WWII or a more recent war, his remains would have been tested by the D.P.A.A. and cost would not be an object. Will's parents bought him a headstone and he has an empty grave in Lewiston Maine. From his letters home we know he wondered if anyone remembered him and his greatest wish was to return home. No American soldier who has made the ultimate sacrifice and can be identified should remain for eternity as an unknown. You can read the evidence and learn more about Will's last moments at Demand that a Grateful Nation do the testing and give Will back his name and identity.

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