Military Funeral Honors With Funeral Escort are Conducted for U.S. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Seymour Drovis in Section 57
Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own”, and the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon conduct military funeral honors with funeral escort for U.S. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Seymour Drovis in Section 57 of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, Oct. 16, 2019.
From the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) press release:
In July 1944, Drovis was a member of Company A, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, engaged against enemy forces in Achugao Village, Saipan Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The division sustained heavy casualties during one of the largest Japanese “banzai” attacks of WWII. A soldier reported seeing Drovis fatally shot on July 7, 1944.
In September 2013, two Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command anthropologists (JPAC, a predecessor to DPAA) recovered possible osseous remains and material evidence from a burial feature on Saipan. The location correlates to where Drovis’ unit fought during the banzai attack. The remains were recovered by JPAC Central Identification Laboratory anthropologists and by a Japanese non-governmental organization, Kuenti, working in conjunction with the Japanese government, and in cooperation with a local archeological firm, Swift and Harper Archaeological Research and Consulting, and the Japanese Historic Preservation Office. The remains were subsequently sent to the DPAA laboratory for identification.
To identify Drovis’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Drovis was accounted for on Sept. 4, 2018. David Crew, Drovis’ cousin, received the U.S. flag from Drovis’ casket.
(U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)