Remains of World War II Soldier from Tennessee Returned

A flag flies at half-staff (Photo Air Force)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — The remains of a World War II soldier from Tennessee who was reported captured in the fall of Corregidor and who died in 1942 will be buried at a cemetery in his home state this week.

A news release from the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services says 25-year-old Army Air Forces Pvt. Evans Overbey of Elizabethton served with the 93rd Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group.

The release says Overbey, 12 other servicemen and an American civilian died from malnutrition and medical neglect while in a camp hospital in the Philippines. Overbey was buried in a common grave in the camp cemetery.

Gov. Bill Haslam has declared a day of mourning and ordered flags flown at half-staff on Friday in honor of Overbey's sacrifice. Burial will be Friday at Mountain Home National Cemetery at Johnson City.

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