The remains of an Indianapolis soldier who was killed in a German forest during World War II have been identified 74 years after his death.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Army Pfc. Marvin E. Dickson’s remains were identified through DNA analysis, dental records and other means.
Dickson was 19 when he was killed Nov. 13, 1944, in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest.
Surviving soldiers could not provide the exact location where Dickson was killed, and he was eventually listed as killed in action. His remains were found in April 1947, but buried after they couldn’t be identified. They were exhumed in 2017 and sent to a laboratory for identification.
Dickson was a member of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. He was a lineman who was sent out ahead to lay communication lines.
He received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Dickson was a member of Meadlawn Christian Church in Indianapolis.
He is survived by first cousin, Carolee Dickson (Dale) Cox of Lafayette and her children, Larry (Denise) Cox of Lafayette, Greg (Sheryl) Cox of Wilmington, Ohio, Carla (Tim) Sunderland of Corydon and Patrick (Leigh) Cox of Warsaw and other distant relatives.
He was the son of the late Oral and Eva (Ford) Dickson. His paternal grandparents were the late Quincy and Clara Ellen Dickson.
Dickson will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shannondale Cemetery with full military honors. A procession will leave Hunt & Son Funeral Home, 107 N. Grant Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Saturday traveling eastbound on Market Street to State Road 32 en route to Shannondale, led by the Patriot Guard Riders.
Hunt & Son Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.