Peter J. Prossen

World War II
Service #O-22803
UnitHeadquarters Squadron, Far East Air Service Command
RankColonel U.S. Army Air Forces
Entered Service From Texas
Date of DeathMay 13 1945
Walls of the Missing
Purple Heart
Purple Heart

Col. Prossen is one of 18 servicemen and women killed in an aircraft crash in a remote part of Papua New Guiana on May 13, 1945. Initially buried in field graves near the crash site, their remains were not recovered by the War Department until more than a decade after the war. Once recovered and identified, all 18 were interred as a group burial in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Missouri. Their names are permanently engraved on the Walls of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery.

rosetta medal
When an individual’s remains have been accounted for by the U.S. Department of Defense, a rosette is placed next to the name on the Wall/Tablet/Court of the Missing to mark that the person now rests in a known gravesite.