SSgt. Earl E. Yoh was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Project Recover located his downed B-24 in January 2004 and is honored to play a vital role in his repatriation.
Project Recover humbly acknowledges SSgt. Yoh’s service and sacrifice, as well as the enduring loss to his family. We are grateful and honored to play a vital role in bringing him home. The repatriation of SSgt. Yoh helps resolve generational grief and awaken us to gratitude, hope, love, and unity. This is the legacy of our MIAs and their final mission.
Keeping America’s Promise to bring our MIAs home is a mission for every American.
SSgt. Earl E. Yoh
SSgt. Earl E. Yoh, 20, was a gunner on a B-24 ‘453, piloted by 2nd Lt. Jack S. M. Arnett. Yoh wrote home often and sent money home to help his family.
The B-24 was shot down on September 1, 1944, on a bombing mission over Palau. Project Recover located the downed aircraft on January 26, 2004, after a 10-year search. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) repatriated eight MIAs. SSgt. Earl E. Yoh was among them.
TSgt. Yoh was buried in Ohio in 2009. Project Recover was honored to attend his funeral. TSgt. Yoh is also interred in a common grave for Arnett B-24 MIAs at Arlington National Cemetery in 2010.
Three crew members were not recovered from the B-24. They parachuted from the aircraft, were then captured, and executed by enemy forces. They remain MIA.
The plane is featured in a painting by Mark Pestana, entitled Mission Palau. The story of the search and recovery was featured in the book, Vanished: The Sixty-Year Search for the Missing Men of World War II by Wil S. Hylton.