WWII soldier buried in TN 74 years after death

News release from Tennessee National Guard
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee National Guard honored a World War II POW who was laid to rest July 15 at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Mountain Home, Tenn., following the identification of his remains nearly 74 years after his death.

U.S. Army Air Corps Pvt. Evans Overbey, a native of Wise County, Va., was a member of the 93rd Bomb Squadron, 19th Bomb Group during World War II. He died at the age of 25 on Nov. 19, 1942, at POW Camp Cabanatuan in Luzon, Philippines, after suffering from pellagra, a disease associated with niacin deficiency and malnutrition.

Overbey fought in the Battle of Bataan, was captured, survived the Bataan Death March, and participated in the Philippine Island Unit Campaign prior to being captured in the Philippines.

He was initially buried in Common Grave 717 at Camp Cabanatuan Cemetery. His remains were intermixed with 10 other Soldiers and were reclaimed by the U.S. at the close of World War II. At that time, the remains of all 10 Soldiers were interred in an unknown Soldiers’ grave in San Francisco, Calif.