Francis Lupo

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Francis Lupo was born in Cincinnati, Ohio back in 1895.  While I don’t know anything about his childhood I can tell you something interesting about him.  He was drafted during World War I in October of 1917.  His education was limited because he only made it to the fifth-grade.  Arriving in France in 1918, assigned to the 18th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division.

On July 20 1918 his battalion took part in a French-led attack on a German-help position near Soissons.  He was killed in action and hastily buried on the battlefield with another U.S. soldier.  In 2003, a French archaeologist discovered the remains of both soldiers.  He was repatriated and buried with full honor at Arlington National Cemetery in 2006.  He holds the record for being the longest known period of any soldier missing in action.  The remains of the other soldier buried with him remains unknown.

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Comments (15)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - I was unaware of this piece of history.  

Aug 06, 2021 03:51 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

Closure for one family and so many others still waiting.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Aug 06, 2021 05:00 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. This closure was a long time coming but ended well. Enjoy your day.

Aug 06, 2021 05:07 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Interesting and since I don't pay much attention to military stuff, at least I get to learn about a few people from your posts.

Aug 06, 2021 05:34 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Aug 06, 2021 06:32 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is an interesting story, and I am glad he was eventually found and repatriated. A

Aug 06, 2021 06:33 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is interesting James Dray , especially that they did not find the soldier burried with him? How does that happen?

Aug 06, 2021 06:44 AM
James Dray

Good question, which remains unanswered

Aug 07, 2021 02:34 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and thaks for the interesting story on this missing in action soldier that finally got to his resting place.


Aug 06, 2021 06:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, I did not know they buried our soldiers where they were killed.   I thought they were always brought home.

Aug 06, 2021 07:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

James- it was long in coming but I too am glad he was brought home. 

Aug 06, 2021 07:49 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Quite the story, James. And a sad one with somewhat of a "happy" ending.

Aug 06, 2021 08:12 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James. Such a sad distinction to hold. Thanks for sharing.

Aug 06, 2021 08:21 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

A true American hero. Glad to see we finally got him home! He belongs with the other heroes at Arlington.

Aug 06, 2021 10:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

This was all new history to me. No doubt his family appreciated having the closure after all that time.


Aug 06, 2021 03:16 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Poor Francis Lupo. He holds a sad footnote to the history of war.

Nov 08, 2021 08:24 AM