Remains of Greek soldier killed in action identified on Cyprus after 44 years

Three bones belonging to First Lieutenant Giorgos Papalambridis from Ioannina have been found and identified by the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus, 44 years after his death in the mountains of Cyprus in 1974, defending the island against an invasion by Turkey.

According to sources, his bones were found in the location Aspri Mouti on the Pentadaktylos mountain, the highest point of the Alonagra peak, where the National Guard fought Turkish troops. The reason why only three bones were found, according to the CMP, was because he had been buried in a shallow, makeshift grave.

The location tallies with witness accounts, which stated that Papalambridis had led a company of soldiers in the area. Another 13 fallen were also found at the same location, some through only a handful of bones, belonging to Greek-Cypriot soldiers that had been declared missing.

His file includes shocking witness accounts of his last moments in battle, when he was shot by a sniper on the forehead and died instantly.

His brother Yiannis Papalambridis is expected to travel to Cyprus in October to receive his remains, which he will bury at the Papagos Cemetery with his parents Stefanos and Penelope.

Source ANA-MPA
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