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AMERICANS IDENTIFIED SINCE 1989
WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

Jan 2006 - May 2007

June 2007 - Dec 2008

Jan 2009 - June 2009

June 2009 -Dec 2010

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

 

2018
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2018

  
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Sgt. 1st Class James L. Boyce U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/11/1950 South Korea 10/2/2018
2nd Lt. James R. Lord U.S. Army Air Forces 66th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group, 12th Tactical Air Command, 12th Air Force 8/10/1944 France 10/2/2018
1st Lt. Allen R. Turner U.S. Army Air Forces 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command 7/17/1945 India 10/2/2018
Seaman 1st Class Herbert J. Poindexter U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/1/2018
Chief Pharmacist's Mate James T. Cheshire U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/28/2018
Pfc. Marvin E. Dickson U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/13/1944 Germany 9/27/2018
Storekeeper 2nd Class Gerald L. Clayton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/26/2018
Musician 2nd Class Francis E. Dick U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/26/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Deward W. Duncan, Jr. U.S. Naval Reserve Aviation, Construction, Ordinance, Repair, Navy Fourteen, Standard Landing Craft Unit 4 1/12/1944 Tarawa 9/26/2018
Pfc. Joseph I. Natvik U.S. Army Air Forces 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command 7/17/1945 India 9/26/2018
Pfc. John W. Martin U.S. Army Medical Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 9/25/2018
Pfc. Lewis E. Price U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/6/1944 Germany 9/24/2018
Fireman 1st Class Claude O. Gowey U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/21/2018
Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/20/2018
Seaman 2nd Class David B. Edmonston U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/20/2018
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Merle A. Smith U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/20/2018
Cpl. Edward M. Jones U.S. Army Reserve Company D, 1st Battalion 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/12/1951 North Korea 9/19/2018
Pvt. Charles G. Kaniatobe U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/10/1950 South Korea 9/17/2018
Seaman 1st Class Robert W. Headington U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/14/2018
Staff Sgt. Karl R. Loesche U.S. Army 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group 11/16/1942 Philippines 9/13/2018
Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel U.S. Army 8th Cavalry Regiment Medical Company 11/2/1950 North Korea 9/13/2018
Pfc. William H. Jones U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/26/1950 North Korea 9/13/2018
Sgt. Eugene G. McBride U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division 1/30/1945 Germany 9/12/2018
Seaman 1st Class James W. Holzhauer U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/10/2018
Radioman 3rd Class Bruce H. Ellison U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/10/2018
Tech. Sgt. Robert J. Fitzgerrell U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division 1/30/1945 Germany 9/7/2018
Water Tender 2nd Class Edgar D. Gross U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/6/2018
Fireman 3rd Class Robert J. Bennett U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/6/2018
Water Tender 2nd Class Clarence M. Lockwood U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/6/2018
Seaman 1st Class George E. Naegle U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/5/2018
Seaman 1st Class Earl P. Baum U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/5/2018
Seaman 1st Class Joseph K. Maule U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/5/2018
Staff. Sgt. Herbert W. Harms U.S. Army Air Forces 569th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bombardment Group, 13th Combat Bombardment Wing, 3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force 8/16/1944 Germany 9/4/2018
1st Lt. John D. Crouchley, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces 828th Bombardment Squadron, 485th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force 6/28/1944 Bulgaria 9/4/2018
Sgt. 1st Class James S. Streetman, Jr. U.S. Army Company B, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/22/1950 South Korea 9/4/2018
Pfc. Leonard A. Tyma U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 9/4/2018
1st Lt. Seymour P. Drovis U.S. Army Company A, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division 7/7/1944 Saipan 9/4/2018
Pfc. Alva J. Cremean U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/30/2018
Sgt. Millard Odom U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 8/30/2018
Radioman 3rd Class Dante S. Tini U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/29/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Myron K. Lehman U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/28/2018
Seaman 1st Class Richard L. Watson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/28/2018
Fireman 2nd Class Carl D. Dorr U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/27/2018
Seaman 1st Ckass Hale McKissack U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/27/2018
Seaman 1st Class Wesley V. Jordan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/27/2018
Fire Controlman 1st Class Edward J. Shelden U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/27/2018
Fireman 1st Class Albert U. Kane U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/24/2018
Fireman 1st Class Bert E. McKeeman U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/24/2018
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Archie T. Miles U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/24/2018
Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class William H. Blancheri U.S. Naval Reserve HQ Company, 2md Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 8/24/2018
Cmdr. James B. Mills U.S. Navy Fighter Squadron Twenty One, USS Coral Sea 9/21/1966 Vietnam 8/23/2018
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Eugene K. Eberhardt U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/20/2018
Pfc. Kenneth B. Williams U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 8/17/2018
Pvt. WIlliam A. Boegli U.S. Army Company L, 332nd Infantry Regiment, 81st Infantry Division 9/30/1944 Republic of Palau 8/17/2018
Pfc. Morris R. Worrell U.S. Army Company F, 2nd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment 9/27/1942 Philippines 8/16/2018
Pfc. George L. Spangenberg U.S. Army Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 8/15/2018
Pfc. Mathis O. Ball, Jr. US. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/12/1950 North Korea 8/15/2018
Pfc. Leo J. Duquette U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/11/1950 South Korea 8/8/2018
Aviation Chief Ordnanceman Otis E. Ingram U.S. Navy U.S. Navy Torpedo Squadron Fifty One (VT-51) 7/27/1944 Republic of Palau 8/8/2018
Pfc. John A. Taylor U.S. Army Company C, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 8/12/1950 South Korea 8/7/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Wilbur C. Barrett U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/2/2018
Pfc. Leslie E. Shankles U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division 10/14/1944 Germany 7/30/2018
Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson U.S. Army Air Forces 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group 12/23/1944 Austria 7/27/2018
Carpenter's Mate 3rd Class William L. Kvidera U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 7/26/2018
Pfc. Merton R. Riser U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 7/26/2018
1st Lt. Ottaway B. Cornwell U.S. Army Air Forces 4th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group, Twelfth (XII) Air Force 1/27/1944 France 7/25/2018
2nd Lt. Martin F. O'Callaghan, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group 2/14/1945 Slovenia 7/24/2018
Pvt. John B. Cummings U.S. Army Company A, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division 12/31/1944 France 7/23/2018
Pfc. Robert L. Zehetner U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 7/23/2018
Cpl. Claire E. Goldtrap U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 7/23/2018
Fireman 1st Class Millard C. Pace U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 7/20/2018
Cpl. Albert E. Mills U.S. Army Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 7/25/1950 South Korea 7/17/2018
Master Sgt. Leonard K. Chinn U.S. Army Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 4/30/1951 North Korea 7/16/2018
Pvt. Delbert J. Holliday U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 7/13/2018
Col. Frederic M. Mellor U.S. Air Force Reserve 30th Tactical Squadron/ 15th Tactical Recon Forces 8/13/1965 Vietnam 7/13/2018
Cpl. Francisco Ramos-Rivera U.S. Army Company H, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/20/1950 South Korea 7/12/2018
Pfc. Joe S. Elmore U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 7/5/2018
Pfc. Willard Jenkins U.S. Army Company C, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion (307th AEB), 82nd Airborne Division 9/20/1944 The Netherlands 7/5/2018
Pvt. Donald E. Brown U.S. Army Company A, 745th Tank Battalion 7/28/1944 France 6/29/2018
2nd Lt. Hulen A. Leinweber U.S. Army Air Forces 40th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group 6/10/1945 Philippines 6/29/2018
Fireman 1st Class Raymond R. Camery U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/28/2018
Aviation Radioman 3rd Class Walter E. Mintus U.S. Navy U.S. Navy Torpedo Squadron Fifty-One (VT-51) 7/27/1944 Republic of Palau 6/28/2018
Pfc. Roger Gonzales U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division 11/29/1950 North Korea 6/26/2018
Sgt. James K. Park U.S. Army Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division 11/23/1944 Germany 6/21/2018
Seaman 1st Class Daniel L. Guisinger, Jr. U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/21/2018
Fireman 1st Class Walter F. Schleiter U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/21/2018
Pfc. Robert K. Holmes U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/12/2018
Fireman 1st Class Lewis F. Tindall U.S. Naval Reserve USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/6/2018
Pfc. Paul D. Gilman U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 6/5/2018
Cpl. Morris Meshulam U.S. Army Battery D, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 6/5/2018
Master Sgt. Carl H. Lindquist U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 11/29/1950 North Korea 6/5/2018
Musician 1st Class Henri C. Mason U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/4/2018
Sgt. Alfonso O. Duran U.S. Army Air Forces 724th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 451st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force 2/25/1941 Slovenia 5/31/2018
Sgt. Meredith F. Keirn U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 5/31/2018
Lt. Cmdr. Larry R. Kilpatrick U.S. Naval Reserve Attack Squadron One Hundred Five (VA-105) 6/18/1972 Vietnam 5/18/2018
Sgt. John W. Hall U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 503rd Field Artillery Battlion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 5/16/2018
Ensign Harold P. DeMoss U.S. Naval Reserve Fighting Squadron 100 (VF-100) 6/23/1945 O'ahu Hawaii 5/11/2018
Cpl. DeMaret M. Kirtley U.S. Army Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 5/11/2018
Seaman 2nd Class William V. Campbell U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941   5/10/2018
Sgt. Melvin C. Anderson U.S. Army Company C, 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion 11/25/1944 Germany 5/10/2018
Cpl. Joseph Akers U.S. Army Company C, 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion 11/25/1944 Germany 5/10/2018
Shopfitter 3rd Class John M. Donald U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/8/2018
Fireman 2nd Class George C. Ford U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/4/2018
Seaman 1st Class Natale I. Torti U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/3/2018
Pfc. William F. Cavin U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 5/2/2018
Pfc. Oscar E. Sappington U.S. Army 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division 1/11/1945 Germany 4/27/2018
Cpl. Terrell J. Fuller U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/12/1951 South Korea 4/27/2018
Pvt. Kenneth D. Farris U.S. Army Company B, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 11/28/1944 Germany 4/26/2018
Sgt. 1st Class Rufus L. Ketchum U.S. Army Medical Detachment, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 4/24/2018
Water Tender 1st Class Stephen Pepe U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/23/2018
Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Durell Wade U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/20/2018
Staff Sgt. Vincent L. Politte U.S. Army Air Forces 345th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force 8/1/1943 Romania 4/16/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Joe M. Kelley U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/13/2018
Pfc. John H. Walker U.S. Arny Company E, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry DIvision 11/24/1944 Germany 4/13/2018
Gunners Mate 3rd Class Marvin B. Adkins U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/11/2018
Steward Mate 1st Class Ignacio C. Farfan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/10/2018
Chief Machinist's Mate Dean S. Sanders U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/9/2018
Sgt. Eugene W. Yost U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 9/3/1950 South Korea 4/9/2018
Pfc. Clarence E. Drumheiser U.S. Marine Corps Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 4/6/2018
Cpl. Thomas W. Reagan U.S. Army Company A, 14th Engineer Combat Battalion, 24th Infantry Division 8/12/1950 South Korea 4/3/2018
Seaman 1st Class Robert V. Young U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/28/2018
Seaman 1st Class William G. Bruesewitz U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/28/2018
Staff Sgt. Percy C. Mathews U.S. Army Air Forces 422nd Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group, 8th U.S. Air Force 5/29/1943 France 3/28/2018
Staff Sgt. Marshall F. Kipina U.S. Army 131st Aviation Company 7/13/1966 Laos 3/28/2018
Seaman 1st Class Walter C. Foley U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/27/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Bernard V. Doyle U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/27/2018
Radioman 3rd Class Jack R. Goldwater U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/26/2018
Capt. George Van Vleet U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa 3/22/2018
Sgt. Donald L. Baker U.S. Army Company H, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 9/6/1950 South Korea 3/20/2018
Col. Peter J. Stewart U.S. Air Force Headquarters, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing 3/15/1966 Vietnam 3/19/2018
Fireman 1st Class Jarvis G. Outland U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/16/2018
Cpl. James I. Jubb U.S. Army Company E, 19th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Division 8/10/1950 South Korea 3/14/2018
Sgt. Julius E. McKinney U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 3/14/2018
Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz U.S. Army Company H, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division 9/28/1944 Netherlands 3/14/2018
Radioman 3rd Class Howard V. Keffer U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/6/2018
1st Lt. William W. Shank U.S. Army Air Forces 338th Fighter Squadron 55th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Command, 8th Air Force 11/13/1943 Germany 3/6/2018
Pfc. Herman W. Mulligan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company L, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Marine Regiment, 6th Marine Division 5/30/1945 Japan 2/28/2018
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class George H. Gibson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/23/2018
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Lorentz E. Hultgren U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/21/2018
Seaman 1st Class Henry G. Tipton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/20/2018
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class William F. Hellstern U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/20/2018
2nd Lt. Harvel L. Moore U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 2/20/2018
Cpl. Leonard V. Purkapile U.S. Army Comapny E, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment 11/28/1950 North Korea 2/20/2018
Pfc. Joe Lukie U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 2/16/2018
Staff Sgt. Leo J. Husak U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division 1/30/1945 Germany 2/14/2018
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Arthur Glenn U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/13/2018
Molder 1st Class Kenneth B. Armstrong U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/8/2018
Pfc. David Baker U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 2/8/2018
Lt. Col. Robert G. Nopp U.S. Army 131st Aviation Company 7/13/1966 Laos 2/2/2018
Seaman 1st Class Eugene W. Wicker U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/1/2018
Seaman 1st Class Leon Arickx U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/1/2018
Pfc. Jack H. Krieger U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 1st Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 1/31/2018
Fireman 1st Class Leonard R. Geller U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/31/2018
Seaman 1st Class Donald G. Keller U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/26/2018
Fireman 2nd Class Lowell E. Valley U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/19/2018
Fireman 3rd Class Warren H. Crim U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/19/2018
Sgt. 1st Class Pete W. Simon U.S. Army Gompany G, 8th Cavalry Regiment 9/5/1950 South Korea 1/19/2018
Pfc. Lamar E. Newman U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/27/1950 North Korea 1/19/2018
1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford U.S. Army Air Forces 765th Bombardment Squadron, 461st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force 12/17/1944 Croatia 1/19/2018
Cpl. William C. McDowell U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 1/17/2018
Fireman 1st Class Chester E. Seaton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/17/2018
Seaman 1st Class Willard H. Aldridge U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/8/2018
Col. Edgar F. Davis U.S. Air Force 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing 9/17/1968 Laos 12/30/2017

List posted 10/05/18

 
Some names in articles below were NOT posted to the DPAA "list" yet when published.

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SOME HIGHLIGHTS NOTE DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN HEADLINES ("captured")  AND KNOWN ("MIA") STATUS.

 
11/16/18

 
4, the Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Wednesday. Ford's homecoming is courtesy of an international scientific expedition ...

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Thursday announced services for Navy Fireman 1st Class Albert U. Kane of Fort Worth will be held Dec.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 15 November, 2018 09:57
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Marine Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Pfc. Clarence E. Drumheiser, accounted for on March 26, 2018,

will be buried Decemer 8 in Prairie View, Texas.

 

Drumheiser, 21, of Fresno, California, was killed during the battle of

Tarawa in World War II.

 

His niece, Cherly Hagan, of Arlington, Texas, is available for interviews at

(817) 861-7963

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Drumheiser on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Drumheiser was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th

Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed

against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa

Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over

several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and

Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were

virtually annihilated. Drumheiser died on the third day of the battle, Nov.

22, 1943.

 

Despite the heavy casualties suffered by U.S. forces, military success in

the battle of Tarawa was a huge victory for the U.S. military because the

Gilbert Islands provided the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet a platform from which

to launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members

who died in the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and 1947, but Drumheiser's

remains were not identified. All of the remains found on Tarawa were sent to

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

in 1947.  By 1949, the remains that had not been identified were interred in

the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the

Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-025 from the NMCP for

identification.

 

To identify Drumheiser's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) analysis, anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,781 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II. Drumheiser's name is recorded on the

Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others missing from

WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been

accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Drumheiser's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000E0tmsEAB

 

11/14/18 

 
After 73 years, a team of mostly U.S. service members with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency took part in a 69-day mission in Bulgaria's ...

 

 
... serving our country, visit the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa ...

 

 
Three months ago, the Defense POW MIA accounting agency identified his remains through DNA testing. That is when his family reached out to the ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 14 November, 2018 14:14
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kentucky Soldier Accounted For From Korean War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pvt. Robert J. Sipes, Jr., accounted for on Oct. 23, 2018, will be

buried December 5 in his hometown.

 

Sipes, 19, of Irvington, Kentucky, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His family member, Mildred Smith, is available for interviews at (317)

447-5084.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Sipes on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In November 1950, Sipes was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th

Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.  He was killed in action on Nov. 30,

1950, during heavy fighting between the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces

(CPVF) and the 7th Cavalry Regiment near the village of Unsan, North Korea.

His remains were processed through a 7th Cavalry Regiment Collection Station

on Dec. 1, 1950, and interred at the United Nations Military Cemetery (UNMC)

Pyongyang, on Dec. 2, 1950.

 

On Aug. 17, 1954, the United Nations Command (UNC) and North Korea, along

with the CPVF, reached an agreement regarding the recovery and return of war

dead.  The agreement, known as Operation Glory, resulted in the turnover of

4,200 sets of remains to the UNC, including more than 400 sets reportedly

disinterred from Pyongyang.  One set of remains, designated N-16678 could

not be identified, and were subsequently interred at the National Memorial

Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu (known as the Punchbowl), as an Unknown.

 

In June 2017, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-16678 for identification.

 

To identify Sipes' remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental,

anthropological, and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission.

 

Today, 7,675 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Sipes' name is recorded on the Courts of

the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,

along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Sipes' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000bHtzjEAC

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 14 November, 2018 13:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Pennsylvania Tulsamerican Pilot Killed During World War II To Be Buried During With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford, accounted for on Jan. 16, 2018, will

be buried December 4 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Ford, 21, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was the pilot of a B-24J aircraft known

as the Tulsamerican, killed in World War II.

 

His son-in-law, Paul Beard, of Fairland Indiana, is available for interviews

at (317) 835-8125.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Ford on file.

 

Media interested in attending the funeral should contact Arlington National

Cemetery Public Affairs at 703-614-0024.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 17, 1944, Ford was the a member of the 765th Bombardment Squadron,

461st  Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force, as the pilot of a B-24J aircraft

known as The Tulsamerican.  Accompanied by a crew of nine service members,

the Tulsamerican was the lead aircraft in a group of six B-24s from the

squadron to participate in a combat bombing mission targeting oil refineries

at Odertal, Germany.  Coming out of a cloud bank near the target, the

aircraft were attacked by more than 40 German Me-109 and FW-190 fighters.

The unit suffered heavy losses with three of their six aircraft shot down

and the other three damaged.  The Tulsamerican sustained heavy damage,

forcing Ford to abort the mission and crash land in the Adriatic Sea, near

the Isle of Vis, in present-day Croatia.  Seven crewmembers of the aircraft

survived and were rescued, however three, including Ford, were killed in the

crash, and their bodies were unable to be recovered.

 

In 1947, the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) searched the

coastline of Italy and Yugoslavia for remains.  Gathering no further

information on the location of Ford, on March 23, 1949, his remains were

declared non-recoverable.  

 

In December 2009, a diver from Korcula Island discovered aircraft debris off

the coast of the Isle of Vis.  He contacted the Croatian Conservation

Institute, which sent two dive expeditions to photodocument the wreckage,

however, they were unable to identify the aircraft.  On May 31, 2010, divers

on a third dive discovered a data plate with numbers matching Ford's

aircraft.

 

In June and July 2017, DPAA utilized a joint recovery team from Lund

University in Sweden and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in cooperation

with the Croatian Navy, conduct an underwater recovery mission at the crash

site, recovering possible osseous remains and personal equipment.

 

To identify Ford's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA and autosomal (auSTR)

DNA analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial

and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the divers who discovered the crash site, as well as the

Croatian Government (especially the Croatian Ministry of Defense, Ministry

of Veterans Affairs, and Ministry of Culture), the Croatian Conservation

Institute, the University of Zadar, Lund University, Woods Hole

Oceanographic Institute, the National Park Service and the Croatian Navy,

most especially the Captain and Crew of the DBM-82 Krka, for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,781 service members

(approximately 26,000 assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted

for from World War II.  Ford's name is recorded on the Tablets of the

Missing at the Florence American Cemetery in Italy, an American Battle

Monuments Commission site. A rosette will be placed next to his name to

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 14 November, 2018 13:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Martin A. Gara, accounted for on Nov. 6, 2017, will

be buried December 4 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Gara, 20, of Chicago, was killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma in

World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

The Department of Defense has no photos of Gara on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Gara was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was

moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese

aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it

to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429

crewmen, including Gara. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Gara.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the NMCP for

analysis.

 

To identify Gara's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this recovery.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,781 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Gara's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl along

with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 November, 2018 14:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Maryland Marine Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Staff Sgt. Richard J. Murphy, Jr., accounted for on

July 25, 2018, will be buried December 1 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

 

Murphy, 26, of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was killed during World War II.

 

His nephew, Gerard Murphy, of Potomac, Maryland, is available for interviews

at (301) 294-3393.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Murphy on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On June 15, 1944, Murphy was a member of 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine

Division, which landed at Red Beach, Saipan, when American forces

participated in the battle for the island of Saipan, part of a larger

operation to secure the Mariana Islands.  Reports provide little information

of what happened to Murphy after landing on Saipan, and he was declared

missing in action as of June 15, 1944.  On May 22, 1945, his status was

amended to killed in action.

 

The American Graves Registration Service (AGRS), U.S. Army Quartermaster

Corps, was charged with recovery and identification of fallen U.S. personnel

in the Pacific Theater.  Following the war, the island of Saipan fell under

the AGRS Mariana-Bonin Islands Command.  In 1947, Saipan was chosen as the

location for the consolidation of remains from the entire sector, which

included cemeteries on Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Guam and Tinian.  Divisional

cemeteries on Saipan were untouched until their official repatriation to

Manila in 1948.  Remains that could not be identified were interred in the

Manila American Cemetery, as "Unknowns," including one set, designated X-15.

 

After a thorough historical and scientific analysis, it was determined that

X-15 could likely be identified.  On Oct. 18, 2017, X-15 was disinterred

from Manila American Cemetery and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Murphy's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, dental,

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as

circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,781 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II.  Murphy's name is recorded on the Courts

of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, in

Honolulu, along with the others missing from WWII. Although interred as an

Unknown in Manila American Cemetery, Murphy's grave was meticulously cared

for over the past 70 years by the ABMC.  A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 November, 2018 13:51
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Iowa Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Fireman 1st Class Bert E. McKeeman, accounted for on Aug. 13, 2018,

will be buried December 1 in his hometown.

 

McKeeman, 25, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was killed during the attack on the

USS Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His nephew, Ron McKeeman is available for interviews at (402) 630-6310.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, McKeeman was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including McKeeman. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including McKeeman.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl

for analysis.

 

To identify McKeeman's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA), Y-chromosome (Y-STR) and

autosomal (auSTR) DNA analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, as well

as circumstantial evidence. 

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,781 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

McKeeman's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed

next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

McKeeman's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0CEAS

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 November, 2018 11:46
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Puerto Rico Soldier Accounted For From Korean War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Cpl. Francisco Ramos-Rivera, accounted for on July 12, 2018, will be

buried November 29 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

Ramos-Rivera, 33, of Puerto Rico, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His family, Tomas Montanez, is available for interviews at (787) 370-3903

 

The Department of Defense has no photos of Ramos-Rivera on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In July 1950, Ramos-Rivera was a member of Company H, 2nd Battalion, 19th

Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, engaged in combat operations

against North Korean forces near Taejon, South Korea.  After U.S. forces

regrouped after their evacuation of Taejon, Ramos-Rivera could not be

accounted-for and was declared missing in action on July 20, 1950.

 

In December 1953, based on a lack of information regarding his status,

Ramos-Rivera was declared deceased.  In January 1956, he was declared

non-recoverable.

 

In February 1951, several sets of remains were found in the vicinity of the

village of Kujong-ri, South Korea, in an area corresponding to where

Ramos-Rivera's regiment withdrew from battle.  One set of remains,

designated X-453 Tanggok, could not be identified.  In May 1955, X-453

Tanggok was declared unidentifiable and was buried as an Unknown at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu.

 

In August 2017, Unknown X-453 was disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent to

the laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Ramos-Rivera's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed

Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, as

well as dental and anthropological analysis, and circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in

this mission.

 

Today, 7,675 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Although interred as an Unknown

Ramos-Rivera's grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by

the ABMC.  Ramos-Rivera's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at

the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the

others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for. 

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Ramos-Rivera's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000DtbXREAZ

11/07/18
 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 November, 2018 11:12
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: CORRECTION: California Marine Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Sgt. Dwight W. Randall, accounted for on Sept. 13, 2018, will

be buried November 20 in his hometown.

 

Randall, 22, of Fresno, California, was killed during World War II.

 

His niece, Linda Gist, of Clovis, California, is available for interviews at

(559) 681-1868.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Randall on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Randall was a member of Company C, 2nd Amphibian Tractor

Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against

stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll

of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several

days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors

were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were

virtually annihilated. Randall died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20,

1943.

 

Despite the heavy casualties suffered by U.S. forces, military success in

the battle of Tarawa was a huge victory for the U.S. military because the

Gilbert Islands provided the U.S. Pacific Fleet a platform from which to

launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members

who died in the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and 1947, but Randall's

remains were not identified. All of the remains found on Tarawa were sent to

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

in 1947.  By 1949, the remains that had not been identified were interred in

the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the

Punchbowl, in Honolulu, including one set, designated as Tarawa Unknown

X-162.

 

On March 27, 2017, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-162 from the NMCP for

identification.

 

To identify Randall's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) analysis, dental,

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,782 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II. Randall's name is recorded on the Courts

of the Missing at the NMCP, along with the others missing from WWII. A

rosette

will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Randall's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LltMEAS

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 November, 2018 11:15
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: FW: Wisconsin Airman Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Air Forces Pfc. Joseph I. Natvick, accounted for on Sept. 24, 2018,

will be buried November 25 in Columbus, Wisconsin.

 

Natvick, 20, of Madison, Wisconsin, was killed during World War II.

 

His niece, Joan Link, of Columbus, is available for interviews at (920)

623-4210.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Natvick on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On July 17, 1945, Natvick, a member of the 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit,

Air Transport Command, was the engineer on board a C-109 aircraft, en route

from Jorhat, India, to Hsinching, China, over "The Hump," when the aircraft

crashed in a remote area.  All four passengers were declared deceased after

an extensive search effort failed to locate the crash site.

 

In late 2007, an independent investigator, Clayton Kuhles, discovered

aircraft wreckage in a deep ravine at a high altitude that correlated with

Natvik's aircraft.  Possible osseous remains were recovered and turned over

to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (a predecessor to DPAA).

 

In February 2009, a contracted group traveled to the reported crash site and

confirmed the location of the aircraft wreckage.  Also in 2009, a local

resident in India turned over additional bone fragments he had taken from

the crash site.

 

One set of remains was identified on Feb. 9, 2016 as the co-pilot, 1st Lt.

Frederick W. Langhorst, 24, of Yonkers, New York.  Langhorst was buried Nov.

26, 2016, in Battle Creek, Michigan.  Another set of remains was identified

Sept. 24, 2018, as Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Allen R. Turner, 25, of

Brookline, Massachusetts.

 

To identify Natvik's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA

Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, as well

as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to Clayton Kuhles and the government of India for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,782 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II. Natvik's name is recorded on the Walls of

the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments

Commission site in Taguig City, Philippines, along with the others missing

from

WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been

accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

In defense of the Bladensburg Veterans Memorial

 
11/05/18
 
Dear American Legion Family and Friends,

We forget what we do not see.

That simple but poignant statement is what drives The American Legion to strongly advocate for preserving the memories of our fallen comrades. It’s an important legacy that began with our founding in the aftermath of World War I and continues through the modern War on Terrorism.

In an example of The American Legion’s quest to honor and remember our brothers and sisters in arms, we’re pleased with the recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear our case regarding the World War I Bladensburg Veterans Memorial. In 1925, The American Legion and Gold Star Mothers erected the memorial to honor 49 Bladensburg, Md., men who gave their lives in defense of our nation during World War I.

For decades, the families of these 49 sons memorialized in Prince George’s County, Md., have considered the Bladensburg Veterans Memorial their sons’ grave stones. The memorial stood peacefully for almost 90 years without objection until the American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit in February 2014.

The association alleges that the cross-shaped memorial is unconstitutional and is calling for it to be demolished, altered, or removed from public land. The Supreme Court stands as the last hope for preserving the Bladensburg memorial, honoring those World War I heroes and providing the opportunity for the families to remember.

Without question, the Constitution should allow Gold Star mothers to erect a simple memorial to honor their sons. This is what drove the Gold Star moms to create the memorial nearly a century ago.  

“…the chief reason I feel so deeply in this matter, my son, Wm. F. Redman, lost his life in France and because of that I feel that our memorial cross is, in a way, his grave stone.” – Mrs. Martin Redman, a Gold Star mother

The American Legion cannot allow the memories of Redman and the other 48 heroes to be bulldozed.

Their names are emblazoned on a bronze plaque on the memorial. On another plaque, above the names, is the inscription “This Memorial Cross Dedicated To The Heroes of Prince George’s County Who Gave Their Lives In The Great War For The Liberty Of The World.”

On each side of the memorial a word captures its spirt: Valor, Endurance, Courage, Devotion. Additionally, two sides display The American Legion emblem.

For nearly a century, The American Legion has focused on preserving the memories of our fallen brothers and sisters. And that’s why it is so critical that we – veterans and civilians alike -- never forget those honored on the Bladensburg Veterans Memorial.


 

Brett Reistad         
National Commander

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 1, 2018


 

CONTACT: Yvette Martinez

OFFICE: 615-253-7770

 


 

Remains of Tennessee Pilot Killed in World War II Identified

Second Lieutenant Martin OCallaghan Identified After More than 70 Years

 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. Army Air Force Second Lieutenant Martin O’Callaghan, Jr. of Memphis, who was killed during a mission as a P-38 Lightning aircraft pilot in World War II in Maribor, Yugoslavia now known as Slovenia.  He was serving with the 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group when his plane was struck by anti-aircraft fire which caused him to crash in occupied territory on February 15, 1945.  He was 22 years old.

A team from the American Graves Registration Office in Belgrade, Yugoslavia recovered the remains of an unidentified pilot from a village cemetery in July 1947 and reinterred them in the U.S. Military Cemetery at Belgrade only identified as Unknown X-36.  The remains were exhumed in an attempt to identify them in 1948, but results were inconclusive.  Therefore, Unknown X-36 was buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Italy. 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) disinterred Unknown X-36 in March, 2017 and used DNA analysis and other evidence to finally identify O’Callaghan on April 24, 2018.

“Marty was a Christian Brothers High School graduate, Memphis native and World War II hero,” Haslam said.  “As a courageous pilot he served his country and as a state we pause to welcome him home.”

“Claire Johnson waited her entire adult life to see her brother brought home,” Grinder said.  “Although she was alive to receive the news that Marty had been identified, she passed away just months before his final return to his final resting place.  We join the surviving family members for this welcome home that has been 73 years in the making.”  

The dignified transfer of remains will be at the Memphis International Airport at 5:15 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday, November 3.  Media planning to attend the arrival need to contact Memphis International Airport Marketing & Communications Project Manager Laura Rainey at (205) 239-3293 and must arrive by 4:30 p.m. for appropriate staging. 

The Memorial Service will be held at the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at 4000 Forest Hill/Irene Road in Memphis at 10:00 a.m. (CST) on Monday, November 5. 

Haslam has declared a day of mourning from sunrise to sunset on Monday, November 5 in honor of O’Callaghan’s ultimate sacrifice.

O’Callaghan is survived by his nieces, Sharon O’Callaghan, Mary Kate Johnson, Gayle McDonald, and Brenda Ann Johnson as well as nephews Mark Johnson and Warren Johnson.

 

Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2018 3:33 PM

Subject: unclaimed veteran

 

Good afternoon,

We have just receive word we will be receiving a unclaimed veteran on November 9, 2018 @ 11:00am. This is the information I have at the present:

 

Name : Vinton Earl Carter

Branch: USAF

Rank: A1C

Date of service: 12-17-1961-9-1-1964

Remains will be in a urn

Family Mortuary

878 Jackson Av

Memphis, TN  38107

Phone-901-521-0594

 

James Lindsey | Director

West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

4000 Forest Hill Irene

Memphis, TN 38125

p. 901.543.2016

f. 901.543-7141

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 November, 2018 12:34
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pfc. Mathis O. Ball, accounted for on Aug. 14, 2018, will be buried

November 18 in Bokchito, Oklahoma.

 

Ball, 20, of Collin County, Texas, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His nephew, Hobert Ball, of Waurika, Oklahoma, is available for interviews

at (832) 649-9057.

 

The Department of Defense has no photos of Ball on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In July 1950, Ball was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry

Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, engaged in combat operations against North

Korean forces near Choch'iwon, South Korea.  Ball could not be accounted-for

and was declared missing in action on July 12, 1950.

 

In December 1953, based on a lack of information regarding his status, Ball

was declared deceased.  In January 1956, he was declared non-recoverable.

 

On Oct. 4, 1950, a set of unidentified remains was recovered from an

isolated grave in the vicinity of Choch'iwon, South Korea, in an area

corresponding to where Ball's unit engaged in battle.  The remains,

designated X-91, were processed for identification, but a match could not be

made.  The remains were interred in American Cemetery No. 1, later renamed

to United Nations Military Cemetery Taejon. 

 

From October 1950 to September 1951, the American Graves Registration

Service attempted to associate Unknown X-91 with a U.S. Soldier.  When a

possible association could not be made, the remains were declared

unidentifiable and X-91 was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu as an Unknown.

 

On Oct. 2 2017, Unknown X-91 was disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent to

the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Ball's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, as well as

dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, and

circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in

this mission.

 

Today, 7,676 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Ball's name is recorded on the Courts of

the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,

along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Ball's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000007PrFBEA0

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 November, 2018 12:08
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Oklahoma Soldier Accounted For From Korean War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pvt. Charles G. Kaniatobe, accounted for on Sept. 13, 2018, will be

buried November 17 in his hometown.

 

Kaniatobe, 21, of Idabel, Oklahoma, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His nephew, Rick Kaniatobe, is available for interviews at (580) 236-2142.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Kaniatobe on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In July 1950, Kaniatobe was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st

Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, engaged in combat operations

against the North Korean People's Army near Chonui, South Korea.  Kaniatobe

could not be accounted-for and was declared missing in action on July 10,

1950.

 

In December 1953, based on a lack of information regarding his status,

Kaniatobe was declared deceased.  In January 1956, he was declared

non-recoverable.  No list provided by the Chinese or North Koreans reported

Kaniatobe as a POW, and no returning American POWs reported him as a POW.

 

In early October 1950, a Graves Registration Team attached to Kaniatobe's

regiment recovered the remains of 164 Americans from the area between Chonui

and Choch'iown.  On Oct. 6, 1950, a set of unidentified remains, designated

Unknown X-173 and recovered in the vicinity of Choch'iwon were interred by

the U.S. Army in present-day United Nations Military Cemetery Taejou.

 

In March 1952, Unknown X-173 was exhumed and transferred to the U.S. Army

Central Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan for identification.  When an

identification could not be made, the remains were reburied as Unknown X-173

in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in

Hawaii.

 

On Oct. 16 2017, Unknown X-173 was disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent

to the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Kaniatobe's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental,

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in

this mission.

 

Today, 7,676 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Kaniatobe's name is recorded on the

Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in

Honolulu, along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A

rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted

for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Kaniatobe's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000jq90LEAQ

11/01/18

 
... nearly 76 years ago will be buried with full military honors later this month in Salem County, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the remains of 22-year-old William Kvidera, of Traer, will be buried Nov. 16. He was a carpenter's ...

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Wednesday in a news release that the burial originally scheduled Nov. 14 for U.S. Army Sgt. Eugene ...

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) disinterred Unknown X-36 in March, 2017 and used DNA analysis and other evidence to finally ...

 
Sgt. First Class Kristen Duus, spokeswoman for the Defense Department POW/MIA Accounting Agency, said prisoner records show Loesche died Nov.
 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) reported that the remains of Kvidera were being returned to his family for burial with full military ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 November, 2018 10:22
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New Jersey Soldier Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Staff Sgt. Karl R. Loesche, accounted for on Sept. 13, 2018, will be

buried November 17 in Elmer, New Jersey.

 

Loesche, 22, of Monroeville, New Jersey, was killed during World War II.

 

His sister, Marion Atkinson, is available for interviews at (215) 968-0471.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Loesche on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 8, 1941, Loesche was a member of the 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th

Pursuit Group, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands. Intense

fighting continued until the surrender of Bataan on April 9, 1942, and of

Corregidor on May 6, 1942. 

 

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were taken prisoner;

including many who were forced to endure the Bataan Death March, en route to

Japanese prisoner of war (POW) camps, including the POW camp at Cabanatuan

on the island of Luzon. Loesche was among those reported captured after the

surrender of Corregidor and who were eventually moved to the Cabanatuan POW

camp. More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the remaining years

of the war.

 

According to prisoner records, Loesche died on Nov. 16, 1942, and was buried

along with fellow prisoners in the Cabanatuan POW camp cemetery. 

 

Following the war, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel

exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to

a temporary U.S. military cemetery near Manila. In December 1946, AGRS again

exhumed the remains at the Manila cemetery in an attempt to identify them.

Due to the circumstances of the POW deaths and burials, the extensive

commingling, and the limited identification technologies of the time, all of

the remains could not be individually identified.  One set of remains,

designated X-882, was reburied as an Unknown in the present-day Manila

American Cemetery and Memorial.

 

On Nov. 2, 2016, after thorough historical and scientific analysis, X-882

was disinterred from the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.  The remains

were subsequently sent to DPAA for identification. 

              

To identify Loesche's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis,

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war. Currently there are 72,784 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II. Loesche's name is recorded on the Walls

of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, an ABMC site along with the

other MIAs from WWII. Although interred as an "unknown" in Manilla American

Cemetery, Loesche's grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years

by the American Battle Monuments Commission.  A rosette will be placed next

to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Loesche's personal profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000ccDLEAY

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 November, 2018 09:07
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kansas Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Fireman 1st Class Gerald H. Pirtle, accounted for on Aug. 28, 2018,

will be buried November 17 in Wichita, Kansas.

 

Pirtle, 19, of El Dorado, Kansas, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His niece, Louise Gerwick, of Derby, Kansas, is available for interviews at

(316) 650-9845.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo  of Pirtle on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pirtle was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored

at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese

aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it

to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429

crewmen, including Pirtle. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Pirtle.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the NMCP for

analysis.

 

To identify Pirtle's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) analysis, which matched

his family, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis, to

include dental comparisons and anthropological analysis, which matched his

records.

 

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veteran's Affairs for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,784 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II. Pirtle's name is recorded on the Walls of

the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the

other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate

he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420.

 

Pirtle's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0bEAC

 

10/31/18

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Tuesday in a news release that the burial is scheduled Nov. 14 for U.S. Army Sgt. Eugene McBride.

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reported the remains of Kvidera were being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

 

 
In January and February of this year, a team led by the federal Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency excavated the suspected crash site in Malakal ...

 

 
They were held as prisoners of war before they returned to duty, according to the federal Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. None of the survivors ...

 

 
There were several American Flags on 8' poles staked at the circle, a POW-MIA flag, State of Indiana flag and the U.S. Army flag there to pay honors to ...

 

 
This undated photo released by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shows Army Cpl. Albert E. Mills of Dallas. Military officials have identified ...

 

"Imagine"

by John Zimmerlee October 2, 2018

Imagine, you’re 18 years old and a proud American. World War II has been over for five years and you are not sure what you want to do for the rest of your life, so you take a chance, sign up for Active Army Duty to see the world and make up your mind.

First stop . . . Japan! Wow, what an experience!

Days later, you learn that North Korea has invaded South Korea and your upcoming assignment is in Pusan to push back the North Koreans. Fresh off the boat, you immediately hit the battlefields and wind up in Hadong where bodies are dropping everywhere. Your commander tells you to surrender and you drop your weapon. It is July 27, 1950.

Almost immediately, your government lists you as MIA, "Missing in Action" . . . along with 46 others who were also known to be captured, yet labeled MIA. But, you assume that your country knows you are a POW and will be coming to get you very soon.

Your captors line you up and start marching you North. The line is as far North as you can see. Fear rushes in.

Months later you are finally in Pyongyang. American Forces were approaching. Three of you are bound together at the East Gate Ferry site along the Taedong River in Pyongyang. The guards beat you up and toss you into the river. You all drown.

Days later, your Comrades recovered your 3 remains and buried them on the west side of the courtyard of the Provincial Government Building. On October 24, 1950, George Gibbs disinterred the bodies and found your ration card in the jacket pocket of one of the remains. The remains were moved to the Military Cemetery in Pyongyang and buried on plot A, Row 1, Grave 9. A report was filed that you died as a POW but your family was never told and you remained just "Missing in Action."

According to enemy documents that our government claims . . . to this day . . . to be confidential, your name appeared in those documents during the war. Prior to your death, you were photographed by the enemy and you were identified by the "Office of Special Investigation" from those photos as an obvious POW, but your family was never told and you remained "Missing in Action."

After the war, remains were shipped from North Korea to South Korea and N-17030 was among them. It appears to be the same remains that had your ration card in the shirt pocket. But as of 1955, your remains were reburied as an unknown in the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, grave number 333 and you remained "Missing in Action".

With a budget of $140 million a year, DPAA has been sitting on this compelling information while their laboratory was just 9 miles from your remains . . . for the last 63 years.

In reality, James Elbert Beller, we hope that our government will soon open your file; give your case the attention it so deserves; disinter these remains; identify you; return you to your family . . . and no longer refer to you as just "Missing in Action"!!!

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 31 October, 2018 13:40
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Iowa Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Carpenter's Mate 3rd Class William L. Kvidera, accounted for on July 3,

2018, will be buried November 16 in his hometown.

 

Kvidera, 22, of Traer, Iowa, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His brother, John Kvidera, also of Traer, is available for interviews at

(319) 404-4641.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Kvidera on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Kvidera was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including Kvidera. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Kvidera.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl

for analysis.

 

To identify Kvidera's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome (Y-STR)

DNA analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial

evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this recovery.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,784 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Kvidera's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed

next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Kvidera's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdztEAC

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 31 October, 2018 12:20
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: West Virginia Sailor Accounted For From USS Oklahoma To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Carl Nichols, accounted for on March 27, 2018, will be

buried November 14 in Bland County, Virginia.

 

Nichols, 20, of Glen Alum, West Virginia, was killed during the attack on

the USS Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Nichols on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Nichols was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including Nichols. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Nichols.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl

for identification.

 

To identify Nichols' remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, which

matched his family, anthropological and dental analysis, which matched his

records, along with circumstantial evidence. 

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this recovery.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,784 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Nichols' name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed

next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

Nichols' personnel profile can be found at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0QEAS

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 30 October, 2018 13:59
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: CORRECTION: Nebraska Soldier Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pfc. Morriss R. Worrell, accounted for on Aug. 13, 2018, will be buried

November 10 in his hometown.

 

Worrell, 20, of Wisner, Nebraska, was killed during World War II.

 

His niece, Theresa Ramirez is available for interviews at (402) 750-6333.

 

The Department of Defense has no photos of Worrell on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

Worrell was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment,

when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands. Intense fighting

continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and

of the Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942. Thousands of U.S. and Filipino

service members were taken prisoner; including many who were forced to

endure the Bataan Death March, en route to Japanese prisoner of war (POW)

camps, including the POW camp at Cabanatuan on the island of Luzon,

Philippines. Worrell was among those reported captured after the surrender

of Corregidor and who were eventually moved to the Cabanatuan POW camp. More

than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the remaining years of the war.

 

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were taken prisoner;

including many who were forced to endure the Bataan Death March, en route to

Japanese prisoner of war (POW) camps, including the POW camp at Cabanatuan

on the island of Luzon, Philippines. Worrell was among those reported

captured after the surrender of Corregidor and who were eventually moved to

the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during

the remaining years of the war.

 

According to prisoner records, Worrell died on Sept. 27, 1942, and was

buried along with fellow prisoners in the local Cabanatuan camp cemetery. 

 

Following the war, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel

exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to

a temporary U.S. military cemetery near Manila. In late 1947, the AGRS again

exhumed the remains at the Manila cemetery in an attempt to identify them.

Due to the circumstances of the POW deaths and burials, the extensive

commingling, and the limited identification technologies of the time, all of

the remains could not be individually identified. The unidentified remains

were reburied as unknowns in the present-day Manila American Cemetery and

Memorial.

 

In May 2016, the Secretary of the Army granted permission to exhume six

graves associated with the Cabanatuan Common Grave 439.  On May 11, 2016,

the remains were sent to DPAA for identification. 

To identify Worrell's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, dental

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war. Currently there are 72,784 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II. Worrell's name is recorded on the Walls

of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, an ABMC site along with the

other MIAs from WWII. Although interred as an "unknown" in Manila American

Cemetery, Worrell's grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years

by the American Battle Monuments Commission.  A rosette will be placed next

to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 30 October, 2018 13:41
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Cpl. Albert E. Mills, accounted for on July 13, 2018, will be buried

November 12 in his hometown.

 

Mills, 20, of Dallas, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His niece, Eva Arnold, of Mesquite, Texas, is available for interviews at

(469) 387-7676.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Mills on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In July 1950, Mills was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion 5th Cavalry

Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, blocking the Korean People's Army from

advancing along a corridor linking the cities of Taejon and Taegu. South

Korea.  On July 23, 1950, enemy forces attacked American defenses at

Yongdong.  Mills was reported missing in action on July 25, 1950, as a

result of the fighting, when he could not be accounted for by his unit.

 

On March 28, 1950, based in information provided by a local witness, an

American Graves Registration Search and Recovery team recovered two sets of

remains from a mountain near Yongdong.  The remains, designated X-851 and

X-852, were interred in the United Nation's Military Cemetery (UNMC) Tanggok

in April 1951. 

 

In an effort to support identification attempts, remains recovered

throughout South Korea were sent to the Central Identification Command in

Kokura, Japan, for identification.  While X-851 was positively identified,

X-852 could not be associated with any missing service members.  The remains

were subsequently transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu and buried as a Korean Unknown.

 

On April 9, 2018, DPAA disinterred "X-852 Tanggok" from the Punchbowl and

sent the remains to the laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Mills' remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological, and

chest radiograph comparison analysis which; as well as circumstantial

evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission.

 

Today, 7,676 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Mills' name is recorded on the Courts of

the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,

along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Mills' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000cdNpEAI

 

10/30/18
 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 30 October, 2018 14:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Nebraska Soldier Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Sgt. Eugene G. McBride, accounted for on Sept. 10, 2018, will be buried

November 12 in his hometown.

 

McBride, 20, of Lincoln, Nebraska, was killed during World War II.

 

His sister, Ella-Mae Kubes, also of Lincoln, is available for interviews at

(402) 466-1315.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of McBride on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In January 1945, McBride was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 311th

Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division.  On Jan. 30, 1945, while engaged

in an attack against enemy forces near Huppenbroich, Germany, McBride was

killed by a blast from an enemy artillery shell. His remains were not

identified by American forces after the battle.

 

On Feb. 18, 1945, Army officials at United States Military Cemetery

Margraten processed unidentified remains of a Soldier who had reportedly

been killed near Huppenbroich, Germany.  The remains, designated X-90

Margraten, had no identification tags and were subsequently buried at the

cemetery as an unknown soldier.

 

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command traveled to

Huppenbroich and extensively searched the Hürtgen Forest, to locate

McBride’s and another soldier’s remains.  In 1949, American Graves

Registration Command officials pursued the possibility of an association

between X-90 Margraten and McBride.  However, a positive identification

could not be made and the remains were interred at the Rhone American

Cemetery in France, on Jan. 7, 1952.

 

Unable to make a correlation with any remains found in the area, he was

declared non-recoverable on Jan. 7, 1952. 

 

In 2016, based upon a comprehensive study of unresolved American losses of

the Hürtgen Forest, the original recovery location of the remains, and

evidence from the personal effects recovered with X-90 Margraten, a DPAA

historian determined that there was a likely association between the remains

and McBride. 

 

In June 2017, the Department of Defense and American Battle Monuments

Commission disinterred X-90 and accessioned the remains to the DPAA

laboratory for identification

 

To identify McBride’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological and

chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial and material

evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,784 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II.  McBride’s name is recorded on the

Tablets of the Missing at the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery in Hombourg,

Belgium, an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the other

MIAs from WWII. Although interred as an Unknown, McBride’s grave was

meticulously cared for by ABMC for 70 years.  A rosette will be placed next

to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account

for missing Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the

DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

10/29/18

 
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WASHINGTON – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, accounted-for from the ...

 

 
The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency says service members who died in the battle were buried in battlefield cemeteries on the island. By 1949 ...

 

 
None of those remains was identified as Lukie's, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). In 2013, an archaeological survey of ...

 

 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 October, 2018 12:29
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Pennsylvania Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Aviation Radioman 3rd Class Walter E. Mintus, accounted for on June 25,

2018, will be buried November 10 in his hometown.

 

Mintus, 22, of Portage, Pennsylvania, was killed during World War II.

 

His nephew, Richard Kozak, of Conway, Pennsylvania, is available for

interviews at (412) 526-7955.

 

The Department of Defense has no photos of Mintus on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On July 27, 1944, Mintus was a radioman aboard a torpedo bomber from U.S.

Navy Torpedo Squadron Fifty One (VT-51).  Mintus' aircraft was the lead of

four Avengers on a mission targeting the Japanese base at Malakal Harbor.

The aircraft was last observed three to five miles ahead of the other

aircraft, at the beginning of the attack.  Witnesses observed an object,

believed to be an aircraft, on fire in Malakal Harbor.  All three servicemen

on board, including Mintus, were reported missing in action and subsequently

presumed dead on Feb. 4, 1946.

 

After combat operations in the area ceased, the American Graves Registration

Service compared all unidentified remains recovered near Palau to the crew

of the missing Avenger aircraft, with negative results.  On May 21, 1949,

Mintus was declared non-recoverable.

 

From January 2004 to 2016, a non-profit organization, the BentProp Project,

conducted several investigations regarding the debris field of an

unidentified aircraft, consistent with an Avenger, near Malakal Harbor.

 

In January and February 2018, a DPAA team excavated a suspected crash site

in Malakal Harbor, Republic of Palau, recovering debris and life support

equipment that were consistent with a crew member from the crash, as well as

possible remains. 

 

To identify Mintus' remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as material and circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to Bent Prop and the government of Palau for their

partnerships in this mission.

              

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,787 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II. Mintus' name is recorded on the Walls of

the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments

Commission site, along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be

placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 October, 2018 11:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Louisiana Soldier Accounted For From Korean War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Cpl. Edward M. Jones, accounted for on Sept. 13, 2018, will be buried

November 9 in his hometown.

 

Jones, 20, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

The Department of Defense has no photos of Jones on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In February 1951, Jones was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 38th

Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, supporting Republic of Korea Army

attacks against units of the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) near

Hoengsong, South Korea.  On Feb. 12, 1951 Jones was reported missing in

action when he could not be accounted for by his unit. 

 

After the war, during Operation Little Switch, where sick, wounded and

prisoners from each side were exchanged, a returning American POW reported

that Jones had died at the Suan Bean Camp, a prisoner of war camp in North

Korea.  Based on this information, the U.S. Army declared Jones deceased as

of March 16, 1951.

 

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes

of commingled human remains, which were later determined to contain the

remains of at least 400 U.S. servicemen who died during the war. On Dec. 21,

1993, North Korea turned over 34 boxes of remains believed to be

unaccounted-for servicemen from the war, 22 which were reported to have been

in the vicinity of the Suan POW Camp Complex. 

 

To identify Jones' remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and autosomal (auSTR) DNA

analysis, anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material

evidence.

 

DPAA looks forward to the continued fulfillment of the commitment made by

President Trump and Chairman Kim on the return and recovery of U.S. service

members in North Korea.

 

Today, 7,676 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Jones' name is recorded on the Courts of

the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,

along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Jones' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004o6BEAQ

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 October, 2018 11:02
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Guam USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Steward Mate 1st Class Ignacio C. Farfan, accounted for on March 27,

2018, will be buried November 8 in the Guam Veterans Cemetery.

 

Farfan, 21, of Agana, Guam, was killed during the attack on the USS Oklahoma

in World War II.

 

His family does not wish to speak with media.

 

The Department of Defense has no photos of Farfan on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Farfan was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including Farfan. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Farfan.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl

for identification.

 

To identify Farfan's remains, scientists from DPAA and the  Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used Y-chromosome (Y-STR) DNA analysis,

anthropological analysis, along with circumstantial and material evidence. 

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this recovery.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,787 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Farfan's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed

next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Farfan's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLFEA0

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 October, 2018 09:35
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: West Virginia Marine Accounted For From World War II Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Joe Lukie, accounted for on Sept. 5, 2017, was

buried October 27 in Oak Hill, West Virginia.

 

Lukie, 19, of Harvey, West Virginia, was killed during the battle of Tarawa

in World War II.

 

His nephew, Frank Luke, of Sherwood, Michigan, is available for interviews

at (313) 404-3100.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Lukie on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Lukie was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine

Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese

resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert

Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense

fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and

more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.

Lukie died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

 

Despite the heavy casualties suffered by U.S. forces, military success in

the battle of Tarawa was a huge victory for the U.S. military because the

Gilbert Islands provided the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet a platform from which

to launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members

who died in the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and 1947, but Lukie's

remains were not identified. All of the remains found on Tarawa were sent to

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

in 1947.  By 1949, the remains that had not been identified were interred in

the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) in Honolulu.

 

In November 2013, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (now DPAA) team

conducted investigations at a disturbed cemetery site on the Island of

Betio, recovering material evidence and osseous remains, which were sent to

DPAA for analysis.

 

On April 3, 2017, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-201 from the NMCP, sent

them to the laboratory for analysis and consolidated them with previously

collected remains.

 

To identify Lukie's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, dental,

anthropological and chest radiograph comparisons, which matched his records,

as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,787 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II. Lukie's name is recorded on the Courts of

the Missing at the NMCP, along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will

be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For more information regarding the funeral, contact the Marine Corps Service

Casualty Office at (800) 847-1597.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Lukie's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LliEEAS

10/27/18
The Idaho Falls City Council chambers were packed Thursday night, and most people were there to urge the Council to leave the POW-MIA flag flying ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, an agency within the United States Department of Defense, has the mission to recover missing personnel ...

 

 

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirmed on Sept. 12 that the remains were McDaniel's. McDaniel was an Army medic who was reporting ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 26 October, 2018 08:52
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Tennessee Airman Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Martin F. O'Callaghan, Jr., accounted for on April

24, 2018, will be buried November 5 in his hometown.

 

O'Callaghan, 22, of Memphis, Tennessee, was killed during World War II.

 

His nephew, Mark Johnson, is available for interviews at (406) 860-8127.

 

The Department of Defense has no photos of O'Callaghan on file.

 

For more information regarding the funeral, contact the Army Service

Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

 

For more information about DPAA, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In February 1945, O'Callaghan was a pilot with the 96th Fighter Squadron,

82nd Fighter Group, on a mission to strafe targets near Maribor, Yugoslavia,

now Slovenia.  While attacking locomotives near a railway station,

O'Callaghan's P-38 Lightning aircraft was struck by anti-aircraft fire.  He

radioed his squadron-mates to say that he might attempt to bail out of the

aircraft, however, according to witnesses, he attempted to land the aircraft

in a field southeast of Maribor.  As he was attempting to land, the aircraft

inverted, crashed and burst into flames.  Because Yugoslavia was an occupied

territory at the time, no immediate search for his remains could be

conducted.

 

In July 1947, a team from the American Graves Registration Service office in

Belgrade, Yugoslavia, traveled to the village of Cirkovce to investigate a

report that a U.S. service member had been buried there during the war.  The

local government, the People's Committee of Ptuj, told the AGRS that a

Lightning aircraft crashed near Cirkovce after being shot down.  According

to locals, the pilot was killed in the crash and his remains were buried in

the cemetery at Cirkovce.  The remains were designated Unknown X-36 and

buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery at Belgrade. 

 

In 1948, based on serial number association, X-36 was recommended for

possible identification.  However, the evidence was not conclusive and in

April 1949, Unknown X-36 was interred at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, in

Nettuno, Italy.

 

In May 2016, based on thorough research and historical analysis, an

investigation was initiated linking O'Callaghan's remains to X-36.  On March

16, 2017, the remains of Unknown X-36 Belgrade were disinterred and

accessioned to the DPAA laboratory.

 

To identify O'Callaghan's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, as well as

anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war. 

 

Currently there are 72,790 service members (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

O'Callaghan's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence

American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in

Impruneta, Italy, along with the other MIAs from WWII. Although interred as

an "unknown", his grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by

the American Battle Monuments Commission.  A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 25 October, 2018 10:03
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: North Carolina USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Fireman 1st Class Jarvis G. Outland, accounted for on March 16, 2018,

will be buried November 3 in his hometown.

 

Outland, 22, of Murfreesboro, North Carolina, was killed during the attack

on the USS Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His niece, Elnora Parker, of Boykins, Virginia, is available for interviews

at (252) 862-5762.

 

The Department of Defense has no photos of Outland on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Outland was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including Outland. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Outland.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl

for analysis.

 

To identify Outland's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome (Y-STR)

DNA analysis, anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and

material evidence. 

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this recovery.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,790 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Outland's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed

next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Outland's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XhSuEAK

 


 
According to the "Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency," there are still 72-thousand service members from World War two that are unaccounted for.

 10/24/18


 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Tuesday announced the remains of Army Sgt. James K. Park of Beaumont will be buried Saturday in ...

 

 
In an article in the Khmer Times Ericksen stated, “As we have discussed before… my government… agrees to resume this important POW/MIA field ...

 

 
The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency says Gilman's remains were buried in a military cemetery immediately after the fighting and weren't ...

 

 
The Defense Department's Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action (POW/MIA) Accounting Agency identified his remains. Behind a small Baptist church ...

 

 
WASHINGTON-- The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, accounted for from World War ...

 

 

 

 
Several of the motorcycles and other vehicles were adorned with American flags and other banners showing a branch of service or the POW-MIA flag.

 

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 23 October, 2018 11:58
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Sgt. James K. Park, accounted for on June 20, 2018, will be buried

October 27 in Barry, Texas.

 

Park, 20, of Beaumont, Texas, was killed during World War II.

 

His daughter, Kay G. Crawford, of Bridgeport, Texas, is available for

interviews at (817) 773-0513.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Park on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In November 1944, Park was a member of Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment,

1st Infantry Division, engaged in fierce fighting within the Hürtgen Forest

in Germany.  Park was reported missing in action on Nov. 23, 1944, when he

was believed to have been wounded by shrapnel.  Due to continuous enemy

fire, Soldiers from Park’s company were prevented from searching for him.

Additionally, no graves registration teams reported finding his remains.

Due to no information regarding his whereabouts, his status was amended to

deceased as of Nov. 24, 1945.

 

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) collected

thousands of unknown sets of remains from battlefields in Germany, and

labeled each set with an X-number.  None of the remains that were found

could be associated with Park by AGRC technicians, and his remains were

declared non-recoverable.

 

In December 1946, AGRC personnel recovered an unidentified set of remains

from a civilian cemetery at Langerwehe, Germany, on the northern edge of the

Hürtgen Forest.  German locals said the remains were originally found by a

local resident on Aug. 1, 1946 near the estate of Jüngersdorf in the forest.

Following the recovery, the remains were processed at the Central

Identification Point at Neuville, Belgium, and buried as an unknown, labeled

X-4731 Neuville.

 

Following thorough research and analysis of American Soldiers missing from

ground combat within Germany’s Hürtgen Forest, a DPAA historian concluded

that there was a possible association between X-4731 and Park.  The remains

were disinterred on June 28, 2017 and the remains were sent to the DPAA for

analysis.

 

To identify Park’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, as well as

dental and anthropological analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership with this mission. 

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,790 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II.  Park’s name is recorded on the Tablets

of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle

Monuments Commission in Margraten, along with the others missing from WWII.

Although interred as an Unknown in Neuville American Cemetery, Park’s grave

was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the ABMC.  A rosette

will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Sent: 23 October, 2018 11:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New Mexico Marine Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Paul D. Gilman, accounte for on May 17, 2018, will

be buried October 26 in his hometown.

 

Gilman, 19, of Belen, New Mexico, was killed during World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contated by media.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Gilman on file. 

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Gilman was assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th

Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed

against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa

Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over

several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and

Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were

virtually annihilated. Gilman died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20,

1943.

 

The battle of Tarawa was a huge victory for the U.S. military because the

Gilbert Islands provided the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet a platform from which

to launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members

who died in the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on

the island. In the case of Gilman, records indicate his remains were

recovered and were buried in Division Cemetery #3, which was later renamed

Cemetery #27. In 1946 the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company

(604th GRC) centralized all of the American remains found on Betio Island to

Lone Palm Cemetery for later repatriation; however, almost half of the known

casualties from the battle were not found., Gilman's remains were among

those not recovered. On Oct. 14, 1949, a military review board declared

Gilman's remains non-recoverable.

              

In May and June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc.,

notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and

recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought

during the battle in November 1943. Subsequent recoveries in November 2015

and February 2016 resulted in additional remains.  The remains were turned

over to DPAA in June 2016.

 

To identify Gilman's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this

mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,790 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II. Gilman's name is recorded on the Tablets

of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others killed or lost in

WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been

accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Gilman's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004ramEAA

 

10/23/18

 
Akron man, an MIA Korean War vet, is finally laid to rest ..... He was identified through DNA by scientists with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 

 
On Saturday, November 3rd, Rolling Thunder KY 5 will dedicate four (4) POW*MIA Chairs of Honor to be stationed in all four corners of Kroger Field.

 

 
WASHINGTON The remains of a soldier killed in World War II will return to Kansas on Wednesday. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) ...

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the remains of 33-year-old Army Pfc. Leslie E. Shankles are being returned to his family for burial with ...

 

 
But two years ago, after a nine-day search, an investigation and excavation team with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) was able to ...
10/22/18

 
The measure has the support of the numerous organizations, including the American Legion and the National League of POW/MIA Families.
10/20/18
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) made the announcement Wednesday. The Olson-Frary-Burkhart Post 1165 VFW will assist the ...
 
 
In 1993, a United States POW/MIA recovery team excavated the crash site, recovering miniscule bone fragments and related aircrew artifacts.
10/19/18 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Wednesday that the remains of Mr. Lescault, a sailor on the USS Oklahoma, were officially ...

 

 
24, according to a statement from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which works to identify the remains of service members killed in past ...

 

 
Thunderstorms limited visibility, and the mountainous landscape cut off radar and radio contact, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 

 
The men and women of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency are heroes, too, for developing the methods needed to identify Jubb while ...

 

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, his remains were accounted for on June 20 of this year. He was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery ...

 

 
Team members assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency cut cake during a celebration at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oct. 12.
10/18/18

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Wednesday that the remains of Mr. Lescault, a sailor on the USS Oklahoma were officially ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said this week that Lescault, who was killed in the Japanese attack on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, ...
 

So sad that an entire French village knew what happened and named a town after this US serviceman,  yet our government didn’t know what happened to him for 60 years.    db


 
WWII Widow Finds Husband’s Resting Place 60-Years Later | DoDLive


http://www.dodlive.mil/2012/11/20/wwii-widow-finds-husbands-resting-place-60-years-later/
10/17/18
 
However, through their meetings with Sen, the local legislators found the POW/MIA program was very important to him, Buys said. “I believe this is a ...
 
... traveled to eastern Germany in July to assist the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in an operation to recover artifacts from a downed aircraft.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 17 October, 2018 09:22
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kansas Soldier Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pfc. Leslie E. Shankles, accounted for on July 12, 2018, will be buried

October 24 in Fort Scott, Kansas.

 

Shankles, 33, of Arcadia, Kansas, was killed during World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Shankles on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

 

/////

 

In October 1944, Shankles was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 60th

Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.  He was killed Oct. 14, 1944 by

enemy fire in the Raffelsbrand sector of the Hürtgen Forest, near Germeter,

Germany. 

 

In 1947, a local German resident discovered remains in the Raffelsbrand

section of the Hürtgen Forest.  The remains could not be identified, and

were buried as Unknown X-5391 in Neuville Cemetery, now Ardennes American

Cemetery, in Belgium.

 

Following thorough research and analysis of American Soldiers missing from

Europe, DPAA historians concluded that there was a strong association

between Neuville Unknown X-5391 and Shankles.  DPAA disinterred X-5391 in

June 2017 and accessioned the remains to the DPAA laboratory.

 

To identify Shankles’ remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used Y-chromosome (Y-STR) DNA analysis,

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,796 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II.  Shankles’ name is recorded on the

Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery, an American

Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the

others missing from WWII. Although interred as an Unknown in Neuville

American Cemetery, Shankles’ grave was meticulously cared for over the past

70 years by the ABMC.  A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate

he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 16 October, 2018 07:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Wisconsin Soldier Accounted For From World War II Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pvt. John B. Cummings, accounted for on July 12, 2018, was buried

October 13 in Hazelhurst, Wisconsin.

 

Cummings, 22, of Hartford, Wisconsin, was killed during World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Cummings on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

 

/////

 

In December 1944, Cummings was a member of Company A, 276th Infantry

Regiment, 70th Infantry Division, along the France and Germany border to

reinforce the Alsace area.  On Dec. 31, 1944, German troops crossed the

Rhine River into France.  As darkness fell, two member of Cummings' company

passed him as he sat in a foxhole near the riverbank.  Sometime later, U.S.

troops heard German machine gun fire and maneuvered their way back to

Cummings' foxhole.  The troops were unable to find Cummings, but they did

find a helmet with a bullet hole.  Despite extensive recovery efforts,

Cummings' remains were unable to be located.

 

Following the close of hostilities, the American Graves Registration Command

(AGRC) searched for and disinterred the remains of U.S. service members who

were killed in battle. In 1946, investigators met with the mayor of

Iffezheim, Germany, who informed them that the remains of an American

Soldier were buried in his community near the bank of the Rhine River.  The

mayor directed the American investigator to a local German veteran who had

been present at the burial.  A wooden cross indicated the remains belonged

to an American serviceman, who died on Dec. 31, 1944.  The remains were

disinterred and transferred to the American Military Cemetery and

identification processing center at St. Avold France, where they were

labeled as Unknown X-6454.

 

The remains, unable to be identified, were interred in the American cemetery

at St. Avold, present day Lorraine American Cemetery, in France.

 

Following thorough research and analysis of American Soldiers missing from

Europe, DPAA historians concluded that there was a strong association

between Unknown X-6454 and Cummings.  DPAA disinterred X-6454 in October

2016 and accessioned the remains to the DPAA laboratory.

 

To identify Cummings' remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and autosomal (auSTR) DNA

analysis, anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material

evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the French Government and the American Battle Monuments

Commission for their partnership in this recovery.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,796 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II.  Cummings' name is recorded on the

Tablets of the Missing at the Epinal American Cemetery, an American Battle

Monuments Commission site in Dinoze, France, along with the others missing

from WWII. Although interred as an Unknown in Normandy American Cemetery,

Cummings' grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the

ABMC.  A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been

accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 15 October, 2018 14:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Soldier Accounted For From Korean War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pfc. Kenneth B. Williams, accounted for on Aug. 13, 2018, will be

buried October 22 in Seville, Ohio.

 

Williams, 38, of Akron, Ohio, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His niece, Patricia A. Kegg, also of Akron, is available for interviews at

(330) 510-0570.

 

The Department of Defense has no photos of Williams on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In late November 1950, Williams was a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd

Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700

South Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT),

which was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it was

attacked by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. As the Chinese attacks

continued, American forces withdrew south.  By December 6, the U.S. Army

evacuated approximately 1,500 service members; the remaining soldiers had

been either captured, killed or missing in enemy territory. Williams was

reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, after he was last seen near the

Chosin Reservoir.

 

Williams' name did not appear on any prisoner of war lists, however

returning Americans reported Williams died as a prisoner of war. Based on

this information, he was declared deceased as of Jan. 31, 1951.

              

On Nov. 30, 1993, North Korea turned over 33 boxes, believed to hold the

remains of unaccounted-for U.S. servicemen from the Korean War.  The

reported recovery location of one of the boxes was in Kaljoh-ri, Changjin

County, South Hamyong Province, North Korea, near where Williams was last

seen.

 

To identify Williams' remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the government and people of the Democratic People's

Republic of Korea, and looks forward to the continued fulfillment of the

commitment made by President Trump and Chairman Kim on the return and

recovery of U.S. service members in North Korea.

 

Today, 7,677 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Williams' name is recorded on the Courts

of the Missing in Honolulu, along with the others who are missing from the

Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has

been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Williams' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000aq4djEAA

10/15/18

 

 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 October, 2018 11:28
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Iowa USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Fireman 2nd Class George C. Ford, accounted for on April 30, 2018, will

be buried October 20 in Glidden, Iowa.

 

Ford, 25, of Lidderdale, Iowa, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His nephew, George E. Ford, is available for interviews at (337) 322-5570.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Ford on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ford was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was

moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese

aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it

to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429

crewmen, including Ford. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Ford.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl

for identification.

 

To identify Ford's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome (Y-STR)

DNA analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial

evidence. 

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,799 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Ford's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along

with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Ford's persoonel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XhDBEA0

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 October, 2018 09:36
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Maryland Soldier Accounted For From Korean War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Cpl. James I. Jubb, accounted for on Jan. 25, 2018, will be buried Oct.

17 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Jubb, 21, of Eastport, Maryland, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Jubb on file.

 

Media interested in attending the funeral should contact Arlington National

Cemetery Public Affairs at 703-614-0024.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In August 1950, Jubb was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry

Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, his unit suffered heavy losses while

fighting units of the North Korean People's Army in the vicinity of the

Naktong River, South Korea.  Jubb was reported missing in action on Aug. 10,

1950 when he could not be accounted for by his unit.  His remains were later

declared unrecoverable.

 

In October 1951, the Army Graves Registration Services recovered four sets

of unidentified American remains from a mountain near Ohang, South Korea,

which is located east of the Naktong River.  One set of remains, designated

"Unknown X-2160" could not be identified and were subsequently interred at

the National Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) in Honolulu.

 

In 2017, based on research regarding two individuals who remained

unaccounted-for from Jubb's unit, analysts from DPAA determined that Unknown

X-2160 could likely be identified.  DPAA disinterred Unknown X-2160 in

October 2017 and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Jubb's remains, scientists used dental and anthropological

analysis, as well as chest radiograph comparison, which matched his records.

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Today, 7,677 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Jubb's name is recorded on the Courts of

the Missing at the NMCP in Honolulu along with the others who are missing

from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate

he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Jubb's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000cV30HEAS

 

 

10/11/18
 

 
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From: Prichard, Charles L CIV DPAA OC (US) <charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil>

Sent: 10 October, 2018 16:51
To: Prichard, Charles L CIV DPAA OC (US) <charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil>
Subject: DPAA Accounts for 203 Missing Personnel in Fiscal Year 2018

DPAA Accounts for 203 Missing Personnel in Fiscal Year 2018

Oct. 10, 2018

WASHINGTON-  In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
(DPAA) accounted for 203 formerly missing persons from past conflicts, the
highest yearly total reached by the agency or its predecessor organizations.
Also, the agency individually identified the remains of three additional
personnel, who were previously accounted for as part of group burials,
reaching another milestone of 206 individual identifications for the FY.

"Providing the families of the missing those long-sought answers with which
they can at least achieve some solace is a profound manifestation of our
nation's steadfast commitment to them and their loved ones.  Because it's a
sacred obligation, if not moral imperative, our over 600 military and
civilian professionals earnestly contribute their talents, dedication, and
passion to the noble mission with which we are entrusted," said DPAA
Director Kelly McKeague.

Broken down by conflict, 10 were accounted for from the Vietnam War, 37 from
the Korean War, and 156 were from World War II.

"Science and technology have expanded exponentially in recent years,
enabling identifications that even five years ago seemed impossible.  We
also attribute the increasing yearly trend to DPAA's expanded use of
partnerships, a more precise management of disinterments, and improvements
in our robust field operations,' said Rear Admiral Jon Kreitz, DPAA's Deputy
Director for Operations.

DPAA's partnerships are strong and extensive.  First, the government
officials and people in each of the countries the agency operates in provide
invaluable assistance and respect to the mission.  Collaborative support
from the four Service Casualty Offices; the Armed Forces Medical Examiner
System and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory; U.S. Indo Pacific
Command, the U.S. European Command and the Defense Intelligence Agency -
Stony Beach; the Department of Veterans Affairs and the American Battle
Monuments Commission cemeteries are also vital.  DPAA's partnering with
non-Federal entities continues to expand agency capacity and capabilities.
Additionally, agency efforts benefit from partnerships with Family Groups
and Veterans Service Organizations.

Today, the DPAA is focused on the research, investigation, recovery, and
identification of the approximately 34,000 (out of approximately 83,000
missing DoD personnel) believed to be recoverable, who were lost in
conflicts from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account
for DoD personnel still missing and unaccounted-for while serving our
country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at
www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call (703) 699-1169/1193/1420.
# # #

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 9 October, 2018 10:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Minnesota Soldier Accounted For From Korean War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pvt. Delbert J. Holliday, accounted for on July 12, 2018, will be

buried October 15 in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minnesota.

 

Holliday, 22, of Minneapolis, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His family does not wish to speak with media.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Holliday on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In November 1950, Holliday was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th

Cavalry Regiment, 7th Cavalry Division, participating in combat actions

against the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in the vicinity of

South Pyongan Province, North Korea.  Holliday was killed in action on Nov.

30, 1950 and was reportedly buried in the United Nations Military Cemetery

(UNMC) Pyongyang.  As the United Nations' situation with North Korea

worsened, circumstances forced the closure of UNMC Pyongyang on Dec. 3,

1950, and buried remains could not be recovered.

 

Following the war, during an operation known as "Operation Glory," UN forces

returned approximately 14,000 sets of remains to the Chinese and North

Koreans, and received more than 4,000 sets of remains from isolated burials,

prisoner of war camp cemeteries and temporary UN cemeteries, including UNMC

Pyongyang.  The received remains were turned over to the Central

Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan.

 

None of the returned remains could be associated with Holliday's, and all

unidentified remains, including a set designated "X-16970 OPGLORY" were

interred as Korean War unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

On April 19, 2018, DPAA disinterred "X-16970 OPGLORY" from the Punchbowl and

sent the remains to the laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Holliday's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental,

anthropological, and chest radiograph comparison analysis which; as well as

circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission.

 

Today, 7,677 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Holliday's name is recorded on the Courts

of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,

along with the other MIAs from the Korean War.  A rosette will be placed

next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Holliday's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004nSaEAI

10/06/18

 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 4 October, 2018 12:38
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Nebraska Soldier Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Sgt. Melvin C. Anderson, accounted for on April 30, 2018, will be

buried October 12 in his hometown.

 

Anderson, 31, of Omaha, Nebraska, was killed during World War II.

 

His niece, Joani R. McGinnis, of Shenandoah, Iowa, is available for

interviews at (712) 215-1770.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Anderson on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

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In November 1944, Anderson was a member of Company C, 803rd Tank Destroyer

Battalion, participating in intense fighting in the Hürtgen Forest.  His

company was deployed as direct fire support for American infantrymen

attacking the town of Grosshau.  Two tank destroyers and six tanks,

including the M10 tank destroyer Anderson was the tank commander on, were

knocked out in the fighting around Grosshau on Nov. 25, 1944.  He was killed

during the battle, though his status was initially listed as missing in

action.  On Dec. 21, 1944, his status was amended to killed in action.

 

In 1947, an American investigation team found remains inside the remnants of

an America tank destroyer near Grosshau.  The remains were later designated

X-6852 Neuville.  Due to the condition of the remains, they were declared

unidentifiable and were interred at United States Military Cemetery

Draguignan, France, today’s Rhone American Cemetery.

 

After thorough research and historical analysis, historians from DPAA

determined Anderson was a strong candidate for association to the remains.

In June 2017, X-6852 Neuville was disinterred and sent to DPAA.

 

To identify Anderson’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, and

circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,910 service members

(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

unaccounted for from World War II.  Anderson’s name is recorded on the

Tablets of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery, an American

Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the

other MIAs from WWII. Although interred as an "unknown" his grave was

meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the American Battle

Monuments Commission. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate

he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 4 October, 2018 12:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Seaman 1st Class Natale I. Torti, accounted for on April 26, 2018, will

be buried October 12 in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.

 

Torti, 19, of St. Louis, Missouri, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His nephew, Joseph P. Torti, Jr., of St. Louis, is available for interviews

at (314) 487-9189.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Torti on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

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On Dec. 7, 1941, Torti was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including Torti. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Torti.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl

for identification.

 

To identify Torti's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome (Y-STR)

DNA analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial

evidence. 

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,810 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Torti's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along

with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Torti's personal profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0nEAC

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 4 October, 2018 12:20
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Tennessee USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Seaman 2nd Class William V. Campbell, accounted for on May 9, 2018,

will be buried October 10 in his hometown.

 

Campbell, 20, of Elizabethton, Tennessee, was killed during the attack on

the USS Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His brother, Gene Campbell, of Greenville, South Carolina, is available for

interviews at (864) 616-6397.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Campbell on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

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On Dec. 7, 1941, Campbell was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including Campbell. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Campbell.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl

for identification.

 

To identify Campbell's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome (Y-STR)

DNA analysis, anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,810 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Campbell's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed

next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Campbell's personal profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKdEAK

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 3 October, 2018 12:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Harold L. Head, accounted for on Sept. 26, 2017, will

be buried October 10 in Laclede, Missouri.

 

Head, 20, of Browning, Missouri, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Head on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Head was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored at

Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly

capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen,

including Head. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Head.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the NMCP for

analysis.

 

To identify Head's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this recovery.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,810 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Head's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along

with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

10/03/18
 
... Globemaster, and later that month, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and Joint Task Force team conducted a recovery operation at the site.
 
 
The remains were repatriated in early 2018 from North Korea, flown to Hawaii's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for DNA identification and, ...
10/02/18

BELL TOLLING EVENT

Nationwide bell tolling at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 will honor the 116,516 American men and women who died in World War I. Bells will be rung in places of worship, schools, town halls, public carillons and cemeteries to mark the centennial of the armistice that ended hostilities in what Americans fervently hoped had been “The War to End All Wars.”


https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaFamWeb

The "FamWeb" is an online space for sharing general information with families of missing personnel, such as case synopses and battlefield summaries. As always, family members of missing personnel should stay in contact with their designated casualty officer to get specific details on their missing loved ones and the government's efforts to account for them. If you do not know your casualty office, the following link provides a list of each one: http://www.dpaa.mil/Families/Contact-Information.


 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which makes announcements that remains have been identified, did so for Streetman on Sept. 6. It says ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 October, 2018 10:54
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Connecticut USS Oklahoma Sailor To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Water Tender 1st Class Stephen Pepe, accounted for on March 19, 2018,

will be buried October 8 in Bourne, Massachusetts.

 

Pepe, 43, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was killed during the attack on the

USS Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His niece, Barbara Kovacs, of Plainville, Massachusetts, is available for

interviews at (508) 361-4040.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Pepe on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pepe was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was

moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese

aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it

to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429

crewmen, including Pepe. 

 

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the

deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu

Cemeteries.

 

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to

confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.

The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not

be identified as non-recoverable, including Pepe.

 

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum

directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On

June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl

for analysis.

 

To identify Pepe's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis,

anthropological analysis, as well as material and circumstantial evidence. 

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership

in this mission.

 

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,813 (approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

Pepe's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along

with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account

for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA

website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Pepe's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XhSLEA0

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 28 September, 2018 11:02
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Minnesota Soldier Accounted For From Korean War To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Sgt. Eugene W. Yost, accounted for on March 28, 2018, will be buried

October 5 in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minnesota.

 

Yost, 18, of Milaca, Minnesota, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His sister, Elise Ditslear, of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is available for

interviews at (928) 451-1087.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Yost on file.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

In September 1950, Yost was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th

Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.  Yost's regiment was responsible for

defending the road from Sanju to Taegu in South Korea, and positioned

themselves in bordering hills.  On September 2, the unit received

information that the 19th Regiment North Korea People's Army would attack in

the evening.  During the night, the North Koreans overran the cavalry's

positions.  Yost was last seen on Sept. 3, 1950, and was reported missing in

action when he could not be accounted for. 

 

In March 1951, remains were found in the vicinity of Tongmyongwon, South

Korea, in an area that corresponded with where Yost's regiment fought.  The

remains, designated Unknown X-742 Tanggok, were unable to be identified and

were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the

Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

On June 12, 2017, Unknown X-742 Tanggok was disinterred from the Punchbowl

and sent to th