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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

Jan 2018 - Dec 2018

 

 

2019
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Stories and Press Releases below chart

Research sites: 

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http://www.kpows.com/thezimmerleereports.html

2019
 
Member Rank First and Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order Funeral Date Funeral Location
Cpl. Robert L. Bray U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/20/1950 South Korea 6/7/2019    
Pvt. Ballard McCurley U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 11/29/1944 Germany 6/7/2019    
Col. Roy A. Knight, Jr. U.S. Air Force 602nd Tactical Fighter Squadron 5/19/1967 Laos 6/6/2019    
Cpl. William S. Smith U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 9/1/1950 South Korea 6/5/2019    
Signalman 3rd Class William J. Shanahan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/5/2019    
Master Sgt. James G. Cates U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/3/1950 North Korea 6/3/2019    
Pvt. Edward M. Morrison U.S. Army 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/6/1950 South Korea 6/3/2019    
Tech. Sgt. Charles G. Ruble U.S. Army Air Forces 99th Troop Carrier Squadron, 441st Troup Carrier Group 9/17/1944 Netherlands 6/3/2019    
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Harold L. Dick U.S. Navy USS Colorado 7/24/1944 Tinian Islands 5/31/2019    
Pfc. Hulett A. Thompson U.S. Army 2nd Battalion, 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) 6/30/1944 Burma 5/31/2019    
Seaman 1st Class Ralph H. Keil U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/31/2019    
Pfc. John T. Burke U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 5/27/2019    
Cpl. Earl H. Markle U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 5/24/2019    
Seaman 1st Class Edward Wasielewski U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/23/2019    
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Leo Blitz U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 USS Oklahoma 5/23/2019    
Fireman 1st Class Rudolph Blitz U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/23/2019    
Pfc. Roger L. Woods U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/29/1950 South Korea 5/22/2019    
Pvt. Roy Brown, Jr. U.S. Army Company I, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division 12/2/1942 Papua New Guinea 5/14/2019    
Cpl. Charles S. Lawler U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 5/14/2019    
2nd Lt. Toney W. Gochnauer U.S. Army Air Forces 425th Bombardment Squadron, 308th Heavy Bombardment Group, 14th Air Force 1/25/1944   5/13/2019    
Staff Sgt. Wesley L. Kroenung U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Fifth Amphibious Corps (assigned to 2nd Marine Division) 11/20/1943 Tarawa 5/7/2019    
Platoon Sgt. George E. Trotter U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 5/6/2019    
Cpl. Billy J. Butler U.S. Army Company C, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 5/3/2019    
Fireman 3rd Class Jasper L. Pue U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/30/2019    
Cpl. Ralph L. Bennett U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 209th Engineer Combat Battalion 6/13/1944 Burma 4/30/2019 8/3/2019 Ames, Iowa
Pfc. Sterling Geary, Jr. U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/27/1950 North Korea 4/25/2019    
Sgt. 1st Class Elden C. Justus U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 4/25/2019 7/11/2019 Arcata, California
Pfc. Dewey W. Harris U.S. Army COmpany C, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/14/1944 Gernany 4/22/2019    
Seaman 2nd Class Ray H. Myers U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/18/2019 7/7/2019 Central City, Iowa
Fireman 3rd Class Harold K. Costill U.S. Navy USS West Virginia 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/18/2019    
Pfc. Dale W. Ross U.S. Army Company E, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 1/14/1943 Solomon Islands 4/17/2019    
Pfc. John W. Hayes U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division 1/4/1945 Belgium 4/17/2019 6/19/2019 Memphis, Texas
Pfc. Raymond H. Middlekauff U.S. Army Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 12/4/1944 Germany 4/12/2019    
Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa Atoll 3/28/2019 6/5/2019 Riverside, California
Pfc. Herschel M. Riggs U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/16/1950 South Korea 3/25/2019    
Seaman 2nd Class Calvin H. Palmer U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/21/2019 8/9/2019 Portland, Oregon
Seaman 2nd Class Wilferd D. Palmer U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/21/2019 8/9/2019 Portland, Oregon
Seaman 2nd Class Richard J. Thomson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/19/2019 6/1/2019 League City, Texas
Seaman 1st Class Ernest R. West U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/6/2019    
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Victor P. Tumlinson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/4/2019    
Sgt. Cread E. Shuey U.S. Army Battery G, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment 9/27/1942 Philippines 3/4/2019 5/30/2019 Tucson, Arizona
Seaman 1st Class Oris V. Brandt U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/1/2019    
Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/28/2019    
Cpl. Benjamin W. Scott U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/12/1950 South Korea 2/25/2019 4/13/2019 Atwood, Tennessee
Capt. Rufus J. Hyman U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/30/1950 South Korea 2/21/2019 10/9/2019 Arlington National Cemetery
2nd Lt. Walter B. Stone U.S. Army Air Forces 350th Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, VIII U.S. Fighter Command 10/22/1943 France 2/21/2019 5/11/2019 Andalusia, Alabama
Journalist 3rd Class Raul A. Guerra U.S. Navy Reserve USS Oriskany 10/8/1967 Vietnam 2/21/2019 4/25/2019 Whittier, California
Cpl. Stephen P. Nemec U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 2/20/2019 7/2/2019 New Born, North Carolina
Cpl. James C. Rix U.S. Army Company E, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 2/13/2019 5/4/2019 Alamo, Georgia
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class William A. Klasing U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/13/2019 6/29/2019 Trenton, Illinois
Tech. Sgt. Alfred R. Sandini U.S. Army Air Forces 22nd Bombardment Squadron 341st Bombardment Group 2/15/1944 French Indochina 2/13/2019 7/20/2019 Marlborough, Massachusetts
Cpl. Carlos E. Ferguson U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battlion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 5/18/1951 South Korea 2/7/2019 5/18/2019 Grassy Meadows, West Virginia
Master Sgt. Charlie J. Mares U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/31/1951 South Korea 2/6/2019 3/29/2019 Cistern, Texas
Pfc. Clifford M. Mills U.S. Army 319th Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division 9/18/1944 Germany 2/4/2019 3/30/2019 Troy, Indiana
Sgt. George R. Schipani U.S. Army Company A, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 2/1/2019 6/22/2019 Sommerville, Massachusetts
Seaman 1st Class Frank A. Hryniewicz U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/30/2019    
1st Lt. Howard T. Lurcott U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy,) 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa 1/30/2019 6/26/2019 Arlington National Cemetery
Pvt. Ted Hall U.S. Marine Corps Reserve USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/24/2019    
Pvt. Waldean Black U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/24/2019    
Baker 2nd Class David L. Kesler U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/23/2019    
Pvt. Winfred L. Reynolds U.S. Army Medical Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 4/26/1951 South Korea 1/23/2019 10/10/2019 Arlington National Cemetery
Sgt. Frank J. Suliman U.S. Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 1/17/2019 4/30/2019 Wrightstown, New Jersey
Pfc. James C. Williams U.S. Army Medical Company, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/12/1950 South Korea 1/2/2019 7/19/2019 West Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa 12/27/2018 5/25/2019 Pottstown, Penn
 

List posted 06/16/19

 
Some names in articles/press releases 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.

We asked why so many of these are  being re-announced 2-3 times increasing news forwards and confusion.

 

03/222/19
These are being published with the full information, while the initial notification only contains basic information.  The updates are providing information on the loss, recovery and identification, as well as funeral information if it is available at the time.

I hope this helps,

SFC Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 20 June, 2019 08:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Air

Forces 2nd Lt. Toney W. Gochnauer, 24, of Amarillo, Texas, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on May 13, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 15, 2019.)

 

On Jan. 25, 1944, Gochnauer was a member of 425th Bombardment Squadron,

308th Heavy Bombardment Group, 14th Air Force, as the co-pilot aboard a

B-24J Liberator aircraft, departing Kunming, China on a supply mission to

Chabua, India.  Despite initially favorable weather, conditions deteriorated

rapidly and the aircraft failed to arrive at its destination.  Four other

aircraft were also lost during their approach to Chabua.  Due to inability

to pinpoint a loss location, no search efforts were initiated, and none of

the eight crewmembers or four passengers on board were recovered. 

 

In June 2017, DPAA contractor Abor Country was tasked to perform a

reconnaissance of a site near Kese Bagang Village, East Kameng District,

State of Arunachal Pradesh, based on information provided by Mr. Clayton

Kuhles.  Abor Country reported they had located an aircraft crash site with

a significant amount of debris, including wreckage that resembled an

aircraft wing.  The contractor turned possible human remains over to the

U.S. Consulate in Kolkata. 

 

In December 2017, during a Joint Field Activity, a DPAA investigation team

visited the crash site and recovered human remains.  The remains were

consolidated into the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Gochnauer's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally, the Armed

Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y-chromosome

DNA (Y-STR) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to government and people of India, Abor Country and Mr.

Clayton Kuhles 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 72,704 service members

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

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

Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial 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 family information, call the Army Service Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit www.dpaa.mil

 

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.

 

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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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 21 June, 2019 08:16
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc.

Roger L. Woods, 18, of Cincinnati, Ohio, killed during the Korean War, was

accounted for on May 21, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 23, 2019.)

 

In the summer of 1950, Woods was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 34th

Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Regiment, fighting against members of the

Korean People's Army.  On July 29, 1950, he was reported missing in action

in the vicinity of Kochang, South Korea Absent of evidence of continued

survival, the Department of the Army declared him deceased as of Dec. 31,

1953.

 

According to historical reports, the 565th Quartermaster Graves Registration

Company recovered a set of remains initially designated as Unknown X-274

Miryang and later as Unknown X-274 Tanggok from an isolated grave in the

vicinity of Kochang Town, South Korea.  A tag that accompanied the remains

claimed that the remains had been removed from a single grave on Oct. 29,

1950.  On April 20, 1955, the remains were declared unidentifiable and were

subsequently transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

(NMCP,) known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu and were interred as an Unknown.

 

In August 2018, following thorough historical and scientific analysis, X-274

was disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Woods' remains, scientists from DPAA used 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, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves.  Woods' name is

recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl along with 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 family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty Office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

Woods will be buried July 11, 2019, in Goshen, Ohio.

 

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.

 

Woods' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000kZ2IDEA0

 

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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

 

One of the sets of Remains returned to the US last summer. 

We still need identification for at least 48 more out of the original 55.

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 21 June, 2019 16:02
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl.

Billy J.

Butler, 19, of Kerrville, Texas, killed during the Korean War, was accounted

for on April 29, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 23, 2019.)

 

In late 1950, Butler was a member of Company C, 2nd Engineer Combat

Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, engaged in combat operations against the

enemy near Kujang, North Korea.  On Nov. 28, 1950, his unit's defensive

positions were attacked and he was captured by the Chinese People's

Volunteer Force (CPVF.) 

 

Following the war, returning American prisoners reported that Butler died in

January 1951, at the prisoner of war camp in Pukchin-Tarigol, North Korea,

known by some as Hofong Camp.  On March 15, 1954, the U.S. Army declared

Butler deceased as of Jan. 27, 1951.

 

On July 27, 2018, following the summit between President Trump and North

Korean Chairman Kim in June 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes,

purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during

the Korean War.  The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,

Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA

laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Butler's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Today, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams, or disinterred from unknown graves.  Butler'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 family contact information, contact the Army Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

Butler will be buried July 27, 2019, in his hometown. Kerrville, Texas

 

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.

 

Butler's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000Bpz0sEAB

 

/////

 

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 21 June, 2019 16:34
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc.

Sterling Geary, Jr., 24, of Cooper, Texas, killed during the Korean War, was

accounted for on April 8, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on April 26, 2019.)

 

In November 1950, Geary was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th

Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, which was engaged in battle with

the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces in North Korea.  He was declared

missing in action on Nov. 27, 1951 when he could not be accounted for by

his unit following fighting at Hill 234, and Tong-dong Village, North Korea.

 

Following the war, one returning American prisoner of war reported that

Geary had been captured by the CPVF and died in March 1951 while being held

at prisoner of war Camp 5.  Based on this information, the U.S. Army

declared him deceased as of March 31, 1951.

 

On Dec. 21, 1993, North Korea unilaterally turned over 34 boxes of remains,

believed to be unaccounted-for U.S. servicemen from the Korean War.  The

remains in Box 17 were reportedly recovered from Tonju-ri, Pyokdong County,

North P'yongan Province, North Korea. 

 

In October 2000, two joint Korean and U.S. Central Identification Laboratory

Hawaii (a predecessor to DPAA) Recovery Operations excavated sites in Kujang

County, North Korea, which is near Unsan County, and an area associated with

individuals captured and sent to prisoner of war Camp 5, where Geary was

reported to have died.  The remains recovered were accessioned to the

laboratory and consolidated with remains returned in 1993.

 

To identify Geary's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally, scientists from

the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA,)

Y-chromosome STR DNA (Y-STR) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Today, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams, or disinterred from unknown graves.  Geary'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 family information, contact the Army Service Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

Geary will be buried Aug. 15, 2019, in Dallas, Texas.

 

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.

 

/////

 

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

 
 
 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 17 June, 2019 16:20
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Michigan Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl.

Charles S. Lawler, 19, of Traverse City, Michigan, killed during the Korean

War, was accounted for on May 13, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 15, 2019.)

 

In November 1950, Lawler was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th

Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.  He was reported missing in action

on Nov. 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near Unsan,

North Korea.  His remains could not be recovered following the attack and he

was not reported as a prisoner of war.  The U.S. Army declared him deceased

as of Dec. 31, 1953.

 

On July 27, 2018, following the summit between President Donald Trump and

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018, North Korea turned

over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members

killed during the Korean War.  The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl

Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned

into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Lawler's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Today, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves.  Lawler'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 family information, contact the Army Casualty office at (800) 892-2490.

 

Lawler will be buried July 27, 2019, in his hometown. Traverse City, Michigan

 

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.

 

Lawler's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004mDzEAI

 

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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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 17 June, 2019 13:56
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New Jersey Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy

Fireman 3rd Class Harold K. Costill, 18, of Clayton, New Jersey, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on April 16, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on April 19, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Costill was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia,

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

Japanese aircraft. The USS West Virginia sustained multiple torpedo hits,

but timely counter-flooding measures taken by the crew prevented it from

capsizing, and it came to rest on the shallow harbor floor.  The attack on

the ship resulted in the deaths of 106 crewmen, including Costill. 

 

During efforts to salvage the USS West Virginia, Navy personnel recovered

the remains of the deceased crewmen, representing at least 66 individuals.

Those who could not be identified, including Costill, were interred as

unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the

Punchbowl, in Honolulu. 

 

From June through October 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, in

cooperation with cemetery officials, disinterred 35 caskets, reported to be

associated with the USS West Virginia, from the NMCP and transferred the

remains to the laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Costill's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of

the Navy 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 72,704 still unaccounted for from

World War II, of which approximately 26,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable.  Costill'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 family information, call the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

Costill will be buried Sept. 14, 2019, in his hometown. Clayton, New Jersey

 

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.

 

Costill's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe1DEAS

 

/////

 

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


 

 

 
... Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu alongside other fallen soldiers, the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said.

 
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that it accounted for a Pikeville Navy Seaman killed in WWII.
By Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Public Affairs ... POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) for “exceptionally meritorious service” as the agency's ...
(KT) – The remains of a Kentucky sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 have been identified, according to the Defense POW/MIA ...

 
MACON, Ga. -- Macon Mayor Robert Reichert announced Friday that the intersection of Knoxville and Bethel Church Roads will now be named after ...

 

 
Remains of Somerville Veteran/POW finally identified, to be buried in ... According to the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA):.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. 1st Class Elden C. Justus, 23, of Eureka, California, killed during ...
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The remains of a Somerville soldier who died during the Korean War in 1951 have been identified, according to U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...
The remains, believed to be of World War II-era service members, are headed to the U.S. for identification analysis by the Defense POW/MIA ...

 
On Saturday, the remains of a Korean War POW who was declared Missing in Action (MIA) in 1950, will be coming home to Massachusetts.

 

 
Ukraine's Ministry for Veterans and the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense's department for searching for ...
 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 14 June, 2019 15:36
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt.

1st Class Elden C. Justus, 23, of Eureka, California, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for on April 16, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on April 26, 2019.)

 

In late November 1950, Justus was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th

Field Artillery Battalion, 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 engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. By December 6, the

U.S. Army evacuated approximately 1,500 wounded service members; the

remaining soldiers had been either captured or killed in enemy territory.

When Justus could not be accounted for by his unit at the end of the battle;

he was reported missing in action as of Dec. 6, 1950.

 

From April 28 to May 10, 2004, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a

predecessor to DPAA, conducted joint recovery operations with the North

Korean People's Army (KPA,) in the vicinity of the Chosin River.  The

recovery team excavated two sites, recovering the remains of at least five

individuals.  The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea,)

unilaterally turned over the remains to the UNC Military Armistice

Commissioned, where they were subsequently accessioned to the laboratory.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as material evidence.  Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Today, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves.  Justus' 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 family information, call the Army Service Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

Justus will be buried July 11, 2019, in Arcata, California.

 

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.

 

Justus' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000004OWUOEA4

 

/////

 

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 June, 2019 08:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Massachusetts Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy

Seaman 1st Class Frank A. Hryniewicz, 20, of Three Rivers, Massachusetts,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on Jan. 28, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on Jan. 31, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hryniewicz 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 Hryniewicz. 

 

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 Hryniewicz.

 

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 Hryniewicz' remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

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

 

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 72,704 still unaccounted for from

World War II, of which approximately 26,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable.  Hryniewicz' 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 family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1874361/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-hryniewicz-f

/

 

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Hryniewicz' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLsEAK

 

/////

 

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 June, 2019 13:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kentucky Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy

Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk, Jr., 19, of Pikeville, Kentucky, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on July 25, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially published on Sept. 21, 2018.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Burk 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 Burk. 

 

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 Burk.

 

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 Burk's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally,

scicentists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of

the Navy 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 72,708 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Burk'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 family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

Burk will be buried July 19, 2019, at the Punchbowl.

 

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Burk's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKaEAK

 

/////

 

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

 


 

 

 
The newly enacted policy limits public displays by the city to four specific flags: United States, California, Fountain Valley and POW/MIA. The flags of ...

 

 
Telegrams were delivered for five days in a row in 1966 to the Oley home of the mother of Lt. Col. Ralph H. Angstadt, last seen in an airplane over ...

 

 
Nearly 80 years after his death at age 20, Hryniewicz, a Navy Seaman 1st Class, has been identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 

 
They also created the POW-MIA flag to ensure our missing and imprisoned servicemen are not forgotten. And to ensure the design could be ...
The ship sustained multiple torpedo hits and quickly capsized, which resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, according to the Defense POW/MIA ...
This undated photo released Thursday, June 13, 2019, by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shows U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class Frank ...

Remains of Three Rivers resident Frank Hryniewicz, killed at Pearl Harbor in World War II, identified -

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday that Navy Seaman 1st Class Frank Hryniewicz was accounted for Jan. 28.

 

 
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After a diver found two potential P-47 wrecks of the coast of Corsica, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, a branch of the Department of ...
The policy names the flags of the United States, California, Fountain Valley, official sister cities and the POW-MIA flag, a federally recognized national ...

 
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In order to make room for the flag in honor of Pride Month, Montgomery County took down a POW/MIA flag, which honors missing American troops, ...

 

 
On Wednesday, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced 19-year-old Navy Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk, Jr., of Pikeville, was ...
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June 11
 

 

 

 
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The U.S. Department of Defence Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Accounting Agency (DPAA) recovered the remains and will return them ...


 


 

 
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 23:07:53 -0500

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7126125/9-11-victims-remains-identified-nearly-18-years-later.html

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says 652 sets of remains buried as “unknowns” at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific will be ...
In 2017, crews from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed Dickson's remains, which were sent to a laboratory. A distant cousin, Michael ...

 
... his body was disinterred but never identified and reburied in a national cemetery in Hawaii. Last year, The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 June, 2019 09:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today Army Pfc. Dewey

W. Harris, 23, of Cherryville, Missouri, killed during World War II, was

accounted for on April 16, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on April 23, 2019.)

 

In November 1944, Harris was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 110th

Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division.  He was reported missing in

action on Nov. 14, 1944, after fierce combat in the Hürtgen Forest, near the

village of Simonskall, in Germany.  Due to ongoing combat operations and

extensive land mines throughout the forest, American forces were unable to

search for him.  On Nov. 15, 1945, the War Department declared him deceased.

 

 

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command extensively searched

the Hürtgen Forest for Harris’ remains.  Unable to make a correlation with

any remains found in the area, his remains were declared non-recoverable. 

 

In 1946, following demining operations, a set of remains was recovered from

near where Harris was last seen alive.  The remains, unable to be

identified, were designated Unknown X-2702, and buried at United States

Military Cemetery Neuville, present day Ardennes American Cemetery, in

Belgium.

 

Based upon the original recovery location of X-2702, DPAA analysts

determined that there was a likely association between the remains and

Harris.  In August 2018, the Department of Defense and American Battle

Monuments Commission disinterred X-2702 and accessioned the remains to the

DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Harris’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S.

Army Regional Mortuary- Europe/Africa 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 72,704 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II.  Harris’ 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, Harris’ 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 family information, call the Army Service Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Arti

cle/1821247/soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-harris-d/

 

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.

 

/////

 

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

 


 
June 9, 2019
 

 
"While cooperating closely with the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the embassies of the United States and France on the remains, we ...

 
Over decades families of the dead pilots and teams from the US Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in Honolulu that executes investigation ...
After over 70 years buried among the “unknowns” at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency positively ...
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By Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Public Affairs ... the Expeditionary Support Directorate at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) ...
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the 19-year-old was tasked with facilitating communication among several battle elements.

 

 

 
WBBM was contacted about a POW/MIA remembrance sign at the rest stop off eastbound I-80, a mile into Illinois from Iowa. It's the Mississippi Rapids ...

 

 
In May 2018, the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced his remains had been recovered and identified. The burial site was located in ...
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, part of the United States Department of Defense, has identified the remains of Baker 2nd Class David L.
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“I am proud to have carried legislation that would make the POW-MIA Memorial Highway designation an official part of state law,” Cusick said in a ...
 
The remains of U.S. Army Sgt. George Schipani, who has been classified as missing in action since 1951, were recently identified and will be returned ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 June, 2019 12:23
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Iowa Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl.

Ralph L. Bennett, 22, of Ames, Iowa, killed during World War II, was

accounted for on April 29, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 1, 2019.)

 

In June 1944, Bennet was a member of Headquarters Company, 209th Engineer

Combat Battalion, as an engineer in the China-Burma-India Theater.  On June

13, 1944, Bennet's battalion fought in the siege of Myitkyina, Burma, after

successfully taking the airfield west of Myitkyina from Japanese control.

Bennett was reported to have been killed during the battle.

 

The remains of servicemen killed during the battle were buried in at least

eight different temporary cemeteries and numerous isolated burial locations.

Eventually, all known burials were concentrated into the U.S. Military

Cemetery at Myitkyina, including the remains of those who were not

identified.  In January and February 1946, all of the remains at the U.S.

Military Cemetery were disinterred and transferred to the U.S. Military

Cemetery at Kalaikunda, India.  The exhumation of the U.S. Military Cemetery

at Kalaikunda was conducted in September and October 1947.

 

One set of remains, designated Unknown X-48 Kalaikunda, was reportedly

disinterred on Oct. 21, 1947 and transferred to Schofield Barracks in

Hawaii, where they were unable to be identified.  They were subsequently

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

Punchbowl, in Honolulu, in March 1949.

 

On July 16, 2018, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-48 Kalaikunda from the

Punchbowl and accessioned the remains into the laboratory.

 

To identify Bennett's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally,

the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)

analysis.

 

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 72,708 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial 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 family information, call the Army Service Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

Bennett will be buried Aug. 3, 2019, in his hometown. (Ames, Iowa)

 

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.

 

Bennett's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000ccR8EAI

 

/////

 

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 June, 2019 10:39
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army 1st

Lt. Seymour P. Drovis, 24, of Cook County, Illinois, killed during World War

II, was accounted for on Sept. 4, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Sept. 14, 2018.)

 

In July 1944, Drovis was a member of Company A, 105th Infantry Regiment,

27th Infantry Division, engaged against enemy forces in Achugao Village,

Saipan Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  The division

sustained heavy casualties during one of the largest Japanese "banzai"

attacks of WWII.  A soldier reported seeing Drovis fatally shot on July 7,

1944. 

 

In September 2013, two Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command anthropologists

(JPAC, a predecessor to DPAA) recovered possible osseous remains and

material evidence from a burial feature on Saipan.  The location correlates

to where Drovis' unit fought during the banzai attack.  The remains were

recovered by JPAC Central Identification Laboratory anthropologists and by a

Japanese non-governmental organization, Kuenti, working in conjunction with

the Japanese government, and in cooperation with a local archeological firm,

Swift and Harper Archaeological Research and Consulting, and the Japanese

Historic Preservation Office.  The remains were subsequently sent to the

DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Japanese non-governmental organization, Kuenti,

working in conjunction with the Japanese government, and in cooperation with

a local archeological firm, Swift and Harper Archaeological Research and

Consulting, and the Japanese Historic Preservation Office for their

partnerships 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 72,708 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II.  Drovis' 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.  A rosette will be placed

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

 

For family information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

Drovis will be buried Oct. 16, 2019, in Arlington National Cemetery, near

Washington, D.C.

 

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.

 

/////

 

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 June, 2019 09:11
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Colorado Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt.

Harry W. Wilder, 21, of Denver, killed during World War II, was accounted

for on Nov. 26, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially published on Nov. 28, 2018.)

 

In November 1944, Wilder was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 110th

Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division.  He was reported missing in

action on Nov. 14, 1944, after fierce combat in the Raffelsbrand sector of

the Hürtgen Forest, near the village of Simonskall, in Germany.  Due to

ongoing combat operations and extensive land mines throughout the forest

American forces were unable to search for him.  When the war ended, Wilder

was among more than two dozen Soldiers still missing in the Raffelsbrand

sector.  On Nov. 15, 1945, the War Department declared him deceased. 

 

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command extensively searched

the Hürtgen Forest for Wilder’s remains.  Unable to make a correlation with

any remains found in the area, he was declared non-recoverable. 

 

In April 1947, following demining operations, a set of unidentified remains

was recovered from the Raffelsbrand sector of the Hürtgen Forest. The

remains were sent to the central processing point at Neuville, Belgium. They

were unable to be identified, were designated X-5392, and buried as an

unknown Soldier at Neuville American Cemetery.

 

Based upon the original recovery location of X-5392, a DPAA historian

determined that there was a likely association between the remains and

Wilder.  In April 2018, the Department of Defense and American Battle

Monuments Commission disinterred X-5392 and accessioned the remains to the

DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Wilder’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S.

Army Regional Mortuary- Europe/Africa 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 72,708 service members

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

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

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, Wilder’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 family information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Arti

cle/1869261/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-wilder-h/

 

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.

 

Wilder’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XmUWEA0

 

/////

 

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 6 June, 2019 09:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Colorado Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Baker 2nd

Class David L. Kesler, 23, of Berthoud, Colorado, killed during World War

II, was accounted for on Jan. 17, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on Jan. 24, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Kesler 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 Kesler. 

 

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 Kesler.

 

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 Kesler's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of

the Navy 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 72,708 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Kesler'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 family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Arti

cle/1867897/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-kesler-d/

 

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Kesler's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdzqEAC

 

/////

 

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

 

 


 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 June, 2019 14:11
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the

remains of a U.S. serviceman, killed during World War II, are those of

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. William E. Brandenburg, 19, of New Miami, Ohio.

Brandenburg was accounted for on Sept. 25, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially published on Oct. 29, 2018.)

 

In November 1943, Brandenburg was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd

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. Brandenburg 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. Reports indicate that Brandenburg was buried in the Central

Division Cemetery, later renamed to Cemetery #26.  The 604th Quartermaster

Graves Registration Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio

between 1946 and 1947, but Brandenburg'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 Tarawa Unknown X-074.

 

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-074 from the NMCP for

identification.

 

To identify Brandenburg'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 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 72,708 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. Brandenburg'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 family information, contact the Marine Corps Service Casualty office at

(800) 847-1597.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Article/1867299/marine-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-brandenburg-w/

 

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.

 

Brandenburg's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XiBBEA0

 

/////

 

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

June 2, 2019
 
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 https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/10/1509 - full section - but only one full page – easy read

 Sec. (a), that provides the dates that apply to each conflict that DPAA is accountable for reads as follows;

 

World War II during the period beginning on December 7, 1941, and ending on December 31, 1946, including members of the armed forces who were lost during flight operations in the Pacific theater of operations covered by section 576 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000 (Public Law 106–65; 10 U.S.C. 1501 note).

 

The Cold War during the period beginning on September 2, 1945, and ending on August 21, 1991.

 

The Korean War during the period beginning on June 27, 1950, and ending on January 31, 1955.

 

The Indochina War era during the period beginning on July 8, 1959, and ending on May 15, 1975.

 

The Persian Gulf War during the period beginning on August 2, 1990, and ending on February 28, 1991.

 

Such other conflicts in which members of the armed forces served as the Secretary of Defense may designate.

From: Ann Mills-Griffiths <powmiafam@aol.com>
Sent: 1 June, 2019 17:33
To:

The following excerpts are taken from the Defense Department's June 1, 2019 publication, pages 36-37 & 40::

 

INDO-PACIFIC

STSTRATEGY REPORT

PREPAREDNESS, PARTNERSHIPS, AND

PROMOTING A NETWORKED REGION

 

VIETNAM

 

The Department is building a strategic partnership with Vietnam that is based on common interests and principles, including freedom of navigation, respect for a rules-based order in accordance with international law, and recognition of national sovereignty. The U.S.-Vietnam defense relationship has Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Admiral Phil Davidson visits Nepal, January 11, 2019. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Robin Peak After nearly 50 years of service in the U.S. Coast Guard, the Hamilton-class cutter (WHEC-722) was officially transferred to the Vietnam Coast Guard under the name CSB-8020. A transfer ceremony took place at Coast Guard Base, Honolulu, May 25, 2017. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa McKenzie Indo - Pacific Strategy Report 37 grown dramatically over the past several years, as symbolized by the historic March 2018 visit of a U.S. aircraft carrier for the first time since the Vietnam War.

 

The Department is working to improve Vietnam’s defense capabilities by providing security assistance, including Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, T-6 trainer aircraft, a former U.S. Coast Guard high endurance cutter, and small patrol boats and their associated training and maintenance facilities. The U.S. military also engages in numerous annual training exchanges and activities to enhance bilateral cooperation and interoperability with the Vietnam People’s Army, Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard. Additionally, DoD has provided training and technical assistance to support Vietnam’s 2018 deployment of a medical unit to the U.N. Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan, and will continue to provide assistance to facilitate future deployments.

 

Our increasingly strong defense ties are based on a foundation of close cooperation to address legacy of war and humanitarian issues, which predates the restoration of diplomatic relations in 1995. As we look to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations in 2020, DoD remains committed to supporting U.S. efforts to clean up dioxin contamination and remove unexploded ordnance, and appreciates Vietnam’s continued assistance to account for U.S. personnel missing from the Vietnam War.

 

LAOS

 

Strategically located in the geographic heart of ASEAN and the Mekong sub-region, Laos presents opportunities for deepening security, economic, and diplomatic engagement. China is increasingly focused on Laos, and Beijing continues efforts to expand its strategic footprint through large debtfueled investments, especially in infrastructure and energy. However, Laos is wary of overdependence and is seeking to diversify its partners and options. At the same time, Laos is experiencing a significant demographic shift – with a large majority of its population under the age of 35 – which presents a unique opportunity to engage a new, outward looking generation. The Lao military prioritizes Vietnam, Russia, and to a lesser degree China as its primary security partners. At the same time, the Laotian military is slowly expanding its international engagement portfolio, first to ASEAN and to a lesser degree to countries in the region such as Japan, Australia, and India.

 

The United States supports activities that advance Laos’ integration into ASEAN, such as defense modernization, interoperability, English language proficiency, and respect for a rules-based international order. In the meantime, we are working to move past war legacy issues related to the Vietnam War and aim to conclude Prisoner of War/Missing in Action recovery operations honorably, and by 2030 to make Laos substantially risk-free of U.S.-sourced unexploded ordnance.

 

CAMBODIA

 

DoD seeks to build a productive military-to-military relationship with the Kingdom of Cambodia that protects its sovereignty, promotes military professionalism, and helps it become a responsible and capable contributor to regional security. In early 2017, Cambodia suspended all military-to-military exercises with the United States. We, however, continue to cooperate in peacekeeping operations, humanitarian mine action, medical research, and U.S. Missing in Action personnel accounting.

 

AMG Comment:  It is very encouraging to see the POW/MIA accounting mission integrated into US policy priorities by release of this significant document in the very important Singapore Dialogue.    Perhaps now we'll also see follow-through by senior officials throughout the interagency policy community to reinforce the importance of the accounting effort to the United States, the affected families, our nation's veterans and the American people.  This specific report forms the basis for widespread implementation and will be extremely helpful so long as our expectations are reasonable and all aspects of official efforts are coordinated and fully integrated to maximize effectiveness and expand accounting results.  CONGRATULATIONS AND SINCERE APPRECIATION TO ALL WHO WORKED TO BRING ABOUT THIS HOPEFUL RENEWAL OF SERIOUS EFFORTS!    Best to all, Ann

 

Ann Mills-Griffiths

Chairman of the Board/CEO

National League of POW/MIA Families

5673 Columbia Pike, Suite 100

Falls Church, VA  22041

703-465-7432

 

 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 May, 2019 10:59
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Iowa Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy

Seaman 2nd Class Ray H. Myers, 19, of Central City, Iowa, killed during

World War II, was accounted for April 16, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially announced on April 19, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Myers 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 Myers. 

 

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 Myers.

 

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of

the Navy 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 72,716 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Myers' 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 family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

Myers will be buried July 7, 2019, in his hometown.

 

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.

 

Myers' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0JEAS

 

/////

 

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 May, 2019 11:58
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Indiana Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy

Seaman 1st Class Oris V. Brandt, 20, of Kentland, Indiana, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 20, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on March 4, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Brandt 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 Brandt. 

 

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 Brandt.

 

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 Brandt's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) and autosomal DNA

(auSTR) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of

the Navy 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 72,716 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Brandt'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 family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit www.dpaa.mil

 

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Brandt's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKTEA0

 

/////

 

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

moe note: 10 months and we have Six (6) sets of remains Identified out of the original 55 sets turn over to the US last summer?!??

We understand that over 90% of the MIA Families from the Korean War have their DNA on file with DPAA.

Currently, there are more than 7,600 MIAs/Unaccounted for from the Korean War. If by some miracle, all MIAs were turn over to the US tomorrow there is a mathematical possibility that it would take 1,000 years to close the Mission on Korea.

When do WE Inspect what WE Expect?

 
 

May 29, 2019

 
 

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US identifies more remains of American troops killed during Korean War

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More US troops from Korean War identified from 55 boxes of remains returned by North Korea

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'May we never forget' | County observes Memorial Day

The Republic-Times

Waterloo was recently named a POW/MIA City. The Waterloo Municipal Band, Kaskaskia Trail Chorus and Brenda Johnson provided patriotic music.

 

Remains of Central City man killed in WWII identified

KCRG

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed the unidentified remains of the unidentified USS Oklahoma crew between June and November ...

 

LENA MITCHELL: Veterans and military service members deserve our continuous support

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

Huff described the process the U.S. Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency uses to find the families of soldiers whose remains have ...

 
 

'I feel closer to my father in Seoul'

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"Every year I think, when I go to Washington, D.C. (to attend the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's annual meeting), I think maybe that's ...

 

Local family makes progress in their search for WWII plane

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Last February the O'Kane family presented a 127-page research paper to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Division at the Family Update meeting in San ...
 

Chick-fil-A left one table open at several restaurants over the weekend. Here's why

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SALT LAKE CITY — Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country left one seat empty over the weekend to honor soldiers. Chick-fil-A set up “Missing Man ...

 


The 154th Memorial Day Parade

urbanmilwaukee

In 1972, when she was just 12 years old, she received a MIA-POW bracelet with the name James Moreland on it. Moreland was an Army Green Beret ...

  May 24, 2019

 
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Families of Korean War Missing Face More Disappointment This Memorial Day

Soldier Seen Placing Flag at Tomb of Unknown Soldier During Torrential Rain

 
Emails and phone messages requesting comment were left Thursday and Friday with officials from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the ...

 
On August 27, 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified the remains of Seaman First Class Wesley Vernie Jordan. His remains had ...

 
In 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency developed evidence that the remains were likely those of Hayes. The remains were disinterred ...

 
Reynolds also directed that the National League of Families POW/MIA flag also be flown on Capitol grounds for the entire day. According to the ...

 

 
The ride calls for an accounting of all prisoners of war and those missing in action (POW/MIA), honors the memory of those killed in action (KIA) from ...

 

 
The bill would direct the Architect of the Capitol to display POW/MIA flags outside the entrance of the office of each Member of Congress, in recognition ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, a government organization responsible for recovering missing soldiers, suspected that an unidentified ...

 

 
Rolling Thunder seeks to bring full accountability for all U.S. prisoners of war and missing in action (POW/MIA) soldiers. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen).

 
... measures," including the discontinuation of nuclear and ballistic missile testing and steps toward the "repatriation of the American POW/MIA remains ...

 

 
The ministry will work with Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to recover remains in conflict zones. The report said that the step ...
... Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry signed a memorandum with the US Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency last month to speed up the effort.
 
Private Boegli was also awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his gallantry while serving. His funeral is set for Saturday in the Gallatin ...

 

 

 
A World War II soldier from Montana who died on an island in the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago has been buried in his home state after his remains were ...
His eventual return home was made possible by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The agency disinterred remains from the Manila cemetery ...
Boegli received a Silver Star and Purple Heart posthumously for his service. His remains were brought over from Hawaii just Thursday. A DNA and ...

 
During Saturday's funeral, Boegli was awarded medals including a Purple Heart, Silver Star and WWII Victory Medal. Boegli's nephew, Don McHenry, ...

 
Multiple witnesses told the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency about two areas where they said they remembered Francisco being buried.
According to the Pentagon's POW/MIA Accounting Agency, more than 82,000 U.S. troops remain unaccounted for in wars as far back as World War II.
 
In March, his body was identified with the help of History Flight, Inc., according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Rogers could have been ...

Karli's remains were identified recently through the use of DNA samples tested by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the Armed Forces ...

According to the Depart of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the Navy worked to recover the remains of crew members of the Oklahoma from the ...

 

As we remember the fallen during Memorial Day ceremonies across the United States, let us remember all prisoners of war/missing in action, ...

 
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Thompson, who enlisted in Louisville in the days following Pearl Harbor, was on the beaches of Okinawa in World War II, earned a Silver Star for valor ...

Emails and phone messages requesting comment were left with officials from the Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the Pentagon office tasked ...
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Boegli has been awarded the Purple Heart, The Bronze Star and The Silver Star, something his family didn't know. His casket will arrive home to ...

 

 
... took out enemy and saved his Commanding Officer , First Sergeant and 9 other men and he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star,” Tainsh told ...

 

 
Bridger retired after 22 years of service in the Air Force, his awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star ...

 

 
... the likelihood of Martin's remains being mingled with others and the sheer number of similar cases facing the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

 

 
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More than 7,600 American troops remain missing from the war, with 5,300 believed lost in the North, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 
Thanks to advances in technology and the dedication of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), many families have recently learned the ...

 

 
Pvt. Martin L. Kunik died in Cabanatuan POW Camp July 23, 1942. ... number of similar cases facing the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in ...

 

 
Frank Muth, commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, patriotic music from the Ladies of Liberty and a special presentation of the POW/MIA ...
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... Oklahoma, and personnel from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) later began exhuming the remains from the NMCP for analysis.

 
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The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred Boegli's remains in January 2016 and used DNA from relatives to identify him ...

 

 
Pleasanton Express

In late April, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Riggs, 18, of Rio Grande City, Texas, killed during the Korean War, was ...

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 23 May, 2019 11:45
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc.

John W. Hayes, 24, of Estelline, Texas, killed during World War II, was

accounted for on April 17, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially announced on April 18, 2019.)

 

In early 1945, Hayes was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 335th

Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, serving in the European Theater

during World War II.  On Jan. 4, 1945, Hayes was killed in action near

Mâgôster, Belgium, when, according to witnesses, an 88-millimeter shell from

a German tank struck his foxhole.  Following the war, American graves

registration teams had no record of Hayes’ remains being recovered.  On

Sept. 6, 1951, the War Department declared his remains non-recoverable.

 

Following the close of hostilities in Europe in 1945, an unidentified set of

remains, designated Unknown X-134 Fosse, were recovered near Soy, Belgium,

approximately three miles from Mâgôster.  The remains could not be

identified and were interred Nov. 4, 1948, at the Henri-Chapelle American

Cemetery and Memorial, in Hombourg, Belgium.

 

Following thorough analysis of military records and American Graves

Registration Command documentation by DPAA historians and scientists,

Unknown X-134 Fosse, was determined to have a likely association with Hayes.

Unknown X-134 Fosse was disinterred in July 2018 and sent to DPAA for

analysis.

 

To identify Hayes’ remains, scientists from DPAA anthropological analysis,

as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally, the Armed Forces Medical

Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S.

Army Regional Mortuary- Europe/Africa 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 72,719 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. Hayes’ name is recorded on the Tablets of

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

Commission site in Belgium, along with others who are missing from WWII.

Although interred as an "unknown," Hayes’ 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 family information, call the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

 

Hayes will be buried June 19, 2019, in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

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.

 

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

 

05/21/19

 
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From: moehog@verizon.net
To: moehog@verizon.net

 

NOT POW/MIA, But beneficial information on Bill that has been introduced that will expand Benefits of KIA Family members (aka Gold Star Family)

 

Story was Written by Kevin Derby and Published in the FLORIDA Daily 19 May 2019.

 

https://www.floridadaily.com/mike-waltzs-bill-to-expand-benefits-for-gold-star-families-gains-steam-on-capitol-hill/?fbclid=IwAR37CAY0ibGK6UNIZDIUyA2zwQVzJV90cvs6PRR3u6aOUhu3XELBBCvCocw

 

 

Salute to Representative Mike Waltz!

Enjoy the read.

 

05/18/19
 
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He is still unaccounted for, according to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency records. Bobbie Jo Hodges-Lamb helped to reunite Ferguson, ...

 

 
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The remains of Army Sgt. George R. Schipani, of Somerville, Massachusetts, were identified in January, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

 
“There used to be one on every office, they all had POW/MIA flags,” said Rege Riley, National Commander for AMVETS. “Over the past several years ...

 
9, 1945 while a prisoner of war aboard a Japanese vessel during World War II. ... It wasn't until late 2017 that researchers from the Defense POW/MIA ...

 

 
It wasn't until late 2017 that researchers from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, a federal team of analysts who seek to account for all missing ...

 
They were among 58 fives and 98 children flown by Ross Perot to Paris on his “Spirit of Christmas” flight to seek news of the POW/MIAs and to raise ...

 

 
On Oct. 7, 1966, the Navy wives started meeting monthly to share news, and a year later, with other POW and MIA wives around the country, they ...

 

 
When her mother sent author Heath Hardage Lee the obituary of a friend, Lee could hardly have known it would eventually lead her on a five-year ...

From: Barr, Charles <charles_barr@nps.gov>
Sent: 14 May, 2019 15:34
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Memorial Day Program at Andersonville National Cemetery

 

Andersonville News Release

 

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Contacts:  Charles Barr, charles_barr@nps.gov, 229-924-0343, ext. 112

NR19-04         

 

 Memorial Day Programs and Events at Andersonville

Former Prisoner of War Captain William A. Robinson USAF (Retired) to speak at Andersonville Memorial Day Program

 

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia – Former Prisoner of War Captain William A. Robinson USAF (Retired), will present the keynote address at the Memorial Day Observance Ceremony to be held in Andersonville National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. William A. Robinson was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He enlisted into the United States Air Force after graduating high school in 1961. After several assignments within the United States and a one year tour in Korea, Airman First Class William Robinson was transferred to Thailand to serve with an Air Rescue and Recovery unit in the spring of 1965.

In North Vietnam on September 20, 1965, flying aboard an HH43B helicopter during a rescue mission to save a downed F-105 pilot, A1C (E4) Robinson and his crew were shot down by enemy fire. He and his crew survived the crash but were soon captured by enemy forces on the ground. He spent the next seven and half years as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. After his release and return to the United States in 1973, he was one of three enlisted men to receive a direct commission to Lieutenant in the United States Air Force by the President of the United States, in recognition of his conduct while being held as a Prisoner of War. In addition, Cpt. Robinson was the first enlisted man to receive the Air Force Cross, a medal for valor, second only to the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award. His Air Force Cross is currently on display at the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, a museum located on Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

Cpt. Robinson earned a Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, POW Medal, and two Purple Hearts along with seventeen other awards and decorations. He is also honored at the Eglin Air Force Base Museum in the Vietnam Prisoner of War Display. He and Neal Black are listed in a book titled "Honor Bound, American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia" as the longest held enlisted POWs in American History. A biography of his life has been released, "The Longest Rescue," written by Dr. Glenn Robins.

After serving in Vietnam, Captain Robinson completed Aircraft Maintenance Training and was assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing Eglin Air Force Base as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He retired from the Air Force in 1984 after serving his country honorably for 23 years. His service includes 12 years enlisted service and 11 years as a commissioned officer. Captain William Robinson now resides in Lenoir City, Tennessee, with his wife Ora Mae.

 

Memorial Day commemoration activities at Andersonville National Historic Site begin on Friday, May 17. Volunteers from Robins Riders and park staff will raise the Avenue of Flags, lining the cemetery roads with over 200 full-sized American flags and the National Prisoner of War Museum parking area with all 50 state flags.

 

On Saturday, May 25, hundreds of scouts and other volunteers will add to the patriotic atmosphere by placing a small American flag on more than 21,000 gravesites in Andersonville National Cemetery. The dramatic and moving display of thousands of veterans’ graves decorated with American Flags, set against a backdrop of over 200 full-sized American Flags, will create a powerful and patriotic setting for our Memorial Day Observance Ceremony.

 

On Sunday, May 26, a Memorial Day Observance Ceremony will be held in Andersonville National Cemetery. The U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band will perform beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the formal program will begin at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will feature a keynote address from Cpt. William A. Robinson; wreath presentations by several military, civic, and patriotic organizations; presentation of military honors including a rifle salute; and more.

 

On Monday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. the Knights of Columbus will hold a special mass in the cemetery. The public is invited to attend.

 

Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. ­Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum open from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS

 

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About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.             

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 May, 2019 07:57
Cc: Welcome HOME
Subject: North Dakota Brothers Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that brothers

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Calvin H. Palmer, 23, and Navy Seaman 2nd Class

Wilferd D. Palmer, 21, of Minot, North Dakota, killed during World War II,

were accounted for on March 19, 2019.

 

(These identifications were initially announced on March 25, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Palmers were 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 the Palmer brothers. 

 

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 the brothers.

 

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify the Palmers' remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) and analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of

the Navy 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 72,729 (approximately 26,000 are

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

The Palmers' names are 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 their names to indicate they have been accounted for.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1794148/uss-oklahoma-brothers-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-palmer-c-palmer-w/

 

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.

 

Calvin Palmer's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XhSaEAK

 

Wilferd Palmer's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XhSVEA0

 

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 May, 2019 08:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Massachusetts Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt.

George R. Schipani, 19, of Somerville, Massachusetts, was accounted for on

Jan. 30, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Feb. 13, 2019.)

 

In late 1950, Schipani was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry

Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, when his unit took part in the Battle of

Unsan, North Korea.  Early in the morning of Nov. 2, 1950, Schipani's

battalion was struck by enemy units of the Chinese People's Volunteer

Forces.  After several days of intense fighting, survivors escaped to

friendly lines.  Schipani was reported missing in action as of Nov. 2, 1950.

 

 

At the end of the war, returning American prisoners stated that Schipani had

been captured and marched to Pyoktong, Prisoner of War Camp 5, and died in

February or March 1951.  Based on this information, the Army declared

Schipani deceased as of March 31, 1951.

 

Although the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service planned to recover

American remains that remained north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone after

the war, administrative details between the United Nations Command and North

Korea complicated recovery efforts. An agreement was made and in September

and October 1954, in what was known as Operation Glory, remains were

returned. Remains that were unable to be identified were buried as Unknowns

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

Honolulu, including a set of remains designated Unknown X-13448 Op Glory.

 

In July 2018, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-13448 Op Glory from the Punchbowl,

and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Schipani's remains, scientists from DPAA used 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, 7,662 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.  Schipani'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 family information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1845352/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-schipani-g/

 

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.

 

Schipani's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004nh6EAA

 

/////

 

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 May, 2019 10:53
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Oregon Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc.

Dale W. Ross, 22, of Ashland, Oregon, killed during World War II, was

accounted for on April 16, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially announced on April 18, 2019.)

 

In January 1943, Ross was a member of Company E, 35th Infantry Regiment,

25th Infantry Division, serving in the Pacific Theater.  He was reported

missing in action on Jan. 14, 1943, following a patrol in the vicinity of

Hill 27, Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.  A search was

conducted, but fellow Soldiers were unable to locate his remains.  On July

14, 1949, based on a lack of information, the U.S. Army determined Ross to

be non-recoverable.

 

In 2012, predecessor organizations to DPAA conducted investigations and

interviews in Mbarana Village, a village situated near the Gifu battlefield,

where Ross was believed to have died.  Between 2012 and 2015, several

investigation and recovery operations were conducted in Mbarana, and

possible human remains were located along the steep hillside surface of Hill

27.

 

In 2017, Pacific Wrecks, Inc., a partnership organization, contacted DPAA

regarding possible remains found along Hill 27.  DPAA excavated the site

with support from local civilians, recovering additional remains.  The

remains were consolidated with the remains found in 2015, and sent to the

laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Ross' remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally, the Armed

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

 

DPAA is grateful to the government of the Solomon Islands, Pacific Wrecks,

Inc., and the Ross family 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 72,722 service members

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

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

the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial 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 family information, call the Army Service Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1817493/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-ross-d/

 

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.

 

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

 

05/08/19   ....There is a lot of confusion, for a number of years in fact, about the POW/MIA (Missing Man - singular) table and the ceremony  itself.  Regarding the table, my late wife Margot Raven's research  (before we met) for a book she was writing about the table led her to the Air Force Historian's Office / Air Force Historical Agency where she discovered that the first table they had in their records was used at the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association (River Rats) Practice Reunions, which were initially at two bases in Thailand during the creation of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. Bottom line - the written description in her book about the meaning and purpose of the items on the table (no bible, hats, number of chairs, etc.) is correct as ORIGINALLY instituted by the River Rats. ANY other items that well-intentioned people have added to either the table or the ceremony is historically inaccurate; but in the Author's Note of the book she acknowledges that those additions have been added.

GBU - Tom

America's White Table: Margot Theis Raven, Mike Benny - Amazon.com


 

 

 
He was accounted for on July 26, 2018, according to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Schade's service includes full Military Honors, facilitated ...

 

 
Kenneth Hoffman, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), said in a statement to Reuters on Wednesday that it had ...

 

 
A recovery team with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency – which aims to missing prisoners of war or military members declared missing in ...

 

 
SHEPHERDSTOWN -- "The National League has always been nonpolitical, nonpartisan, but at the end of the war in 1972-1973, they started to ...

 
 May 9, 2019

 
“Here, the placement of the Christian Bible in a locked case on the POW/MIA table puts forth the Christian beliefs of some, at the expense of the beliefs ...

 

 
“That sectarian Christian Bible bolted down to that POW/MIA table at the Manchester NH VAMC is a grotesque gang sign of fundamentalist Christian ...

 

 

 

 
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling the display 'repugnant.' The First Liberty Institute's Mike Berry, who represents the group who ...

 

 
His body was discovered in 2017 when a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recovery team found the crash site and found his remains. DNA tests ...

 

 
The Pentagon's Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement that it has had no communication with North Korean authorities since the ...
First Liberty Institute, a non-profit organization that defends religious freedom, said in a statement that the Northeast POW/MIA Network “should be able ...

 
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the National POW/MIA Flag Act, a bill requiring that the POW/MIA flag be displayed whenever ...

 

 
The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency told CNN that the effort was suspended due to a lack of communication from North Korean officials ...

 

 
The Bible, which is bolted inside a Plexiglas case, decorates a POW/MIA memorial table at the Manchester VA Medical Center. It belonged to a POW ...
... to bring him back to Limestone County began in 2011 with a phone call to Stephen Gross from DeeDee King of the POW MIA accounting division.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 8 May, 2019 10:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine

Corps Reserve Pvt. Ted Hall, 24, of Kansas City, Missouri, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Jan. 16, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hall 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 Hall. 

 

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 Hall.

 

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 Hall's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis and circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the

Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of

the Navy 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 72,723 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Hall'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 family information, contact the Marine Corps Service Casualty office at

(800) 847-1597.

 

For future funeral information, visit www.dpaa.mil

 

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Hall's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XfJuEAK

 

/////

 

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

 


 

 

 
The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), which works to recover missing American troops around the world, said on Wednesday that it ...

 
In a statement provided to Reuters Wednesday, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency spokesman Lt. Col. Kenneth Hoffman said no talks on the work ...
 
 
... to bring him back to Limestone County began in 2011 with a phone call to Stephen Gross from DeeDee King of the POW MIA accounting division.

Last year's Singapore Agreement between Trump and Kim Jong Un stated that “the United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA ...
Frank Aleck, post commander of VFW Post 3117 in Edison, said last month the chairperson for District 8 VFW POW/MIA sent an email about Suliman ...
Austin was awarded the Navy Cross (posthumously) for his actions. The destroyer USS Austin, was named in his honor. Austin's remains were ...
May 7, 2019
He said his group has hired a plane to fly a banner over the medical center Tuesday urging the facility to “Honor all POW/MIA – Remove Bible.”...

 
MANCHESTER -- An Air Force veteran is going to court to get a Bible displayed on a POW/MIA table removed from the Veterans Administration ...

The Bible was carried by a World War II prisoner of war, USA Today ... that POW/MIA table and believed it to be an unlawful display,” the lawsuit says.

 
In 2017, a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recovery team excavated the crash site and recovered an identification tag for Stone along ...

 
Five U.S. officials of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency are expected to joint the team in Korea, including John E. Byrd, the director for DPAA ...

 

 
'It was for a good cause, for all of us to be free:' MIA Korean War veteran ... RELATED: 'It's the POW/MIA interchange, too:' Major Bobby Jones' sister ...

 
missing during the Korean War. Abby Kousouris spoke to his last living sister, who says she's touched that Bibb County commissioners could name an ...

 
Sgt. Alfred Sandini was ID'd earlier this year using a combination of dental and anthropological analysis, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

 

 

 
Crouchley's remains were discovered in 2017 during a renewed effort to find him by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and positively ...
Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, his remains were identified ...
In June 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency began the process of identifying the remains and on February 8th, 2019, they were identified.

 

 

 
In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) dug up remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to try and identify the ...

 
In April and May 2017, a DPAA Recovery Team (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) excavated a site based on information from a local resident.

 
In the funeral book, Chairwoman of the Board and CEO of the National League of POW/MIA Families Ann Mills-Griffiths affirmed that President Le Duc ...

 
World War II U.S. prisoner of war identified 7 decades after death ... The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency named Army Sgt. Cread E. Shuey, 23, ...

 

 
While Costa Mesa has traditionally raised city, California and American flags, as well as the POW-MIA flag, at municipal facilities, there is currently no ...

 
Karli's remains were recently identified through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.

 
Army vet, a Korean War POW, laid to rest in US after remains return from ... Korea, according to a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency statement.

MILITARY TIMES:
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In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) dug up remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to try and identify the ...

That all changed when the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), announced Jan. 15 that Suliman remains had been accounted for

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>

Sent: 3 May, 2019 09:17
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kansas Soldier Accounted For From World War II

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt.
Cread E. Shuey, 23, of Norton, Kansas
, killed during World War II, was
accounted for on Feb. 26, 2019.

(This identification was initially announced on March 5, 2019.)

On Dec. 8, 1941, Shuey was a member of Battery G, 60th Coast Artillery
Regiment, serving in the Philippines, 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 and sent
to prisoner of war camps.  Shuey was among those reported captured after the
surrender of Corregidor and held at the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500
POWs perished in this camp during the remaining years of the war.

According to prison and historical records, Shuey 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 Shuey's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and
anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial and material evidence.
Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used
mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

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 72,729 service members
(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still
unaccounted for from World War II. Shuey's name is recorded on the Walls of
the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, an American Battle
Monuments Commission site along with others missing from WWII. Although
interred as an "unknown" in Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Shuey'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.

Shuey will be buried March 30, 2019, in Tucson, Arizona.  His family does
not wish to be contacted by media.

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.

Shuey's personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Ll4TEAS

/////

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

The following advice from John Zimmerlee would apply to all family members regardless of the war.  Please share this with other organizations and POW/MIA family members.
Many thanks.

Kathy Shemeley

 

___________________________________________
 

Guide to Getting Answers on the Korean War Missing

By John Zimmerlee  4/25/2019

 

The Korean War has been over for 66 years, yet the families of the 7,667 still missing men have yet to get answers to their most obvious questions: 

 

 Did the MIAs actually die on the battlefield or were they captured and suffered in POW camps until they died of starvation?  If they died on the battlefield, were their remains collected and buried nearby? If remains couldn’t be identified, what happened to them? 

What is really surprising is that most of our questions already have answers!  Yes, the demise of most of the still missing men can be answered by reading through thousands of documents at the National Archives in College Park MD.  The only problem is . . . no one is committed enough to spend that much time reading old documents.

 

From my 25 years of research . . .  of the nearly 4,000 so-called MIAs, at least 156 are known to have died on the battlefield . . . and more than 910 are known to have been POWs . . . and the families were never told!  Of the 1730 still unaccounted-for supposed KIAs, more than 238 were known to have been POWs . . . and their families were never told as well!

 

So, as a family member, what should you be doing to learn more about your missing loved-one??

 

First, gather up all the info you already have . . . pictures, dental records, details on any prior injuries like traffic accidents or sports injuries, finger prints if he was ever arrested, time period in Korean, names of fellow soldiers or crew members, estimated height, facial structural appearance (Caucasian, Negroid, Mongoloid), Age when missing.

 

If you have ever attended a DPAA meeting, study the summary report you were given.  Note the field search case number or air loss case number at the end of the first paragraph. If he was MIA or KIA, note the area where he was last known to be in.  If an airman, note the area where his plane went down. If known or suspected a POW, note the prison camp where he was taken. Note the map attached to the summary. Study it carefully and compare to a current google map.

 

Next, call your casualty office:   Army 800-892-2490, Air Force 800-531-5501, Marines 800-847-1597, Navy 800-443-9298


Provide your loved-one’s name and service number. Ask if any other family members have been in contact? Ask which one of you is the primary next-of-kin? Request your loved-one’s IDPF file and all other info available.  Request the full field search case or full air loss case report.  Request his unit’s daily records beginning two days before his loss date and ending two weeks later.

 

Provide your case officer with all of the info you gathered: previous injuries, photos with a smile, dental records, etc.

 

Request a report with all of the men who went missing from his unit from the day before until the day after his supposed loss date. Loss dates are often the day after the incident, because he didn’t show up for role-call. If the battle was three days long, he may have been actually lost even earlier.

 

Once you get the report, note those who were captured and which of those men returned alive after the war. Then request their debriefing reports which identify other men also captured but often also men who died on the battlefield.  Sometimes, they mention someone like “Jones” from Montana . . . which often goes unnoticed . . . but would be very useful to that family!

 

I know you’re thinking that all of this has already been done . . . over and over again . . . and you probably won’t get any further with all of this effort.  

 

Recently, I’ve been working the case of Cpl Charles William Cook, who DPAA claims was “Killed-in-Action” on 8/8/1950.  In studying his case, I noted that he was among 9 men killed that day from 9th regiment. All were buried together locally and later exhumed and sent home to their families, yet Cook was the only remains that did not get sent home.

 

Other units were also fighting in that area and a number of them were captured, marched north to Seoul, and wound up in Moo Hak Girl’s school, where their names were written on chalkboards before they were moved on Pyonyang in September 1950.

 

Ironically, the name “Cook” showed up on this chalkboard. Yes, this is a common name, but this was early in the war . . . . and only one “Cook” went missing early enough to show up on this board.

 

Most cases are this simple to enlighten.  So. I urge you to get involved.  Ask your casualty officer to help you get in touch with other family members whose loved-ones were lost at the same time from the same unit.  You will be flabbergasted at what you learn.

 

By all means, call me at 770-565-4420 or email john.ziimerlee@gmail.com    I have details to share on more than 4,035 individual cases (maybe yours)  and can help you get started on your mission.

 

John Zimmerlee

05/01/19
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04/30/19
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The number of unidentified remains has steadily declined due to the determined efforts of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). In 2015 ...
 

 
A flag-raising ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon after North Dakota lawmakers passed a bill requiring the POW/MIA flag to be displayed ...

 

 
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04/29/19
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Rogers, 21, of Snyder, New York was an assistant radio operator with the 38th Bombardment ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>

Sent: 29 April, 2019 08:41
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New York Airman Accounted For From World War II

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Air
Forces Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers, Jr., 21, of Snyder, New York
, killed
during World War II, was accounted for on March 21, 2019.

(This identification was initially announced on April 1, 2019.)

On Jan. 21, 1944, Rogers was an assistant radio operator for the 38th
Bombardment Squadron, (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins
Field, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, when his     B-24J
bomber crashed in shallow water shortly after take-off. 

The squadron's physician witnessed the crash and immediately waded into the
water. He was able to rescue three members of the 10-man crew. The other
seven crew members perished in the crash. Their remains were subsequently
recovered from the wreckage and buried on the island in a temporary
cemetery.

Following the war, the U.S. Army's 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration
Company (AGRC) conducted remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946
and 1947. Those efforts led to the recovery and identification of three of
the seven deceased crew members from the B-24J. The AGRC also consolidated
all the remains from isolated burial sites into a single cemetery called
Lone Palm Cemetery.  The remains of the other four crewmembers from the
B-24J bomber were believed to be among those moved, however Rogers' remains
were not identified and he was declared non-recoverable.  Those Tarawa
remains that could not be identified were interred in the National Memorial
Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

On April 3, 2017, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-012 from the Punchbowl.
Also in 2017, History Flight, Inc., through a partnership with DPAA
uncovered a series of coffin burials in Cemetery #33.
 Based on scientific
analysis, the X-012 remains were consolidated with remains recovered from
Cemetery #33.

To identify Rogers' remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and
anthropological analysis.  Additionally, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner
System used Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and History Flight,
Inc. for their participation in this recovery mission.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000
died during the war.  Currently there are 72,729 service members
(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still
unaccounted for from World War II. Rogers' 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. A rosette will be placed next to
his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

For family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at
(800) 892-2490.

Rogers will be buried in Riverside, California, at a date to still be
determined.

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.

Rogers' personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000cLlliEAC

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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
 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>

Sent: 29 April, 2019 09:00
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc.
Herschel M. Riggs, 18, of Rio Grande City, Texas,
killed during the Korean
War, was accounted for on March 21, 2019.

(This identification was initially announced on March 26, 2019.)

In July 1950, Riggs was an infantryman with Headquarters Company, 19th
Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, involved in combat actions
against North Korean forces near Taejon, South Korea.  Riggs was declared
missing in action on July 16, 1950, when he could not be accounted for by
his unit.  Following numerous battlefield searches, the American Graves
Registration Service was unable to locate Riggs' remains and he was declared
deceased on July 31, 1953. 

In October 1950, a set of remains found at Choch'iwon, and designated X-155
Taejon, were sent to the Central Identification Unit in Kokura Japan for
possible identification.  The remains, unable to be identified, were
subsequently buried in the National Memorial of the Pacific, known as the
Punchbowl, in Honolulu. 

After thorough historical and scientific analysis, it was determined that
X-155 Taejon could likely be identified.  On Oct. 16, 2017, X-155 was
disinterred and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

To identify Riggs' remains, scientists from DPAA used dental,
anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as
circumstantial evidence.  Additionally, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner
System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership
in this mission.

Today, 7,662 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.  Riggs' 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 family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at
(800) 892-2490.

Riggs will be buried May 25, 2019, in Pearsall, Texas.

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.

Riggs' personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000004OWUTEA4

/////

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

 

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Subject: Interview with Jean Roman, Sister of MIA Tarawa Marine PFC Michael L. Salerno
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:55:30 -0400
From: Patrick ( 1 ) <patrick@patrickjhughes.org>
To: Patrick Hughes <patrick@patrickjhughes.org>

Interview with Jean Roman, Sister of MIA Tarawa Marine PFC Michael L. Salerno

https://youtu.be/UpRzkvyOVYo

 
#NeverForget #NeverQuit

Patrick
God Bless America

 


 
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