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2018

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Pvt. Harry W. Wilder U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/14/1944 Germany 11/27/2018
Pvt. Floyd A. Fulmer U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/14/1944 Germany 11/27/2018
Seaman 1st Class Kenneth H. Sampson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 11/26/2018
Fireman 3rd Class Willard I. Lawson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 11/23/2018
Pfc. Nicholas J. Gojmerac U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company Q, 4th Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Raider Regiment 7/20/1943 Solomon Islands 11/14/2018
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Ulis C. Steely U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 11/14/2018
Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class John O. Morris U.S. Navy Reserve Carrier Aircraft Service Unit (CASU) 17 12/16/1943 Tarawa 11/13/2018
Ensign Charles M. Stern, Jr. U.S. Naval Reserve USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 11/13/2018
Seaman 1st Class Kirby R. Stapleton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 11/1/2018
Cpl. Frederick E. Coons U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/29/1950 South Korea 10/31/2018
Pvt. Fred E. Freet U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 10/29/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Ira N. Slaton U.S. Navy Reserve USS Colorado 7/24/1944 Tinian Island 10/26/2018
Pvt. Robert J. Sipes, Jr. U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 10/25/2018
Fireman 1st Class Angelo M. Gabriele U.S. Navy USS West Virginia 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/24/2018
Pfc. William E. Brandenburg U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company A, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 10/24/2018
Wiper Elvis N. Spotts U.S. Merchant Marines SS Cape Isabel 2/22/1944 Tarawa Atoll 10/23/2018
Fireman 1st Class Grant C. Cook, Jr. U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/17/2018
Seaman 1st Class John A. Karli U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/16/2018
Buglemaster 2nd Class Lionel W. Lescault U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/16/2018
Sgt. Dwight W. Randall U.S. Marine Corps Company C, 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 10/12/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Charles C. Gomez, Jr. U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/9/2018
Lt. Richard C. Lannom U.S. Naval Reserve Attack Squadron Three Five [ATKRON 35], USS Enterprise ([CVA-65] 3/1/1968 Vietnam 10/9/2018
Pfc. Michael L. Salerno U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 10/8/2018
Fireman 1st Class Creighton H. Workman U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/5/2018
Chief Warrant Officer John A. Austin U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/5/2018
Mr. George L Ritter Civilian Air America Incorporated 12/27/1971 Laos 10/4/2018
Sgt. 1st Class James L. Boyce U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/11/1950 South Korea 10/2/2018
2nd Lt. James R. Lord U.S. Army Air Forces 66th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group, 12th Tactical Air Command, 12th Air Force 8/10/1944 France 10/2/2018
1st Lt. Allen R. Turner U.S. Army Air Forces 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command 7/17/1945 India 10/2/2018
Seaman 1st Class Herbert J. Poindexter U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/1/2018
Chief Pharmacist's Mate James T. Cheshire U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/28/2018
Pfc. Marvin E. Dickson U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/13/1944 Germany 9/27/2018
Storekeeper 2nd Class Gerald L. Clayton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/26/2018
Musician 2nd Class Francis E. Dick U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/26/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Deward W. Duncan, Jr. U.S. Naval Reserve Aviation, Construction, Ordinance, Repair, Navy Fourteen, Standard Landing Craft Unit 4 1/12/1944 Tarawa 9/26/2018
Pfc. Joseph I. Natvik U.S. Army Air Forces 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command 7/17/1945 India 9/26/2018
Pfc. John W. Martin U.S. Army Medical Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 9/25/2018
Pfc. Lewis E. Price U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/6/1944 Germany 9/24/2018
Fireman 1st Class Claude O. Gowey U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/21/2018
Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/20/2018
Seaman 2nd Class David B. Edmonston U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/20/2018
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Merle A. Smith U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/20/2018
Cpl. Edward M. Jones U.S. Army Reserve Company D, 1st Battalion 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/12/1951 North Korea 9/19/2018
Pvt. Charles G. Kaniatobe U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/10/1950 South Korea 9/17/2018
Seaman 1st Class Robert W. Headington U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/14/2018
Staff Sgt. Karl R. Loesche U.S. Army 3rd Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group 11/16/1942 Philippines 9/13/2018
Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel U.S. Army 8th Cavalry Regiment Medical Company 11/2/1950 North Korea 9/13/2018
Pfc. William H. Jones U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/26/1950 North Korea 9/13/2018
Sgt. Eugene G. McBride U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division 1/30/1945 Germany 9/12/2018
Seaman 1st Class James W. Holzhauer U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/10/2018
Radioman 3rd Class Bruce H. Ellison U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/10/2018
Tech. Sgt. Robert J. Fitzgerrell U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division 1/30/1945 Germany 9/7/2018
Water Tender 2nd Class Edgar D. Gross U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/6/2018
Fireman 3rd Class Robert J. Bennett U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/6/2018
Water Tender 2nd Class Clarence M. Lockwood U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/6/2018
Seaman 1st Class George E. Naegle U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/5/2018
Seaman 1st Class Earl P. Baum U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/5/2018
Seaman 1st Class Joseph K. Maule U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/5/2018
Staff. Sgt. Herbert W. Harms U.S. Army Air Forces 569th Bombardment Squadron, 390th Bombardment Group, 13th Combat Bombardment Wing, 3rd Air Division, 8th Air Force 8/16/1944 Germany 9/4/2018
1st Lt. John D. Crouchley, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces 828th Bombardment Squadron, 485th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force 6/28/1944 Bulgaria 9/4/2018
Sgt. 1st Class James S. Streetman, Jr. U.S. Army Company B, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/22/1950 South Korea 9/4/2018
Pfc. Leonard A. Tyma U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 9/4/2018
1st Lt. Seymour P. Drovis U.S. Army Company A, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division 7/7/1944 Saipan 9/4/2018
Pfc. Alva J. Cremean U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/30/2018
Sgt. Millard Odom U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 8/30/2018
Radioman 3rd Class Dante S. Tini U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/29/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Myron K. Lehman U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/28/2018
Seaman 1st Class Richard L. Watson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/28/2018
Fireman 2nd Class Carl D. Dorr U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/27/2018
Seaman 1st Ckass Hale McKissack U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/27/2018
Seaman 1st Class Wesley V. Jordan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/27/2018
Fire Controlman 1st Class Edward J. Shelden U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/27/2018
Fireman 1st Class Albert U. Kane U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/24/2018
Fireman 1st Class Bert E. McKeeman U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/24/2018
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Archie T. Miles U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/24/2018
Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class William H. Blancheri U.S. Naval Reserve HQ Company, 2md Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 8/24/2018
Cmdr. James B. Mills U.S. Navy Fighter Squadron Twenty One, USS Coral Sea 9/21/1966 Vietnam 8/23/2018
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Eugene K. Eberhardt U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/20/2018
Pfc. Kenneth B. Williams U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 8/17/2018
Pvt. WIlliam A. Boegli U.S. Army Company L, 332nd Infantry Regiment, 81st Infantry Division 9/30/1944 Republic of Palau 8/17/2018
Pfc. Morris R. Worrell U.S. Army Company F, 2nd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment 9/27/1942 Philippines 8/16/2018
Pfc. George L. Spangenberg U.S. Army Company E, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 8/15/2018
Pfc. Mathis O. Ball, Jr. US. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/12/1950 North Korea 8/15/2018
Pfc. Leo J. Duquette U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/11/1950 South Korea 8/8/2018
Aviation Chief Ordnanceman Otis E. Ingram U.S. Navy U.S. Navy Torpedo Squadron Fifty One (VT-51) 7/27/1944 Republic of Palau 8/8/2018
Pfc. John A. Taylor U.S. Army Company C, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 8/12/1950 South Korea 8/7/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Wilbur C. Barrett U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/2/2018
Pfc. Leslie E. Shankles U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division 10/14/1944 Germany 7/30/2018
Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson U.S. Army Air Forces 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd Fighter Group 12/23/1944 Austria 7/27/2018
Carpenter's Mate 3rd Class William L. Kvidera U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 7/26/2018
Pfc. Merton R. Riser U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 7/26/2018
1st Lt. Ottaway B. Cornwell U.S. Army Air Forces 4th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Group, Twelfth (XII) Air Force 1/27/1944 France 7/25/2018
2nd Lt. Martin F. O'Callaghan, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group 2/14/1945 Slovenia 7/24/2018
Pvt. John B. Cummings U.S. Army Company A, 276th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division 12/31/1944 France 7/23/2018
Pfc. Robert L. Zehetner U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 7/23/2018
Cpl. Claire E. Goldtrap U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 7/23/2018
Fireman 1st Class Millard C. Pace U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 7/20/2018
Cpl. Albert E. Mills U.S. Army Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 7/25/1950 South Korea 7/17/2018
Master Sgt. Leonard K. Chinn U.S. Army Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 4/30/1951 North Korea 7/16/2018
Pvt. Delbert J. Holliday U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 7/13/2018
Col. Frederic M. Mellor U.S. Air Force Reserve 30th Tactical Squadron/ 15th Tactical Recon Forces 8/13/1965 Vietnam 7/13/2018
Cpl. Francisco Ramos-Rivera U.S. Army Company H, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/20/1950 South Korea 7/12/2018
Pfc. Joe S. Elmore U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 7/5/2018
Pfc. Willard Jenkins U.S. Army Company C, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion (307th AEB), 82nd Airborne Division 9/20/1944 The Netherlands 7/5/2018
Pvt. Donald E. Brown U.S. Army Company A, 745th Tank Battalion 7/28/1944 France 6/29/2018
2nd Lt. Hulen A. Leinweber U.S. Army Air Forces 40th Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group 6/10/1945 Philippines 6/29/2018
Fireman 1st Class Raymond R. Camery U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/28/2018
Aviation Radioman 3rd Class Walter E. Mintus U.S. Navy U.S. Navy Torpedo Squadron Fifty-One (VT-51) 7/27/1944 Republic of Palau 6/28/2018
Pfc. Roger Gonzales U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division 11/29/1950 North Korea 6/26/2018
Sgt. James K. Park U.S. Army Company I, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division 11/23/1944 Germany 6/21/2018
Seaman 1st Class Daniel L. Guisinger, Jr. U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/21/2018
Fireman 1st Class Walter F. Schleiter U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/21/2018
Pfc. Robert K. Holmes U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/12/2018
Fireman 1st Class Lewis F. Tindall U.S. Naval Reserve USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/6/2018
Pfc. Paul D. Gilman U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 6/5/2018
Cpl. Morris Meshulam U.S. Army Battery D, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 6/5/2018
Master Sgt. Carl H. Lindquist U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 11/29/1950 North Korea 6/5/2018
Musician 1st Class Henri C. Mason U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/4/2018
Sgt. Alfonso O. Duran U.S. Army Air Forces 724th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 451st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force 2/25/1941 Slovenia 5/31/2018
Sgt. Meredith F. Keirn U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 5/31/2018
Lt. Cmdr. Larry R. Kilpatrick U.S. Naval Reserve Attack Squadron One Hundred Five (VA-105) 6/18/1972 Vietnam 5/18/2018
Sgt. John W. Hall U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 503rd Field Artillery Battlion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 5/16/2018
Ensign Harold P. DeMoss U.S. Naval Reserve Fighting Squadron 100 (VF-100) 6/23/1945 O'ahu Hawaii 5/11/2018
Cpl. DeMaret M. Kirtley U.S. Army Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 5/11/2018
Seaman 2nd Class William V. Campbell U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941   5/10/2018
Sgt. Melvin C. Anderson U.S. Army Company C, 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion 11/25/1944 Germany 5/10/2018
Cpl. Joseph Akers U.S. Army Company C, 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion 11/25/1944 Germany 5/10/2018
Shopfitter 3rd Class John M. Donald U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/8/2018
Fireman 2nd Class George C. Ford U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/4/2018
Seaman 1st Class Natale I. Torti U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/3/2018
Pfc. William F. Cavin U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 5/2/2018
Pfc. Oscar E. Sappington U.S. Army 3rd Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division 1/11/1945 Germany 4/27/2018
Cpl. Terrell J. Fuller U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/12/1951 South Korea 4/27/2018
Pvt. Kenneth D. Farris U.S. Army Company B, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 11/28/1944 Germany 4/26/2018
Sgt. 1st Class Rufus L. Ketchum U.S. Army Medical Detachment, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 4/24/2018
Water Tender 1st Class Stephen Pepe U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/23/2018
Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Durell Wade U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/20/2018
Staff Sgt. Vincent L. Politte U.S. Army Air Forces 345th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force 8/1/1943 Romania 4/16/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Joe M. Kelley U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/13/2018
Pfc. John H. Walker U.S. Arny Company E, 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry DIvision 11/24/1944 Germany 4/13/2018
Gunners Mate 3rd Class Marvin B. Adkins U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/11/2018
Steward Mate 1st Class Ignacio C. Farfan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/10/2018
Chief Machinist's Mate Dean S. Sanders U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/9/2018
Sgt. Eugene W. Yost U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 9/3/1950 South Korea 4/9/2018
Pfc. Clarence E. Drumheiser U.S. Marine Corps Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 4/6/2018
Cpl. Thomas W. Reagan U.S. Army Company A, 14th Engineer Combat Battalion, 24th Infantry Division 8/12/1950 South Korea 4/3/2018
Seaman 1st Class Robert V. Young U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/28/2018
Seaman 1st Class William G. Bruesewitz U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/28/2018
Staff Sgt. Percy C. Mathews U.S. Army Air Forces 422nd Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group, 8th U.S. Air Force 5/29/1943 France 3/28/2018
Staff Sgt. Marshall F. Kipina U.S. Army 131st Aviation Company 7/13/1966 Laos 3/28/2018
Seaman 1st Class Walter C. Foley U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/27/2018
Seaman 2nd Class Bernard V. Doyle U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/27/2018
Radioman 3rd Class Jack R. Goldwater U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/26/2018
Capt. George Van Vleet U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa 3/22/2018
Sgt. Donald L. Baker U.S. Army Company H, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 9/6/1950 South Korea 3/20/2018
Col. Peter J. Stewart U.S. Air Force Headquarters, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing 3/15/1966 Vietnam 3/19/2018
Fireman 1st Class Jarvis G. Outland U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/16/2018
Cpl. James I. Jubb U.S. Army Company E, 19th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Division 8/10/1950 South Korea 3/14/2018
Sgt. Julius E. McKinney U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 3/14/2018
Staff Sgt. David Rosenkrantz U.S. Army Company H, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division 9/28/1944 Netherlands 3/14/2018
Radioman 3rd Class Howard V. Keffer U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/6/2018
1st Lt. William W. Shank U.S. Army Air Forces 338th Fighter Squadron 55th Fighter Group, 66th Fighter Wing, 8th Fighter Command, 8th Air Force 11/13/1943 Germany 3/6/2018
Pfc. Herman W. Mulligan, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company L, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Marine Regiment, 6th Marine Division 5/30/1945 Japan 2/28/2018
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class George H. Gibson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/23/2018
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Lorentz E. Hultgren U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/21/2018
Seaman 1st Class Henry G. Tipton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/20/2018
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class William F. Hellstern U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/20/2018
2nd Lt. Harvel L. Moore U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 2/20/2018
Cpl. Leonard V. Purkapile U.S. Army Comapny E, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment 11/28/1950 North Korea 2/20/2018
Pfc. Joe Lukie U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 2/16/2018
Staff Sgt. Leo J. Husak U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division 1/30/1945 Germany 2/14/2018
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Arthur Glenn U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/13/2018
Molder 1st Class Kenneth B. Armstrong U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/8/2018
Pfc. David Baker U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 2/8/2018
Lt. Col. Robert G. Nopp U.S. Army 131st Aviation Company 7/13/1966 Laos 2/2/2018
Seaman 1st Class Eugene W. Wicker U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/1/2018
Seaman 1st Class Leon Arickx U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/1/2018
Pfc. Jack H. Krieger U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 1st Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 1/31/2018
Fireman 1st Class Leonard R. Geller U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/31/2018
Seaman 1st Class Donald G. Keller U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/26/2018
Fireman 2nd Class Lowell E. Valley U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/19/2018
Fireman 3rd Class Warren H. Crim U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/19/2018
Sgt. 1st Class Pete W. Simon U.S. Army Gompany G, 8th Cavalry Regiment 9/5/1950 South Korea 1/19/2018
Pfc. Lamar E. Newman U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/27/1950 North Korea 1/19/2018
1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford U.S. Army Air Forces 765th Bombardment Squadron, 461st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force 12/17/1944 Croatia 1/19/2018
Cpl. William C. McDowell U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 1/17/2018
Fireman 1st Class Chester E. Seaton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/17/2018
Seaman 1st Class Willard H. Aldridge U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/8/2018
Col. Edgar F. Davis U.S. Air Force 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 432nd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing 9/17/1968 Laos 12/30/2017

List posted 12/04/18

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

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 December, 2018 08:47
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Massachusetts Pilot Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Forces 1st Lt.  Allen R. Turner, 25, of Brookline, Massachusetts, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 24, 2018.

 

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

Transport Command, was the pilot of a C-109 aircraft, en route from Jorhat,

India, to Hsinching, China, over "The Hump," when the aircraft crashed in a

remote area.  All four passengers were declared deceased after an extensive

search effort failed to identify the crash site.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

the crash site.

 

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

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

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

Sept. 24, 2018 as Army Air Forces Pfc. Joseph I. Natvik, 21, of Madison,

Wisconsin. Natvik was buried Nov. 25, 2018 in Columbus, Wisconsin.

 

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

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

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the government of India and Clayton Kuhles 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 72,771 service members

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

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

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

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

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

accounted for.

 

For funeral details and family contact information, contact the Army

Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

 

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 December, 2018 09:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Michigan Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Machinist's Mate 1st Class Fred M. Jones, 31, of Otter Lake, Michigan,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 5, 2016.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Jones 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 Jones. 

 

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 Jones.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

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

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

matched a niece and a grand niece, as well as circumstantial evidence and

laboratory analysis, to include dental comparisons and anthropological

analysis, which matched Jones' records.

 

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 72,771 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Jones' 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 funeral details and family contact information, contact the Navy

Casualty Office at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Jones' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001DKIovEAH

 

/////

 

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 (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 December, 2018 07:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New York Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Fireman 3rd Class Kenneth L. Jayne, 26, of Patchogue, New York, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on March 22, 2016.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Jayne 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 Jayne. 

 

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 Jayne.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

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

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

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 72,771 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Jayne'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 funeral details and family contact information, contact the Navy

Casualty Office at (800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Jayne's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001EcbzZEAR

 

/////

 

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

 
12/10/18
 
Byrd's lab is part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the Pentagon agency that oversees the recovery and identification of missing ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 December, 2018 13:07
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Signalman 3rd Class Charles E. Nix, 26, of Danville, Illinois, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 25, 2017.

 

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

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

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly

capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen,

including Nix. 

 

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 Nix.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

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

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial 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 72,771 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Nix'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 funeral details and family contact information, contact the Navy

Casualty Office at (800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Nix's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0VEAS

 

/////

 

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 (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 December, 2018 12:57
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kansas Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Seaman 1st Class Camillus M. O'Grady, 19, of Greenleaf, Kansas, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 5, 2016.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, O'Grady was assigned to the USS Oklahoma, which was moored

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

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

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

crewmen, including O'Grady.  No single vessel at Pearl Harbor, with the

exception of the USS Arizona, suffered as many fatalities.

 

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 O'Grady.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

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

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

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 72,771 (approximately 26,000 are

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

O'Grady'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 funeral details and family contact information, contact the Navy

Casualty Office at (800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

O'Grady's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000014EFDlEAO

 

/////

 

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 (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 December, 2018 11:34
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Michigan Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Ensign William M. Finnegan, 44, of Bessemer, Michigan, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on April 18, 2016.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Finnegan 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 Finnegan. 

 

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 Finnegan.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

To identify Finnegan's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental 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 72,771 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Finnegan'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 funeral details and family contact information, contact the Navy

Casualty Office at (800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Finnegan's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001DKIptEAH

 

/////

 

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 (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 December, 2018 10:54
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Seaman 1st Class Harold W. Roesch, 25, of Rockford, Illinois, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 6, 2016.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Roesch 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 Roesch. 

 

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 Roesch.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

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

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial 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 72,771 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Roesch'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 funeral details and family contact information, contact the Navy

Casualty Office at (800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Roesch's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000014EFCsEAO

 

 

/////

 

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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American POWs were abandoned in North Korea.  Some may still be alive.

(No American President has ever asked North Korea for an accounting.)

 

SIGN...
the PETITION to demand an accounting from North Korea for our live POWs
(The return of remains is a secondary priority.)

WATCH...
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(The facts speak for themselves.)
 

STREAM...
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(POW/MIA experts and scholars also address the Vietnam War)

 

12/08/18

 
His remains were thought lost, until 2015 when the Defense POW/MIA accounting agency exhumed nearly 400 sets of remains from a national ...

 
This WWII soldier was mistakenly buried in the wrong grave until the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and others decided to commit to the ...
 
In June 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the American Battle Monuments Commission disinterred ...

 
Kaniatobe remained at the Punchbowl for over 60 years, until the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency requested the disinterment of 10 unknown ...

 

 
... but later the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency were able to test 400 sets of remains with advanced technology, the Associated ...
 
The interment service is only possible because of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's work. Wade is one of nearly 200 U.S.S. Oklahoma ...

 
In June 2016, the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the American Battle Monuments Commission disinterred Price's ...
12/07/18
 
In June 2016, the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the American Battle Monuments Commission disinterred X-2736 ...
 
 
In May, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced it had identified the remains of another Georgian who served with Jordan on the ...

Andersonville News Release

 

Release Date: 7 December 2018

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

 

NR18-18  

 

10,000 Wreaths Are On Their Way to Andersonville National Cemetery

Amazing new record set for annual Wreaths Across America event to be held on Saturday, December 15, 2018

 

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia On Friday, December 14th, a convoy of trucks, police, fire, Patriot Guards, and a Huey helicopter will leave McDonough, Georgia on a mission to bring 10,000 wreaths to Andersonville National Historic Site. The wreaths will be placed on the graves of fallen veterans buried in Andersonville National Cemetery at noon on Saturday, December 15th.

 

The cargo of 10,000 wreaths shatters the previous record of 3,654 brought last year and means that almost half of the national cemetery will be graced with wreaths this year. “It will be an incredible sight,” said Andersonville National Historic Site Superintendent Charles Sellars.

 

The procession will leave McDonough on Friday morning at 9:45 am and travel south on Highway 19. They will traverse the portion of Highway 19 named for SFC Victor A. Anderson, who was killed in action in Iraq and who is buried in Andersonville National Cemetery. One of the wreaths they will carry is destined for SFC Anderson’s grave.

 

The procession will arrive in Americus at approximately 11:30 am. We invite veterans and all supporters of our military to come out and welcome them as they drive on East Lamar Street through Americus. The caravan will then turn north onto Highway 49 and continue to Andersonville National Historic Site, where the wreaths will be unloaded and staged for placement the next day.

 

The incredible number of wreaths sponsored this year is thanks to the efforts of Bennett International, the Taylor Foundation, the Civil Air Patrol, and Wreaths Across America. Bennett International transported wreaths to Andersonville National Cemetery last year. When they learned of the park’s goal to place a wreath on each of the over 20,000 graves in the cemetery, they pledged to help increase the number of wreaths brought in 2018. The Taylor Foundation joined the effort as well, and it has been extraordinarily successful, almost tripling the number of wreaths sponsored.

 

“It is both humbling and exciting to see such support,” said Superintendent Sellars. “We are grateful to Bennett International, the Taylor Foundation, the Civil Air Patrol, and Wreaths Across America for their help in honoring those laid to rest in Andersonville National Cemetery.”

 

A record number of wreaths will require a record number of volunteers! The park is asking everyone to come out on Saturday, December 15th to help place wreaths, some of which are marked for specific graves. Volunteers can arrive at Andersonville National Cemetery to register starting at 11:00 am.

 

At 12:00 pm the Civil Air Patrol will conduct a brief ceremony to honor America's armed forces. Afterward, everyone will be invited to help place wreaths on gravesites as a special way to remember our fallen military who are no longer here for the holidays. Attendees may also bring a wreath to place on a specific grave or on one of thousands of unvisited graves.

 

Wreaths Across America is a national program that encourages individuals, community groups, and families to sponsor wreaths for placement in national cemeteries throughout the United States. At Andersonville National Historic Site, we want to make sure that each of the more than 20,000 gravesites in the cemetery is decorated with a wreath at least once. To accomplish this, undesignated wreaths are placed sequentially and rotated from one cemetery section to the next each year. For 2018, undesignated wreaths will be placed in Sections F, K, Q, J, I, and the Memorial Section.

 

Andersonville National Cemetery includes over 20,000 graves and will continue to grow as additional veterans are buried. We want every veteran buried in the cemetery to be honored and remembered for their service and sacrifice. With the partnership of Bennett International, the Taylor Foundation, the Civil Air Patrol, and Wreaths Across America, the park has set a new goal of 20,000 wreaths by 2020!

 

We hope you will join us on Saturday, December 15th and help us pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for this country by placing a wreath on a veteran’s grave.

 

Beginning December 1, 2017, wreaths no larger than 20 inches and floral blankets no larger than 2 feet by 3 feet are permitted in the cemetery. Wreaths should be brought in person, or delivered by a florist, directly to the gravesite. To find the location of a specific grave, please visit http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov or stop at the National Prisoner of War Museum for assistance.

 

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. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, or visit at www.nps.gov/ande/. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS  or on Twitter www.twitter.com/andeNHS.

 

NPS

 

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 409 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 Visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.

 

12/06/18

 
In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed nearly 400 sets of remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii ...

 

 
IRVINGTON, Ky. (KT) - A Breckinridge County soldier who was killed in the Korean War, and whose remains were recently identified, was laid to rest ...
 
But on March 28, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was finally able to account for him. He will be buried Friday, 77 years after his death, ...
Navy Fireman 2nd Class Carl D. Dorr, 27, of Anderson, was accounted for July 25, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Dorr was ...

 

 
... 1944, the Navy worked to recover remains of the 429 men killed aboard the Oklahoma, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 
Now, anthropologists are working to identify the rest of the remains at the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency at Offutt Airforce Base ...

 

 
Back in August 2018, relatives received a call from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency advising them DNA samples were finally able to link the ...

 
For years, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has been working on identifying the remains from the Oklahoma. "They wanted the eldest of the ...
12/05/18

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Thursday that an Anderson sailor killed in World War II has been accounted for and his remains were ...

 

 
CHARLESTON — The remains of a U.S. soldier from West Virginia have been identified more than a half-century after he died in World War II.

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced in July that the remains of Dorr was accounted for from World War II, and were being ...
12/04/18
 
The law currently states the POW/MIA is required to be displayed on prominent federal properties on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Independence ...
 
 
WASHINGTON, DC. (KARD, KTVE) - - According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the remains of Army Pfc. John Allen Taylor ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 3 December, 2018 11:22
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Louisiana Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

remains of a U.S. serviceman, accounted-for from the Korean War, are those

of Army Pfc. John A. Taylor, 22, of Winnsboro, Louisiana.  Taylor was

accounted for on May 9, 2018.

 

In August 1950, Taylor was a member of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 24th

Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division in South Korea.  On Aug. 11, his

regiment encountered a Korean People's Army unit near the village of Haman.

Taylor's company was ordered to move southwest, where they were ambushed and

forced to disperse.  In the days following, the battalions of 24th Infantry

Regiment consolidated their positions, reorganized and began accounting for

their Soldiers.  After several days of checking adjoining units, aid

stations and field hospitals, Taylor was reported as killed in action on

Aug. 12, 1950, but his remains were not recovered.

 

On Jan. 6, 1951, an Army Graves Registration Service search and recovery

team recovered a set of unidentified remains near the village of Haman.  The

remains, which could not be identified, were interred in United States

Military Cemetery Masan in South Korea, as Unknown X-213 Masan.

 

In February 1954, the Central Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan, examined

Unknown X-213 Masan.  Unable to make an identification, the remains were

declared unidentifiable in April 1955 and buried as an Unknown in the

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

Honolulu.

 

In 2016, research into unresolved losses and unknowns remains from the

Korean War led researchers to conclude that Unknown X-213 could likely be

identified.  The unknown had been recovered in the area where Taylor went

missing.  DPAA disinterred Unknown X-213 in June 2017 and sent the remains

to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

of the Missing at the NMCP in Honolulu along with the others who are missing

from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate

he has been accounted for.

 

For funeral details and family contact information, contact the Army

Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

 

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

 

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.

 

Taylor's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000133sAaEAI

 

/////

 

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 (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 3 December, 2018 12:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Oklahoma Sailor 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, accounted-for from World War II, are those of

Navy Fireman 1st Class Leonard R. Geller, 21, of Garber, Oklahoma.  Geller

was accounted for on Jan. 9, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Geller 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 Geller. 

 

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 Geller.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

To identify Geller remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

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

DNA and autosomal (auSTR) DNA analysis, which matched his family, as well as

circumstantial evidence and anthropological analysis, which matched his

records.

 

DPAA is appreciative 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 72,776 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Geller'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 funeral details and family contact information, contact the Navy

Casualty Office at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

 

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

 

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 3 December, 2018 10:49
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Pilot 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, accounted-for from World War II, are those of

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Ottaway B. Cornwell, 22, of Houston.  Cornwell was

accounted for on July 25, 2018.

 

On January 27, 1944, Cornwell was a member of the 4th Fighter Squadron, 52nd

Fighter Group, Twelfth (XII) Air Force, piloting a Supermarine Spitfire

aircraft, which was shot down over Pierrefeu-du-Var, France.  Cornwell was

engaged in battle with a German Messerschmitt 109 (Me-109).  Another pilot

also engaged in battle witnessed two unidentified aircraft crash into the

side of a mountain several miles northeast of Grande Bastide.  Cornwell

could not be reached through radio contact.  Because southern France was

occupied by enemy forces, an immediate search could not be conducted.  After

Allied forces liberated the area, they were unable to locate Cornwell's

remains.

 

In October 2016, French researcher Mr. Steve Leleu contacted DPAA about a

possible aircraft crash site near his home in the village of

Pierrefeu-du-Var, France.  In a February 3, 1944 document provided by Leleu,

the Prefecture of Var reported that two American airplanes were shot down

near the aerodrome at Cuers, France.  A French report from Jan. 3, 1944,

also from the Prefecture of Var, discussed the burials of two American

aviators.

 

Leleu reported recovery of a large amount of evidence, including aircraft

parts, personnel equipment and possible remains. 

 

In June 2017, DPAA's Europe-Mediterranean Regional Directorate Investigation

Team conducted a field investigation, confirmed the evidence from Leleu, and

took possession of the remains. 

 

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

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

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

and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the French government and Mr. Steve Leleu for their

assistance 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 72,772 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Cornwell's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence

American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in

Impruneta, Italy, along with the others missing from WWII. A rosette will be

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

 

For funeral details and family contact information, contact the Army

Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

              

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

 

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 3 December, 2018 09:57
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Iowa Sailor 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, accounted for from World War II, are those of

Navy Reserve Musician 1st Class Henri C. Mason, 48, of Corwith, Iowa.  Mason

was accounted for on March 26, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Mason 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 Mason. 

 

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 Mason.

 

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 Mason's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis,

anthropological and dental analysis, as well as circumstantial and material

evidence. 

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,772 (approximately 26,000 are

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

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

with the others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name

to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For funeral and family contact information, contact the Navy Casualty Office

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

 

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.

 

Mason's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe07EAC

 

/////

 

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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According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), Zehetner was one of about 1,000 Marines and sailors killed and more than 2,000 ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 30 November, 2018 12:12
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Georgia Sailor 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, accounted for from World War II are those of

Navy Shopfitter 3rd Class John M. Donald, 28, of Ball Ground, Georgia.

Donald was accounted for on April 11, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Donald 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 Donald. 

 

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 Donald.

 

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

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

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

for identification.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis,

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. 

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,776 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Donald'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 funeral and family contact information, contact the Navy Casualty Office

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Donald's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeL5EAK

 

/////

 

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 (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 30 November, 2018 12:46
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Sailor 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, accounted for from World War II, are those of

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Jack R. Goldwater, 19, of San Francisco.  Goldwater

was accounted for on March 19, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Goldwater 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 Goldwater. 

 

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 Goldwater.

 

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 Goldwater's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis,

anthropological and dental analysis, as well as circumstantial and material

evidence. 

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,776 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Goldwater'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 funeral and family contact information, contact the Navy Casualty Office

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Goldwater's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XhBtEAK

 

/////

 

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 (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 30 November, 2018 10:17
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Minnesota Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

remains of a U.S. serviceman, accounted-for from the Korean War, are those

of Army Master Sgt. Carl H. Lindquist, 32, of Willmar, Minnesota.  Lindquist

was accounted for on June 4, 2018.

 

In late November 1950, Lindquist was a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd

Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.  The unit,

designated the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), engaged with forces of the

Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in a battle on the east side of the

Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.  Lindquist was reported missing in action

during the battle, on Nov. 29, 1950. 

 

In 1954, United Nations and communist forces exchanged the remains of war

dead in what came to be called "Operation Glory." All remains recovered in

Operation Glory were turned over to the Army's Central Identification Unit

for analysis. None of the recovered remains could be associated with

Lindquist and he was declared non-recoverable.

 

One set of remains returned during Operation Glory were reportedly recovered

from an isolated grave on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir.  The

remains, designated X-15902, were determined to be unidentifiable and were

interred as an Unknown in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

(NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

In July 2013, following thorough historical analysis and research, DPAA

disinterred Unknown X-15092 from the Punchbowl and sent the remains to the

lab for identification.

 

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

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as

circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

Courts of the Missing at the NMCP, 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 funeral and family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office

at (800) 892-2498.

 

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.

 

Lindquist's personnel file can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000azLqCEAU

 

/////

 

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: Robert Rumsby
Sent: 29 November, 2018 14:24
To:

Subject: Re: MIA Investigation

 

That was a neat read. With a little luck, his remains can be discovered at his potential burial site up on that mountain. 

 

 

 

On Monday, November 5, 2018, 4:54:20 PM EST, A Cohen  wrote:

 

 

Mike and everyone else,

 

 A new non-fiction book has just been released that solves a 66 year old Korean War MIA case.

 

To the Last Man: The incredible true story of Sergeant William T. Miles is now available on amazon.com

 

 

best,

 

Alex

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 November, 2018 13:51
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New York Tuskegee Airman 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, accounted-for from World War II, are those of

Army Air Forces Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson, 24, of New York, New York.

Dickson was accounted for on July 26, 2018.

 

In December 1944, Dickson was a pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron, 332nd

Fighter Group, in the European Theater.  On Dec.23, 1944, Dickson departed

Ramitelli Air Base, Italy on an aerial reconnaissance mission toward Praha,

Czechoslovakia.  On his return, Dickson's P-51D aircraft suffered engine

failure and was seen to crash along the borders of Italy and Austria,

reportedly between Malborghetto and Tarviso, Italy.  According to witnesses,

Dickson's plane had rolled over with the canopy jettisoned.  He was not

observed ejecting from the plane.  Dickson's remains were not recovered and

he was subsequently declared missing in action. 

 

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

Command (AGRC) and American Graves Registration Service- Mediterranean Zone

U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps searched for and disinterred remains of U.S.

servicemen in Europe, as part of the global effort to identify and return

fallen servicemen. 

 

On April 6, 1946, a search team investigated Dickson's case, and spoke to

municipal officials, locals and priests in a number of towns along the

Italy-Austria border.  While the team received information on several

crashes, none correlated to Dickson's loss.

 

On May 12, 1948, an investigation, conducted by the Austrian Detachment,

First Field Command, American Graves Registration Command spoke with the

Burgermeister, a local magistrate, of Arnoldstein, Austria, as well as with

current and former police chiefs of Maglern, Austria.  One witness stated

the plane exploded when it crashed.  The wreckage and remains found were

allegedly taken to Klagenfurt, Austria, by German military. 

 

With no further leads on Dickson's case, a Board of Officers declared him

non-recoverable on Sept. 29, 1949.

 

In January 2012 researchers with the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (a

predecessor to DPAA) contacted Mr. Roland Domanig, an Austrian researcher

who had recently reported the discovery of a separate crash site in northern

Italy. 

 

In April 2012, historians and analysts from DPMO and Joint Personnel

Accounting Command (JPAC, also a predecessor to DPAA) met with Mr. Domanig

and additional witnesses who had seen the crash and been to the crash site.

The team subsequently visited the crash site, finding wreckage matching

Dickson's aircraft type in Austria.

 

From July 11 through Aug. 8, 2017, partnered with DPAA, the University of

New Orleans and University of Innsbruck conducted an excavation of the crash

site.  Recovered remains were sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air

Force Base, Nebraska.

 

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

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

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

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the government and people of Austria, the University of

New Orleans, which implemented the field school that conducted the recovery

effort, the University of Innsbruck, which greatly assisted with the field

school, the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, which provided key support

to the field school, to include financial fellowships for participating

students, and Mr. Roland Domanig, for their support 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 72,776 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery, an American Battle

Monuments Commission site in Impruneta, Italy, along with the others missing

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

accounted for.

 

For funeral and family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office

at (800) 892-2498.

 

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.

 

Dickson's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe6eEAC

 

/////

 

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

11/29/18
 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 28 November, 2018 12:42
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New York Sailor 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, accounted-for from World War II, are those of

Seaman 1st Class Walter C. Foley, 18, of Brooklyn, New York.  Foley was

accounted for on Jan. 10, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Foley 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 Foley. 

 

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 Foley.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

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

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

matched his family, as well as circumstantial evidence and anthropological

analysis, which matched his records.

 

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 72,776 service members

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

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

the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, along with the

others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For funeral and family contact information, contact the Navy Casualty Office

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 27 November, 2018 12:39
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New York Marine Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today

that the remains of a serviceman, accounted-for from the Korean War, are

those of Marine Corps Sgt. Meredith F. Keirn, 24, of Niagara Falls, New

York.  Keirn was accounted for on May 22, 2018.

 

In late November, 1950, Keirn was a light machinegun section leader for

Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.   He was

reported to have been killed Nov. 30, 1950 while defending a hill

overlooking the Toktong Pass, a critical main supply route between the

villages of Hagaru-ri and Yudam-ni, North Korea.  His remains were

reportedly buried at the base of "Fox Hill," in the Toktong Pass, but they

could not be recovered following the war.

 

In August 2015, a South Korean citizen turned over remains believed to be

U.S. servicemen from the Korean War.  The remains were turned over to the

U.S. Forces Korea Mortuary Affairs Office in Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South

Korea, which were subsequently turned over to DPAA.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used Next Generation Sequencing and mitochondrial

(mtDNA), Y-chromosome (Y-STR) and autosomal (auSTR) DNA analysis,

anthropological analysis, as well as material and circumstantial evidence.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

the Missing the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, 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 funeral and family contact information, contact the Marine Corps

Casualty Office at (800) 847-1597.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Keirn's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000jNPNKEA4

 

/////

 

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 (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 27 November, 2018 13:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Wyoming Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

remains of a U.S. serviceman, accounted for from the Korean War, are those

of Army Cpl. DeMaret M. Kirtley, 19, of Kaycee, Wyoming.  Kirtley was

accounted for on May 4, 2018.

 

In late November 1950, Kirtley was a member of Battery A, 57th Field

Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division.

Approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 South Korean soldiers assembled into the

31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), which was deployed east of the Chosin

Reservoir, North Korea, when it was attacked by overwhelming numbers of

Chinese forces. As the Chinese attacks continued, American forces withdrew

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

remaining soldiers had been either captured, killed or missing in enemy

territory. Kirtley was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, when he

could not be accounted for after the withdrawal.  He was last seen in the

vicinity of Hagaru-ri, Changjin County, Hamgyeong Province, North Korea.

 

Kirtley's name did not appear on any prisoner of war lists and no returning

Americans reported Kirtley as a prisoner of war. Due to a lack of

information regarding his status, the Army declared him deceased as of Dec.

31, 1953.

              

In 1954, an agreement was reached between the United Nations Command (UNC),

the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.) and the Chinese

People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) regarding the recovery and return of each side's dead.
This agreement, known as Operation Glory, lasted from 1 September to 30 October

1954. 

 

During the Operation Glory exchange, Chinese and Korean officials returned

the remains of more than 4,000 individuals to the UNC, of which 2,944 were

determined to be American. Those remains were sent to the American Graves

Registration Service Central Identification Unit (CIU) in Kokura, Japan, for

possible identification. By the end of the CIU-Kokura identification

process, 416 sets of American remains from the D.P.R.K. remained

unidentified. Those 416, along with another 451 sets of remains recovered in

the Republic of Korea by the AGRS, were sent to the National Memorial

Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) in Honolulu, Hawaii, for burial as

"Unknowns."

 

One set designated as "X-15900 Operation Glory," was among a group of

remains that North Korea unilaterally turned over after reportedly being

recovered from isolated burial sites on the east side of the Chosin

Reservoir.

 

On May 8, 2017, DPAA disinterred X-15900 Operation Glory and sent the

remains to the laboratory.

 

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

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

anthropological analysis, and material and circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

of the Missing in Honolulu, along with the others who are missing from the

Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has

been accounted for.

 

For funeral and family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office

at (800) 892-2498.

 

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.

 

Kirtley's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000fycUsEAI

 

/////

 

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

11/27/18

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 27 November, 2018 12:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: West Virginia Soldier 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, accounted-for from World War II, are those of

Army Cpl. Joseph Akers, 23, of Kenova, West Virginia.  Akers was accounted

for on April 30, 2018.

 

In November 1944, Akers was a member of Company C, 803rd Tank Destroyer

Battalion, participating in intense fighting in the Hürtgen Forest.  His

company was deployed as direct fire support for American infantrymen

attacking the town of Grosshau.  Two tank destroyers and six tanks,

including the M10 tank destroyer Akers was on, were knocked out in the

fighting around Grosshau on Nov. 25, 1944.  He was killed during the battle,

though his status was initially listed as missing in action.  On Dec. 21,

1944, his status was amended to killed in action.

 

In 1947, an American investigation team found remains inside the remnants of

an America tank destroyer near Grosshau.  The remains were later designated

X-6852 Neuville.  Due to the condition of the remains, they were declared

unidentifiable and were interred at United States Military Cemetery

Draguignan, France, present-day Rhone American Cemetery.

 

After thorough research and historical analysis, historians from DPAA

determined that Akers was a strong candidate for association to the remains.

In June 2017, X-6852 Neuville was disinterred and sent to DPAA.

 

To identify Akers’ remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

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

circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,776 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II.  Akers’ 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 others

missing from WWII. Although interred as an "unknown" his grave was

meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the American Battle

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

he has been accounted for.

 

For funeral and family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office

at (800) 892-2498.

 

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

11/24/18

 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 20 November, 2018 11:47
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Arizona Marine Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today

that the remains of a serviceman, accounted for from the Korean War, are

those of Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Johnson McAfee, 27, of Laveen, Arizona.

McAfee was accounted for on Sept. 25, 2017.

 

In late November, 1950, McAfee was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th

Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force fighting against

units of the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in North Korea.

McAfee was reported to have been killed in action on Nov. 28, 1950, in the

vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir at the Marine position known as Fox Hill.

Following his death, McAfee was buried alongside others at the base of Fox

Hill prior to the evacuation of the outpost.

 

In September 1953, in accordance with provisions in the armistice agreement,

North Korea began the return of U.S. and United Nations Command (UNC) dead

for identification. On Sept. 10, 1954, a set of remains, "Unknown X-15012,"

was returned, which was reportedly recovered in the vicinity of where McAfee

was buried.  The remains were determined to be unidentifiable and were

transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu and

interred as a Korean War Unknown.

 

After a thorough historical and scientific analysis indicated that the

remains could likely be identified, X-15012 were disinterred in August 2013

and sent to DPAA for analysis.

 

To identify McAfee's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological and

chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his records, as well as

circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  McAfee's name is recorded on the Walls 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 funeral and family contact information, contact the Marine Corps

Casualty Office at (800) 847-1597.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

McAfee's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000001foe9EAA

 

/////

 

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 (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 20 November, 2018 09:40
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Washington Sailor 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, accounted for from World War II, are those of

Navy Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Marvin B. Adkins, 20, of Seattle.  Adkins was

accounted for on April 11, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Adkins 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 Adkins. 

 

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 Adkins.

 

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

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

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

for identification.

 

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

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,778 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Adkins' 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 information on funeral services or family information, contact the Navy

Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Adkins' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeK0EAK

 

/////

 

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 (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 20 November, 2018 07:51
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Louisiana Sailor 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, recently accounted for from World War II, are

those of Navy Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Charles H. Harris, 22, of Pine,

Louisiana.  Harris was accounted for on April 30, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Harris 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 Harris. 

 

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 Harris.

 

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

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

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

for identification.

 

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

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. 

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,778 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Harris' 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 information on funeral services, contact the Navy Casualty office at

(800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Harris' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLaEAK

 

/////

 
 
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About 150 people, including members of a local VFW post and a delegation of motorcyclists from organizations such as the Rolling Thunder POW-MIA ...
 
 
On August 2, 2018, samples of Odom's remains were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency – which made it possible for him to be ...
 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 19 November, 2018 11:02
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that the remains of a

U.S. serviceman, accounted-for from the Korean War, are those of Army Pfc.

Leo J. Duquette, 19, of Toledo, Ohio.  Duquette was accounted for on Aug. 8,

2018.

 

In July 1950, Duquette was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 21st

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

against North Korean forces near Choch'iwon, South Korea.  Duquette could

not be accounted-for and was declared missing in action on July 11, 1950.

 

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

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

non-recoverable.

 

In October 1950, the remains of 164 Americans were found in the vicinity of

the Chonui and Choch'iwon, South Korea, in an area corresponding to where

Duquette's unit engaged in battle.  One set of remains, designated X-132,

was processed for identification, but a match could not be made.  The

remains were interred in American Cemetery No. 1, later renamed to United

Nations Military Cemetery Taejon. 

 

From October 1950 to September 1954, the American Graves Registration

Service attempted to associate Unknown X-132 with a U.S. Soldier.  When a

possible association could not be made, the remains were declared

unidentifiable and X-132 was buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the

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

 

On Oct. 16, 2017, Unknown X-132 was disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent

to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, and

circumstantial evidence.

 

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

this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Duquette'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 information on funeral services, contact the Army Casualty office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

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.

 

Duquette's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000007kTRyEAM

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 19 November, 2018 09:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New York Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

remains of a U.S. serviceman, accounted-for from the Korean War, are those

of Army Pfc. John W. Martin, 23, of Saratoga, New York.  Martin was

accounted for on Sept. 24, 2018.

 

In late November 1950, Martin was a member of Medical Company, 32nd Infantry

Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 South

Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), which

was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it was attacked

by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. As the Chinese attacks continued,

American forces withdrew south.  By December 6, the U.S. Army evacuated

approximately 1,500 service members; the remaining soldiers had been either

captured, killed or missing in enemy territory. Martin was reported missing

in action on Dec. 2, 1950, after he was last seen near the Chosin Reservoir.

 

Martin's name did not appear on any prisoner of war lists, and no returning

prisoners of war reported that he had been captured. Based on this

information, he was declared deceased as of Dec. 31, 1951.  In 1956, his

remains were declared non-recoverable.

              

In September 2001, during the 25th Joint Recovery Operation, a burial site

located at the Chosin Reservoir, in the vicinity of where Martin's unit

fought during the war, was excavated.  The remains were accessioned to the

DPAA laboratory for identification. 

 

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

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

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

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the government and people of the Democratic People's

Republic of Korea, and looks forward to the continued fulfillment of the

commitment made by President Trump and Chairman Kim on the return and

recovery of U.S. service members in North Korea.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

of the Missing in Honolulu, along with the others who are missing from the

Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has

been accounted for.

 

For information on funeral services, contact the Army Casualty office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

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.

 

Martin's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000cLirwEAC

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 19 November, 2018 10:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Tennessee Soldier 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, accounted for from World War II, are those of

Army Pfc. Lewis E. Price, 23, of Rogersville, Tennessee.  Price was

accounted for on Sept. 24, 2018.

 

In November, 1944, Price was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 109th

Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, which moved into the Hürtgen

Forest in Germany, to relieve U.S. forces who had been fighting for weeks.

The fighting in and around the forest was frequently chaotic, and while

details surrounding his loss are sparse, he was reported missing in action

as of Nov. 6, 1944. 

 

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command extensively searched

the Hürtgen Forest, to locate Price’s remains.  Unable to make a correlation

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

 

In 2015, a historian from DPAA analyzed documentation of X-2736 Neuville, an

unidentified set of remains recovered from the Hürtgen Forest in 1946.  Army

officials had been unable to identify the remains following the war and

subsequently interred them as an unknown Soldier at Neuville, present-day

Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium. 

 

Based upon the original recovery location and evidence from the personal

effects associated with X-2736, the DPAA historian determined that there was

a possible association between the remains and Price.  In June 2016, the

Department of Defense and American Battle Monuments Commission disinterred

X-2736 and accessioned the remains to the laboratory for identification

 

To identify Price’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,778 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle

Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the other

who are missing from WWII. Although interred as an Unknown, Price’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 information on funeral services, contact the Army Casualty office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

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.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

11/17/18

 
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... drive to what was then known as Taejon in an attempt to occupy it, according to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency spokesman Chuck Pritchard.

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency stated that Pvt. Kaniatobe was accounted for in September of this year. He will be laid to rest Saturday with ...

 

 
In June 2017, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) disinterred Unknown X-16678 for identification. To identify Sipes' remains, scientists ...

 

 
An emotional POW/MIA Table Tribute was presented by Ken and Sally Kendall. Ken Kendall served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. “This table is ...

 

 
Rear Adm. Jon C. Kreitz presented the ceremony's keynote address. Kreitz is the deputy director for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
11/16/18

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

 

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

will be buried Decemer 8 in Prairie View, Texas.

 

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

Tarawa in World War II.

 

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

(817) 861-7963

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22, 1943.

 

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

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

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

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

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

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

identification.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) analysis, anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Drumheiser's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

11/14/18 

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

 

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

buried December 5 in his hometown.

 

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

 

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

447-5084.

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pyongyang, on Dec. 2, 1950.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

anthropological, and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Sipes' personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

 

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

as the Tulsamerican, killed in World War II.

 

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

at (317) 835-8125.

 

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

 

Media interested in attending the funeral should contact Arlington National

Cemetery Public Affairs at 703-614-0024.

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

squadron to participate in a combat bombing mission targeting oil refineries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

crash, and their bodies were unable to be recovered.

 

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

coastline of Italy and Yugoslavia for remains.  Gathering no further

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

declared non-recoverable.  

 

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

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

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

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

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

aircraft.

 

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

University in Sweden and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in cooperation

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

site, recovering possible osseous remains and personal equipment.

 

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

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

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

and material evidence.

 

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

Croatian Government (especially the Croatian Ministry of Defense, Ministry

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

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

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

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

partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

be buried December 4 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

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

World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

crewmen, including Gara. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Gara.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

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

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

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

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

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

at (301) 294-3393.

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

operation to secure the Mariana Islands.  Reports provide little information

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

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

amended to killed in action.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

cemeteries on Saipan were untouched until their official repatriation to

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as

circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

will be buried December 1 in his hometown.

 

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

USS Oklahoma in World War II.

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

of 429 crewmen, including McKeeman. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including McKeeman.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

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

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

as circumstantial evidence. 

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

McKeeman's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

buried November 29 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

non-recoverable.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honolulu.

 

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

the laboratory for identification.

 

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

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

well as dental and anthropological analysis, and circumstantial evidence.

 

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

this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Although interred as an Unknown

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

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

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for. 

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Ramos-Rivera's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

11/07/18
 
The Massive Effort to Bring Home an MIA Pilot from World War II ... its disparate efforts into the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the DPAA.
 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 November, 2018 11:12
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: CORRECTION: California Marine Accounted For From World War II To Be Buried With Full Military Honors

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

be buried November 20 in his hometown.

 

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

 

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

(559) 681-1868.

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1943.

 

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

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

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

launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

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

X-162.

 

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

identification.

 

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

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

rosette

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Randall's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

will be buried November 25 in Columbus, Wisconsin.

 

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

 

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

623-4210.

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

an extensive search effort failed to locate the crash site.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

the crash site.

 

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

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

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

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

Brookline, Massachusetts.

 

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

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

as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

from

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

accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

https://en.yna.co.kr/view/AEN20181106006300315

S. Korea discovers 2 additional sets of Korean War remains in DMZ

 November 06, 2018
 

SEOUL, Nov. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has found two additional sets of Korean War remains during its demining and road construction work in a notorious battle site inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), Seoul's defense ministry said Tuesday...


 

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/oct/02/koreans-begin-demining-of-heavily-forti/

.....The engineers' efforts Monday began a two-month operation to clear mines and build a road to Arrow Head Hill, also known as Hill 281, the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a statement. Arrow Head Hill was selected as the site for them to jointly conduct a pilot search for remains within the no-man's zone, where some of the fiercest battles of the Korean War were fought.

The troops began removing mines on the southern part of the two sites. Later Monday, the South Korean military detected North Korean soldiers engaged in what it believed was demining on the northern part of the sites, a South Korean defense official said on condition of anonymity, citing department rules.

The official refused to provide more details. North Korea's state media didn't immediately confirm its reported demining.

At Arrow Head Hill, where some of the fiercest battles occurred during the Korean War, Seoul officials believe there are remains of about 300 South Korean and U.N. forces, along with an unspecified number of Chinese and North Korean remains....

In defense of the Bladensburg Veterans Memorial

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

We forget what we do not see.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

Brett Reistad         
National Commander

 

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11/03/18

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which makes announcements that remains have been identified, did so for Streetman on Sept. 6. It says ...

 
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Portage, Pa. - A Cambria County Sailor killed in World War II will be buried in his hometown. The burial is set for November 10th in Portage. On July 27 ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 1, 2018


 

CONTACT: Yvette Martinez

OFFICE: 615-253-7770

 


 

Remains of Tennessee Pilot Killed in World War II Identified

Second Lieutenant Martin OCallaghan Identified After More than 70 Years

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Subject: unclaimed veteran

 

Good afternoon,

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

 

Name : Vinton Earl Carter

Branch: USAF

Rank: A1C

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

Remains will be in a urn

Family Mortuary

878 Jackson Av

Memphis, TN  38107

Phone-901-521-0594

 

James Lindsey | Director

West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery

4000 Forest Hill Irene

Memphis, TN 38125

p. 901.543.2016

f. 901.543-7141

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

November 18 in Bokchito, Oklahoma.

 

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

 

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

at (832) 649-9057.

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

to United Nations Military Cemetery Taejon. 

 

From October 1950 to September 1951, the American Graves Registration

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

possible association could not be made, the remains were declared

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

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

 

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

the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, and

circumstantial evidence.

 

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

this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Ball's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

buried November 17 in his hometown.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

1950.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Hawaii.

 

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

to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

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

for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Kaniatobe's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

11/01/18

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

buried November 17 in Elmer, New Jersey.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

Corregidor on May 6, 1942. 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

of the war.

 

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

along with fellow prisoners in the Cabanatuan POW camp cemetery. 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Cemetery and Memorial.

 

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

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

were subsequently sent to DPAA for identification. 

              

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis,

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Loesche's personal profile can be viewed at

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

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

will be buried November 17 in Wichita, Kansas.

 

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

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

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

(316) 650-9845.

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

crewmen, including Pirtle. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Pirtle.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

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

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

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

include dental comparisons and anthropological analysis, which matched his

records.

 

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

partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

 

Pirtle's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

10/31/18

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

"Imagine"

by John Zimmerlee October 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

2018, will be buried November 16 in his hometown.

 

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

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

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

(319) 404-4641.

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

of 429 crewmen, including Kvidera. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Kvidera.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

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

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

evidence.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Kvidera's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

buried November 14 in Bland County, Virginia.

 

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

the USS Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

of 429 crewmen, including Nichols. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Nichols.

 

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

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

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

for identification.

 

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

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

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

records, along with circumstantial evidence. 

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

Nichols' personnel profile can be found at

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

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

November 10 in his hometown.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

For more information, contact:

              

               SFC Kristen Duus

               Chief of External Communications

               Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

               2300 Defense Pentagon

               Washington, D.C 20301-2300

               (703) 699-1420

               Kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil

              

               OR:

              

               Chuck Prichard, APR

               Director, Public Affairs

               Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

               (703) 699-1169

               charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

 

/////

 

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

when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands. Intense fighting

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

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

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

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

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

Philippines. Worrell was among those reported captured after the surrender