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AMERICANS IDENTIFIED SINCE 1989
WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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Recently Accounted-For...     DPAA

http://www.dpaa.mil/OurMissing/RecentlyAccountedFor.aspx

Note: Name may be noted above long before a Press Release is issued here:

http://www.dpaa.mil/NewsStories/Releases.aspx

 

Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

Jan 2006 - May 2007

June 2007 - Dec 2008

Jan 2009 - June 2009

June 2009 -Dec 2010

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

2016
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Stories and Press Releases below chart

2016

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Pfc William W. Cowan U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/12/1951 South Korea 9/23/2016
Pfc. Everett E. Johnson U.S. Army Company F., 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 9/3/1950 South Korea 9/19/2016
Pfc. William V. Giovanniello U.S. Army Company F, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 4/25/1951 South Korea 9/19/2016
1st Lt Ben B. Barnes U.S. Army Air Forces 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group 12/5/1944 Germany 9/17/2016
Pfc. Kenneth R. Miller U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 4/23/1951 North Korea 9/12/2016
Cpl. William H. Smith U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division   North Korea 9/12/2016
Cpl. Donald R. Hendrickson U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 9/7/2016
Cpl. Wayne Minard U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/26/1950 North Korea 9/7/2016
Pfc. James S. Smith U.S. Marine Corps Company C, 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 9/6/2016
Pfc. Nicholas J. Cancilla U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 9/6/2016
Cpl. Vernon D. Presswood U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 9/6/2016
Cpl. David T. Nordin, Jr. U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 9/6/2016
Sgt. 1st Class Louis M. Baxter U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 9/6/2016
Sgt. James J. Hubert U.S. Marine Corps Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/21/1943 Tarawa 9/1/2016
Pfc. Ben H. Gore U.S. Marine Corps Special Warfare Group, 2nd Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force 11/25/1943 Tarawa 9/1/2016
Pfc. John W. Mac Donald U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 9/1/2016
WT1c Walter Sollie U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/18/2016
Seaman 1st Class Murry R. Cargile U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/12/2016
Fireman 1st Class Jim H. Johnston U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/12/2016
Pvt. Virgil B. Adkins U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division 7/17/1953 North Korea 8/10/2016
Pfc. Wilbur C. Mattern U.S. Marine Corps Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/21/1943 Tarawa Atoll 8/9/2016
Sgt. Fae V. Moore U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 8/9/2016
Cpl. Ronald M. Sparks U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/12/1951 South Korea 7/27/2016
Sgt. James L. Campbell U.S. Army 31st Regimental Combat Team 12/2/1950 North Korea 7/26/2016
Master Sgt. Ira V. Miss, Jr. U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/5/1950 South Korea 7/25/2016
Cpl. Curtis J. Wells U.S. Army Company C, 65th Engineer Combat Battalion, 25th Infantry Division 11/27/1950 North Korea 7/21/2016
ENS Verdi Sederstrom U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941   7/21/2016
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Earl Melton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941   7/21/2016
Cpl. Larry M. Dunn U.S. Army Company B, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 7/16/2016
2nd Lt. Marvin B. Rothman U.S. Army Air Forces 311th Fighter Squadron, 58th Fighter Group 4/11/1944 New Guinea 7/15/2016
Cpl. Charles A. White U.S. Army Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division 12/3/1950 North Korea 7/14/2016
Sgt. 1st Class Lawrence Smith U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment 2/12/1951 South Korea 7/6/2016
Master Sgt. Charles J. Brown U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment 11/2/1950 North Korea 6/29/2016
Chief Warrant Officer Adolphus Nava U.S. Army Battery B, 38th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 6/22/2016
Pvt. Frank F. Penna U.S. Marine Corps Comapny E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 6/19/2016
Flight Officer Judson B. Baskett U.S. Army Air Forces 1305th Army Air Force Base Unit 11/27/1945 Malaysia 6/15/2016
Pfc. William R. Butz U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/12/1950 North Korea 6/8/2016
Sgt. Harold L. Curtis U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment 12/12/1950 North Korea 6/8/2016
Cpl. Frederick G. Collins, Jr. U.S. Army 263rd Quartermaster Company, Quartermaster Corps 11/19/1942 Philippines 6/7/2016
Cpl. Charles B. Crofts U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 6/7/2016
Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class Howard P. Brisbane U.S. Navy Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 6/2/2016
Seaman 2nd Class Vernon N. Grow U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/2/2016
Sgt. Bailey Keeton U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 6/2/2016
Pvt. Evans E. Overbey U.S. Army Air Forces 93rd Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group 11/19/1942 Philippines 6/1/2016
Col. Patrick H. Wood U.S. Air Force Detachment 5, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron 2/6/1967 Vietnam 5/27/2016
Warrant Officer Daryl H. Goggin U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/25/2016
Lt. Cmdr. Frederick P. Crosby U.S. Navy Light Photographic Squadron (VFP) 63 6/1/1965 Vietnam 5/25/2016
Pfc. George H. Traver USMC Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/24/2016
Master Sgt. Richard Davis U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 5/23/2016
Seaman 2nd Class Challis R. James U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/20/2016
Fireman 1st Class Frank E. Nicoles U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/20/2016
Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/18/2016
Cpl. Joseph Trepasso U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 5/18/2016
Capt. Elwood J. Euart U.S. Army Headquarters, 103rd Field Artillery Battalion, 43rd Infantry Division 10/26/1942 Vanuatu 5/11/2016
Sgt. Harold Sparks U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 5/11/2016
1st Lt. Donald L. Beals U.S. Army Air Forces 494th Fighter Squadron, 48th Fighter Group, 9th Air Force 4/17/1945 Germany 5/10/2016
Ensign William M. Finnegan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/9/2016
Pvt. Emmett L. Kines U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/8/2016
Ensign John C. England U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/6/2016
Pfc. Charles E. Oetjen U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/6/2016
Pfc. James F. Mansfield U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/6/2016
Pvt. Harry K. Tye U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/6/2016
Pfc. Roland E. Schaede U.S. Marine Corps Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/6/2016
Fireman 2nd Class James B. Boring U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/5/2016
Fireman 3rd Class Edwin C. Hopkins U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/4/2016
Sgt. 1st Class James P. Shunney U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 5/3/2016
Lt. Julian B. Jordan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/27/2016
Pvt. Palmer S. Haraldson U.S. Marine Corps Company C, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/22/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/25/2016
Pfc. John Saini U.S. Marine Corps Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/23/2016
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Harold F. Carney U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/21/2016
Seaman 2nd Class Rudolph V. Piskuran U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/20/2016
Pfc. James B. Johnson U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/18/2016
Fireman 3rd Class Kenneth L. Jayne U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/14/2016
Cpl. George G. Simmons U.S. Army Battery H, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment 11/19/1942 Philippines 4/14/2016
Pvt. John P. Sersha U.S. Army Company F, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment 9/27/1944 Netherlands 4/13/2016
Pvt. Dale R. Geddes USMC Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/13/2016
Pfc. Ronald W. Vosmer U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/12/2016
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Alfred F. Wells US Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/7/2016
Pfc. Anthony Brozyna U.S. Marine Corps Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/6/2016
Ensign Joseph P. Hittorff U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/6/2016
Fire Controlman 1st Class Paul A. Nash U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/5/2016
Chief Storekeeper Herbert J. Hoard U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/4/2016
Pfc. John F. Prince U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/2/2016
Seaman 1st Class William E. Welch U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/1/2016
Fireman 3rd Class John H. Lindsley U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/25/2016
Cpl. Dennis D. Buckley U.S. Army A Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 South Korea 3/21/2016
Seaman 2nd Class James N. Phipps U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/21/2016
1st Lt. Frederick W. Langhorst U.S. Army Air Forces 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command 7/17/1945 India 3/17/2016
Sgt. 1st Class Alan L. Boyer U.S. Army Command and Control Detachment, 5th Special Forces Group 3/28/1968 Laos 3/16/2016
Motor Machinist's Mate 1st Class John E. Anderson U.S. Navy Landing Craft Tank (LCT), Mark 5, Hull #30 6/6/1944 Omaha Beach, France 3/10/2016
Maj. Dean A. Klenda U.S. Air Force 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron 9/17/1965 Vietnam 3/1/2016
Sgt. 1st Class Raymond K. McMillian U.S. Army Medical Company, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/12/1951 South Korea 2/26/2016
Flight Officer Dewey L. Gossett Army Air Forces 527th Fighter Squadron, 86th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force 9/27/1943 Italy 2/25/2016
Cpl. Davey H. Bart U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 2/24/2016
Sgt. John C. Holladay U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Raider Regiment 7/20/1943 Soloman Islands 2/24/2016
Pfc. Aubrey D. Vaughn U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 5th Regimental Combat Team 4/23/1951 North Korea 2/24/2016
Seaman 2nd Class Lewis L. Wagoner U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/18/2016
Cpl. Eldon W. Ervin U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 2/9/2016
Cpl. Dudley L. Evans U.S. Army Company G, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/15/1951 South Korea 1/29/2016
Pfc. Elmer L. Mathies U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 1/29/2016
Pfc. Roy A Henderson U.S Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 7/27/1950 North Korea 1/14/2016
Cpl. Kenneth R. Stuck U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 1/8/2016
Ensign Lewis B. Pride U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 11/4/2015
1st Lt. Robert L. McIntosh U.S. Army Air Forces 27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group 5/12/1944 Italy 2/17/2014
      Note:  the above chart is now updated in it's entirety regularly after it was noticed that names were INSERTED in the chart long after the accounted for date, changing the original chart.
 

posted 09/27/2016                            Source:    http://www.dpaa.mil/OurMissing/RecentlyAccountedFor.aspx
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From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US)
Sent: 27 September, 2016 09:17
Subject: Soldier Killed in Korean War Accounted For (Cowan) (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Army Pfc. William W. Cowan, killed in the Korean War, has now been accounted for. 

Cowan was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, when he was reported missing in action, after his unit attacked a road block set up by opposing forces near Hoengsong, South Korea,  Feb. 12, 1950. 

On Sept. 7, 1954, a set of remains reportedly recovered from the prisoner of war cemetery at Camps 1 and 3, Chang Song, North Korea, were sent to the Central Identification Unit for attempted identification.  The set of remains designated X-14230 were declared unidentifiable and transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. 

On June 13, 2016, the remains designated as X-14230 were exhumed and sent to the laboratory for analysis. 

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Pfc. Cowan's remains were included.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
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From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) 
Sent: 23 September, 2016 08:59
Subject: Soldier Killed in Korean War Accounted For (Fink) (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Army Cpl. Roy C. Fink, killed in the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

Fink was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when they were engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces in late November 1950. Wounded soldiers were evacuated, but Fink could not be accounted for and he was reported missing in action as of Dec. 2, 1950.

During the 25th Joint Recovery Operation in 2001, recovery teams conducted operations on the eastern bank of the Chosin Reservoir, in an area where Fink was reported missing. At least seven individuals were recovered and returned to the laboratory for processing.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, determined Fink's remains were included.

Interment service are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Cpl. Fink.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

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James Foulks and his wife, Mary, hold a photograph of James' father, Capt. James Arch Foulks, in their home Monday in St. Augustine. Capt. Foulks ...

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From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US)
Sent: 23 September, 2016 08:16
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Michigan Airman Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Robert W. Ward, 22, of Pontiac, Michigan, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried Oct. 1 in his hometown.

On Dec. 23, 1944, Ward was assigned to the 559th Bombardment Squadron, 387th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force. Ward was the co-pilot of a B-26C Marauder, with eight other crew members, that crashed after being struck by enemy fire while on a bombing mission against enemy forces near Philippsweiler, Germany. Ward and one other of the nine-member crew were reported killed in action.

His nephew, David Ward, of Enfield, New Hampshire, is available for interviews, if you would like to contact him at (603)-632-1175.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

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Army Master Sgt. Charles J. Brown Jr. was only 20 years old when he was killed in Korea. ...

To identify Brown's remains, scientists from Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used ...
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From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US)
Sent: 22 September, 2016 07:38
Subject: Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For (Barnes) (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Sir/Ma'am,

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Ben B. Barnes, killed in World War II, has now been accounted for.

On Dec. 5, 1944, Barnes was a member of the 361st Fighter Squadron, 356th Fighter Group, as the pilot of a single seat P-51D aircraft on an escort mission to Berlin, Germany, when he encountered enemy aircraft during the return flight.  His plane was last reported northeast of Berlin over Eberswalde, and a German military shoot-down report documented a P-51 near Carlshof.  However, due to political restrictions in the Russian-occupied zone, American Graves Registration teams were unable to conduct further investigations. 

From July to September 2015, two DPAA recovery teams excavated a site eyewitnesses led investigators to, and recovered two .50 caliber machine guns, which matched the serial numbers to Barnes' aircraft, as well as osseous material.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Barnes' remains were included.

Interment services are set for Oct. 15 in Miller, South Dakota.

Welcome home and rest in peace, 1st Lt. Barnes.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 20 September, 2016 14:10
Subject: Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Smith, William) (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Sir/Ma'am,

Army Cpl. William H. Smith, killed in the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

In late November 1950, Smith was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in a position southwest of Unsan, North Korea.  The Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) launched a counterattack, hoping to draw the regiment into a trap, forcing them to withdraw to a new defensive line.  Smith was reported missing in action Nov. 28, 1950.

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the united States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which helped account for the remains of at least 500 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Smith's remains were included.

Interment services are set for Oct. 7 in Elmira, New York.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Cpl. Smith.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 19 September, 2016 10:59
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: New York Soldier Accounted For From The Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Master Sgt. Charles J. Brown, Jr., 20, of Ozone Park, New York, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried Sept. 26  in Sarasota, Florida.

In early November 1950, Brown was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, when the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) attacked the regiment and forced the unit to withdraw to the village of Ipsok, approximately five miles south of Unsan. The survivors attempted to set up a defensive perimeter, but many soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape and evade the enemy, but the majority were captured and marched to POW camps.

His sister, Patricia McEnerney, of Flushing, New York, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (718) 461-6696.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US)
Sent: 20 September, 2016 10:18
Subject: Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Giovanniello) (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Army Pfc. William V. Giovanniello, killed in the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

On April 25, 1951, Giovanniello was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, when his unit was along a defensive line  west of Chorw'on, South Korea, and were attacked by the Chinese People's Volunteer Force and Korea People's Army.  The unit was forced to move south, and when they established a roadblock to cover movement, it was found that Giovanniello was not with his unit and reported missing in action. 

In June 1951, an unidentified set of remains, previously recovered from Yang Mun-Ni, were buried in the Tanggok United Nations Military Cemetery and labeled "Unknown X-1219."  Although the remains were attempted to be identified, no positive match could be made and they were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.

On May 16, 2016, the remains were disinterred and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Pfc. Giovanniello's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Pfc. Giovanniello.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) 
Sent: 20 September, 2016 10:18
Subject: Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Johnson) (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Sir/Ma'am,


Army Pfc. Everett E. Johnson, killed in the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

On Sept. 3, 1950, Johnson was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in Taegu, South Korea. Johnson's company was cut off by enemy attacks and withdrew to join the rest of the battalion. During the course of the enemy attack, Johnson was killed by enemy fire.

In May 1951, an unidentified set of remains, previously recovered from a mass grave near Pultang, South Korea, were buried in the Tanggok United Nations Military Cemetery and labeled "Unknown X-1072." Although the remains were attempted to be identified, no positive match could be made and they were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.

On May 16, 2016, the remains were disinterred and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Pfc. Johnson's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Pfc. Johnson.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
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Subject: Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Baxter) (U)
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:11:13 +0000
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
 

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Army Sgt. 1st Class Louis M. Baxter, missing from the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

In late November 1950, Baxter was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) attacked the regiment and forced the unit to withdraw south to the Pungnyuri Inlet. Many soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape and evade the enemy, but were captured and marched to POW camps. Baxter was subsequently declared missing in action as a result of the battle that occurred Dec. 6, 1950.

In September 2001, a U.S. and Korean People's Army recovery team conducted a Joint Recovery Operation in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, Changjin County, Changjin District, South Hamgyong Province, North Korea, based on information provided by two Korean witnesses.  During the excavation, the team recovered material evidence and possible human remains for at least seven individuals.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Sgt. 1st Class Baxter's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Sgt. 1st Class Baxter.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

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Subject: Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Minard) (U)
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:11:38 +0000
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US)
 

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Army Cpl. Wayne Minard, missing from the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

In late November 1950, Minard was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting units of the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in North Korea, in a delaying action south to Kunu-ri.  Enemy forces launched a large-scale attack with heavy artillery and mortar fire on Nov. 25, when the regiment was located in defense positions near the Chongchon River.  By the following day, enemy fighting had isolated the unit and they were ordered to withdraw.  Minard was reported missing in action as of Nov. 26, 1950.

In April and May of 2005, a Joint Recovery Team conducted the 37th Joint Field Activity in Unsan County, South Pyongan Province, North Korea.  On April 19, the team visited a site reported by a local witness to contain American remains.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Cpl. Minard's remains were included.
Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Cpl. Minard.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

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Subject: Soldier Missing from Korean War Accounted For (Trepasso) (U)
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:12:01 +0000
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) 
 

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Army Cpl. Joseph Trepasso, missing from the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

In late November 1950, Trepasso was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division on the east side of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) attacked the regiment and forced the unit to withdraw south to the Pungnyuri Inlet. Many soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape and evade the enemy, but were captured and marched to POW camps. Trepasso was subsequently declared missing in action as a result of the battle that occurred Dec. 12, 1950.

In September 2001, a U.S. and Korean People's Army recovery team conducted a Joint Recovery Operation in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, Changjin County, Changjin District, South Hamgyong Province, North Korea, based on information provided by two Korean witnesses.  During the excavation, the team recovered material evidence and possible human remains for at least seven individuals.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Cpl. Trepasso's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Cpl. Trepasso.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

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Subject: FW: Marine Killed in World War II Accounted For (Smith) (U)
Date: Sat, 10 Sep 2016 02:01:43 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>

Welcome HOME, Private First Class Smith!

A tip of the hat to History Flight - http://historyflight.com/nw/ -  for all their excellent work on the Tarawa Atoll.
History Flight has been directly involved in the closing of over 50 MIA cases in the last 24 months.
Thank YOU for all You Do!

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US)
Sent: 08 September, 2016 09:35
Subject: Marine Killed in World War II Accounted For (Smith) (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Marine Pfc. Pfc. James S. Smith, killed in World War II, has now been accounted for.

In November 1943, Smith was assigned to Company C, 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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 day of intense fighting, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Smith died on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

In late 2012, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, now DPAA, conducted a mission to Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, to investigate an area previously identified by a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., as a site for recovery of possible American remains from the November 1943 battle.  During this investigation, the team recovered the remains of three individuals from an area previously identified as Cemetery 25.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Smith's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
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Subject: FW: LOCAL CONNECTION: New York Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:55:09 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>
 

Welcome HOME Private Penna!

Special THANKS to   History Flight http://historyflight.com/nw/  - working so hard help account for our Missing in Action  that have successfully completed all the hard work to identify Private Penna and bring closure to his MIA case.  Please visit their web-site to learn the details of their work and while your there don’t forget – they are a NON-PROFIT – and could use your support.

 

-----Original Message-----

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]

Sent: 09 September, 2016 07:00

Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: New York Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Pvt. Frank F. Penna, 24, of Canastota, New York, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried Sept. 17 in his hometown.

In November 1943, Penna was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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.  Penna died on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943. 

His brother, Frederick Penna, also of Canastota, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him at (615) 697-7612.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

 

SSG Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
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From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) 
Sent: 09 September, 2016 07:01
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Kansas Airman Accounted For From the Vietnam War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Air Force Maj. Dean A Klenda, 25, of Wichita, Kansas, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried Sept. 17 in Pilsen, Kansas.

On Sept. 17, 1965, Klenda was assigned to the 67th Tactical Fighter Squadron as the pilot of an F-105 Thunderchief that was attacking enemy targets in Son La Province, Vietnam.  During Klenda's mission, his aircraft was struck by enemy fire causing him to eject from the Thunderchief.  He failed to separate from his ejection seat before it impacted the ground.  Klenda was reported missing in action.

His sister, Deanna Klenda, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (316) 841-5926.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
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 From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 09 September, 2016 07:00
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Alabama Soldier Accounted For From the Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Larry M. Dunn, 18, of Cullman, Alabama, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried Sept. 17 in his hometown.

In early December 1950, while Dunn was assigned to Company B, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, his unit was fighting through a roadblock that was heavily defended by enemy forces near Sonchu, North Korea.  Dunn went missing in action as a result of the battle. 

His niece, Rhonda Courington, of Pinson, Alabama, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (205) 680-3822.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
 
Virgil Boyd Adkins, a U.S. Army private, was killed in action during the Korean War. His remains were only recently identified and will be buried in Hinton on Saturday....
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Sgt. James L Hubert U.S. Marine Corps Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/21/1943 Tarawa 9/1/2016
Pfc. Ben H Gore U.S. Marine Corps Special Warfare Group, 2nd Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force 11/25/1943 Tarawa 9/1/2016
Pfc. John W. Mac Donald U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 9/1/2016
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Subject: FW: Marine Accounted For From World War II (Hubert)
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 17:02:30 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>


Welcome HOME, Sargent Hubert!


Credit for the discovery/recovery of Sgt. Hubert goes to HISTORY FLIGHT - http://historyflight.com/nw/ - Thank YOU all for your commitment to the recovery of our Missing in Action!

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 02 September, 2016 12:42
Subject: Marine Accounted For From World War II (Hubert)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Marine Sgt. James J. Hubert, killed in World War II, has now been accounted for.

In November 1943, Hubert was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines Marine Division, which landed a 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, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Hubert died on the second day of battle, Nov. 21, 1943.

In June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the battle.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Hubert's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.


SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
PublicAffairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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Subject: FW: Marine Accounted For From World War II (Mac Donald)
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 17:06:35 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>
 

Welcome HOME, Private First Class Mac Donald!

Credit for the discovery/recovery of Sgt. Hubert goes to HISTORY FLIGHT - http://historyflight.com/nw/  - Thank YOU all for your commitment to the recovery of our Missing in Action!

Until they all come home..........

moe

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 02 September, 2016 12:44
Subject: Marine Accounted For From World War II (Mac Donald)


Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Marine Pfc. John W. Mac Donald, killed in World War II, has now been accounted for.

In November 1943, Mac Donald was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Mac Donald died on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

In June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the battle.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Mac Donald's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
PublicAffairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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Subject: FW: Marine Accounted For From World War II (Gore)
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 17:10:17 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>
 

Welcome HOME, Private First Class Gore!


Credit for the discovery/recovery of Sgt. Hubert goes to HISTORY FLIGHT - http://historyflight.com/nw/  - Thank YOU all for your commitment to the recovery of our Missing in Action!

Until they all come home..........

moe

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 02 September, 2016 13:01
Subject: Marine Accounted For From World War II (Gore)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Marine Pfc. Ben H. Gore, killed in World War II, has now been accounted for.

In November 1943, Gore was assigned to Special Weapons Group, 2nd Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, which landed a 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, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. Gore died after sustaining wounds from the battle, Nov. 25, 1943.

In June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the battle.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Gore's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~


SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
PublicAffairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 
CULLMAN - Cpl. Larry M. Dunn's long journey home will finally be complete on Sept. 17, when the soldier's remains will be laid to rest here in Cullman County. ....
Cpl. Curtis J. Wells U.S. Army Company C, 65th Engineer Combat Battalion, 25th Infantry Division 11/27/1950 North Korea 7/21/2016

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 01 September, 2016 11:00
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Michigan Soldier Accounted For From the Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Curtis J. Wells, 19, of Ubly, Michigan, asked us to send you today's news released (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried Sept. 10 in Harbor Beach, Michigan.

In late November 1950, while Wells was assigned to Company C, 65th Engineer Combat Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, his company joined with Task Force (TF) Wilson to fight the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in the vicinity of Unsan, North Korea.  The TF was overwhelmed by a large force of CPVF soldiers, and by Nov. 27, 1950, they began to extricate themselves south and Company C returned to the control of the battalion.  As the battalion attempted to account for its casualties, Wells was reported missing in action.

His sister, Elizabeth Liedke, of Bad Axe, Michigan, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (989) 856-4714.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

 
Pfc. James F. Mansfield U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/6/2016

But in June 2015, History Flight Inc. notified the POW/MIA Accounting Agency that they had discovered another burial site on the island and believed it ...
Pvt. Virgil B. Adkins U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division 7/17/1953 North Korea 8/10/2016

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 26 August, 2016 09:47
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: West Virginia Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Pvt. Virgil B. Adkins, 21, of Hinton, West Virginia, unaccounted for from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried Sept. 3 in his hometown.

On July 17, 1953, Adkins was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, on a combat patrol to reconnoiter enemy activity in an area north of the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), North Korea, when it came under attack, forcing a withdrawal back to friendly lines.  As a result of the fighting, Adkins was reported missing in action.

His family does not wish to be contacted by media. 

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

Pfc. Anthony Brozyna U.S. Marine Corps Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/6/2016

-------- Forwarded Message --------

Subject: FW: LOCAL CONNECTION: Connecticut Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:26:11 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>
 

Welcome HOME, PFC Brozyna!

A reminder - the majority of the Identification notices you received indicating the remains were located around the Tarawa Atoll - the credit needs to be given to the Non-Government Organization (NGO) History Flight - http://historyflight.com/nw/ - They are a non-profit that has been committed to locating and identifying our Missing in Action for many years. Their record literally speaks for itself.
Visit their site to learn more about the quantity as well as the quality of the work they continue to do to ensure we 'leave no man behind'.
Thank YOU, History Flight!   



-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 24 August, 2016 08:34
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Connecticut Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Corps Pfc. Anthony Brozyna, of Hartford, Connecticut, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried August 31, in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

In November 1943, Brozyna was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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.  Brozyna died on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943. 

His nephew, Anthony Brozyna, of Richmond, Virginia, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (804) 334-0690.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

 

Capt. Elwood J. Euart U.S. Army Headquarters, 103rd Field Artillery Battalion, 43rd Infantry Division 10/26/1942 Vanuatu 5/11/2016

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 24 August, 2016 08:34
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Rhode Island Soldier Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Capt. Elwood J. Euart, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried August 31 in his hometown.

On Oct. 26, 1943, Euart was assigned to Headquarters, 103rd Field Artillery Battalion, 43rd Infantry Division aboard the U.S. Army Transport (USAT) President Coolidge, when it entered a minefield near Espiritu Santo Island, New Hebrides, in the Republic of Vanuatu.  The ship struck two mines and eventually sank.  Euart was one of only two crewmen lost of approximately 5,000 troops aboard the ship.

His nephew, Elwood R. Vallee, of East Wakefield, New Hampshire, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him at (603) 522-6025.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise

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

 

Lt. Julian B. Jordan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/27/2016
 

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 August, 2016 12:07
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Georgia Sailor Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Lt. Julian B. Jordan, of Dawson, Georgia, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains. 

He will be buried August 29 in Bremerton, Washington.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Jordan 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 crewman, including Jordan.  No single vessel at Pearl Harbor, with the exception of the USS Arizona, suffered as many casualties.

His daughter, Ann Jordan Remers, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (520) 490-4992.
Additionally, his grandson, Julian Remers is available to for contact at (307) 399-4068.

The Department of Defense has now photos of Jordan on File.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~


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

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Scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory identified Jordan by matching DNA to ...

Pfc. George H. Traver USMC Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/24/2016


 

Subject: FW: LOCAL CONNECTION: New York Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:56:28 +0000
From: Moe Moyer <jmoyer@usocentralflorida.org>
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>

Welcome HOME PFC Traver!

Thank YOU! History Flight for staying true to the course.

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 19 August, 2016 08:31
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: New York Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Pfc. George H. Traver, of Chatham, New York, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried August 28 in his hometown.

In November 1943, Traver was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.  Traver died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

Traver's nephew, David Silliman, also of Chatham, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him at (518) 965-1074.  Also available is nephew George Traver, at (518) 392-5591.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

Pfc. James F. Mansfield U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/6/2016

 

Subject: FW: LOCAL CONNECTION: Massachusetts Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:51:56 +0000
From: Moe Moyer <jmoyer@usocentralflorida.org>
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>

 

Welcome HOME PFC Mansfield!

Thank YOU! to those at History Flight for their continued commitment to accounting for our Missing in Action.


-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 19 August, 2016 08:31
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Massachusetts Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Pfc. James F. Mansfield, of Plymouth, Massachusetts, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried August 27 in his hometown.

In November 1943, Mansfield was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa
 Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded,
but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.  Mansfield died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

Mansfield's family does not wish to be contacted by media.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

Sgt. James L. Campbell U.S. Army 31st Regimental Combat Team 12/2/1950 North Korea 7/26/2016

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 19 August, 2016 08:30
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Connecticut Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Sgt. James L. Campbell, 18, of Waterford, Connecticut, unaccounted for from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried August 26 in his hometown.

In late November 1950, Campbell was one of 2,500 U.S. and 700 Republic of Korea soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team on the east side of the Chosin River.  On the night of Nov. 27, the Chinese People's Volunteer Force surrounded the 31st RCT and attacked.  Continued attacks over subsequent days forced Americans to withdraw.  By Dec. 6, 1950, approximately 1,500 wounded soldiers were evacuated, and the remaining had been either captured or killed.  Campbell was reported missing in action as a result of the battles.

Campbell's nephew, Steven Smith, also of Waterford, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (860) 442-2834.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Campbell on file.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

 
Stripes Okinawa                   08/17/2016

Navy Reserve Ensign Harold P. DeMoss’ F6F-3 Hellcat went down during a night training mission on June 23, 1945, in the Koolau Mountains —
 leaving his family to ask unsuccessfully and repeatedly over ensuing decades about bringing him home.

The Army last week provided a Black Hawk helicopter to drop off nine team members with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency at the remote site ...

 
Pvt. Dale R. Geddes USMC Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/13/2016

 

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: FW: LOCAL CONNECTION: Nebraska Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:01:27 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>
 

Welcome HOME Pvt. Geddes!

 Although not stated by the DPAA, I believe credit for this Soldier coming home has to do with History Flight - http://historyflight.com/nw/ - to our knowledge they are the
only non-government organization (NGO) working recovery in this area. Thank YOU History Flight!
 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 15 August, 2016 09:46
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Nebraska Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)

 

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAVEAT: None

 Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes, 21, of Grand Island, Nebraska, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried August 22 in his hometown.

 In November 1943, Geddes was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.  Geddes died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

His great-niece, Linda Elliott, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her, at (303) 909-9784.

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

 ~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

 SSG Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Seaman 1st Class Murry R. Cargile U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/12/2016
Fireman 1st Class Jim H. Johnston U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/12/2016
Pvt. Virgil B. Adkins U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division 7/17/1953 North Korea 8/10/2016


From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 16 August, 2016 10:52
Subject: Sailor Killed in World War II Accounted For (Cargile) (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Ma'am/Sir,

Navy Seaman 1st Class Murry R. Cargile, killed in the attack on the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, has now been accounted for.

The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) arrived in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 6, 1940, and spent the next several months participating in exercises and conducting patrols. On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a fleet of Japanese carriers launched formations of dive bombers, torpedo planes and fighters against the vessels moored in the shallows of Pearl Harbor. The USS Oklahoma suffered 429 casualties as it quickly capsized due to damages sustained from multiple torpedoes. The majority of the casualties (Sailors and Marines) were never identified.

During efforts to salvage the vessel, Navy personnel collected a large number of remains representing as many as 400 individuals. Most of these were later buried as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency personnel exhumed these remains and as a result in advances in forensic and analytical capabilities, were able to identify Cargile.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Seaman Cargile.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

 


From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 16 August, 2016 10:54
Subject: Sailor Killed in World War II Accounted For (Johnston) (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Ma'am/Sir,

Navy Fireman 1st Class Jim H. Johnston, killed in the attack on the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, has now been accounted for.

The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) arrived in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 6, 1940, and spent the next several months participating in exercises and conducting patrols. On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a fleet of Japanese carriers launched formations of dive bombers, torpedo planes and fighters against the vessels moored in the shallows of Pearl Harbor. The USS Oklahoma suffered 429 casualties as it quickly capsized due to damages sustained from multiple torpedoes. The majority of the casualties (Sailors and Marines) were never identified.

During efforts to salvage the vessel, Navy personnel collected a large number of remains representing as many as 400 individuals. Most of these were later buried as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency personnel exhumed these remains and as a result in advances in forensic and analytical capabilities, were able to identify Johnston.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Petty Officer Johnston.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

 


From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 15 August, 2016 09:55
Subject: Soldier Killed in Korean War Accounted For (Adkins) (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Sir/Ma'am,

Army Pvt. Virgil B. Adkins, missing from the Korean War, has now been accounted for.

On July 17, 1953, Adkins was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, on a combat patrol to reconnoiter enemy activity in an area north of the former Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), North Korea, when it came under attack, forcing a withdrawal back to friendly lines.  As a result of the fighting, Adkins was reported missing in action.

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which helped account for the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, established Adkins' remains were included.

Interment services are set for Sept. 3, in Hinton, West Virginia.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Pvt. Adkins.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.dpaa.mil and/or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/


SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Cpl. Ronald M. Sparks U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/12/1951 South Korea 7/27/2016

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 12 August, 2016 08:53
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Massachusetts Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Ronald M. Sparks, 19, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, unaccounted for from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried August 19 in Everett, Massachusetts.

In February 1951, Sparks was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, when his unit was clearing a road block held by enemy forces in the vicinity of Hoengsong, South Korea.  Sparks was reported missing in action during the mission. 

Sparks' family does not wish to be contacted by media.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~


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

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Pfc. Wilbur C. Mattern U.S. Marine Corps Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/21/1943 Tarawa Atoll 8/9/2016

From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)   
Sent: 11 August, 2016 19:33
Subject: Marine Killed in World War II Accounted For (Mattern)

Sir/Ma'am-

Marine Pfc. Wilbur C. Mattern, killed in World War II, has now been
accounted for.

In November 1943, Mattern was assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th
marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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 day of intense
fighting, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors and more than 2,000 were
wounded. Mattern died on the second day of battle, Nov. 21, 1943.

In June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified
DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the
remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the
battle.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Mattern's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Pfc. Mattern.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/.

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 

Sgt. Fae V. Moore U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 8/9/2016

From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US) 
Sent: 11 August, 2016 19:33
Subject: Marine Killed in World War II Accounted For (Moore)

Sir/Ma'am-

Marine Sgt. Fae V. Moore, killed in World War II, has now been accounted
for.

In November 1943, Moore was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine
Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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 day of intense fighting,
approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors and more than 2,000 were wounded.
Moore died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

In June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified
DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the
remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the
battle.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Moore's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Sgt. Moore.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/.

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
 

Flight Officer Judson B. Baskett U.S. Army Air Forces 1305th Army Air Force Base Unit 11/27/1945 Malaysia 6/15/2016

 

The crash site was discovered by Malaysians in 1966 and the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur was notified. A U.S. Air Force Air Attache reportedly traveled to the site and confirmed the tail number of the plane. Remains were not collected.  In 1985, the wreck was rediscovered by locals who reported the find. Then in 2009, locals found and photographed it again, reporting it to the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia. 
Finally in 2015 an agreement between the Royal Malaysian Armed forces and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was reached to travel to the site and recover remains.


 
Finally in 2015 an agreement between the Royal Malaysian Armed forces and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was reached to travel to the ...

 

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Pvt. Emmett L. Kines U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/8/2016

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: FW: Marine Killed in World War II Accounted For (Kines)
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:46:57 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>
 

Welcome HOME, Pvt. Kines!

A tip of the hat to HISTORY FLIGHT (http://historyflight.com/nw/)  and all their efforts worldwide to account for our Missing in Action.
FYI - in the last 24 months History Flight has recovered approximately 50 sets of remains in the Tarawa Islands alone bringing closure to many Families waiting more than 70 years for their soldier to come home.

Until they all come home..........



-----Original Message-----
From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)  
Sent: 08 August, 2016 22:28
Subject: Marine Killed in World War II Accounted For (Kines)

Sir/Ma'am-

Marine Pvt. Emmett L. Kines, killed in World War II, has now been accounted
for. 

In November 1943, Kines was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine
Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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,
approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were
wounded.  Kines died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

In June 2015 a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified
DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the
remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the
battle.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Kines' remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Pvt. Kines.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/. 

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Pfc. Ronald W. Vosmer U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/12/2016

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: FW: Marine Killed in World War II Accounted For (Vosmer)
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:41:54 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>
 

Welcome HOME, PFC Vosmer!

A tip of the hat to HISTORY FLIGHT (http://historyflight.com/nw/ )   and all their efforts worldwide to account for our Missing in Action.
FYI - in the last 24 months History Flight has recovered approximately 50 sets of remains in the Tarawa Islands alone bringing closure to many Families waiting more than 70 years for their soldier to come home.

Until they all come home..........

-----Original Message-----
From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)
Sent: 08 August, 2016 22:28
Subject: Marine Killed in World War II Accounted For (Vosmer)

Sir/Ma'am-

Marine Pfc. Ronald W. Vosmer, killed in World War II, has now been accounted
for. 

In November 1943, Vosmer was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th
Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than
2,000 were wounded.  Vosmer died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov.
20, 1943.

In June 2015 a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified
DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the
remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the
battle.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Vosmer's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Pfc. Vosmer.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/. 

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Pvt. Frank F. Penna U.S. Marine Corps Comapny E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 6/19/2016
 
Subject: FW: Marine Killed in World War II Accounted For (Penna)
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 13:35:13 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>


Welcome HOME, Pvt. Penna!

A tip of the hat to HISTORY FLIGHT (http://historyflight.com/nw/)  and all their efforts worldwide to account for our Missing in Action.
FYI - in the last 24 months History Flight has recovered approximately 50 sets of remains in the Tarawa Islands alone bringing closure to many Families waiting more than 70 years for their soldier to come home.

Until they all come home..........

-----Original Message-----
From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)  
Sent: 08 August, 2016 22:28
Subject: Marine Killed in World War II Accounted For (Penna)

Sir/Ma'am-

Marine Pvt. Frank F. Penna, killed in World War II, has now been accounted
for. 

In November 1943, Penna was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine
Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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,
approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were
wounded.  Penna died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

In June 2015 a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified
DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the
remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the
battle.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Penna's remains were included.

Interment services are scheduled for Oct. 8 in Canastota, New York.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Pvt. Penna.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/. 

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Pfc. William R. Butz U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/12/1950 North Korea 6/8/2016
 
Korean War soldier MIA coming home ... “He's been MIA all this time,” said Gary Hein, the soldier's brother-in-law. ... amended his status to deceased in 1953, according to the news release from the POW/MIA Accounting Agency...

 

Then on Friday, the Department of Defense announced that investigators had identified the remains of Pfc. William R. Butz.
 
The Ridgefield couple were notified of the identification in April, so Friday’s news didn’t take them by surprise.
 
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Flight Officer Judson B. Baskett U.S. Army Air Forces 1305th Army Air Force Base Unit 11/27/1945 Malaysia 6/15/2016

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) 
Sent: 05 August, 2016 12:59
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Texas Airman Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,
The family of Army Air Forces Flight Officer Judson B. Baskett, of Houston, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried August 12 in his hometown.

On Nov. 27, 1945, Baskett was assigned to 1305th Army Air Force Base Unit, piloting a C-47B aircraft, en route from Singapore to Butterworth, Malaysia, to pick up cargo, along with two crewmembers.  An hour after takeoff, the aircraft reported its position over Malacca, but failed to land as scheduled in Butterworth.  An air search conducted in December did not locate a crash site.

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Baskett on file.
SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Pfc. William R. Butz U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/12/1950 North Korea 6/8/2016

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) 
Sent: 05 August, 2016 13:09
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Washington Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Pfc. William R. Butz, of Glendive, Montana, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried August 12 in Vancouver, Washington.

On Dec. 12, 1950, Butz, a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was declared missing in action after his unit was heavily attacked by enemy forces in an area known as the "inlet," near the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Due to a prolonged lack of information regarding his status, a military review board amended his status to deceased in 1953.

His brother-in-law, Gary Hein, of Ridgefield, Washington, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at )360) 887-3101.

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

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

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Ensign John C. England U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/6/2016

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 05 August, 2016 13:15
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: California Sailor Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Ensign John England, of Alhambra, California, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried August 13 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

On Dec. 7, 1941, England 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 England.  No single vessel at Pearl Harbor, with the exception of the USS Arizona, suffered as many fatalities.

His granddaughter, Bethany Glenn is available for interviews if you would like to contact her, at (360) 673-3233.

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


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

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
ENS Verdi Sederstrom U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941   7/21/2016

From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)  
Sent: 05 August, 2016 20:48
Subject: Sailor Killed in World War II Accounted For (Sederstrom)

Sir/Ma'am-

Navy Ensign Verdi Sederstrom, killed in the attack on the USS Oklahoma on
Dec. 7, 1941, has now been accounted for.

The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) arrived in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 6, 1940, and spent
the next several months participating in exercises and conducting patrols.
On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a fleet of Japanese carriers launched
formations of dive bombers, torpedo planes and fighters against the vessels
moored in the shallows of Pearl Harbor.  The USS Oklahoma suffered 429
casualties as it quickly capsized due to damages sustained from multiple
torpedoes.  The majority of the casualties (Sailors and Marines) were never
identified.

During efforts to salvage the vessel, Navy personnel collected a large
number of remains representing as many as 400 individuals.  Most of these
were later buried as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the
Pacific in Honolulu.  In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
personnel exhumed these remains and as a result in advances in forensic and
analytical capabilities, were able to identify Sederstrom. 

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Ensign Sederstrom.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/. 

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Earl Melton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941   7/21/2016

FYI - MM1 Melton was buried as an 'UNKNOWN' at the Punch Bowl National Cemetery in Hawaii. Unknowns were off limits until recently when the Secretary of the Army signed off - authorizing the disinterment - IF there were facts supporting a 50 - 60% chance of identification.
Obviously, today's technology offers that opportunity in most cases (nuclear dna) and in late 2015, approximately 388 sets of remains marked as 'UNKNOWNS' from the USS Oklahoma were removed from the Punch Bowl cemetery, to initiate the process of identification. There are 1000's of 'Unknowns buried in US Military Cemeteries around the world that now have a chance of 'coming home'.    moe


 
From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)  
Sent: 05 August, 2016 20:47
Subject: Sailor Killed in World War II Accounted For (Melton)

Sir/Ma'am-

Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class Earl L. Melton , killed in the attack on the
USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, has now been accounted for.

The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) arrived in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 6, 1940, and spent
the next several months participating in exercises and conducting patrols.
On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a fleet of Japanese carriers launched
formations of dive bombers, torpedo planes and fighters against the vessels
moored in the shallows of Pearl Harbor.  The USS Oklahoma suffered 429
casualties as it quickly capsized due to damages sustained from multiple
torpedoes.  The majority of the casualties (Sailors and Marines) were never
identified.

During efforts to salvage the vessel, Navy personnel collected a large
number of remains representing as many as 400 individuals.  Most of these
were later buried as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the
Pacific in Honolulu.  In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
personnel exhumed these remains and as a result in advances in forensic and
analytical capabilities, were able to identify Melton. 

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Machinist's Mate 1st Class Melton.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/. 

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Seaman 2nd Class Vernon N. Grow U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/2/2016

From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)  
Sent: 05 August, 2016 20:47
Subject: Sailor Killed in World War II Accounted For (Grow)

Sir/Ma'am-

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Vernon N. Grow, killed in the attack on the USS
Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, has now been accounted for.

The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) arrived in Pearl Harbor on Dec. 6, 1940, and spent
the next several months participating in exercises and conducting patrols.
On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a fleet of Japanese carriers launched
formations of dive bombers, torpedo planes and fighters against the vessels
moored in the shallows of Pearl Harbor.  The USS Oklahoma suffered 429
casualties as it quickly capsized due to damages sustained from multiple
torpedoes.  The majority of the casualties (Sailors and Marines) were never
identified.

During efforts to salvage the vessel, Navy personnel collected a large
number of remains representing as many as 400 individuals.  Most of these
were later buried as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the
Pacific in Honolulu.  In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
personnel exhumed these remains and as a result in advances in forensic and
analytical capabilities, were able to identify Grow. 

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Seaman Grow.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/. 

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class Howard P. Brisbane U.S. Navy Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 6/2/2016

From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US) 
Sent: 05 August, 2016 20:47
Subject: Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For (Ward)

Sir/Ma'am-

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Robert W. Ward, missing from World War II, has now
been accounted for.

On Dec. 23, 1944, Ward was assigned to the 559th Bombardment Squadron, 387th
Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force. Ward was the co-pilot of a B-26C Marauder,
with eight other crew members, that crashed after being struck by enemy fire
while on a bombing mission against enemy forces near Philippsweiler,
Germany. Ward and one other of the nine-member crew were reported killed in
action.

Between June 2010 and July 2011, two DoD recovery teams excavated the
suspected crash site, recovering human remains and aircraft wreckage.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Ward's remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

Welcome home and rest in peace, 2nd Lt. Ward.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/. 

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Cpl. Ronald M. Sparks U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/12/1951 South Korea 7/27/2016
 
Subject: FW: Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Sparks)
Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2016 15:59:13 +0000
To: moehog <moehog@verizon.net>

Welcome HOME, Corporal Sparks!


P.S. Many of you will note the typo in paragraph two (2) noting 1951 as the year for 'Operation Glory'. Implementation of Korean Communications Zone (KCOMZ) Op Plan 14-54 - better known as "Operation GLORY" - was put into effect on 22 July 1954 - http://www.qmmuseum.lee.army.mil/korea/op_glory.htm -
The statement 'don't shoot the messenger' is appropriate here. Major Waggoner is doing an excellent job keeping the public informed on the information coming out of DPAAs Central Identification Lab and the Casualty Service Office. Thank YOU Major Waggoner for keeping us in the loop!



-----Original Message-----
From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)  
Sent: 02 August, 2016 15:18
Subject: Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Sparks)

Sir/Ma'am-

Army Cpl. Ronald M. Sparks, killed in the Korean War, has now been accounted
for.

On Feb. 12, 1951, Sparks was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 3th
Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, and was declared missing in action
when his unit was clearing a road block held by enemy forces in the vicinity
of Hoengsong, South Korea.  Due to a prolonged lack of information regarding
his status, a military review board amended his status to deceased.

In 1951, the remains of Korean War service members were returned to the
United States in an operation called "Operation Glory."  The remains unable
to be identified were interred as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery
of the Pacific in Hawaii.

Due to advances in technology, the remains were exhumed in 2015 for
analysis.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Cpl. Sparks' remains were among those exhumed.

Interment services are planned for August 19 in Everett, Massachusetts.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Cpl. Sparks

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/. 

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Sgt. James L. Campbell U.S. Army 31st Regimental Combat Team 12/2/1950 North Korea 7/26/2016

 

From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US) 
Sent: 02 August, 2016 15:25
Subject: Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Campbell) (U)

Sir/Ma'am-

Army Sgt. James L. Campbell, killed in the Korean War, has now been
accounted for.

In late November 1950, Crofts was one of approximately 2,500 U.S. Soldiers
who were assembled with 700 South Korean soldiers, in the 31st Regimental
Combat Team. The RCT was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea,
when it was engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces, driving the
remnants of the unit to withdraw.

At the end of the battle, Campbell could not be accounted for and he was
reported missing in action.  Due to a prolonged lack of information
regarding his whereabouts, the U.S. Army declared Campbell deceased as of
Dec. 31, 1953. 

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes
of commingled human remains, which helped account for the remains of at
least 600 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Campbell's remains were included.

Interment services are scheduled for August 26 in Waterford, Connecticut.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Sgt. Campbell

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/. 

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Pvt. Dale R. Geddes USMC Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/13/2016


08/04/2016

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirmed Tuesday that the remains were those of Geddes. “Welcome home and rest in peace, Pvt.

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From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US) 
Sent: 02 August, 2016 15:28
Subject: Marine Missing From World War II Accounted For (Geddes)

Sir/Ma'am-

Marine Pvt. Dale R. Geddes, killed during World War II, has now been
accounted for.

In November 1943, Geddes was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th
Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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,
approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were
wounded. Geddes died sometime on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

In June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified
DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered
remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the
battle.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Geddes' remains were included.

Interment services are scheduled for August 22 in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Pvt. Geddes.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at
www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook
https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/


V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 
 
CBS Local
In the 1990s North Korea sent 208 boxes of human bones and personal effects to forensic scientists at the joint POW/MIA command in Hawaii.
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
1st Lt. Robert L. McIntosh U.S. Army Air Forces 27th Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group 5/12/1944 Italy 2/17/2014

From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US) 
Sent: 01 August, 2016 15:55
Subject: Soldier Missing From World War II Accounted For (McIntosh)

Sir/Ma'am-

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert L. McIntosh, missing from World War II, has
now been accounted for.
On May 12, 1944, McIntosh was assigned to the 27th Fighter Squadron, 1st
Fighter Group, and was the pilot of a single-seat P38 aircraft, on a
strafing mission against an enemy airfield in Piacenza, Italy.  Due to poor
weather conditions, the flight leader missed their intended target and began
flying south.  Following a brief air battle over Bologna, visibility
worsened and the pilots were ordered to climb above the overcast.
McIntosh's aircraft was observed diving through the clouds and was not seen
again.
In August 2015, a DPAA recovery team excavated a crash site in Santa
Cristina, Italy, with the help of Archeologi dell'Aria, an Italian
non-profit organization. 
Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established 1st Lt. McIntosh's remains were included. 

Interment services are scheduled for August 13 in Tipton, Indiana.

Welcome home and rest in peace, 1st Lt. McIntosh.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/


V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 

 
Pfc. George H. Traver USMC Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/24/2016

From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)   
Sent: 29 July, 2016 21:15
Subject: Marine Missing From World War II Accounted For (Traver)

Sir/Ma'am-

Marine Pfc. George H. Traver, killed during World War II, has now been
accounted for.

In November 1943, Traver was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th
Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed a 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, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than
2,000 were wounded. Traver died sometime on the first day of the battle,
Nov. 20, 1943.

In June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified
DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the
remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the
battle.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Traver's remains were included.

Interment services are scheduled for August 28 in Chatham, New York.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Pfc. Traver.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Flight Officer Judson B. Baskett U.S. Army Air Forces 1305th Army Air Force Base Unit 11/27/1945 Malaysia 6/15/2016

 

From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)   
Sent: 29 July, 2016 21:12
Subject: Airman Missing from World War II Accounted For (Baskett)

Sir/Ma'am-

Army Air Forces Flight Officer Judson B. Baskett, missing from World War II,
has now been accounted for.

On Nov. 27, 1945, Baskett was a member of the 1305th Army Air Force Base
Unit, piloting a C-47B aircraft, en route from Singapore to Butterworth,
Malaysia, to pick up cargo, along with two crewmembers. An hour after
takeoff, the aircraft reported its position over Malacca, but failed to land
as scheduled in Butterworth. An air search conducted in December did not
locate a crash site.

In April 2010, a Joint Personnel Accounting Command (JPAC), now DPAA,
investigation team interviewed a local man who managed a logging area in the
vicinity of where Basket's plane was believed to have crashed. In August and
September 2015, a joint Malaysian/U.S. team excavated the crash site,
recovering possible remains.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence
available, established Flight Officer Baskett's remains were included.

Interment services are scheduled for August 12 in Houston.

Welcome home and rest in peace, Flight Officer Baskett.

For more information on DPAA please visit our website at www.DPAA.mil and/or
like us on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/dodpaa/

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Fireman 2nd Class James B. Boring U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/5/2016

Sent: 29 July, 2016 09:08
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Ohio Sailor Accounted For From World War II (U) 

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Fireman 2nd Class James B. Boring, 21, of Vales Mill, Ohio, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains. He will be buried August 6 in Albany, Ohio.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Boring 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 429 casualties, including Boring.

His niece, Francyl Castro, of St. Albans, West Virginia, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her, at (304) 727-9570.

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

 

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

 

SSG Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

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July 29, 2016

 

Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise

USS Oklahoma Sailor From World War II Accounted For

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman from World War II have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

 

Navy Fireman 2nd Class James B. Boring, 21, of Vales Mill, Ohio, will be buried August 6, in Albany, Ohio. On Dec. 7, 1941, Boring 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 Boring.  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 Boring.

 

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 Boring’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched two nieces, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis, to include dental comparisons, which matched Boring’s records.

 

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

 

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 or call (703) 699-1420.

 

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The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday the remains of 38-year-old Army Chief Warrant Officer Adolphus Nava of ...
Chief Warrant Officer Adolphus Nava U.S. Army Battery B, 38th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 6/22/2016

From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 28 July, 2016 10:58
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: New York Soldier Accounted For From the Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,
The family of Army Chief Warrant Officer Adolphus Nava, 38, of Uniondale, New York, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried August 4 in Calverton, New York.

In late November 1950, Nava was a member of Battery B, 38th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces between the towns of Sinhung-dong and Kunu-Ri, North Korea.  On Nov. 29, the unit was in danger of being encircled and destroyed by the CPVF and were ordered to withdraw.  In the escape route, turned "The Gauntlet," units were overrun by aggressive attacks from the CPVF and Nava's unit elected to destroy its guns and escape through the mountain on foot.  For more than a week after the battle, soldiers made their way through enemy lines back to their units.  After searching all adjacent units, aid stations and hospitals, Nava was declared missing in action as of Nov. 30. 

His daughter, Mary Kolesar, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her, at )631) 654-0714.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

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

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July 28, 2016

 

Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise

Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

 

Army Chief Warrant Officer Adolphus Nava, 38, of Uniondale, New York, will be buried August 4, in Calverton, New York.  In late 1950, Nava was a member of Battery B, 38th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) between the towns of Sinhung-dong and Kunu-Ri, North Korea. Their mission was part of a United Nations Command offensive to advance north to the Yalu River.  On Nov. 29, the unit was in danger of being encircled and destroyed by the CPVF and were ordered to withdraw.  In the escape route, termed “The Gauntlet,” units were overrun by aggressive attacks from the CPVF, and Nava’s unit elected to destroy its guns and escape through the mountains on foot.

 

For more than a week after the battle, soldiers made their way through enemy lines back to their units.  After searching all adjacent units, aid stations and hospitals, Nava was declared missing in action as of Nov. 30. 

 

At the end of the war, during Operation Big Switch, where both sides exchanged all remaining POWs, repatriated Americans provided information on the capture and death of Nava at Pyoktong/Camp 5, where most prisoners of war from the unit were held.

 

Although the American Graves Registration Service hoped to recover the remains of United Nations Command (UNC) and American soldiers who remained north of the DMZ after the war, conflict between the UNC and North Korea complicated efforts.

 

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which when combined with remains recovered during joint recovery operations in North Korea between 1996 and 2005, included the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents included in the repatriation indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the vicinity where Nava was believed to have died.

 

To identify Nava’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial, Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat and autosomal DNA analysis, which matched his brother and daughter, as well as chest radiograph comparison and anthropological analyses, and circumstantial evidence

 

Today, 7,807 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.

 

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 or call (703) 699-1420.

 

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Photo of Korean War MIA Cpl. Charles Wesley Thomas, who went missing in ... according to the Department of Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency.

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Pfc. Charles E. Oetjen U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 5/6/2016

HONOR-RELEASE-RETURN offers a respectful 'tip of the hat' to all at HISTORY FLIGHT, Inc., - http://historyflight.com/nw/ - their efforts over the last 24 months has resulted in excess of 50 sets of remains recovered.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SSG USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 July, 2016 14:02
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Illinois Marine Accounted For From World War II (U) 

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

 

The family of Marine Pfc. Charles E. Oetjen, 18, of Blue Island, Illinois, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release

(attached) on the identification of his remains.

 

He will be buried July 30, in Alsip, Illinois.

 

In November 1943, Oetjen was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance

on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at

Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.  Oetjen

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

 

His cousin, Kenneth Oetjen, of Westmont, Illinois, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (630) 241-0605.

The Department of Defense the attached photo of Oetjen on file.

 

- Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise -

 

SSG Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th Street South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 


source not provided....

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 22, 2016

 

Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise

Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

 

On December 3, 1950, White was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, when his company’s position was overrun by the Chinese Communist Forces near Huksu-ri, North  Korea.  Repatriated American prisoners of war reported that White died in captivity at Prisoner of War Camp 1, Changsong, North Korea, in 1951.  Based on this information, the U.S. Army declared White deceased as of May 12, 1951.

 

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. The remains they were unable to identify were interred as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the “Punchbowl.”

 

In 1999, due to advances in technology, the Department of Defense began to re-examine records and concluded that the possibility for identification of some of these unknowns now existed. The remains designated X-14173 were exhumed on May 18, 2015, so further analysis could be conducted.

 

To identify White’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used anthropological, dental and chest radiograph comparison analyses; mitochondrial DNA analysis, using the Next Generation Sequencing technique, which matched a niece, a nephew and a sister; as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

Today, 7,807 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using advances in technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by American teams.

 

            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 or call (703) 699-1420.

 

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Sent: 22 July, 2016 14:20
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Ohio Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (U)

Dear editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Charles A. White, 20, of New Lexington, Ohio, unaccounted for from the Korean War, asked us to send you today’s news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried July 29 in New Lexington, Ohio.

On December 3, 1950, White was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, when his company’s position was overrun by the Chinese Communist Forces near Huksu-ri, North Korea.  Repatriated American prisoners of war reported that White died in captivity at Prisoner of War Camp 1, Changsong, North Korea, in 1951.  Based on this information, the U.S. Army declared White deceased as of May 12, 1951.

His sister, Mrs. June Chuvalas, of New Lexington, Ohio, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her, at (740) 342-3102.

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

~Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise~

 

SSG Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

NEWS
Overbey was born on May 25, 1917, in Wise County, Va, according to the U.S. Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency. He was a ...
 

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Army Air Corps Pvt. Evans Overbey comes home

http://www.burnpit.us/2016/07/army-air-corps-pvt-evans-overbey-comes-home
Cpl. Frederick G. Collins, Jr. U.S. Army 263rd Quartermaster Company, Quartermaster Corps 11/19/1942 Philippines 6/7/2016

From: Waggoner, Natasha L Maj USAF DPAA EXT COMM (US)   
Sent: 15 July, 2016 15:17
Subject: Soldier Missing From World War II Accounted For (Collins)

Sir/Ma'am-

Army Cpl. Frederick G. Collins, 23, killed in World War II, has now been accounted for.

On Dec. 8, 1941, Collins was a member of the 263rd Quartermaster Company, Quartermaster Corps (QMC) located at Nichols Field, in Manila, Philippines,
when hostile Japanese forces sent the QMC on a gradual withdrawal into Bataan Province. Following the April 9, 1942 surrender to the Japanese,
Collins and other members of the QMC captured in Bataan began the torturous 65-mile "Bataan Death March" northward, where they were imprisoned at Camp
O'Donnell. Because of overcrowding and an excessive death rate at Camp O'Donnell, Collins and other POWs were transferred to Camp Cabanatuan.

More than 2,800 POWs perished in Camp Cabanatuan during the remaining years of the war. On Nov. 19, 1942, 14 Americans, including Collins, were reported
to have died and were buried by their fellow prisoners in Common Grave 717 in Cabanatuan Camp #3 Cemetery.

In 2014, the Secretary of the Army granted permission to exhume the graves associated with Common Grave 717.

Lab analysis, in conjunction with the totality of circumstantial evidence available, determined Collins' remains were included.

Interment services are pending.

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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Pvt.    Evans E. Overbey    U.S. Army Air Forces    93rd Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group    11/19/1942    Philippines     6/1/2016

 

Sent: 08 July, 2016 14:00
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Army Air Forces Serviceman Accounted For From World War II

Dear Editor,

The family of U.S. Army Air Forces Pvt. Evans E. Overbey, 25, of Coeburn,
Virginia, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's
news release (attached) on the identification of his remains. He will be
buried July 15 in Johnson City, Tennessee.

On Dec. 8, 1941 while Overbey was assigned to the 93rd Bombardment Squadron,
19th Bombardment Group, at Clark Field in the Philippines, Japanese forces
invaded the Philippines. Overbey and his unit joined forces with American
and Filipino infantry units fighting the battle of Bataan.  Following the
surrender to the Japanese, the surviving members of Overbey's squadron began
the torturous 65-mile "Bataan Death March" northward, where they were
imprisoned at Camp O'Donnell.  Because of overcrowding and an excessive
death rate at Camp O'Donnell, Overbey and other POWs were transferred to
Camp Cabanatuan.   More than 2,800 POWs perished in this camp during the
remaining years of the war. On Nov. 19, 1942, 14 Americans, including
Overbey, were reported to have died and were buried by their fellow
prisoners in Common Grave 717 in Cabanatuan Camp #3 Cemetery.
 
His grandnephew, Phillip Erwin, is available for interviews at (423)
743-4268 or (423) 330-4346.

The Department of Defense has no photo of Overbey available.

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 

Pvt. Robert J. Carter U.S. Marine Corps Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 9/16/2015

Sent: 06 July, 2016 13:53
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Oklahoma Marine Accounted For From World War II

Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Pvt. Robert J. Carter, 19, of Oklahoma City,
unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release
(attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried July 13 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington,
D.C.

In November 1943, Carter was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 8th
Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese
resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert
Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense
fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and
more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.
Carter died around Nov. 20, 1943.

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

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

V/R

Maj. Natasha Waggoner, USAF
Deputy, Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 
 
Salt Lake Tribune

DNA and other evidence helped identify the remains of Army Corporal Charles B. Crofts, who was 19 when he was reported missing in 1950....Graveside services are scheduled July 9 at Shelley Cemetery....

Fire Controlman 1st Class Paul A. Nash U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/5/2016

Sent: 30 June, 2016 09:51
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Indiana Sailor Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Fire Controlman 1st Class Paul A. Nash, 26, of Carlisle, Indiana, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried July 9 in Sullivan, Indiana.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Nash was a Sailor on 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 429 casualties, including Nash.

His grandson, Jeffrey Tislow, of Carlisle, IN, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (812) 398-6551 or (812) 887-7414.

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

"Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise"

SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Cpl. Charles B. Crofts U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 6/7/2016

Sent: 30 June, 2016 09:45
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Idaho Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Charles B. Crofts, 19, of Shelley, Idaho, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried July 9 in his hometown.

In late November 1950, Crofts was a member of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, as one of approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 South Korean soldiers who were assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT). The 31st RCT was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it was engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces, driving the remnants of the 31st RCT, known historically as Task Force Faith, to begin a fighting withdrawal to more defensible positions near Hagaru-ri, south of the reservoir. As the unit withdrew from the area, only wounded soldiers were evacuated. Crofts could not be accounted for by his unit at the end of the battle, and the U.S. Army reported him missing in action as of Dec. 2, 1950.

His brother, Mr. Kim D. Crofts, also of Shelley, Idaho, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (208) 357-5885.

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

SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 
 
WRTV Indianapolis
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday that Navy Fire Controlman 1st Class Paul A. Nash will be buried July 9 in Sullivan, ...
 
 
ArmyTimes.com
.Sixty-five years after his death in a North Korean prison camp, the remains of Cpl. George Paul Grifford were buried Monday in Arlington National Cemetery as family members solemnly welcomed him “home where he belongs.”....
 
Knoxville News Sentinel
Knoxville News Sentinel  06/22/1016

Army Sgt. Bailey Keeton Jr.'s remains are returning home Thursday in a motorcade more than six decades after his death and will be laid to rest Saturday with full military honors in what a brother calls the "prettiest cemetery in Scott County."...

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Cpl. George P. Grifford U.S. Army 37th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 8/14/2015

Sent: 20 June, 2016 08:56
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Michigan Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. George P. Grifford, 18, of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried June 27 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

On Nov. 30, 1950, Grifford was a member of the 37th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near Kunu-ri, North Korea.  He was reported missing in action after the battle.

His niece, Toni Murphy, of New Baltimore, Michigan, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her, at (586) 850-5619.

Media may also cover the interment from a respectful distance. Those wishing to attend the event should contact Jennifer Lynch at (703) 614-0062 for details.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Sgt. Bailey Keeton U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 6/2/2016

Sent: 17 June, 2016 11:52
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Tennessee Soldier Accounted For From the Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Sgt. Bailey Keeton, Jr., 20, of Oneida, Tennessee, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried June 25 in his hometown.

In late November 1950, Keeton was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, as one of approximately 2,500 U.S. and 700 South Korean soldiers who were assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT). The 31st RCT was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it was engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces, driving the remnants of the 31st RCT, known historically as Task Force Faith, to begin a fighting withdrawal to more defensible positions near Hagaru-ri, south of the reservoir. As the unit withdrew from the area, only wounded soldiers were evacuated. Keeton could not be accounted for by his unit at the end of the battle, and the U.S. Army reported him missing in action as of Dec. 2, 1950.

His cousin, Ronald Keeton, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (423) 663-3101 or (423) 663-4289.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Keeton on file.

~Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise~

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Master Sgt. Richard Davis U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 5/23/2016

Sent: 17 June, 2016 11:30
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Pennsylvania Soldier Accounted For From the Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Master Sgt. Richard Davis, 30, of Black Lick, Pennsylvania, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried June 24 in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

In early November 1950, Davis was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, near Unsan, North Korea, when Chinese People's Volunteer Forces attacked the regiment, and forced the unit to withdraw. Many soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape and evade the enemy, but were captured and marched to POW camps. Davis was declared missing in action as a result of the battle that occurred between Nov. 1 and 2, 1950.

His nephew, Adrian Davis, of Blairsville, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (724) 248-3323.
Additionally, his niece, Patricia Lyons, is also available for interviews, at (724) 463-0696.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Pvt. Palmer S. Haraldson U.S. Marine Corps Company C, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/22/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/25/2016

Sent: 15 June, 2016 10:22
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Nebraska Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Pvt. Palmer S. Haraldson, 31, of Lincoln, Nebraska, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried June 22 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

In November 1943, Haraldson was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.  Haraldson died sometime on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943.

His niece, Carolyn Redding, of San Clemente, California, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her, at (949) 422-1127.

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

- Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise -

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


 

 
NBC Montana
According to a press release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, after the war the American Graves Registration Service exhumed those ...
 

 


 

News Releases

Soldier From WWII Accounted For (Simmons)

16-038 | June 10, 2016

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, unaccounted for from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Cpl. George G. Simmons, 25, of Hamilton, Montana, will be buried June 18 in Corvallis, Montana. On Dec. 8, 1941 while Simmons was assigned to Battery H, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment on the Philippine Island of Corregidor, Japanese forces invaded the Philippines. Simmons and his unit engaged in intense fighting until May 6, 1942, when the U.S. fortress of Corregidor fell. Thousands of American and Filipino service members were taken prisoner, including Simmons, who was taken by ship to Manila, then by train and eventually on foot to the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,800 POWs perished in this camp during the remaining years of the war. On Nov. 19, 1942, 14 Americans, including Simmons, were reported to have died and were buried by their fellow prisoners in Common Grave 717 in Cabanatuan Camp #3 Cemetery.

Following the war, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to a temporary U.S. military cemetery near Manila. In late 1947, the AGRS again exhumed the remains at the Manila cemetery in an attempt to identify them. Due to the circumstances of the POW deaths and burials, the extensive commingling, and the limited identification technologies of the time, all of the remains could not be individually identified. The unidentified remains were reburied as unknowns in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, a permanent American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery in the Philippines.

In 2014, the Secretary of the Army granted permission to exhume the ten graves associated with Cabanatuan Common Grave 717, where Simmons was believed to have been buried. The remains were accessioned into the DPAA laboratory on Aug. 28, 2014.

To identify Simmons’ remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used forensic identification tools, including mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat DNA analysis, which matched the DNA samples provided by two cousins; anthropological analysis; as well as historical and circumstantial evidence.

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

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 or call (703) 699-1420.

 

News Releases

Marine Missing From World War II Accounted For (Prince)

16-039 | June 10, 2016

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, unaccounted for since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Marine Pfc. John F. Prince, 19, of New York, will be buried June 17 in Calverton, New York. In November 1943, Prince was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Prince died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

Despite the heavy casualties suffered by U.S. forces, military success in the battle of Tarawa was a huge victory for the U.S. military because the Gilbert Islands provided the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet a platform from which to launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died in the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on the island. In 1946 and 1947, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio, but Prince’s remains were not recovered. On Feb. 28, 1949, a military review board declared Prince’s remains non-recoverable.

In June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the battle in November 1943. The remains were turned over to DPAA in July 2015.

To identify Prince’s remains, scientists from DPAA used laboratory analysis, including dental comparison, which matched Prince’s records, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc. for this recovery mission.

 

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

 

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 or call (703) 699-1420.



 

News Releases

USS Oklahoma Sailor From World War II Accounted For (Pride)

16-036 | June 10, 2016

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman from World War II have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Navy Ensign Lewis B. Pride, Jr., 23, of Madisonville, Kentucky, will be buried June 18 in Providence, Kentucky. On Dec. 7, 1941, Pride 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 429 casualties, including Pride.

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 Pride.

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 Pride’s remains, scientists from DPAA used circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis, to include dental comparisons, which matched Pride’s records.

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

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 or call (703) 699-1420.

 

News Releases

USS Oklahoma Sailor From World War II Accounted For (Hittorff)

16-037 | June 10, 2016

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman from World War II have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Navy Ensign Joseph P. Hittorff, Jr., 25, of Collingswood, New Jersey, will be buried June 18 in South Kent, Connecticut. On Dec. 7, 1941, Hittorff 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 429 casualties, including Hittorff.

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 Hittorff.

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.

Bone samples were submitted for DNA testing to the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Tests included mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which traces the maternal line, and autosomal DNA, which is individual specific

To identify Hittorff’s remains, scientists from DPAA and AFDIL used mtDNA, which matched a sister; as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis, to include dental comparisons, which matched Hittorff’s records.

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

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 or call (703) 699-1420.



 

News Releases

Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Sparks)

16-035 | June 09, 2016

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Sgt. Harold Sparks, 21, of Seattle, will be buried June 16 in Kent, Washington. In early November 1950, Sparks was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, near Unsan, North Korea, when Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) attacked the regiment and forced the unit to withdraw. Many soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape and evade the enemy, but were captured and marched to POW camps. Sparks was subsequently declared missing in action as a result of the battle that occurred Nov. 2, 1950.

Sparks’ name did not appear on any POW list provided by the CPVF or the Korean People’s Army. Based on this information, a military review board amended Sparks’ status to deceased in 1951.

In 1953, however, during the prisoner of war exchange historically known as “Operation Big Switch,” five repatriated American soldiers reported that Sparks was held at POW Camp 5 and died at the camp.

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which when combined with remains recovered during joint recovery operations in North Korea between 1996 and 2005, included the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents included in the repatriation indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the vicinity where Sparks was believed to have died.

To identify Sparks’ remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial, Y-chromosome Tandem Repeat, and autosomal DNA analysis, which matched his sister, two nieces and a cousin; anthropological analysis, which matched Sparks’ records; and circumstantial evidence.

Today, 7,817 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.

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 or call (703) 699-1420.

 
 
Roanoke Times
The U.S. Military and private groups began fostering more communication and information sharing among the families of MIAs and POWs. Hall and ...
 
In this undated photo provided by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. John F. Prince of New York City is shown.
 
 
Cherry Hill Courier Post
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Friday the remains of Joseph P. Hittorff Jr. of Collingswood have been identified and ...
 
 
Fox 35 Orlando
Marine Pfc. John F. Prince, 19, of New York, will be buried June 17 in Calverton, New York. [Photo courtesy: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency].
Cpl. George G. Simmons U.S. Army Battery H, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment 11/19/1942 Philippines 4/14/2016

Sent: 10 June, 2016 11:20
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Montana Soldier Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. George G. Simmons, 25, of Hamilton, Montana, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains. He will be buried June 18 in Corvallis, Montana.

On Dec. 8, 1941 while Simmons was assigned to Battery H, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment on the Philippine Island of Corregidor, Japanese forces invaded the Philippines. Simmons and his unit engaged in intense fighting until May 6, 1942, when the U.S. fortress of Corregidor fell. Thousands of American and Filipino service members were taken prisoner, including Simmons, who was taken by ship to Manila, then by train and eventually on foot to the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,800 POWs perished in this camp during the remaining years of the war. On Nov. 19, 1942, 14 Americans, including Simmons, were reported to have died and were buried by their fellow prisoners in Common Grave 717 in Cabanatuan Camp #3 Cemetery.
 
His cousin, Alfred Simmons, also of Hamilton, is available for interviews at (406) 363-2040.

The Department of Defense has only the attached photo of Simmons on file.


HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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Pfc. John F. Prince U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/2/2016

Sent: 10 June, 2016 11:48
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: New York Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Pfc. John F. Prince, 19, of New York City, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried June 17 in Calverton, New York.

In November 1943, Prince was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Prince died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

Two family members are available for interviews if you would like to contact them: Steven Getzoff at (212) 549-0353 and Ken Stoll at (402) 681-0957.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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Ensign Joseph P. Hittorff U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/6/2016

Sent: 10 June, 2016 09:40
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: New Jersey Sailor Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Ensign Joseph P. Hittorff, Jr., 25, of Collingswood, New Jersey, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains. He will be buried June 18 in South Kent, Connecticut.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hittorff 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 429 casualties, including Hittorff.
 
His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

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

SSG Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

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Ensign     Lewis B. Pride     U.S. Navy     USS Oklahoma     12/7/1941     Pearl Harbor     11/4/2015

Sent: 10 June, 2016 09:22
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Kentucky Sailor Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Ensign Lewis B. Pride, Jr., 23, of Madisonville, Kentucky, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains. He will be buried June 18 in Providence, Kentucky.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pride 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 suffered multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in 429 casualties, including Pride.
 
His cousin, Laddie Pride, of Providence, Kentucky, is available for interviews at (270) 667-2802.

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


HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of Marine Pfc. John Saini – unaccounted for since World War II – have been ...
Sent: 09 June, 2016 13:47
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Washington Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Sgt. Harold Sparks, 21, of Seattle, unaccounted for from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried June 16 in Kent, Washington.

In early November 1950, Sparks was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, near Unsan, North Korea, when Chinese People's Volunteer Forces attacked the regiment and forced the unit to withdraw. Many soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape and evade the enemy, but were captured and marched to POW camps. Sparks was subsequently declared missing in action as a result of the battle that occurred Nov. 2, 1950.

His nephew, Jim Ahrens, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (253) 566-3347.

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


HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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   [Ensign Pride]
Information gathered from the Hopkins County Genealogical Society, past military records, and Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency indicates ...
 
 
WSYR
Until this year; his family was contacted last month by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Wells' body was identified from the almost ...

Sent: 03 June, 2016 09:38
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: California Marine Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Pfc. John Saini, 20, of Healdsburg, California, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried June 11 in his hometown.

In November 1943, Saini was assigned to Company H, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.  Saini died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

His nephew, John Saini, also of Healdsburg, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (707) 953-8792.
Additionally, his niece, Liz McDowell, is also available at (707) 529-5653.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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Sent: 03 June, 2016 09:35
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: New York Accounted For From World War II (U)

CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED
CAVEAT: None

Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class Alfred F. Wells, 32, of Syracuse, New York, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried June 11 in his hometown.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Wells 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 suffered multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in 429 casualties, including Wells.
 
His nephew, Wayne Konseck, also of Syracuse, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (315) 656-3813.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 
 
Albany Times Union
This undated photo shows Pfc James B. Johnson in his U.S. Marine Corps uniform. The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced ...
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-188-16
May 30, 2016
Marine Missing From World War II Accounted For

                  The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, unaccounted for since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

                  Marine Pfc. James B. Johnson of Poughkeepsie, New York, will be buried May 31 in Arlington National Cemetery.  In November 1943, Johnson was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.  Johnson died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

                  The battle of Tarawa was a huge victory for the U.S. military because the Gilbert Islands provided the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet a platform from which to launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

                  In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died in the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on the island. In 1946 and 1947, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio Island, but Johnson’s remains were not recovered. On Feb. 28, 1949, a military review board declared Johnson’s remains non-recoverable.

                  In June 2015, a nongovernmental organization, History Flight, Inc., notified DPAA that they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines who fought during the battle in November 1943. The remains were turned over to DPAA in July 2015.

                  To identify Johnson’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used Y-Short Tandem Repeat DNA analysis, which matched a nephew; laboratory analysis, including dental analysis, chest radiograph comparison, and anthropological comparison, which matched Johnson’s records; as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

                  DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc. for this recovery mission.

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

                  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 or call 703- 699-1420.

 
 
WPXI Pittsburgh
The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman unaccounted for since World War II had been ...
 
 
Breitbart News
Breitbart News    MAY 29, 2016

U.S. Marine Corps Private First Class Elmer “Rabbit” Mathies, Jr

A non-profit organization called History Flight works with the Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to help find and identify ....

May 24, 2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Pfc. James B. Johnson, 19, of Poughkeepsie, New York, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried May 31 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

In November 1943, Johnson was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.  Johnson died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

His nephew, James C. Johnson, of Melbourne, Florida, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (305) 395-1536.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Johnson on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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The Daily Freeman
Pfc. James B. Johnson, 19, will be buried May 31 at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a press ...

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05/20/2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Marine Pfc. Elmer L. Mathies, Jr., 21, of Hereford, Texas, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried May 28 in his hometown.

In November 1943, Mathies was assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.  Mathies died sometime on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

His sister, Mary Hopson, of Plano, Texas, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her, at (505) 239-6944.
Additionally, his niece, Denise Cable, is also available for interviews, at (469) 233-6693.
 
The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Mathies on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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05/20/2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Pvt. John P. Sersha, 20, of Leoneth, Minnesota, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried May 28 in Eveleth, Minnesota.

On Sept. 27, 1944, Sersha was assigned to Company F, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, as part of Operation Market Garden, and was entrenched on a hill overlooking the German-controlled Kiekberg Woods near Groesbeek, Netherlands. Sersha was one of three "Bazooka Men" who were sent out with a platoon from Company F to assault the German positions.  None of the three men returned from the battle and several Company F soldiers stated Sersha had been killed.

His nephew, Richard Lohry, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (218) 666-2685, or at ralohry@wildblue.net.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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05/20/2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Pvt. Earl J. Keating, 28, of New Orleans, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains. He will be buried May 28 in his hometown.

Group remains representing Keating and Army Pvt. John H. Klopp, 25, also of New Orleans, were buried in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. on March 23. Klopp was also buried in Arlington National Cemetery on March 23.

In December 1942, Keating and Klopp were assigned to the Anti-Tank Company, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division, when their unit was involved in an intense engagement with enemy forces along the Soputa-Sanananda Track, which is present-day Papua New Guinea. On Dec. 5, 1942, American forces manned a roadblock position and repulsed a heavy Japanese attack, but sustained heavy casualties. Keating and Klopp died during the fighting and were buried by their fellow soldiers within the American perimeter. The American Graves Registration Service team was unable to locate Keating's and Klopp's remains after the war.

Keating's nephew, Michael Keating, Jr., of Lafayette, Louisiana, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (337) 230-4575.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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05/20/2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Motor Machinist's Mate 1st Class John E. Anderson, 24, of Willmar, Minnesota, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried May 28 in his hometown.

On June 6, 1944, Anderson was in Landing Craft Tank (LCT), Mark 5, Hull Number 30, which landed on Omaha Beach, France during the invasion of Normandy.  Upon landing, men and equipment left the tank, while Anderson went to the engine room to check the sand traps.  The tank was subsequently destroyed by either enemy fire or an enemy mine.  Anderson was killed in the attack. 

His nephew, Don Franklin, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (412) 422-7909.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Anderson on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Seaman 2nd Class Dale F. Pearce, 21, of Dennis, Kansas, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.  He will be buried May 26 in his hometown.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pearce 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 429 casualties, including Pearce.
 
A family member, Ralph Pearce, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (620) 421-6278.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAF
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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Bryan-College Station Eagle

The remains of a Madisonville man who died in captivity during the Korean War and wasn’t returned to the U.S. for 40 years will finally be laid to rest near his home this afternoon.   Sgt. Billy Joe Williams became a prisoner of war in North Korea on Valentine’s Day in 1951. He died while he was a prisoner, but his remains weren’t returned to the United States until 1993 — commingled with the remains of hundreds of servicemen in 208 boxes shipped back between 1990 and 1994...

 
 
Wide Open Country
Sgt. Williams was an American soldier classified as a POW/MIA (prisoner of war/missing in action) during the Korean War in 1951. A member of the ...

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Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Chief Storekeeper Herbert J. Hoard, 36, of DeSoto, Missouri, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried May 21 in his hometown.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hoard 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 suffered multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in 429 casualties, including Hoard.
 
His nephew, Elbert Hoard, of Fayette, Missouri, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (660) 248-3253, or (573) 808-0445.
Additionally, his grandnephew, Robert Hoard, of Huntsville, Alabama, is available for interviews, at (256) 498-2244.

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

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Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Chief Petty Officer Albert E. Hayden, 44, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried May 18 in Morganza, Maryland.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hayden 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 suffered multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in 429 casualties, including Hayden.
 
His cousin, Ronnie Kissinger, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her, at (410) 586-3070 or at romanee@comcast.net.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Williams)

16-023 | May 10, 201
 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Sgt. Billy J. Williams, 20, of Madisonville, Texas, will be buried May 17 in Madison County, Texas. On Feb. 14, 1951, Williams was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Infantry Division, when his company was attacked by the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces in the vicinity of Chuam-ni, North Korea. He was declared missing in action after the battle.

In 1953, during a prisoner of war exchange historically known as “Operation Big Switch,” a repatriated American service member stated that Williams died in April 1951, while in custody at a prisoner of war camp in Suan, North Korea. A military review board amended his status to deceased in 1953.

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which when combined with remains recovered during joint recovery operations in North Korea between 1996 and 2005, included the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents included in the repatriation indicated that some of the remains were recovered from an associated with the Suan Bean POW Camp, where Williams was reported to have died.

To identify Williams’ remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence; DNA analysis, including mitochondrial DNA, which matched a maternal aunt and cousin; as well as dental and chest radiograph comparisons, which matched Williams’ records.

Today, 7,819 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using advances in technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by American teams.

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 or call (703) 699-1420.

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Sgt. Billy J. Williams, 20, of Madisonville, Texas, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried May 17 in Madison County, Texas.

On Feb. 14, 1951, Williams was assigned to 2nd Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Infantry Division, when his company was attacked by the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces in the vicinity of Chuam-ni, North Korea.
He was declared missing in action after the battle. In 1953, during a prisoner of war exchange historically known as "Operation Big Switch," a repatriated American service member stated that Williams died in April 1951, while in custody at a prisoner of war camp in Suan, North Korea. A military review board amended his status to deceased in 1953.

Sgt. Williams' niece, Nancy Motal, of Rosenberg, Texas, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (281) 232-2768.

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


HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-163-16
May. 4, 2016
Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman missing from the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
 
Army Cpl. David J. Wishon Jr. of Baltimore will be buried May 6 in Arlington National Cemetery.  On Dec. 1, 1950, Wishon, assigned to Medical Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was declared missing in action after his unit was heavily attacked by enemy forces in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Due to a prolonged lack of information regarding his status, a military review board amended his status to deceased in 1953.
 
Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which when combined with remains recovered during joint recovery operations in North Korea, included the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents included in the repatriation indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the area where Wishon was believed to have died.
 
Additionally, in October 2000, a joint U.S./North Korea recovery team recovered human remains from an alleged burial site in Kujang, North Korea.
 
To identify Wishon's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, consisting of two forms of DNA analysis, including mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat DNA, which matched his sisters.
 
Today, 7,819 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using advances in technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by American teams.
 
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving the United States, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or call 703-699-1420.

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. David J. Wishon, Jr., 18, of Baltimore, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried May 6 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington D.C.

On Dec. 1, 1950, Wishon, assigned to Medical Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was declared missing in action after his unit was heavily attacked by enemy forces in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Due to a prolonged lack of information regarding his status, a military review board amended his status to deceased in 1953.

His sister, Celia Gray, of Essex, Maryland, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (410) 686-8112.

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


HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a news release that 18-year-old Cpl. David J. Wishon of Baltimore will be buried with full military ...

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Aril 27, 2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Leonard R. Farron, 23, of Tacoma, Washington, unaccounted for since World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried May 4 in his hometown.

On Oct. 15, 1942, Farron was the pilot of a P-39 aircraft with the 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, 13th Air Force, when he failed to return from a strafing mission over Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal. His squadron mates reported they last saw Farron 10 minutes before landing, but there was heavy anti-aircraft fire and enemy fighters swarming the area at the time. No one reported seeing Farron crash.

A family member, Cindy LeCompte, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (813) 841-9091.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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1st Lt. Leonard Farron returned home nearly 75 years after his death

 WWII pilot, a Puyallup tribal member shot down in 1942, finally comes home

    

The telephone call came late last year, and stunned 84-year-old Constance Earl Smith.
It was from someone saying they'd found the remains of her cousin, Leonard Farron – a 27-year-old member of the Puyallup Tribe and a World War II pilot missing since 1942.
“I heard her say, 'Whoa! Are you serious?'” daughter Cindy LeCompte said. “Then she listened for a minute and said, 'Of course!'”
That call was from a representative of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, charged with finding the bodies or remains of missing war victims. What they asked Smith was whether, as Farron's closest cousin, she would submit to a DNA test.
Smith did, and last week 1st Lt. Farron was brought home, 75 years after he enlisted in the Army Air Corps...

http://www.fox9.com/news/132515945-story


Minnesota sailor, killed during D-Day, identified after 72 years


04/25/2016
 
 
KGO-TV
George flew to Hawaii, where his uncle's remains were identified by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and escorted them home. He blinked ...
 

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Air Forces Capt. Arthur E. Halfpapp, 23, of Steelton, Pennsylvania, unaccounted for since World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried April 14 in Annville, Pennsylvania.

On April 24, 1945, Halfpapp was assigned to the 87th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group, and was the pilot of a P-47 aircraft that crashed during an armed reconnaissance mission southeast of Alberone, Italy. After the crash, the mission flight leader circled the burning wreckage, and did not see any signs of life. Following the war, the Army Graves Registration Service searched for Halfpapp's crash site; however, his remains were not located.

His nephew, Jack Sipe, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him at (717) 944-5664.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Dennis D. Buckley, 24, of Detroit, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried April 14 in Rittman, Ohio.

On Feb. 5, 1951, Buckley was assigned to A Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was supporting the South Korean Army attacks against units of the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in the area known as the Central Corridor in South Korea. The CPVF launched a counterattack, overwhelming neighboring units and leaving the 15th Field Artillery Battalion behind enemy lines. As the unit conducted a fighting withdrawal south toward Wonju, Buckley went missing near Hoengsong and was reported missing on February 13.

His niece, Eleanor Stevenson, of Youngstown, Ohio, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (330) 727-8339.

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


HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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When Eleanor Stevenson of Youngstown, Buckley's niece, received notice from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) that her uncle's ...

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Pfc. Aubrey D. Vaughn, 20, of Union, South Carolina, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried April 12 in his hometown.

On April 23, 1951, Vaughn was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 5th Regimental Combat Team, when his company's position was overrun by the Chinese Communist Forces near Undamjang, North Korea. After the battle, Vaughn was reported missing in action.

His daughter, Mrs. Myra Heatherly, of Jonesville, South Carolina, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (864) 674-1586.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Vaughn on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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April 5, 2016

 

Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

 

Army Pfc. Aubrey D. Vaughn, 20, of Union, South Carolina, will be buried April 12 in his hometown. On April 23, 1951, Vaughn was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 5th Regimental Combat Team, when his company’s position was overrun by the Chinese Communist Forces near Undamjang, North Korea. After the battle, Vaughn was reported missing in action.

 

Repatriated American prisoners of war reported that Vaughn died while in captivity at POW Camp 1 in 1951. The U.S. Army subsequently declared Vaughn deceased on July 7, 1951.

 

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. The remains they were unable to identify were interred as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the “Punchbowl.”

 

In 1999, due to advances in technology, the Department of Defense began to re-examine records and concluded that the possibility for identification of some of these unknowns now existed. The remains designated X-14176 were exhumed on May 18, 2015 so further analysis could be conducted.

 

In the identification of Vaughn’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, circumstantial evidence, as well as dental and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched Vaughn’s records.

 

Today, 7,819 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 by American recovery teams.

 

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 or call (703) 699-1420.

 

 
 
Holly Slaughter, a spokeswoman with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, said in a phone interview. The remains that couldn't be identified ...

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April 4, 2016

 

Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

 

Army Air Forces Flight Officer Dewey L. Gossett, 23, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, will be buried April 11 in Wellford, South Carolina. On Sept. 27, 1943, Gossett was assigned to the 527th Fighter Squadron, 86th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, and was the pilot of a single-seat A-36A “Apache” aircraft, in a flight of four aircraft searching for targets of opportunity on a strafing mission. Within 10 minutes of departing Sele Airfield in Italy, the aircraft encountered bad weather and poor visibility, leading them to fly into a ravine under cloud cover. Upon exiting the ravine, three planes turned left, while Gossett’s turned right and disappeared near Acerno, Italy. There was no enemy activity in the area and a search failed to identify a crash site. Following the loss incident, and with no further information on the whereabouts of Gossett, he was declared dead on Sept. 28, 1944.

 

The American Graves Registration Service, charged with the recovery and identification of fallen U.S. service members, conducted a search and investigation near Acerno in March, 1945. The investigation revealed that a plane had crashed and the pilot was buried in the Civil Cemetery in Acerno. The remains were disinterred, but were later found to be part of a B-17 loss in the same area. The AGRS declared Gossett non-recoverable on May 29, 1948.

 

            In June 2012, U.S. investigators contacted a private group of Italian historians and enthusiasts, Association Salerno 1943, who discovered the crash of an A-36 type aircraft in the mountains near Acerno, Italy. In November 2014, Association Salerno 1943 again visited the crash site and found human remains, which were returned to the custody of U.S. personnel.

DPAA is grateful to Association Salerno 1943 for their vital help in this recovery mission.

 

To identify Gossett’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched two nieces and a great niece, circumstantial evidence, and dental analysis, which matched Gossett’s records.

 

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

 

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 or call (703) 699-1420.

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Dear Editor,

The family of Army Air Forces Flight Officer Dewey L. Gossett, 23, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, unaccounted for since World War II, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried April 11 in Wellford, South Carolina.

On Sept. 27, 1943 Gossett was assigned to the 527th Fighter Squadron, 86th Fighter Group, 12th Air Force, and was the pilot of a single-seat A-36A "Apache" aircraft, in a flight of four aircraft searching for targets of opportunity on a strafing mission. Within 10 minutes of departing Sele Airfield in Italy, the aircraft encountered bad weather and poor visibility, leading them to fly into a ravine under cloud cover. Upon exiting the ravine, three planes turned left, while Gossett's turned right and disappeared near Acerno, Italy. There was no enemy activity in the area and a search failed to identify a crash site. Following the loss incident, and with no further information on the whereabouts of Gossett, he was declared dead on Sept. 28, 1944.

His grandniece, Nora Messick, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (864) 316-2777, or via email at nora.messick@gmail.com.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Gossett on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Robert P. Graham, 20, of San Francisco, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried Dec. 12 in Colma, California.

In February 1951, Graham was assigned to Company A, 13th Engineer Combat Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, which was engaged in a battle near Hoengsong, South Korea. Under heavy enemy attack, his unit was ordered to withdraw south to Wonju. During the withdrawal, they fought continuously with the enemy and encountered numerous roadblocks. Upon arrival at Wonju, Graham was reported missing on Feb. 13, 1951.

His nephew, James George, of Fairfield, California, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him at (707) 864-8059 or (707) 290-7156.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Graham on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

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http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/A-long-belated-homecoming-for-SF-soldier-who-died-7232854.php?cmpid=email-desktop

Army Cpl. Robert Graham disappeared after Chinese forces attacked his combat battalion in South Korea on a freezing day in February 1951. His family in San Francisco never saw him again.

On Wednesday night, he came home....

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Dear Editor,

The family of Army Pfc. Roy A. Henderson, 18, of Newark, Ohio, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release (attached) on the identification of his remains.

He will be buried April 8 in Follansbee, West Virginia.

On July 27, 1950, Henderson was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, when his unit set up a defensive position near Anui, South Korea, in an attempt to stop invading North Korean forces. The troops were forced to withdraw south, and found the road blocked. This required Henderson's company to abandon most of its equipment and withdraw over mountains to friendly lines. Following the withdrawal, Henderson was reported missing. He was subsequently declared deceased on Dec. 31, 1953.

His niece, Judy Foresha, of Follansbee, West Virginia, is available for interviews if you would like to contact her at (304) 527-1969.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 
 
WEAU

HONOLULU — The U.S. military says a recently identified sailor killed in the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor will be buried in his Wisconsin hometown next week.

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon was 52 years old and assigned to the USS Oklahoma when he died.

He's scheduled to be buried in Hudson, Wisconsin, on Wednesday....

03/25/2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Navy Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon, 52, of Hudson, Wisconsin, unaccounted for from World War II, asked us to send you today's news release on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried March 30 in his hometown.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Gordon 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 suffered multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in 429 casualties, including Gordon.
 
His grandnephew, David Jenson, of Waukesah, Wisconsin, is available for interviews if you would like to contact him, at (262) 547-2481.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Fireman 3rd Class John H. Lindsley U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/25/2016
Cpl. Dennis D. Buckley U.S. Army A Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 South Korea 3/21/2016

earlier identifications below...

03/23/2016
 
 
Roanoke Times
They were then put in contact with the Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency. And on Feb. 3, the family was notified that McMillian's ...
 
 
The News Tribune
The gathering is sponsored by the Defense Department POW/MIA ... It could have led to burial sites for prisoners of war and eventually to the ...
 
 
Stars and Stripes
Pfc. James M. Smith, of Abbeville, Ga., was buried Wednesday with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, a Defense POW/MIA ...

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The Pentagon agency that searches for missing service members from the Himalaya Mountains to the jungles of Papua New Guinea is mounting a recovery this summer for a naval aviator who has been missing in the group's backyard since World War II.

Between Aug. 8 and Sept. 30, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency plans to seek the remains on Oahu of Ensign Harold P. DeMoss, whose F6F-3 Hellcat went down during a night training mission on June 23, 1945, in the Koolau Mountains...

03/18/2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Cpl. Davey H. Bart, 18, of Houston, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried March 26 in Humble, Texas.

In early November 1950, Bart was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, near Unsan, North Korea, when Chinese People's Volunteer Forces attacked the regiment, forcing the unit to withdraw. Many soldiers attempted to escape and evade the enemy but were captured and marched to prisoner of war camps. Bart was declared missing in action as a result of the battle that occurred between Nov. 1 and 2, 1950.

Bart's family does not wish to be contacted by the media.

The Department of Defense has the attached photos of Bart on file.

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

03/18/2016

Dear Editor,

The family of Army Sgt. 1st Class Raymond K. McMillian, 20, of Axton, Virginia, missing from the Korean War, asked us to send you today's news release on the identification of his remains.
He will be buried March 26 in Martinsville, Virginia.

On Feb. 5, 1951, McMillian was assigned to Medical Company, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, which was supporting the South Korean Army attacks against units of the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in the area known as the Central Corridor in South Korea. The CPVF launched a counterattack, overrunning neighboring units, which left the 38th Infantry Regiment behind enemy lines. As the unit conducted a fighting withdrawal south to Wonju, McMillian went missing near Hoengsong while assisting the wounded and was reported missing in action on Feb. 12, 1951.

His niece, Nancy Strickland, of Glade Hill, Virginia, is available for interviews is you would like to contact her at (540) 483-5665.

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

HOLLY N. SLAUGHTER, Lt. Col., USAFR
Public Affairs
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

03/07/2016 11:56 AM CST
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-075-16
March 7, 2016
Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For

 
The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Pfc. James M. Smith of Abbeville, Georgia, will be buried March 9 in Arlington National Cemetery.  In February 1951, Smith was assigned to Company K, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, and was supporting the South Korean Army in attacks against the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF). On Feb. 12, the CPVF counterattacked and forced the South Korean Army units to retreat, leaving American forces to fight alone. After the battle, Smith was reported missing in action. In April and May of 1953, the U.S. Army Quartermaster Graves Registration Companies conducted searches of the battlefields associated with Smith's unit, but no remains associated with him were located.

In 1953, during prisoner of war exchanges known as "Operation Little Switch" and "Operation Big Switch," no repatriated American service members were able to provide any information regarding Smith's whereabouts. A military review board amended his status to deceased in 1953.
 
Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned to the United States 208 boxes of commingled human remains, which when combined with remains recovered during joint recovery operations in North Korea, account for the remains of at least 600 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents included in the repatriation indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the vicinity where men captured from Smith's unit were believed to have died.

To identify Smith's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence; two types of DNA analysis, including mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched a brother and a cousin, and Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat DNA analysis, which matched a brother; and dental analysis, which matched Smith's records.

Today, 7,823 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.
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Cpl. Eldon W. Ervin U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 2/9/2016
Cpl. Dudley L. Evans U.S. Army Company G, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/15/1951 South Korea 1/29/2016
Pfc. Roy A Henderson U.S Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 7/27/1950 North Korea 1/14/2016
Cpl. Kenneth R. Stuck U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 1/8/2016
 
 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Members of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) march alongside a disinterred casket holding the remains of unknown USS Oklahoma ...
http://www.stripes.com/news/us/after-75-years-remains-of-5-uss-oklahoma-sailors-are-identified-1.388226

Oklahoma sailors are identified

By Michael E. Ruane

The Washington Post

Published: January 11, 2016
 

WASHINGTON — Almost 75 years after they were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, the remains of five U.S. sailors who perished when their battleship was sunk, have been identified, the Pentagon said Monday.

The five men, who were exhumed last year from their graves in Hawaii and examined in special military laboratories, were among 429 sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma was torpedoed and capsized.

They had been buried as "unknowns."

The battleship's loss of life at Pearl Harbor was second only to the 1,100 lost on the USS Arizona, whose wreck remains a hallowed Pearl Harbor historic site.

The men identified were Chief Petty Officer Albert E. Hayden, 44, of Mechanicsville, Md., in St. Mary's County; Ensign Lewis. S Stockdale, 27, of Anaconda, Mont.; Seaman 2nd Class Dale F. Pearce, 21, of Labette County, Kan.; Petty Officer 1st Class Vernon T. Luke, 43, of Green Bay, Wisc.; and Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon, 52, of Hudson, Wisc....

 
 
Stars and Stripes
Pfc. David S. Burke, 18, of Akron, Ohio, will be laid to rest Friday in Rittman, Ohio, according to a statement by the Department of Defense POW/MIA ...

1st Lt. Leonard R. Farron, lost during World War II, has now been accounted for.

1st Lt. Farron, a member of the 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, 13th Air Force, was flying a P-39D when he failed to return from a strafing mission over
Tassafaronga, Guadalcanal, on October 15th, 1942.

His squadron mates reported he was last sighted ten minutes prior to landing while flying through heavy anti-aircraft fire. In July 2013, an aircraft crash site was located
 in the area consistent with the circumstances of 1st Lt. Farron’s loss. In early 2015, a DPAA recovery team excavated the crash site and recovered aircraft wreckage,
life support equipment, and human remains. Circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis established the remains as those of 1st Lt Leonard R. Farron.

Interment services at the Puyallup Tribal Cemetery, Tacoma, WA are currently being planned for the spring/summer of 2016.

Welcome home and rest in peace 1st Lt. Farron.

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