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AMERICANS IDENTIFIED SINCE 1989
WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

Jan 2006 - May 2007

June 2007 - Dec 2008

Jan 2009 - June 2009

June 2009 -Dec 2010

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

 

2017
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2017

Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Pfc. Donald E. Eichschlag U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company D, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/28/1950 North Korea 10/25/2017
Shopfitter 3rd Class Francis L. Hannon U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/23/2017
Signalman 3rd Class Charles E. Nix U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/17/2017
Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class Thomas J. Murphy U.S. Navy Reserve Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/11/2017
Seaman 2nd Class Harold L. Head U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/11/2017
Pvt. Edwin W. Jordan U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/10/2017
Pfc. Arnold J. Harrison U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/10/2017
Sgt. Elden W. Grimm U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/25/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/6/2017
Cpl. John V. McNichol U.S. Marine Corps COmpany E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/21/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/6/2017
Pfc. Albert Strange U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/6/2017
Sgt. Kermit J. Lejeune U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 10/5/2017
Pfc. Harold P. Hannon U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/4/2017
Storekeeper 3rd Class Wallace E. Eakes U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/3/2017
Sgt. Johnson McAfee, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/28/1950 North Korea 10/3/2017
Seaman 1st Class Joseph M. Johnson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/2/2017
Seaman 1st Class Clifford G. Goodwin U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/29/2017
Storekeeper 3rd Class Eli Olsen U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/29/2017
Pfc. Willie E. Blue U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 8/31/1950 South Korea 9/29/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Lester R. Walker U.S. Army Battery B, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 9/3/1950 South Korea 9/29/2017
Maj. Stephen T. Uurtamo U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 9/28/2017
Cpl. Donald L. Baer U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/20/1950 South Korea 9/28/2017
Pfc. Leroy W. Bryant U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/6/1951 South Korea 9/27/2017
Pvt. John M. Tillman U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 9/27/2017
2nd Lt. Elwood R. Bailey U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Marine Fighting Squadron 223 (VMF-223), Marine Aircraft Group 23, (MAG-23) 8/24/1942 Solomon Islands 9/27/2017
Pfc. Donald R. Tolson U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 9/27/2017
Tech. Sgt. John S. Bailey U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa Atoll 9/22/2017
1st Lt. Homer A. Spence U.S. Army Air Forces 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group 7/20/1944 Italy 9/21/2017
Pvt. Shirley E. Bailey U.S. Army Company G, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 11/29/1944 Germany 9/20/2017
Seaman 2nd Class George J. Wilcox U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/15/2017
Water Tender 2nd Class Porter L. Rich U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/15/2017
Sgt. Charles H. Daman U.S. Army Air Forces 714th Bombardment Squadron, 448th Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Division 4/4/1945 Germany 9/14/2017
Fireman 2nd Class John D. Wheeler U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/11/2017
Fireman 1st Class Charles R. Ogle U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/11/2017
2nd Lt. Donald E. Underwood Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa Atoll 9/9/2017
Fireman 1st Class Gerald H. Pirtle U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/8/2017
Capt. James R. Bauder U.S. Navy Fighter Squadron Twenty One, USS Coral 9/21/1966 Vietnam 9/8/2017
Seaman 2nd Class Frank Wood U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/7/2017
1st Lt. Robert L. Mains U.S. Army Air Forces 714th Bombardment Squadron, 448th Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Division 4/4/1945 Germany 9/4/2017
Pvt. George F. Patrick U.S. Marine Corps Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 9/1/2017
Chief Water Tender Paul R. Wright U.S. Navy Reserve USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/1/2017
Seaman 1st Class John E. Savidge U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/1/2017
Fireman 1st Class Elmer D. Nail U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/31/2017
Pfc. Harold V. Thomas U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 8/31/2017
Pfc. Billy R. Ball U.S. Army Headquarters Detachment Philippines Department 12/8/1941 Philippines 8/31/2017
Tech. Sgt. John F. Brady U.S. Army Air Forces 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force 11/2/1944 Germany 8/31/2017
Fireman 1st Class Samuel W. Crowder U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/30/2017
Pfc. Manuel Menendez U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 8/30/2017
Assistant Cook Frank L. Masoni U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Headquarters Company, 2nd 11/21/1943 Tarawa Atoll 8/29/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Elmore B. Goodwin U.S. Army Company G, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/27/1950 North Korea 8/29/2017
Chief Master Sgt. Donald J. Hall U.S. Air Force Detachment 5, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron 2/6/1967 Vietnam 8/25/2017
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class William G. Payne U.S. Navy 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division 12/1/1951 North Korea 8/25/2017
Tech. Sgt. Allen A. Chandler, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force 11/2/1944 Germany 8/25/2017
Pvt. Raymond Sinowitz U.S. Army 454th Ordnance Company, 27th Bombardment Group, the Far East Air Force 9/26/1942 Philippines 8/24/2017
Pvt. Vernon P. Keaton U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/24/2017
Staff Sgt. Robert O. Shoemaker U.S. Army Air Forces 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force 11/2/1944 Germany 8/24/2017
Staff Sgt. Thomas M. McGraw U.S. Army Air Forces 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group 2/28/1945 Italy 8/18/2017
Pfc. James J. Leonard U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 7/25/1950 South Korea 8/18/2017
Pfc. Felipe A. Champion U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment 2/12/1951 South Korea 8/17/2017
Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Younger U.S. Army Air Forces 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force 11/2/1944 Germany 8/17/2017
2nd Lt. Stanley F. Stegnerski U.S. Army Air Forces 370th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Command 11/21/1944 Germany 8/16/2017
Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class John H. Schoonover U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/15/2017
Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Albert P. Rybarczyk U.S. Navy Reserve Navy Torpedo Squadron Eighteen (VT-18), USS Intrepid 9/8/1944 Palau 8/14/2017
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ora H. Sharninghouse U.S. Navy Reserve Navy Torpedo Squadron Eighteen (VT-18), USS Intrepid 9/8/1944 Palau 8/14/2017
Gunner's Mate 1st Class George Herbert U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/14/2017
Col. Martin R. Scott U.S. Air Force Headquarters, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing 3/15/1966 Vietnam 8/13/2017
Cpl. Ernest L.R. Heilman U.S. Army Battery B, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 South Korea 8/11/2017
Master Sgt. Finley J. Davis U.S. Army Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 8/11/2017
Pvt. Rudolph Johnson U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 365th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division 2/21/1945 Italy 8/10/2017
Pfc. James P. Shaw U.S. Army Company G, 2nd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division 12/3/1950 North Korea 8/10/2017
Pfc. Walter W. Green U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 8/10/2017
Tech. Sgt. Earl P. Gorman U.S. Army Air Forces 718th Bombardment Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group 4/23/1944 Yugoslavia 8/9/2017
Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte U.S. Army Company E, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 2/9/1951 North Korea 8/8/2017
1st Lt. Frank A. Fazekas U.S. Army Air Forces 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group 5/27/1944 France 8/8/2017
Cpl. Roy J. Hopper U.S. Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment 7/31/1950 South Korea 8/7/2017
Technician 4th Grade Pete M. Counter U.S. Army Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division 12/5/1942 Papua New Guinea 8/7/2017
1st Lt. David T. Dinan, III U.S. Air Force Reserve 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force 3/19/1969 Laos 8/7/2017
Radioman 2nd Class Walter H. Backman U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/4/2017
Sgt. Gerald J. Mueller U.S. Army Battery D, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons,) 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 South Korea 8/4/2017
Pfc. Walter C. Hackenberg U.S. Army Company F, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 4/25/1951 South Korea 8/3/2017
2nd Lt. Clarence E. Allen U.S. Army Air Forces 395th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group 10/12/1944 Germany 8/1/2017
Radioman 2nd Class Quentin J. Gifford U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 7/31/2017
Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell U.S. Army Company A, 192nd Tank Battalion   Philippines 7/26/2017
Lt. j.g. Irvin E. Rink U.S. Naval Reserve Fighting Squadron Twenty Seven (VF-27) 8/4/1943 Solomon Islands 7/25/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Alfred G. Bensinger, Jr. U.S. Army Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 7/25/2017
Cpl. Dow F. Worden U.S. Army Company AS, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 9/29/1951 South Korea 7/24/2017
Pvt. Joseph Carbone U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 7/17/2017
Pvt. Alberic M. Blanchette U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 7/17/2017
2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz U.S. Army Air Forces 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group 2/28/1945 Italy 7/11/2017
Cpl. Anthony G. Guerriero U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/21/1943 Tarawa 7/11/2017
Cpl. Raymond C. Snapp U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 7/11/2017
Sgt. William A. Larkins U.S. Army Battery A, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 7/10/2017
Maj. James B. White U.S. Air Force 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron 11/24/1969 Laos 7/7/2017
2nd Lt. Clarence L. Dragoo U.S. Army Air Forces 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group 2/28/1945 Italy 7/7/2017
Sgt. Richard G. Sowell U.S. Army 295th Joint Assault Signal Company, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 106th Infantry 7/7/1944 Saipan 6/27/2017
Lt. William Q. Punnell U.S. Navy Reserve VF-14 Fighter Squadron 7/25/1944 Palau 6/26/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Max E. Harris U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/12/1950 North Korea 6/23/2017
Pfc. Gerald F. Wipfli U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 112th Infantry 11/4/1944 Germany 6/23/2017
Cpl. Clarence R. Skates U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 6/22/2017
Master Sgt. George R. Housekeeper U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/12/1950 North Korea 6/21/2017
Cpl. Thomas H. Mullins U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 6/21/2017
Pfc. Charlie H. Hill U.S. Army Battery D, 15th Anti-aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Self-propelled Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 6/21/2017
Capt. Robert E. Holton U.S. Air Force 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron 1/29/1969 Laos 6/16/2017
Pfc. Albert E. Atkins U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team 5/23/1951 South Korea 6/13/2017
Pfc. Ray James U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 6/13/2017
Pvt. Archie W. Newell U.S. Marine Corps Company C, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 6/12/2017
Col. Roosevelt Hestle, Jr. U.S. Air Force 388th Tactical Fighter Squadron 7/6/1966 Vietnam 6/12/2017
Staff Sgt. Gerald L. Jacobsen U.S. Army 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division 7/15/1944 France 6/9/2017
Pfc. George B. Murray U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 6/9/2017
1st Lt. George W. Betchley U.S. Army Air Forces 429th Bombardment Squadron, 2nd Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force 3/22/1945 Poland 6/9/2017
Cpl. Edward L. Borders U.S. Army Dog Battery, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons), 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 North Korea 6/5/2017
Cmdr. Charles B. Goodwin U.S. Navy Reserve Detachment D., VFP-63, CVW-15 9/8/1965 Vietnam 6/1/2017
Capt. Joseph S. Smith U.S. Air Force Reserve 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 401st Tactical Fighter Wing 4/4/1971 Cambodia 5/12/2017
Cpl. Glen E. Kritzwiser U.S. Army Battery C, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 North Korea 5/9/2017
Cpl. Henry Andregg, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company C, 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 5/9/2017
Pfc. Sam J. Kourkos U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/21/1943 Tarawa 5/9/2017
Pfc. Lonnie B.C. Eichelberger U.S. Army Company I, 371st Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division 2/10/1945 Italy 5/5/2017
Staff Sgt. Michael Aiello U.S. Army Company G, 401st Glider Infantry Regiment 9/30/1944 Netherlands 5/5/2017
Cpl. John Lane U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/31/1950 South Korea 5/3/2017
Cpl. Frank L. Sandoval U.S. Army Battery A, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 North Korea 5/3/2017
Cpl. Richard J. Seadore U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 12/14/1950 South Korea 4/28/2017
2nd Lt. George S. Bussa U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/19/2017
Pvt. Walter F. Piper U.S. Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 North Korea 4/18/2017
Seaman 1st Class Milton R. Surratt U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/14/2017
Cpl. Leslie R. Sutton U.S. Army Battery C, 99th Field Artillery Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 4/13/2017
Pvt. Harold S. Hirschi U.S. Army Air Forces Headquarters Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group 11/19/1942 Philippines 4/13/2017
Pfc. Richard A. Lucas U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/26/1950 North Korea 4/13/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Richard G. Cushman U.S. Army Company A, 72nd Medium Tank Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/5/1950 North Korea 4/12/2017
Technician 4th Grade John Kovach, Jr. U.S. Army Company C, 192nd Tank Battalion 11/19/1942 Philippines 4/7/2017
Ensign William M. Thompson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/6/2017
1st Lt. Ewart T. Sconiers U.S. Army Air Forces 414th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group 1/24/1944 Poland 4/5/2017
Cpl. Freddie L. Henson U.S. Army Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 4/3/2017
Pfc. Reece Gass U.S. Army Company E, 33rd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division 1/14/1945 Belgium 3/30/2017
Cpl. William R. Sadewasser U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 3/23/2017
Seaman 1st Class Monroe Temple U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/22/2017
Cpl. Daniel F. Kelly U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/26/1950 North Korea 3/22/2017
Pfc. Jack J. Fox U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company L, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/22/1943 Tarawa Atoll 3/21/2017
Pvt. Donald S. Spayd U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 3/16/2017
Fireman 1st Class Charles R. Casto U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/15/2017
Pfc. Robert E. Mitchell U.S. Army Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 9/6/1950 South Korea 3/13/2017
Lance Cpl. John D. Killen, III U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division 6/30/1967 Vietnam 3/9/2017
Cpl. Runnels, Glyn. L, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division 6/30/1967 Vietnam 3/9/2017
Fireman 1st Class Elmer T. Kerestes U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/6/2017
1st Lt. Robert E. Oxford U.S. Army Air Forces 425th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomb Group, 14th Air Force 1/25/1944 India 3/6/2017
Capt. John A. House, II U.S. Marine Corps Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 16 6/30/1967 Vietnam 3/6/2017
Pfc. Manuel M. Quintana U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment 7/27/1950 South Korea 3/4/2017
Capt. James W. Boyden U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 233, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force 2/14/1944 Papua New Guinea 3/3/2017
Sgt. Willie Rowe U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/25/1950 North Korea 3/2/2017
2nd Lt. Harry H. Gaver, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/1/2017
Capt. Daniel W. Thomas U.S. Air Force Reserve 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron 7/6/1971 Vietnam 2/25/2017
Fireman 1st Class Walter B. Rogers U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/23/2017
Fireman 1st Class Lawrence H. Fecho U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/23/2017
Seaman 1st Class Paul S. Raimond U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/23/2017
Steward's Mate 1st Class Cyril I. Dusset U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/23/2017
Pvt. William D. Gruber U.S. Army Air Forces 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group 9/27/1942 Philippines 2/22/2017
Fireman 1st Class Charles W. Thompson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/17/2017
Cpl. Billie J. Jimerson U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 2/15/2017
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Robert L. Pribble U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/14/2017
Muscian 1st Class Elliot D. Larsen U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/8/2017
Seaman 2nd Class George T. George U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/8/2017
Storekeeper 2nd Class Glenn G. Cyriack U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/7/2017
Fireman 1st Class William H. Kennedy U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/7/2017
Gunner's Mate 1st Class Arthur C. Neuenschwander U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/6/2017
Fireman 1st Class Michael Galajdik U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/3/2017
Fireman 3rd Class Robert N. Walkowiak U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/3/2017
Sgt. Donald D. Noehren U.S. Army Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 2/3/2017
2nd Lt. John D. Mumford U.S. Army Air Forces 318th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, 15th Air Force 6/6/1944 Ukraine 1/17/2017
Captain Robert R. Barnett U.S. Air Force 8th Bomb Squadron 4/7/1966 Laos 1/13/2017
Sgt. James W. Sharp U.S. Army Battery B, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 1/10/2017
2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson U.S. Army Air Forces 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force 12/23/1944 Germany 1/9/2017
1st Lt. William J. Gray U.S. Army Air Forces 391st Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group 4/16/1945 Germany 1/5/2017
Mr. Peter W. Atkinson Civilian Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company, American Volunteer Group, "Flying Tigers" 10/25/1941 Burma 1/4/2017
Mr. Maax C. Hammer, Jr. Civilian Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company, American Volunteer Group, "Flying Tigers" 9/22/1941 Burma 1/4/2017
Mr. John D. Armstrong Civilian Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company, American Volunteer Group, "Flying Tigers" 9/8/1941 Burma 1/4/2017
2nd Lt Ernest Matthews U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, Division Special Troops, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 1/4/2017
Pfc. James O. Whitehurst U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 1/4/2017
Pfc. Larry Roberts U.S. Marine Corps Special Weapons Group, 2nd Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force 11/25/1943 Tarawa 1/4/2017
Gunnery Sgt. Sidney A. Cook U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 1/4/2017
Cpl. Walter G. Critchley U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 1/4/2017
Mess Attendant 1st Class Ralph M. Boudreaux U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/3/2017
1st Lt. William C. Ryan U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Marine Fighter Attack Force 115, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force Pacific 5/11/1969 Laos 1/3/2017
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Don O. Neher U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 12/14/2016
Pfc. Francis E. Drake, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Mainres, 1st Marine Division 9/9/1942 Solomon Islands 4/6/2016
1st Lt. John H. Liekhus U.S. Army Air Forces 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force 11/2/1944 Germany 8/7/2014
Cp.. Raymond A. Barker U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company C, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/10/2001
List posted 10/25/17

 
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Thank you to all you POW/MIA families who provided information on their loved ones and personal messages to the current and former foreign officials and citizens who likely have information that could help resolve the fates of these missing heroes.

 

Please spread the word & send me suggestions and corrections as we move forward. Mistakes are all mine and credit goes to our superstar advisors, consultants and experts (see some names below and more on the site,) plus the unnamed researchers we have working from Taiwan to Belarus.

 

To the American heroes profiled on our site, the additional POW/MIAs to be included on the site in future and all their families: Thank you for your unmeasurable sacrifices for our country.

 

We remember and salute you this Veterans Day.

 

Mark

 

 

 

POW Investigative Project (PIP) Launches on Veterans Day

Innovative Site Combines Investigative Reporting & Global Crowdsourcing

(Washington, Nov. 11, 2017) Designed to help solve some of the most controversial and enduring mysteries in US history, the POW Investigative Project (PIP) www.powinvestigativeproject.org launches this Veterans Day, Nov. 11th.  The multilingual site combines global crowdsourcing, investigative reporting, international freelancers and insights from former top government experts on POW/MIA and human rights issues. www.powinvestigativeproject.org @POWIProj

The project invites contributors from across the world to provide information on US servicemen missing from the Korean, Cold and Vietnam Wars. The site launches with information in seven languages plus English (Russian, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Lao, Polish and Spanish), with more to come. Online contributors may volunteer to share information or, in some cases, accept paid research assignments to resolve specific leads.

With the Pentagon now largely focused on identifying POW/MIA remains already stored in its labs, the PIP investigates reports of Americans secretly held by communist regimes and never returned (alive or dead) – reports the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) now asserts are supported by “no substantiated evidence.”

Take Cold War Navy aviators Lloyd Smith, Jr. and William McClure. Declassified US files obtained by PIP report the men were likely captured by communist forces after their recon plane was shot down off Shantou, China in 1953. The family of Smith is actively seeking information on his fate. The PIP site provides information on the incident in Chinese and asks contributors to track down PRC government records, photos, local newspaper reports or other evidence that could help resolve the fates of Smith and McClure. As part of its mission, the PIP also fights to declassify US intelligence records (some decades old) on American POW/MIAs, including Top Secret and Secret records held back earlier this year related to US prisoners in North Korea and other locations (The family of a POW featured on the PIP site is suing the US government for files on Americans taken to the USSR. goo.gl/fQuuwc)

 

PIP advisors and consultants include:

  • Garnett “Bill” Bell: Widely-regarded as among America’s top experts on Vietnam POW/MIA issues, Bell served as Chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs in Hanoi;
  • Chuck Downs: Expert on North Korea, former Executive Director of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and ex-Deputy Director in the Pentagon’s East Asia office;
  • Norm Kass: Leading expert on the involvement of the Soviet Union with US POW/MIAs, Kass served for 18 years as the US Staff Director of the Presidentially-mandated US-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs;
  • Eric Longabardi:  A national-award winning TV producer and investigative journalist with expertise in national security issues; and
  • John Zimmerlee: Known for his unmatched databases on cases of specific POW/MIAs from the Korean War, Zimmerlee is the son of Capt. John H. Zimmerlee, an Air Force officer missing in Korea.

A nonprofit company, the PIP was founded by Mark Sauter, who serves as its president and investigative correspondent. An author and former award-winning investigative reporter and online news executive, Sauter’s research on unrepatriated US POWs has been widely cited by major media organizations. He is also a former Army officer with service in the DMZ between South and North Korea. 

www.powinvestigativeproject.org

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After an official identification, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recently announced Counter's remains would finally be returned to his family ...
 
Once the location of a missing veteran is found, Project Recover contacts the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which retrieves and confirms ...
 
Once the location of a missing veteran is found, Project Recover contacts the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which retrieves and confirms ...
 
Kolkata: Investigators from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) returned to India this week to continue the search for remains of US ...
 
Thanks to the result of a project by the U.S. Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency where DNA and other methods are used to return ...

Cyril Dussett was laid to rest Thursday at Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Slidell, Louisiana.

 

The body of Lewis’ uncle, Pvt. Vernon “Buck” Keaton, has been buried in a Hawaiian grave for the past seven decades. But his remains will be placed on a plane soon and flown to Oklahoma, where he will be buried next to his parents.

 
Patch.com       11/10/17       Army Corp. Donald L. Baer
In 2001 Baril learned her family could submit DNA samples to the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in hopes that his remains would be ...
 
Chillicothe Constitution Tribune   11/10/17     Private 1st Class Donald Ross Tolson
Working in partnership with History Flight, Inc., the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, worked on locating family members of those who were ...
 
Marine Corps Pvt. Vernon P. Keaton, 18, of Lubbock, Texas, will be buried November 16 in Lula, Oklahoma....  
 
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nearly 75 years after Brig. Gen. Kenneth Walker disappeared during a bombing mission over a remote Pacific island, his son is pushing for renewed interest in finding the crash site of the highest-ranking recipient of the Medal of Honor still listed as missing from World War II.....
 
Dusset's remains were identified as a result of a project by the U.S. Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency that used DNA and other ...
 
Counter was killed in 1942 during intense engagement with Japanese forces in what is now Papua New Guinea, according to the Defense POW/MIA ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 9 November, 2017 13:39
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Texas Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Pvt. Vernon P. Keaton, accounted for on August 24, 2017, will

be buried November 16 in Lula, Oklahoma.

 

Guerriero, 18, of Lubbock, Texas, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His cousin, Deborah Gentry is available for

interviews at (580) 759-5500.

 

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

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Keaton 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 Keaton. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Keaton.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

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

matched family members, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory

analysis, to include dental comparisons and anthropological analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,977 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Keaton's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

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

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

              

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 9 November, 2017 14:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For California Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Assistant Cook Frank L. Masoni, accounted for on Aug.

29, 2017, will be buried November 18 in his hometown.

 

Masoni, 21, of Gilroy, California, was killed during the battle of Tarawa in

World War II.

 

His niece, Clorinda Sergi is available for interviews at (408) 858-2302.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Masoni was assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd

Battalion, 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.

Masoni died on the second day of the battle, Nov. 21, 1943.

 

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

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

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

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

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

Honolulu.

 

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-210 from the Punchbowl

and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Masoni's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental,

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

partnership in this mission

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,977 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the other MIAs from WWII. A

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

for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 9 November, 2017 14:10
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Texas Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Pvt. Vernon P. Keaton, accounted for on August 24, 2017, will

be buried November 16 in Lula, Oklahoma.

 

Keaton, 18, of Lubbock, Texas, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His cousin, Deborah Gentry is available for

interviews at (580) 759-5500.

 

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

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Keaton 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 Keaton. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Keaton.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

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

matched family members, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory

analysis, to include dental comparisons and anthropological analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,977 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Keaton's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

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

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

              

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

 
In 2015, History Flight turned over 35 sets of remains from Tarawa to the Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency for positive identification ...

Donald R. Tolson, a Grundy County native, served in the Marines during World War II. He died in the Battle of Tarawa in November 1943 and his remains stayed in the Gilbert Islands the last 74 years. In December, his remains will be returned for burial in Missouri....

 
Itanagar, Nov 9 Investigators from the US Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) returned to India this week to search for remains of United ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 9 November, 2017 10:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Massachusetts Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Cpl. Anthony G. Guerriero, accounted for on July 11, 2017, will

be buried November 14 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Guerriero, 22, of Boston, was killed during World War II.

 

His niece, Toni Rogers, of West Somerville, Massachusetts, is available for

interviews at (617) 216-2049.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Guerriero was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd

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.  Guerriero

died on the second day of battle, Nov. 21, 1943.

 

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

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

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

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

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

Honolulu.

 

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-049 from the Punchbowl

and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

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

records; as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission. 

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,977 service members

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

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

Tablets of the Missing at the Punchbowl along with the other MIAs from WWII.

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

for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 9 November, 2017 09:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Soldier Captured During Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Sgt. Gerald J. Mueller, accounted for on Aug. 4, 2017, was buried

November 8 in Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

 

Mueller, 20, of Saint Paul, was captured during the Korean War.

 

His half-brother, Gregory Beckwith, of Frisco, Texas, is available for

interviews at 913-481-4686.

 

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

 

/////

 

In February 1951, Mueller was a member of Battery D, 82nd Anti-Aircraft

Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons,) 2nd Infantry Division, which was

part of a group known as Support Force 21 (SF21,) providing artillery

support for the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) against the Chinese People's

Volunteer Forces (CPVF.)  On Feb. 11, 1941, while the ROKA was making an

attack north toward Hongch'on, the CPVF launched a massive

counter-offensive.  Unable to withstand the numbers, the ROKA withdrew

south, leaving Mueller's battery and the rest of SF21 behind to fight cut

off from other friendly units.  The following day, SF21 began movement

south, fighting through ambushes and roadblocks, eventually making it to

Wonju.  Mueller, who could not be accounted for, was declared missing in

action as of Feb. 13, 1951.

 

A returning American prisoner of war reported that Mueller had been captured

and marched to Suan Bean Camp.  Reportedly, he was left behind when other

prisoners were marched to Camp 1 in April 1951.  A list provided by the CPVF

and Korean People's Army (KPA,) reported Mueller died while in their

custody. 

 

Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea returned 208 boxes of commingled human

remains to the United States, which we determined to contain the remains of

at least 400 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. On In May 1992, they

turned over remains from an area associated with the Suan Bean Camp.

 

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

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

matched his family, as well as anthropological analysis, which matched his

records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,716 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.  Mueller's name is recorded on the Walls

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 November, 2017 07:15
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During Korean War Accounted For, (Harkness, H.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Sgt. 1st Class Harry E. Harkness, captured during the Korean War, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1365848/

soldier-captured-during-korean-war-accounted-for-harkness-h/

 

On In November 1950, Harkness was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th

Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, participating in combat actions

against the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in the vicinity of

Unsan, North Korea.  Harkness was reported missing in action as of Nov. 2,

1950 when he could not be accounted for by his unit.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Harkness' name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the other MIAs from the Korean War.  A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 
RENTON, Wash. - WWII veteran John Ponikvar was buried on his 95th birthday. A military bugler played Taps. An Air Force honor guard fired a 21-gun salute....

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 6 November, 2017 07:03
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Wisconsin Soldier Killed During Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Cpl. Donald L. Baer, accounted for on Sept. 28, 2017, will be buried

November 11 in his hometown.

 

Baer, 20, of Racine, Wisconsin, was missing from the Korean War.

 

His sister, Janet Baril, of Marion, Illinois, is available for interviews at

(618) 751-5268.

 

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

 

/////

 

In July 1950, Baer was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry

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

forces of the North Korean Army in and around the city of Taejon (now

Daejon), South Korea.  On July 19, 1950, the North Koreans initiated a

large-scale attack on the city in an attempt to destroy U.S. forces.

Following the battle, Baer could not be accounted for and was declared

missing in action as of July 20, 1950.

 

In June and July 1952, the 392nd Quartermaster Graves Registration Company

(GRC) conducted searches of the area associated with the Division's battles.

The remains that were recovered from the battlefield were sent to the

Central Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan for identification efforts.  No

remains were associated with Baer.  Additionally, no repatriated American

POWs reported that Baer had been captured with another prisoner of war.

Based on the lack of information regarding his status, the U.S. Army

declared him deceased on Dec. 31, 1953.

 

In February 1951, the 565th GRC recovered five sets of U.S. remains while

conducting recovery efforts in the vicinity of Kujong-ni, South Korea.  One

set of remains was identified and the rest were designated as Unknowns,

including "Unknown X-452."  In May 1955 it was determined the remains were

"unidentifiable" and were transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of

the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the "Punchbowl."

 

After a thorough historical and scientific analysis of information

associated with X-452, it was determined that the remains could likely be

identified.  After receipt of approval, the remains were disinterred from

the Punchbowl on Aug. 14, 2017, and sent to DPAA for analysis.

 

To identify Baer's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental,

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records, as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Today, 7,716 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.  Baer's name is recorded on the Walls of

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 6 November, 2017 06:53
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Utah Soldier Killed During Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Cushman, accounted for on April 12, 2017, will

be buried November 11 in Cypress, California.

 

Cushman, 18, of Springville, Utah, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His sister-in-law, Cathryn Cushman, of Lakewood, California, is available

for interviews at (562) 277-4281.

 

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

 

/////

 

In late November 1950, Cushman was assigned to Company A, 72nd Medium tank

Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, on the western side of the Korean

Peninsula, when the Division encountered waves of attacks by the Chinese

People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF.)   The attack caused the Division to

withdraw to the village of Kunu-ri.  While in the village, a task force

comprised of Cushman's company and an infantry platoon were ordered to

destroy a roadblock and eliminate enemy troops.  The CPVF overwhelmingly

attacked the unit and by the end of battle, Cushman could not be accounted

for.  He was reported missing in action as of Dec. 5, 1950.

 

Following the war, no lists provided by the CPVF or Korean People's Army

(KPA) listed Cushman as a prisoner of war, however two returning American

prisoners reported that Cushman had died while being held by the CPVF.

Based on this information, the U.S. Army declared him deceased as of March

31, 1951.

 

In July and August 2002, a joint U.S. and KPA recovery team conducted a

Joint Recovery Operation at a site, designated KN-0874, in Ung Bong Village,

North Korea.  Based on information provided by Korean witnesses, Mr. Man

Hyon Ho, and Mr. Anh Il Chang, the site was excavated and possible human

remains were recovered, along with personal effects and material evidence,

all of which was sent to the DPAA laboratory for processing.

 

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

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

matched a cousin and a niece, as well as anthropological analysis and

circumstantial evidence, which matched his records.

 

Today, 7,716 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, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 6 November, 2017 06:35
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Michigan Soldier Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Technician 4th Grade Pete M. Counter, accounted for on Aug. 7, 2017, will be

buried November 11 in Onaway, Michigan,

 

Counter, 24, of Detroit, was killed during World War II.

 

His niece, Lavina V. Kollias, of Deckerville, Michigan, is available for

interviews at (810) 366-0487.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of Counter's platoon on

file.

 

/////

 

On Dec. 5, 1942, Counter was a member of Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment,

32nd Infantry Division, when he was killed during intense engagement with

Japanese forces in the vicinity of Soputa-Sanananda Track in the Australian

Territory of Papua (present-day Papua New Guinea.)  He was reportedly buried

in an isolated grave north of Soputa.

 

In February 1943, the remains of an unidentified American soldier,

tentatively associated with the 32nd Infantry Division, were interred at the

U.S. Temporary Cemetery #2 at Soputa.  On April 6, 1943, the remains,

designated "Unknown X-10" were reinterred at Temporary Cemetery #1 at

Soputa, then interred at U.S. Armed Forces Finschhafen #2, and redesignated

"Unknown X-171." 

 

In 1947, the American Graves Registration service exhumed approximately

11,000 graves, including X-171, which was redesignated to X-2693, and

shipped the remains to the Central Identification Point at the Manila

Mausoleum in the Philippines.  X-2693 could not be identified and were

interred at Fort McKinley (now the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.)

 

In November 2016, DPAA received authorization to reexamine the remains from

the MACM.  Unknown X-2693 was disinterred Nov. 4, 2016 and sent to the

laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska for analysis.

 

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

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

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

his records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

assistance in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,977 service members

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

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

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

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 6 November, 2017 06:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Florida Soldier Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Sgt. Richard G. Sowell, accounted for on June 27, 2017, will be buried

November 10 in his hometown.

 

Sowell, 21, of West Palm Beach, Florida, was killed during World War II. 

 

His nephew, Lewis Sowell, of Savannah, Georgia, is available for interviews

at (562)-512-4597.

 

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

 

/////

 

In July 1944, Sowell was a member of 295th Joint Assault Signal Company,

Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 106th Infantry, when American forces

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

to secure the Mariana Islands.  Sowell, a spotter for the signal company,

was last known to be in the vicinity of Hill 721 on the island of Saipan,

which was under heavy attack by the Japanese on July 6-7, 1944.  On the

morning of July 7, the commanding officer of 106th Infantry reported that

Sowell was killed in action.

 

In 1947 and 1948, the American Graves Registration Service Search and

Recovery teams covered the island in search of missing Americans, though

Sowell was not found.  In June 1949, an ordnance officer with the U.S. Army

Garrison Force on Saipan discovered remains in a foxhole, believed to be

those of an American service member.  The remains were transported to the

Army-Navy mortuary on Saipan and were transferred to the Central

Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, where they were designated "Unknown

X-29 Saipan.  Due to insufficient evidence, the remains could not be

identified and were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific in Honolulu. 

 

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

X-29 could likely be identified.  After receiving approval, on August 20,

2015, Unknown X-29 was disinterred and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used Y-chromosome (Y-STR) DNA, which matched his

family members; as well as dental and anthropological analysis, which

matched Sowell's records; and historical evidence.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,977 service members still

unaccounted for from World War II (approximately 26,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable). Sowell's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing

at an ABMC site along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 6 November, 2017 06:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Louisiana Sailor Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Steward's Mate 1st Class Cyril I. Dusset, accounted for on Feb. 23,

2017, will be buried November 9 in Slidell, Louisiana.

 

Dusset, 21, of New Orleans, was killed in the attack on the USS Oklahoma on

Dec. 7, 1941.

 

His nephew, Freddie Dusset, of Los Angeles is available for interviews if

you would like to contact him at (323) 304-4934.

 

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

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Dusset 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 Dusset. 

 

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 Dusset.

 

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 Dusset’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

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

matched his family, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory

analysis, to include dental comparisons.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,977 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Surratt’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced a positive identification by means of the chest radiograph comparison of Donald's TB chest ...

Corporal Donald L. Baer has been identified after 67 years as an unknown x-file from the Korean War....

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 30 October, 2017 08:46
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Slapikas, E.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward F. Slapikas, killed during the attack on the

USS Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1357018/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-slapikas-e/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Slapikas 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 Slapikas. 

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

partnership in this mission.

 

Slapikas' name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from World

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

accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
His official death record, according to Sgt. Kristen Duus of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), does indicate Philip's race as American ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 26 October, 2017 07:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During The Korean War Accounted For (Eichschlag, D.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Donald E. Eichschlag, killed during the Korean

War, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1354180/
marine-killed-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-eichschlag-d/

 

In late November, 1950, Eichschlag was a member of Company D, 2nd Battalion,

7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force fighting

against repeated Chinese Communist Forces (CCF) assaults in the area

surrounding Yudam-ni, North Korea.  Eichschlag was reported to be killed in

action on Nov. 28, 1950 during the fight over Hill 1250.  When the Marines

began a movement to regroup south at Hagaru-ri, search and recovery

operations in the area were not possible.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Eichschlag's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American

Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from

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

been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

 
...Hackenberg died in a Korean prison camp in 1951, his sister, Stella Knepp of Middleburg told us this week. She was 12 at the time her brother was drafted and left for Korea. Initially, Hackenberg could not be accounted for and he was declared missing in action on April 25, 1951....
 
Daily Mail   10/26/17   
  • Army Pfc. Richard Lucas, aged 17, was reported missing in action in 1950 during Korean War
  • Lucas was serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in an area northeast of Kujang, North Korea
  • A joint recovery operation located remains at a site in North Korea in 2002...
  • He will be buried next month at Arlington National Cemetery...
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense has officially identified Marine Corps PFC Donald R. Tolson, who is ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 25 October, 2017 13:09
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For New Jersey Soldier Missing From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pfc. Richard A. Lucas, accounted for on April 13, 2017, will be buried

November 2, in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Lucas, 17, of Monmouth, New Jersey, was missing from the Korean War.

 

His niece, Sandy Bertelsen, of Sunrise, Florida, is available for interviews

if you would like to contact her at (954) 748-1289.

 

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

 

/////

 

In late November 1950, Lucas was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th

Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, which was located in defensive

positions in the area of the Chongchon River, northeast of Kujang, North

Korea.  The unit was tasked with engaging enemy forces in the area, then

move north past the main line of resistance.  On Nov. 25, 1950, enemy forces

launched a large-scale attack against the regiment.  Intense fighting

isolated the battalion from the rest of the regiment.  As the battalion

accounted for its personnel, Lucas was reported missing in action as of Nov.

26, 1950, near Kunu-ri, North Korea.

 

During the war, Lucas was not listed on any Chinese People's Volunteer

Forces (CPVF) or [North] Korean People's Army (KPA) Prisoners of War (POWs)

lists. Additionally, no returning American prisoners in 1953 provided any

information on the status of Lucas, outside of an unconfirmed report of a

"Luccas" of the 9th Infantry Regiment, who died in March 1951. Based on that

information, the U.S. Army declared him deceased as of Dec. 31, 1953.

Later, another returned prisoner of war recalled a Richard Lucas who died en

route to Pukchin-Tarigol. 

 

In August and September 2002, a joint U.S. and KPA recovery team conducted a

Joint Recovery Operation at a site in Unsan County, North Pyongan Province,

North Korea, which was reported by a local national to be a temporary prison

camp.  Remains were recovered and accessioned to the DPAA laboratory on

Sept. 27, 2002.

 

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

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

autosomal (au-STR) DNA analysis, which matched his family, as well as dental

and anthropological analysis, which matched his records, and circumstantial

evidence.

 

Today, 7,718 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.   Lucas' name is recorded on the Walls of

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 24 October, 2017 11:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Pennsylvania Soldier Killed During Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pfc. Walter C. Hackenberg, accounted for on Aug. 3, 2017, will be

buried Nov. 2 in Middleburg, Pennsylvania.

 

Hackenberg, 22, of Snyder County, Pennsylvania, was killed during the Korean

War.

 

His sister, Stella Knepp, of Middleburg, is available for interviews at

(570) 837-1519.

 

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

 

/////

 

In late April 1951, Hackenberg was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion,

35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, along a defensive line west

of Chorw'on, South Korea, when his unit was attacked by the Chinese People's

Volunteer Force (CPVF) and Korean People's Army (KPA.)  American troops were

able to hold the lines, and when the attacks subsided, a patrol went to

determine possible enemy river-crossing points.  Enemy forces engaged the

patrol with mortars and small arms fire, forcing the patrol to withdraw.

Hackenberg could not be accounted for at the end of the battle, and he was

declared missing in action as of April 25, 1951.

 

Following the war, several returning American prisoners of war reported that

Hackenberg had been captured by the CPVF and died in the summer of 1951

while being held at a prisoner of war camp.  Based on this information, the

U.S. Army declared him deceased as of Sept. 9, 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. 

 

On Sept. 7, 1954, a set of remains reportedly recovered from a prisoner of

war cemetery at Camp 1 and 3, Changsong, North Korea, were sent to the

Central Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan, for attempted identification.

The set of remains was designated "X-14266" and was transferred to the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu and interred as a

Korean War Unknown. 

 

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

X-14266 could likely be identified. After receiving approval, X-14266 was

disinterred on June 13, 2016, and sent to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Hackenberg's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental,

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records, as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

Today, 7,718 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.  Hackenberg's name is recorded on the

Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

 
His remains were recovered and identified thanks to the work being done by the DPAA (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency). Officials with the ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 24 October, 2017 07:43
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Hannon, F.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Shopfitter 3rd Class Francis L. Hannon, killed during the attack on the

USS Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1351546/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-hannon-f/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hannon 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 Hannon.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Hannon's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

 
This was all made possible by the work being done by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), which will meet with Crowder's family.
 

After he was taken prisoner in Korea in 1951 and declared deceased, a tombstone for Army Pfc. Walter Hackenberg has sat above an empty grave in his family's cemetery plot outside Middleburg in Snyder County....

 
... by the Chinese People's Volunteer Force and Korean People's Army (KPA), according to the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 20 October, 2017 13:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Illinois Soldier Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Staff Sgt. Michael Aiello, accounted for on May 5, 2017, will be buried

October 28 in his hometown.

 

Aiello, 35, of Springfield, Illinois, was killed during World War II.

 

His great grand-nephew, Brian Aiello, is available for interviews at (217)

483-6379.

 

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

 

/////

 

In September 1944, Aiello was a member of Company G, 401st Glider Infantry

Regiment (GIR), which was attached to the 325th GIR for Operation Market

Garden.  American and German forces battled in a dense forest in the

Netherlands, known as Kiekberg Woods.  The battle, which lasted four days,

was comprised of ferocious attacks and counterattacks by both sides and

resulted in many American losses, including Aiello.

 

In January 1946, based on information provided by a resident of Plasmolen,

Netherlands, members of the Quartermaster Graves Registration Company

recovered three sets of remains in the Kiekberg Woods.  Two of the sets of

remains were individually identified as members of Company G, 401st GIR, but

the third set was declared unidentifiable.  The remains, designated "X-3367"

Neuville, were interred in the United States Military Cemetery

Neuville-en-Condroz (known today as Ardennes American Cemetery), Belgium, in

April 1950.

 

Current historical research shows there are still 21 unaccounted-for U.S.

servicemen who were lost within five miles of Kiekberg Woods.  The American

Graves Services have recovered the remains of 52 servicemen from the area,

46 of whom were members of either the 325th or 401st GIRs. 

 

On May 31, 2016, "Unknown X-3367" was disinterred from the Ardennes American

Cemetery and the remains were sent to the DPAA laboratory for

identification.

 

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

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

matched his family; laboratory analysis, including dental and

anthropological analysis, which matched Aiello's records; and circumstantial

evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war. Currently there are 72,990 service members

(approximately 34,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still

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

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

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

he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: FW: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Harrison, A.)
Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:57:13 -0400
From: Moe Hog <moehog@verizon.net>

 

Welcome HOME Private First Class Harrison!

 

A SALUTE to History Flight for their commitment to 'Leave No Man Behind' on Tarawa!

 

 

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 20 October, 2017 12:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Harrison, A.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Pfc. Arnold J. Harrison, killed during World War II, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1349310/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-harrison-a/

 

In November 1943, Harrison was assigned to Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Harrison's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he

has been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 20 October, 2017 11:51
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During The Korean War Accounted For (Walker, L.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Sgt. 1st Class Lester R. Walker, captured during the Korean War, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1349191/
soldier-captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-walker-l/

 

On Sept. 3, 1950, Walker was a member of Battery B, 82nd Anti-Aircraft

Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, when he was

declared missing in action in the vicinity of Changnyeong, South Korea,

while attached to Task Force Haynes.  Based on a lack of information

concerning his status, the U.S. Army declared him deceased and his remains

non-recoverable.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Walker's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the

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

been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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A

WHITE RIVER, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A White River man who died in prisoner of war camp during the Korean War will be buried in his hometown Wednesday, Oct. 25.   army Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte was 21 years old when he was captured by Chinese forces. He was initially listed as missing in action on Feb. 9, 1951.

 
Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte will be buried October 25 in his hometown. The Department of Defense made the announcement Thursday....

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 19 October, 2017 09:51
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For South Dakota Soldier Killed During Korean War

Dear Editor,

 

Army Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte, accounted for on Aug. 8, 2017, will be buried

October 25 in his hometown.

 

Iyotte, 21, of White River, South Dakota, was captured during the Korean

War.

 

His sister, Eva Iyotte, also of White River, is available for interviews at

(605) 259-3405.

 

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

 

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In February 1951, Iyotte was a member of Company E, 21st Infantry Regiment,

24th Infantry Division, assigned under 8th Army.  Iyotte was declared

missing in action on Feb. 9, 1951, when he was captured by Chinese forces

during Operation Thunderbolt, which took place from January 25 to February

1.  Operation Thunderbolt's objective was to conduct a reconnaissance in

force across the 8th Army front, to advance 30 miles to the south bank of

the Han River.  Sometime during the engagement, Iyotte was captured and

moved to Camp 1 at Changsong. 

 

Following the war, several returning American prisoners of war reported that

Iyotte died sometime around Sept. 10, 1951 and was buried at the main camp.

 

 

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

American remains that remained north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone after

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

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

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

returned. However, Iyotte's remains were not included and he was declared

non-recoverable.  A set of remains marked as "Smith, Paul R." and labeled

Unknown X-14265 were processed for identification, but an association could

not be made and they were returned to the United States for burial.

 

After a thorough historical and scientific analysis, DPAA requested the

exhumation of 22 unresolved individuals, including Iyotte.  Unknown X-14265

was disinterred from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in

Honolulu, on May 8, 2017 and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Iyotte's remains, scientists from DPAA used laboratory analysis,

including dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis,

all which matched Iyotte's records; as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

Today, 7,718 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.  Iyotte's name is recorded on the Walls of

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 19 October, 2017 07:07
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Nix, C.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Signalman 3rd Class Charles E. Nix, killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1347394/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-nix-c/

 

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

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

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

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

including Nix.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Nix's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 19 October, 2017 07:07
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Nix, C.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Signalman 3rd Class Charles E. Nix, killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1347394/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-nix-c/

 

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

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

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

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

including Nix.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Nix's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

 
... recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 US Marines, which were turned over to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).
 
They provided the Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency with the remains of what were believed to be 35 U.S. Marines who had ...
 
POW/MIA Corporal Clarence Ray Skates in 1948 on leave from training at Fort Ord shortly after his enlistment in the U.S. Army. His sister, long-time ...
 
... a separate group of flags to include the American, Iowa, and POW-MIA flags, and a continuous section of walkway that would surround a fountain ...
 
 
Earlier this year, the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used laboratory analysis and circumstantial evidence to confirm Chritchley's ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 17 October, 2017 08:31
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Tolson, D.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Pfc. Donald R. Tolson, killed during the battle of Tarawa in

World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1344767/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-tolson-d/

 

In November 1943, Tolson was assigned to Company F, 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. Tolson was

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

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this

mission.

 

Tolson's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from World

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

accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 17 October, 2017 08:33
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Drake, F.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Pfc. Francis E. Drake, killed during World War II, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1344780/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-drake-f/

 

On October 9, 1942, Drake was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th

Marines, 1st Marine Division, participating in a main offensive action in

the Battle of Guadalcanal. After nearly two months of battle, the regiment

completed their action, however Morrissey was killed in action. Two other

Marines from Morrissey's battalion were reportedly interred in graves atop

Hill 73, alongside him.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to Mr. Yorick Tokuru, Mr. John Innes, Mr. Ewan Stevenson

and the Solomon Islands government and police force for their assistance in

this recovery.

 

Drake's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he

has been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 17 October, 2017 08:33
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Barker, R.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Cpl. Raymond A. Barker, killed during World War II, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1344788/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-barker-r/

 

In November 1943, Barker was assigned to Company C, 2nd Tank Battalion, 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. Barker died on the

first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this

mission.

 

Barker's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he

has been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

 

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 17 October, 2017 08:31
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Grimm, E.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Sgt. Elden W. Grimm, killed during World War II, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1344769/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-grimm-e/

 

In November 1943, Grimm was assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 18th

Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff

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

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

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

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

annihilated. Grimm died on Nov. 25, 1943.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Grimm's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he

has been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 17 October, 2017 08:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (McNichol, J.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Cpl. John V. McNichol, killed during World War II, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1344771/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-mcnichol-j/

 

In November 1943, McNichol was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th

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

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

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

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

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

virtually annihilated. McNichol died on the second day of the battle, Nov.

21, 1943.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc. for their partnership in this

mission.

 

McNichol's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he

has been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 17 October, 2017 08:33
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Strange, A.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Albert Strange, killed during World War II, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1344774/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-strange-a/

 

In November 1943, Strange was assigned to Company E, 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.

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

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc. for their partnership in this

mission.

 

Strange's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he

has been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 17 October, 2017 08:34
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Jordan, E.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Pvt. Edwin W. Jordan, killed during World War II, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1344790/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-jordan-e/

 

In November 1943, Jordan was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th

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

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

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

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

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

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

1943.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this

mission.

 

Jordan's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he

has been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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According to a letter the prime minister sent to Ann Mills-Griggiths, the chairman of the board and CEO of National League of POW/MIA Families on ...

10/12/17

Last year spent five weeks helping with the recovery of a number of Tarawa Marines and on Tuesday the last Marine Individual #43, 2nd Lt George Stanley Bussa was laid to rest in Arlington.

 

The current issue of the Semper Fi magazine has a story of this “History Flight” recovery mission.

A Daughter was there to Welcome her Father Home after almost 74 years.

Jerilyn Ann Heise was only thirteen months old when her Marine father who was commissioned 2nd Lt George S. Bussa after receiving the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 15 January 1943, on Guadalcanal. After his platoon leader was evacuated for illness, Platoon Sergeant Bussa took command and personally led his platoon into action in the ravine west of Point Cruz and at all times fought bravely. Against heavy opposition the men under his leadership destroyed three enemy machine guns and other weapons. He accompanied the Company Commander and the Demolitions Officer into the enemy lines to locate targets. With the fire of his platoon he covered the demolition party while enemy positions were destroyed.

2nd Lt George S. Bussa was killed in the first day of the battle for Tarawa, November 20, 1942. His remains were determined to be unrecoverable but thru an NGO “History Flight” Bussa and a large number of other fallen Marines were recovered and are being return to their families.

 

Please consider sharing the attached info:

Dignified Transfer Video:

https://youtu.be/dwaWrV6ij0Y

Arlington Full Honors Burial Video

https://youtu.be/FQ6klmLKRgA

 

Semper fidelis

Patrick

God Bless America

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 12 October, 2017 10:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Head, H.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Harold L. Head, killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1340424/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-head-h/

 

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

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

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

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

including Head. 

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Head's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 12 October, 2017 10:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Murphy, T.)

 

Navy Reserve Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class Thomas J. Murphy, killed during

World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1340413/
sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-murphy-t/

 

In November 1943, Murphy was assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd

Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against

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

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

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

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

virtually annihilated. Murphy was killed on the first day of the battle,

Nov. 20, 1943.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this

mission.

 

Murphy's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he

has been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 12 October, 2017 09:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: World War II Airman who prompted viral video to be laid to rest in Florida

Dear Editor,

 

In July 2016, a Facebook video by Diane Hollifield Cupp went viral as she

filmed the Iowa Ambassadors of Music Choir singing the Battle Hymn of the

Republic to the remains of an Unknown World War II service man who had been

returned to the United States for identification.  The remains were recently

identified to be those of U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. George W. Betchley,

of  Yonkers, New York.  Betchley was declared missing in action on March 22,

1945, and is now being returned to his family for burial with full military

honors.

 

To watch the viral video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMrpGL0QjBk\

 

To see the full release on Betchley’s loss and identification, visit

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1338980/funeral-
announcement-for-airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-betchley-g/

 

 

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World War II Airman who prompted viral video to be laid to rest in Florida

 

Sgt. 1st Class Kristen Duus, DPAA

 

ARLINGTON, Virginia—  When World War II ended,  1st Lt. George W. Betchley

of Yonkers, New York, was included among the roster of more than 83,000 U.S.

service members listed as missing in action. But as Betchley is laid to rest

later this week in Florida, he will be remembered as an American hero and as

the central figure of a viral video made more than 70 years after he gave

his life for his country.

His long journey home began in the waning days of World War II. Betchley,

who was declared missing in action on March 22, 1945, was only 20 years old

when the B-17 he was in was shot down by German fighters near Janówek,

Poland.  Eight of the ten crewmembers were not recovered, including

Betchley.  In 1948, the American Graves Registration Command recovered a set

of remains from the cemetery at Janówek that they were not able to identify,

and interred them at the United States Military Cemetery

Neuville-en-Condroz, in Belgium, where they laid for nearly 70 years.

 

In 2016, unbeknownst to Betchley’s family and the rest of the world, he

became part of a viral video phenomenon.  On July 7, 2016, after thorough

historical and scientific analysis, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

disinterred the unknown remains from the Neuville cemetery and sent the

remains to their laboratory in Hawaii for analysis.  While remains are

frequently returned to the United States for analysis, Diane Hollifield Cupp

filmed not only the remains of the still-unknown service member’s return to

the mainland, but also the Iowa Ambassadors of Music Choir singing the

Battle Hymn of the Republic for the Airman.

Cupp, who was returning from Germany, had spent the previous two weeks

touring concentration camps, American cemeteries and other World War II

monuments, putting the loss of these heroes fresh in her mind.  She wasn’t

supposed to be on that flight, she said, however a twist of fate led them to

flying home later than scheduled. 

 

“We landed in Atlanta to change planes, and they made an announcement over

the intercom that the remains of a World War II hero were on board,” said

Cupp.  “As this was happening, all these teenagers started singing.  I had

no idea it would go viral.” 

 

Betchley was recently identified by DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical

Examiner System through mitochondria (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome (Y-STR) DNA

analysis, which matched several cousins, as well as through dental and

anthropological analysis.

 

This summer, his name made news as he was identified as the serviceman who

had been honored just a year earlier by the Iowa choir and Cupp, of Johnson

City, Tennessee. 

 

“I was contacted by his niece who lives in New York,” said Cupp.  “It melted

my heart.”

 

Cupp, who was invited to attend Betchley’s funeral in Clearwater, Florida,

this weekend spoke through tears.

 

“I am very honored and I’m so proud of our fallen hero and the sacrifices he

made to ensure our freedom,” she said.

 

To watch the viral video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMrpGL0QjBk

 

To see the full release on Betchley’s loss and identification, visit

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1338980/
funeral-annou
ncement-for-airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-betchley-g/

 

 

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 
In 2015, teams of divers from the U.S. Navy's Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, the Grado Civil Patrol and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...
 
WDRB   10/12/17        Samuel Warrick Crowder,
... able to recover 29 individuals, but the vast majority were unidentifiable, according to an interview with the Defense POW MIA Accounting Agency.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the remains of 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz, of Brookline, will be buried Sunday in Boston with full ...

This undated photo released Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2017, by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, shows Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, an arm of the Defense Department, had positively identified Horwitz's remains, which a diver first spotted ...

 

... of Sandyville, Jackson County, were recently discovered off the coast of Grado, Italy, and verified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 10 October, 2017 13:06
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Massachusetts Airman Missing From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz, accounted for on July 11, 2017,

will be buried October 15 in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

 

Horwitz, 22, of Brookline, Massachusetts, was missing from World War II.

 

His cousin, Joyce Schwartz, of Canton, Massachusetts, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact her at (781) 828-1290.

 

The Department of Defense the attached photos of Horwitz on file.

/////

 

On February 28, 1945, Horwitz was a member of the 716th Bomber Squadron,

449th Bombardment Group, along with ten other airmen assigned to a B-24J

Liberator aircraft, which departed Grottaglie Army Air Base, Italy, for a

combat mission.  The mission targeted the Isarc-Albes railroad bridge in

northern Italy, which was part of Brennan Route, used by Germans to move

personnel and equipment out of Italy.  Following the bombing run,

participating aircraft headed in the direction of their rally point, where

the planes would reform and return to their originating base.  When leaving

the Isarco-Albes area, an aircraft was seen heading in the direction of the

rally point, but skimmed the mountain tops with at least two damaged

engines.  The plane was last seen near Lake Wiezen in Austria.  No

parachutes were seen exiting the aircraft.  Based on this information,

Horwitz was reported missing in action.

 

In the years following the incident, five of the 11 crewmembers were

recovered and identified.  On Sept. 21, 1948, the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) convened in Rome to discuss recovering the

remaining crewmembers.  The board concluded the plane crashed in the north

Adriatic Sea.

 

On August 18, 2013, an Italian citizen reported the discovery of possible

remains in an underwater aircraft wreck site off the coast of Grado, Italy.

On September 22, 2013, a group of recreational divers located and

photographed the aircraft associated with Horwitz' loss. 

 

In May 2014, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (predecessor to DPAA)

investigative team worked with the Grado Civil Patrol to assess the site,

however no remains were recovered.  A DPAA underwater team returned to the

site from August to October 2015 and completed an excavation.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis which

matched his family member, as well as dental and anthropological analysis,

which matched his records, and historical evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Italian government for their assistance in this

recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,990 service members

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

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

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

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 11 October, 2017 07:43
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For New York Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Cpl. Walter G. Critchley, accounted for on Jan. 4, 2017, will

be buried October 18 in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Critchley, 24, of Norwich, New York, was killed during World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Critchley was assigned to Company F, 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. Critchley

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 Island, but

Critchley's remains were not recovered. On Feb. 10, 1949, a military review

board declared Critchley'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 Critchley's remains, scientists from DPAA used circumstantial

evidence and laboratory analysis, to include dental comparisons and

anthropological analysis, which matched Critchley's records.

 

DPAA is appreciative to History Flight, Inc. and their partnership for this

recovery mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,990 service members

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

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

Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an American Battle Monuments Commission

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 11 October, 2017 07:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for New York Airman Missing From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. George W. Betchley, accounted for on June 9, 2017,

will be buried October 14 in Clearwater Florida.

 

Betchley, 20, of Yonkers, New York, was missing from World War II. 

 

His cousin, Terry Lucash, is available for interviews if you would like to

contact her at (860) 653-7089.

 

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

 

/////

 

On March 22, 1945, Betchley was a member of the 429th Bombardment Squadron,

2nd Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force, serving as a navigator on a B-17G

Flying Fortress, carrying a crew of ten on a bombing mission targeting the

Ruhland oil refinery near Schwarzheide, Germany.  The aircraft crashed in

southwest Poland after two of its engines and the left wing were reportedly

damaged by German anti-aircraft fire, and German fighters.  The pilot and

several crewmembers parachuted out, but only the pilot and co-pilot

survived.  The other eight crewmembers were not recovered following the

crash.  Betchley was declared missing in action as of March 22, 1945, but

his status was later amended to killed in action.

 

On April 8, 1948, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) personnel

recovered personal equipment and a set of remains, later designated as

"Unknown X-7547 Neuville," from Janowek Village Cemetery, near Glinica,

Poland.  The remains could not be identified and were interred as Unknown

X-7547 at the United States Military Cemetery Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium

in September 1949.

 

In April 1948, an AGRC team investigated a crash site associated with

Betchley's aircraft.  Local authorities took the team to the crash site

where equipment was found in the wreckage which had serial numbers

correlating with weapons used on the B-17G Flying Fortress.

 

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

X-7547 could likely be identified.  After receiving approval, on July 7,

2016, Unknown X-7547 was disinterred from Neuville and sent to the DPAA

laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

DNA analysis, which matched his family, as well as dental and

anthropological analysis, which matched his records, and historical

evidence.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72, 990 service members

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

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

Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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


 
Bussa, a battle-tested veteran, had earned the Silver Star for gallantry a year earlier at Guadalcanal as a platoon sergeant. He had a wife — and a ...
 
Two years ago, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency began to dig up the remains of those who perished aboard the Oklahoma. New DNA tests ...

Cyril Isaac Dusset, a cook from New Orleans, was trapped below deck during the bombing.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced on Tuesday that the remains of U.S. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Clarence L. Dragoo, 21, ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 10 October, 2017 10:04
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During The Korean War Accounted For (Lejeune, K.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Sgt. Kermit J. Lejeune, captured during the Korean War, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1337913/
soldier-captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-lejeune-k/

 

In late November 1950, Lejeune was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion,

35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, engaged in combat operations

against the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in the vicinity of

Unsan County, North Pyongan County, North Korea.  Lejeune was reported

missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950.  Several returned American POWs reported

that Lejeune had in fact been captured and died in a North Korean POW camp

in February or March 1951.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Lejeune's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the

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

been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Aiello was reported missing after a battle in the Netherlands in September 1944. Remains ...
 
U.S. News & World Report

Navy Seaman First Class Milton Reece Surratt was a 19-year-old cook on the USS Oklahoma when torpedoes sank the battleship Dec. 7, 1941. Surratt was among 429 crewmen to die. But his body was not identified, and he was officially missing in action — until recently, when the federal Defense POW MIA Accounting Agency matched his remains to family members' DNA.....

 
 
Second Lt. George S. Bussa’s remains, buried for decades under the sand and soil of a tiny Pacific island after he died there in World War II, are to be interred Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 5 October, 2017 12:15
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airmen Killed During World War II Accounted For (Brady, J., Chandler, A., Liekhus, J., Shoemaker, R., Younger, B.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

U.S. Army Air Forces Tech Sgt. John F. Brady, Tech Sgt. Allen A. Chandler,

1st Lt. John H. Liekhus, Staff Sgt. Robert O. Shoemaker and Staff Sgt. Bobby

J. Younger have all been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1335282/airmen-

killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-brady-j-chandler-a-liekhus-jsh/

 

 

On Nov. 2, 1944, the Airmen were members of the 323rd Bombardment Squadron,

91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. Their nine-man aircrew was

on a mission to Merseburg, Germany, when their plane was hit by flak during

the bomb run. As the B-17 fell out of formation, German fighters attacked.

Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft burst into flames and descend

rapidly. It crashed two kilometers southwest of the town of Barby. Three

crewmembers survived and were taken as prisoners of war. One airman who was

killed was identified in May 1945. Brady, Chandler, Liekhus, Shoemaker and

Younger were all declared missing in action. In January 1951, the American

Graves Registration Command (AGRC) concluded that the five unaccounted-for

crew members perished in the crash and the location of their remains was

unknown.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to the German government for their assistance in this

mission.

 

Brady's, Chandler's, Liekhus', Shoemaker's and Younger's names are recorded

on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site

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

placed next to their names to indicate they have been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 5 October, 2017 07:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Massachusetts Airman Missing From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Earl P. Gorman, accounted for on Aug. 9, 2017,

will be buried October 13 in Valatie, New York.

 

Gorman, 23, of Lynn, Massachusetts, was missing from World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

/////

 

On April 23, 1944, Gorman was a member of the 718th Bombardment Squadron,

449th Bombardment Group, as the radio operator for a B-24 aircraft, on a

bombing mission against targets near Schwechat, Austria.  The formation left

Grottaglie, Italy, and flew over Yugoslavia to reach the target, when they

were attacked by German planes.  During the attack, Gorman was struck and

critically wounded.  His crewmates put a parachute on him and bailed him out

of the plane in an area they believed to be northeast of Zagreb, before

bailing themselves.  All of the crewmembers except Gorman survived. 

 

On July 4, 1947, investigators from the American Graves Registration Service

(AGRS) exhumed remains believed to be those of an American from the

Yugoslavian (now Croatian) village of Sveti Ivan Zelina.  Several villagers

reported they had witnessed a squadron of American airplanes engaged with

German aircraft above their village in April or May of 1944.  They reported

one man parachuted out of an airplane, and that he died shortly after he

reached the ground.  He was buried in an unmarked grave.  The AGRS

disinterred the remains, designated them as Unknown X-51, and transferred

them to the United States Military Cemetery (USMC) Belgrade. 

 

The remains were disinterred in January 1948, and were reinterred at the

USMC Anzio (now the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery), in Nettuno, Italy on

April 12, 1949, when identification efforts were unsuccessful.

 

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

X-51 could likely be identified.  After receiving approval, on March 15,

2017, Unknown X-51 was disinterred from the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery

and sent to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Gorman's remains, scientists from DPAA used laboratory analysis,

including dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis,

which matched his records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this recovery mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,993 service members

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

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

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

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

been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 5 October, 2017 08:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for West Virginia Airman Missing From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Clarence L. Dragoo, accounted for on July 7, 2017,

will be buried October 14 in his hometown.

 

Dragoo, 21, of Sandyville, West Virginia, was missing from World War II.

 

His nephew, Larry  Dragoo, of Portland, Ohio, is available for interviews if

you would like to contact him at (740) 843-5370.

 

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

 

/////

 

On Feb. 28, 1945, Dragoo was a member of the 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th

Bombardment Group, along with ten other crewmen of a B-24J Liberator

aircraft, which departed Grottaglie Army Air Base, Italy, for a combat

mission.  The mission targeted the Isarc-Albes railroad bridge in northern

Italy, which was part of Brennan Route, used by Germans to move personnel

and equipment into and out of Italy.  Following the bombing run,

participating aircraft headed in the direction of their rally point, where

the planes would reform and return to their originating base.  When leaving

the Isarco-Albes area, an aircraft was seen heading in the direction of the

rally point, but skimmed the mountain tops with at least two damaged

engines.  The plane was last seen near Lake Wiezen in Austria.  No

parachutes were seen exiting the aircraft.  Based on this information,

Dragoo was reported missing in action.

 

In the years following the incident, five of the 11 crewmembers were

recovered and identified.  On Sept. 21, 1948, the American Graves

Registration Service (AGRS) convened in Rome to discuss recovering the

remaining crew members.  The board concluded the plane crashed in the north

Adriatic Sea.

 

On August 18, 2013, an Italian citizen reported the discovery of possible

remains in an underwater aircraft wreck site off the coast of Grado, Italy.

On September 22, 2013, a group of recreational divers located and

photographed the aircraft, associated with Horwitz' loss. 

 

In May 2014, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (predecessor to DPAA)

investigative team worked with the Grado Civil Patrol to excavate the site,

however no remains were recovered.  A DPAA underwater team returned to the

site from August to October 2015 and completed an excavation.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis which

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

matched his records, and historical evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Italian government for their assistance in this

recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,993 service members

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

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

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

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 5 October, 2017 09:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Hannon, H.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Pfc. Harold P. Hannon, killed during the battle of Tarawa in

World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1334923/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-hannon-h/

 

In November 1943, Hannon was assigned to Company E, 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.

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

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this

recovery mission.

 

Hannon's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NMCP, an

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he

has been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 5 October, 2017 09:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During The Korean War Accounted For (McAfee, J.)

 

Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Johnson McAfee, Jr., killed during the Korean War,

has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1334938/
marine-killed-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-mcafee-j/

 

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

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

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

McAfee was killed in action in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir at the

Marine outpost known as Fox Hill.  Following his death, McAfee was buried

alongside others at the base of Fox Hill prior to the evacuation of the

outpost.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

McAfee's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the

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

been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 4 October, 2017 10:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Eakes, W.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Storekeeper 3rd Class Wallace E. Eakes, killed during the attack on the

USS Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1333796/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-eakes-w/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Eakes 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 Eakes. 

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Eakes' name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: McKeague, Kelly K SES (US) [mailto:kelly.k.mckeague2.civ@mail.mil]
Sent: 3 October, 2017 11:04

Subject: Update of Note

Good morning Family Group, VSO and MSO Partners,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ended Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 having
made 202 first-time identifications of remains of US Servicemembers who made
the ultimate sacrifice in past conflicts.  Of these 202 IDs, 185 are
associated with individuals newly accounted-for, while the remaining 17
represent first-time identifications of individuals previously accounted for
in group burials.  When a Servicemember is accounted for as part of a group,
the family does not receive remains.

The 202 identifications are an unprecedented achievement in the accounting
mission's history.  Talented and dedicated subject matter experts; advanced
scientific methods; vigorous and balanced operations; and expanded
partnerships were factors contributing to this accomplishment.  The attached
table lists the identifications by conflict and source.

Best regards,
Kelly



Kelly McKeague
Director, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
VA:  (703) 699-1101
HI:  (808) 448-4500 (x-3005)

Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 3 October, 2017 07:49
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Illinois Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps 2nd Lt. George S. Bussa, accounted for on April 19, 2017, will

be buried October 10 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Bussa,, 29, of Chicago, was killed during World War II.

 

His daughter, Jerilyn Ann Heise, of Minden, Nevada, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact her at (775) 267-1789.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Bussa was assigned to Company F, 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.  Bussa died

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 Bussa's

remains were not recovered. On Feb. 9, 1949, a military review board

declared Bussa'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 Bussa's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

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

matched his family, dental analysis and anthropological comparison, which

matched his records, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc. for their partnership in this

recovery mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,995 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the NCMP, an American Battle Monuments Commission

cemetery, along with the others killed or lost in WWII. A rosette will be

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 3 October, 2017 08:41
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Johnson, J.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Seaman 1st Class Joseph M. Johnson, killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1332081/
uss-okl
ahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-johnson-j/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Johnson 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 Johnson. 

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Johnson's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

 
 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 2 October, 2017 07:29
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Goodwin, C.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Seaman 1st Class Clifford G. Goodwin, killed during the attack on the

USS Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1330730/uss-
oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-goodwin-c/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Goodwin 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 Goodwin.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Goodwin's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 2 October, 2017 07:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Killed During The Korean War Accounted For (Blue, W.)

Dear  Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Pfc. Willie E. Blue, killed during the Korean War, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1330732/uss-
okl
ahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-olsen-e/

 

In August 1950, Blue was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry

Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, taking part in defending the Naktong Bulge

portion of the Pusan Perimeter. He was reported missing in action as of Aug.

31, 1950, after his status could not be determined following his admittance

to the 2nd Clearing Station, 2nd Medical Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division in

Yong-san, South Korea. No additional records showed his disposition, nor did

the 8076th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) have records on Blue. With

no additional information concerning his loss, the Department of the Army

declared him deceased on March 3, 1954.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Blue's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the

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

been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 2 October, 2017 07:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Olsen, E.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Storekeeper 3rd Class Eli Olsen, killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1330732/uss-
okl
ahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-olsen-e/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Olsen 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 Olsen.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Olsen's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
In 2004, two joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Recovery teams found the remains of 14 bodies at Chosin Reservoir. Charlie was among them.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 29 September, 2017 07:07
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for South Carolina Sailor Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Seaman 1st Class Milton R. Surratt, accounted for on April 14, 2017,

will be buried October 6 in Mauldin, South Carolina. 

 

Surratt, 21, of Greenville, South Carolina, was killed during the attack on

the USS Oklahoma during World War II.

 

His niece, Shirley Watkins, of Durham, North Carolina, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact her at (919) 383-1318.

 

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

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Surratt 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 Surratt. 

 

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 Surratt.

 

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

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

matched his family, as well as dental comparisons and anthropological

analysis, which matched his records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 73,004 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Surratt's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 29 September, 2017 07:20
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During The Korean War Accounted For (Uurtamo, S.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Maj. Stephen T. Uurtamo, captured during the Korean War, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1329068/soldier

-captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-uurtamo-s/

 

In late November 1950, Uurtamo was a member of Headquarters Battery, 82nd

Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division,

which was engaged in persistent attacks with the Chinese People's Volunteer

Forces (CPVF) near the Ch'ongch'on River in North Korea.  On Nov. 30, 1950,

the Division began to withdraw south along the Main Supply Route, known as

"The Gauntlet."  Uurtamo was declared missing in action as of Dec. 1, 1950,

when he could not be accounted for by his unit.  After the Korean War,

several returning prisoners of war reported that Uurtamo had been captured

and died at a POW Transit Camp.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Uurtamo's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the

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

been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 29 September, 2017 07:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Missing From The Korean War Accounted For (Baer, D.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Cpl. Donald L. Baer, missing from the Korean War, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1329070/
soldier-missing-from-the-korean-war-accounted-for-baer-d/

 

In July 1950, Baer was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry

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

forces of the Korea People's Army (KAP) in and around the city of Taejon

(now Daejon), South Korea.  On July 19, 1950, the KPA initiated a

large-scale attack on the city in attempt to destroy U.S. forces.  Following

the battle, Quintana could not be accounted for and was declared missing in

action as of July 20, 1950.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Baer's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the

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

been accounted for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

 
The post will also recognize two soldiers who served with the 743rd and who are listed as POW/MIA, Pvt. Blonde Neal and Cpl. LeRoy Pierce.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 28 September, 2017 12:54
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During Korean War Accounted For, (Bryant, L.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Pfc. Pfc. Leroy W. Bryant, captured during the Korean War, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1328206/
soldier-captured-during-korean-war-accounted-for-bryant-l/

 

In early February 1951, Bryant was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th

Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, as U.S. Republic of Korea Army

(ROKA) and United Nations Command (UNC) forces were deployed in defensive

positions across the South Korean peninsula.  On February 6, Bryant's

regiment was located in the town of Yonghyon-ni, and was tasked to determine

location, position and strength of enemy forces.  Enemy forces attacked,

forcing them to withdraw to new positions.  Because Bryant could not be

accounted for by his unit after the attack, he was reported missing action

as of Feb. 6, 1951, near Yanghyon-ni, South Korea.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Bryant's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the other MIAs from the Korean War.  A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 28 September, 2017 12:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Missing From World War II Accounted For (Bailey, E.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Reserve 2nd Lt. Elwood R. Bailey, killed during World War II,

has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1328218/
marine-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-bailey-e/

 

On August 24, 1942, Bailey was a member of Marine Fighting Squadron 223

(VMF-223), Marine Aircraft Group 23, (MAG-23). Bailey was piloting a F3F-f

Wildcat in aerial combat with Japanese Military Air Forces over Guadalcanal,

Solomon Islands, when he was reported missing in action after being shot

down and failing to return to base.

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to Mr. Clay Chualu, a Solomon Islander, for his assistance

in this recovery.

 

Bailey's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 28 September, 2017 12:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Drew, C.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Charles A. Drew, killed during the battle of

Tarawa in World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1328233/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-drew-c/

 

In November 1943, Drew 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.

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

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this

recovery mission.

 

Drew's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he

has been accounted for.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
The POW/MIA movement isn't the cultural and political force that it once was, but it's still hard to ignore. The iconic black-and-white POW/MIA flag is ...
 
In researching locations with the most MIAs, Noah came across postwar ... the government's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, known as JPAC, ...
 
WTVD-TV    09/26/17      The body of Capt. Fulton P. Lanier is finally returning home.
Material evidence and remains were turned over to the Central Identification Laboratory-Hawaii/Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. This led to a ...
 
Kotatv    09/25/17      Navy Fireman 1st Class Walter B. Rogers, from Bison, SD
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, there are 73,004 (approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 25 September, 2017 12:45
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For South Dakota Sailor Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Fireman 1st Class Walter B. Rogers, accounted for on Feb. 23, 2017,

will be buried October 2 in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Rogers, 22, of Bison, South Dakota, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma during World War II.

 

His brother, Donald Rogers, of Oregon City, Oregon, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact him at (503) 657-9853.

 

The Department of Defense has no photographs of Rogers on file.

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Rogers 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 Rogers. 

 

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 Rogers.

 

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

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

matched his family, as well dental analysis, which matched his records, and

circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 73,004 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Rogers' name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 25 September, 2017 14:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Killed During World War II Accounted For (Bailey, J.S.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces Tech Sgt. John S. Bailey, killed during World War II, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1323443/
airman-
killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-bailey-js/

 

On Jan. 21, 1944, Bailey was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron,

(Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Helen Island,

Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, when his B-24J bomber crashed shortly after

take-off. 

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this

mission.

 

Bailey's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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


 
The bill would require that whenever the American and state flags are flown on property owned or under the control of the state, the POW-MIA flag ...

 

 
The Army, in its constant efforts to bring those lost in any war home, paid for the transport of Lamar Russell's remains from the Joint POW/MIA ...

The Army, in its constant efforts to bring those lost in any war home, paid for the transport of Lamar Russell’s remains from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii to Charlotte on Friday.

The Army also covered the cost of the service and burial. It was the right thing to do.



When the call came from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recovery team, Gentry knew very little about Keaton except that he was her ...

 
 
He is one of nearly 73,000 World War II servicemen listed as missing in action by the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. But he was the only ...

 
Sgt. Chuck Kelly was the first soldier in the European war theater to receive the nation's highest military award for valor -- the Medal of Honor -- and ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency contacted Charles Sadewasser and an aunt, Virginia Sadewasser in 2004, and both gave DNA samples.
 
... a plane crash while fighting in World War II and whose remains were recently identified by the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
KMSP-TV    09/23/17     Staff Sergeant Gerald Jacobsen
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - A Minnesotan who died during World War II was honored at the University of Minnesota as part of POW/MIA remembrance.
 
 
      Private First Class Ray James
That is, until recently, when the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified the remains in the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 13:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For (Spence, H)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Homer A. Spence, missing from World War II, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1321387/
airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-spence-h/

 

On July 20, 1944, Spence was a member of the 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd

Fighter Group, as a pilot of a P-38J aircraft, escorting bomber aircraft on

a mission targeting Memmingen Airdrome in Germany.  During the return

flight, his aircraft entered a deep dive into the clouds and was not seen or

heard from again.  At the time of his loss, Austria and northern Italy were

still under enemy control, precluding any immediate search to locate his

crash site. 

 

Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc., for

their partnership in this mission

 

Spence's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle

Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A

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

for.

 

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media

at www.facebook.com/dodpaa, or call 703-699-1420.

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On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, 429 Sailors and Marines were killed aboard USS Oklahoma.   Two brothers from East Liverpool, Ohio Fireman 2nd Class Richard Casto and Fireman 1st Class Charles Casto served on the Oklahoma that morning. Both lost their lives as result of the attack.   Though Richard’s remains were identified and marked with a grave stone bearing his name, Charles’ remains lay in a section labeled “Unknowns, USS Oklahoma.”...

 

SYLVARENA, Miss. (WJTV) — The remains of a Mississippi native who served the United States during World War II was finally buried in his hometown Friday.   Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Ray James was buried in  Sylvarena, Mississippi. He was 21 when he died....


 
kfor.com      Oklahoma   09/22/17    Private Vernon “Buck” Keaton
DJ Gentry got a call from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency four years ago while she was at work. Through ancestry.com, Gentry was told she ...
 
WTOK      09/22/17   Private First Class Ray James
His remains were recently identified through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that exhumed remains from the National Memorial Cemetery ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 09:08
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Kentucky Soldier Missing From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Pfc. Charlie

H. Hill, accounted for on June 21, 2017, will be buried September 29 in

Augusta, Michigan.

 

Hill, 31, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, was missing from the Korean War.

 

His nephew, Ron Hill, of Hagerstown, Indiana, is available for interviews if

you would like to contact him at (765) 277-0431.

 

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

 

/////

 

In late November 1950, Hill was a member of Battery D, 15th Anti-aircraft

Artillery Automatic Weapons Self-propelled Battalion, 7th Infantry Division.

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

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

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

Chinese forces.  American forces withdrew south with the Chinese continued

to attack. By December 6, the U.S. Army evacuated approximately 1,500

wounded service members; the remaining Soldiers had been either captured or

killed in enemy territory. Because Hill could not be accounted for by his

unit after reaching Hagaru-ri, he was reported missing in action as of Dec.

2, 1950.

 

Hill's name did not appear on any prisoner of war list and no returning

American prisoners reported Hill as a prisoner of war. Due to the lack of

evidence of Hill's survival, the U.S. Army declared him deceased on Dec. 31,

1953.

 

Although the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service hoped to recover American

remains that remained north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone after the war,

administrative details between the United Nations Command and North Korea

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

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

However, Hill's remains were not included and he was declared

non-recoverable.

 

In August and September 2004, two Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (now

DPAA) recovery teams worked simultaneously at Unsan and the Chosin

Reservoir.  The teams conducted the 35th Joint Recovery Operation with the

Korean People's Army (KPA) in the vicinity of Ankyon Village, Changin

District, South Hamgyong Province, North Korea, where remains were

recovered.  On Sept. 10, 2004, the remains were sent to the laboratory for

analysis.

 

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

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

DNA analysis, which matched his family, as well as anthropological analysis,

which matched his records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,727 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.  Hill's name is recorded on the Walls of

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

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

to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 09:15
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Wisconsin Soldier Killed During Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Sgt. Thomas E.

Zimmer, accounted for on Dec. 18, 2016, will be buried September 30 in his

hometown.

 

Zimmer, 19, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His sister, Eleanor M. Mengert, of Columbus, Georgia, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact her at (870) 710-0272.

 

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

 

/////

 

In late November 1950, Zimmer was a member of Battery A, 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 RCT and forced the unit to withdraw to

Hagaru-ri.  Many Soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape, but

were captured or killed.  Overnight on December 5, a large Chinese force

attacked the Hagaru-ri perimeter held by the survivors of the RCT.   Zimmer

was subsequently declared missing in action as a result of the battle that

occurred Dec. 6, 1950.

 

Zimmer's name did not appear on any lists provided by the CPVF or the Korean

People's Army as a prisoner of war, and no returning American prisoners were

able to provide any information concerning Zimmer.  Based on the lack of

information, the U.S. Army declared him deceased as of Dec. 31, 1953.

 

In August and September 2004, a joint U.S. and Korean People's Army recovery

team conducted a Joint Recovery Operation in the vicinity of the East Chosin

Reservoir, where Zimmer went missing.  The team recovered possible human

remains and sent them to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

matched his family, as well as anthropological analysis, which matched his

records; and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,727 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.  Zimmer's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an

American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 09:23
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For New York Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Pvt. Joseph C. Carbone, accounted for on July 17, 2017, will be

buried in his hometown, September 30.

 

Carbone, 20, of Brooklyn, New York, was killed during the battle of Tarawa

during World War II.

 

His niece, Nancy Lewis, also of Brooklyn, is available for interviews if you

would like to contact her at (718) 331-0631.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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.  Carbone

died 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 May 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company

of the American Graves Registration Services (AGRS) had recovered 532 sets

of remains from burial sites across the Tarawa Atoll and interred them in

Lone Palm Cemetery.  The remains that could not be identified were

designated as "Unknowns." 

 

In November 1946, the U.S. Army began disinterment to bring the remains to

Oahu for identification at the Central Identification Laboratory.  In 1947,

remains designated Unknown X-206 were sent to the Schofield Barracks Central

Identification Laboratory in Hawaii for analysis.  When the X-206 could not

be identified, they were reinterred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific in Honolulu.

 

In October 2016, due to recent advances in forensic technology, DPAA began

the exhumation of unknown remains associated with Tarawa from NMCP and sent

the remains to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA), which matched a family

member, as well as dental and anthropological analysis, which matched his

records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 73,004 service members

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

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

Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an American Battle Monuments Commission

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 09:08
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Kentucky Soldier Missing From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Pfc. Charlie

H. Hill, accounted for on June 21, 2017, will be buried September 29 in

Augusta, Michigan.

 

Hill, 31, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, was missing from the Korean War.

 

His nephew, Ron Hill, of Hagerstown, Indiana, is available for interviews if

you would like to contact him at (765) 277-0431.

 

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

 

/////

 

In late November 1950, Hill was a member of Battery D, 15th Anti-aircraft

Artillery Automatic Weapons Self-propelled Battalion, 7th Infantry Division.

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

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

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

Chinese forces.  American forces withdrew south with the Chinese continued

to attack. By December 6, the U.S. Army evacuated approximately 1,500

wounded service members; the remaining Soldiers had been either captured or

killed in enemy territory. Because Hill could not be accounted for by his

unit after reaching Hagaru-ri, he was reported missing in action as of Dec.

2, 1950.

 

Hill's name did not appear on any prisoner of war list and no returning

American prisoners reported Hill as a prisoner of war. Due to the lack of

evidence of Hill's survival, the U.S. Army declared him deceased on Dec. 31,

1953.

 

Although the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service hoped to recover American

remains that remained north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone after the war,

administrative details between the United Nations Command and North Korea

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

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

However, Hill's remains were not included and he was declared

non-recoverable.

 

In August and September 2004, two Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (now

DPAA) recovery teams worked simultaneously at Unsan and the Chosin

Reservoir.  The teams conducted the 35th Joint Recovery Operation with the

Korean People's Army (KPA) in the vicinity of Ankyon Village, Changin

District, South Hamgyong Province, North Korea, where remains were

recovered.  On Sept. 10, 2004, the remains were sent to the laboratory for

analysis.

 

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

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

DNA analysis, which matched his family, as well as anthropological analysis,

which matched his records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,727 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.  Hill's name is recorded on the Walls of

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

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

to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 09:15
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Wisconsin Soldier Killed During Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Sgt. Thomas E.

Zimmer, accounted for on Dec. 18, 2016, will be buried September 30 in his

hometown.

 

Zimmer, 19, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His sister, Eleanor M. Mengert, of Columbus, Georgia, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact her at (870) 710-0272.

 

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

 

/////

 

In late November 1950, Zimmer was a member of Battery A, 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 RCT and forced the unit to withdraw to

Hagaru-ri.  Many Soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape, but

were captured or killed.  Overnight on December 5, a large Chinese force

attacked the Hagaru-ri perimeter held by the survivors of the RCT.   Zimmer

was subsequently declared missing in action as a result of the battle that

occurred Dec. 6, 1950.

 

Zimmer's name did not appear on any lists provided by the CPVF or the Korean

People's Army as a prisoner of war, and no returning American prisoners were

able to provide any information concerning Zimmer.  Based on the lack of

information, the U.S. Army declared him deceased as of Dec. 31, 1953.

 

In August and September 2004, a joint U.S. and Korean People's Army recovery

team conducted a Joint Recovery Operation in the vicinity of the East Chosin

Reservoir, where Zimmer went missing.  The team recovered possible human

remains and sent them to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

matched his family, as well as anthropological analysis, which matched his

records; and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,727 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.  Zimmer's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an

American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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


 
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.... After decades in foreign countries and military identification laboratories, the remains of Kuhn, who died at the age of 21 in World War II, and Sadewasser, who died at the age of 24 in the Korean War, were finally returned to their respective families and given a motorcycle escort to funeral homes Thursday. ...

 

 
The remains were turned over to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and on Sept. 14 the Department of Defense announced the identification ...

 
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Soldier, Missing Since World War II, To Be Buried With Honors In Wisconsin

Patch.com   09/21/17

... and positively identified at a lab in Hawaii with DNA from family members earlier this year, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

NEKOOSA, WI—Army Pfc. Gerald Wipfli, missing since World War II, is finally coming home to Wisconsin. The World War II soldier’s remains will be buried with full military honors on Saturday, Sept. 23, in his hometown of Nekoosa.....


 
According to the background provided by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, in late November 1950, Sadewasser was a member of ...

 
Last Friday was National POW/MIA Recognition Day. There are 73,119 service members missing and not yet recovered from World War II, including ...

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Stars and Stripes    09/19/17     Pfc. Gerald F. Wipfli of Nekoosa
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency hosts a ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, ...

 

 
Charlotte Observer 09/19/17    Army Air Force Capt. Lamar S. Russell 
After a recovery team turned up remains, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency lab in Honolulu identified them as the crew and passengers of ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 19 September, 2017 08:12
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for New York Soldier Killed During Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Cpl. William

R. Sadewasser, accounted for on March 23, 2017, will be buried September 23

in Ulysses, Pennsylvania.

 

Sadewasser, 24, of Wellsville, New York, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His nephew, Matthew Sadewasser, is available for interviews if you would

like to contact him at 585-503-4195.

 

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

 

/////

 

 

In late November, 1950, Sadewasser was a member of Headquarters Battery,

57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division.  Approximately 2,500

U.S. and 700 South Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat

Team (RCT), which was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea,

when it was engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. By December

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

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

Because Sadewasser could not be accounted for by his unit at the end of the

battle; he was reported missing in action as of Nov. 28, 1950.

 

Sadewasser's name did not appear on any prisoner of war lists, however one

returning American prisoner of war reported that Sadewasser had died on Nov.

28, 1950.  Based on this information, the U.S. Army declared him deceased.

 

Although the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service hoped to recover American

remains that remained north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone after the war,

administrative details between the United Nations Command and North Korea

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

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

However, Sadewasser's remains were not included, and he was declared

non-recoverable.

 

During the 32nd Joint Recovery Operation in 2004, recovery teams conducted

operations on the eastern side of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, on Hill

1221.  During the excavation, the recovery team recovered possible human

remains of at least 11 individuals.

 

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

DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, which

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

matched his records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,727 Americans remain unaccou