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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
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
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
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
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
List posted 10/11/17

 
Some articles below were NOT posted to the DPAA "list" when this was published.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [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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... 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.

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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 (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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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

 

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.

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


 
PALMER — An unnamed peak near Mount POW/MIA may soon receive a name aimed at honoring the families of fallen U.S. service members: Gold ...

 

 
.... 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 ...

 
Researchers from the Hawaii-based Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency visited the burial site at a temple in Saiki City on Japan's southern island ..

... The agency does not release the names of missing personnel it’s searching for; however, the lost aviator was the pilot of an F4U Corsair fighter-bomber launched from the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid in 1945, said Hunter, who is a former Air Force intelligence officer.....


 
 

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 ...

CLEVELAND, Ohio - For 70 years the remains of Lakewood airman Thomas McGraw lay buried beneath a broken B-24 bomber that crashed in the Adriatic Sea, off the coast of Italy, during World War II....


 
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, ...

 

 
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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 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.  Sadewasser'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: 19 September, 2017 08:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Wisconsin Soldier Missing From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Pfc. Gerald F.

Wipfli, accounted for on June 23, 2017, will be buried September 23 in his

hometown.

 

Wipfli, 23, of Nekoosa, Wisconsin, was missing from World War II.

 

His nephew, David Barth, is available for interviews if yo uwould like to

contact him at (715) 325-6742.

 

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

 

/////

 

In early November 1944, Wipfli was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion,

112th Infantry, when his unit was engaged in intense combat against German

forces in the town of Schmidt, Germany, within the Hürtgen Forest.  Due to

chaotic fighting, 112th Infantry officers were not able to accurately report

the status of each soldier, and it took several days for Company I to gain

accountability of their casualties.  Wipfli was among 33 soldiers listed as

missing in action from his company.  No surviving members of his unit had

information on his fate, and he was reported missing in action on Nov. 4,

1944.

 

German forces did not report Wipfli as being taken prisoner, and American

forces did not retake Schmidt until February 1945.  However, none of the

remains that were found during initial searches were identified as Wipfli.

 

Following the end of the hostilities, the American Graves Registration

Command (AGRC), U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, was the unit tasked with

investigating and recovering missing American personnel in the European

Theater.  The AGRC conducted several investigations and recoveries, however

Wipfli’s remains were not found.  On Dec. 15, 1950, having received no

further evidence on Wipfli, he was declared non-recoverable.

 

On April 16, 2010, workers of the Rheinisch-Westfälisches Elektrizitätswerk

(RWE) power company unearthed osseous remains while installing electrical

lines in Schmidt.  The RWE notified the Voklsbund Deutsche

Kriegsbraberfursorge  e. V. (VdK, German War Graves Commission), which

excavated the site.  The VdK notified the Deputy U.S. Forces Liaison Officer

and U.S. Army Mortuary Affairs Activity-Europe of the recovery.  The remains

were sent to the Central Identification Laboratory in Honolulu for analysis

on May 11, 2010.

 

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

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

DNA, which matched his sister and niece; anthropological analysis, which

matched Wipfli’s records; and historical evidence.

 

The support of the German government was vital to the success of 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 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. Wipfli’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: 19 September, 2017 08:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Rich, P.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Water Tender 2nd Class Porter L. Rich, 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/1315730/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-rich-p/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Rich 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 Rich. 

 

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.

 

Rich'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 19 September, 2017 08:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Wilcox, G.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Seaman 2nd Class George J. Wilcox, 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/1315724/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-wilcox-g/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Wilcox 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 Wilcox. 

 

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.

 

Wilcox'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 15 September, 2017 14:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Michigan Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Air Forces 1st

Lt. Francis J. Pitonyak, accounted for on Dec. 20, 2016, will be buried

September 22 in his Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Pitonyak, 25, of Detroit, was missing from World War II.

 

His sister, Ann Marie Calott, of Charlotte, North  Carolina, is available

for interviews if you would like to contact her at (704) 846-4636.

 

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

 

/////

 

On Oct. 28, 1943, Pitonyak was a member of the 36th Fighter Group, 8th

Fighter squadron and was the pilot of a single-seat fighter aircraft.

Pitonyak led a formation of four aircraft from Wards Airdome near Port

Moresby, Territory of Papua on an armed patrol mission to Nadzab in the

Markham River Valley.  Due to rapidly deteriorating weather conditions and

loss of visibility one of the four pilots aborted the mission, returned to

base and immediately reported the other three pilots missing.  The following

day, an aerial search was conducted for the missing aircraft, with no

results.  The U.S. Army declared Pitonyak deceased as of Oct. 28, 1943.

 

In June 1987, a team of investigators from the U.S Army Central

Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, accompanied by local witnesses, located

the wreckage of an aircraft in the vicinity of Urulau Village, Gulf

Province, Papua New Guinea.  The wreckage, which was largely intact,

included a serial number consistent with the aircraft piloted by Pitonyak.

In October 1988, a second team visited the crash site and noted the

positioning of the wreckage suggested a low-angle controlled impact or hard

landing, but they were unable to recover remains or flight equipment.  In

July 2016, a DPAA recovery team recovered possible dental remains and

supporting material evidence from a site located in the vicinity of Urulau

Village, Kerema District, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea.

 

To identify Pitonyak's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental analysis,

which matched his records, as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 73,007 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Pitonyak'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: 15 September, 2017 14:53
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Mississippi Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Marine Corps

Reserve Pfc. Ray James, accounted for on June 13, 2017, will be buried

September 22 in his hometown.

 

James, 21, of Sylvarena, Mississippi was killed during the battle of Tarawa

in World War II.

 

His great nephew, Robert Keyes, is willing to speak with media if you would

like to contact him at (601) 506-5213.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, James 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.

James was killed 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, the American Graves Registration Service recovered

approximately 36 sets of remains originally buried in Cemetery #33,

including remains designated "Unknown X-163."  They conducted remains

recovery operations on Betio, but James' remains were not recovered.  By

1949, the remains that had not been identified were interred in the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) in Honolulu.

 

In January 2017, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-163 from the NMCP and

sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify James' 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 73,007 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. James' 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: 15 September, 2017 15:29
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Oklahoma Pilot Missing From Vietnam War

 

Dear Editor, 

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Air Force Col.

Martin R. Scott, accounted for on August 13, 2017, will be buried September

22 in Claremore, Oklahoma.

 

Scott, 34, of Jenks, Oklahoma, was missing from the Vietnam War.

 

His son, Ronald Scott, of Claremore, is available for interviews if you

would like to contact him at (918) 855-7655.

 

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

 

/////

 

On March 15, 1966, Scott was a member of Headquarters, 8th Tactical Fighter

Wing, as the aircraft commander and wingman of a two-seater F-4C aircraft in

a flight of two on an armed reconnaissance mission over northern Vietnam.

The lead aircraft spotted two vehicles as the flight approached the target

area and the pilot of Scott's aircraft responded that he was going to strafe

the trucks.  The flight leader observed an explosion in the area of the

target and immediately attempted to contact Scott's aircraft.  No parachutes

or emergency signals were seen, and all attempts to contact Scott and his

pilot were unsuccessful.  An organized search was not possible due to

hostilities in the area.  Scott was subsequently declared missing in action.

 

In November 2014, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.)

recovery team conducted recovery operations at a possible F-4C crash site in

Dien Bien District, Dien Bien Province.  Material evidence and possible

osseous material was recovered and sent to the Central Identification

Laboratory for analysis.  Additional recovery operations were conducted in

late 2015 and late 2016, and all recovered remains were sent to the

laboratory for analysis

 

To identify Scott's remains, DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

System used mitochondrial (mtDNA), which matched his family, as well as

dental analysis, which matched his records and circumstantial evidence.

 

The support from the government of Vietnam was vital to the success of this

recovery.

 

Today there are 1,602 American servicemen and civilians that are still

unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.  Scott's name is recorded on the Walls

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

the others unaccounted-for from the Vietnam 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 missing Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the

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

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 15 September, 2017 15:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Ohio Airman Missing From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Air Forces

Staff Sgt. Thomas M. McGraw, accounted for on August 18, 2017, will be

buried September 22 in Seville, Ohio.

 

McGraw, 26, of Lakewood, Ohio, was missing from World War II.

 

His niece, Nora Bowles, of Katy, Texas, is available for interviews if you

would like to contact her at (281) 574-4799.

 

The Department of Defense has the attached photo of McGraw on file. (Front

row, Far left)

 

/////

 

On February 28, 1945, McGraw 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,

McGraw 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 McGraw 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 McGraw'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 73,007 service members

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

for from World War II.   McGraw'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.

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

 

POW-MIA Searches Continue, but Odds of Recovering Bodies Dwindles

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President Barack Obama formed the agency two years ago in a merger of three other departments handling aspects of the POW/MIA issue. Kull told a ...

There was no cadence, only silence, as 150 Army and Air Force cadets from Creighton and UNO marched into Memorial Park, gathered together to ...
 
His son and namesake, Charles “Chuck” Tyson relayed his father's story Thursday morning during the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day, presented ...
 
Bouchard said her grandparents placed a gravestone for Alberic on the family plot all those years ago, hoping he would eventually be found and brought back to Caribou. Now, 74 years after he died in battle, Private Alberic Blanchette will finally be laid to rest  beneath that stone....
 
https://www.yahoo.com/news/wwii-remains-pacific-island-identified-detroit-man-171127519.html    09/15/17

...Underwood, who was 23, was a member of the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was aboard a bomber known as the "Miss Bee Haven" when it crashed in shallow water after takeoff from the Gilbert Islands in January 1944. Bodies were recovered and buried.

The area now is the country of Kiribati. Three months ago, Underwood's remains were discovered along with others on Betio island by a Florida-based group, History Flight. The group, which searches for the remains of U.S. war dead, contacted the Defense Department....

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 14 September, 2017 13:33
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Killed During World War II Accounted For (Ball, B)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Pfc. Billy R. Ball, killed during World War II, has now been accounted

for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1311031/soldier-
killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-ball-b/

 

On Dec. 8, 1941, Ball was a member of Headquarters Detachment Philippines

Department, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands. Intense

fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9,

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

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

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

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

Philippines. Ball was among those reported captured after the surrender of

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

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

According to prisoner records, Ball died on Sept. 28, 1942, and was buried

along with fellow prisoners in the local Cabanatuan camp cemetery. 

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is appreciative to the American Battle Monuments Commission and

Department of Veteran's Affairs for their partnership in this mission.

 

Ball'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 14 September, 2017 09:44
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Thomas, H.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Pfc. Harold V. Thomas, killed during World War II, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1310640/marine-

killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-thomas-h/

 

In November 1943, Thomas was a member of Company F, 2nd 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.

Thomas 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 appreciative to the Department of Veteran's Affairs for their

partnership in this mission

 

Thomas' 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: 14 September, 2017 09:45
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Killed During World War II Accounted For (Underwood, D.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Donald E. Underwood, killed during World War II, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1310654/airman-

killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-underwood-d/

 

On Jan. 21, 1944, Underwood 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.  Witnesses noted the plane was unable to gain altitude and crashed

into the water, killing all 10 members on board.

 

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

 

Underwood'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: 14 September, 2017 09:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Killed During Korean War Accounted For (Leonard)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Pfc. James J. Leonard, killed during the Korean War, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1310602/soldier-

killed-during-korean-war-accounted-for-leonard/

 

In July 1950, Leonard was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry

Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. In the early hours of July 20, Leonard's

regiment arrived east of Yongdong, South Korea, and began preparing to

assume the defense of the city. By July 23, Korean People's Army (KPA) units

began attacking American defenses and took control of Yongdong by July 25.

Leonard was reported as killed in action on July 25, 1950.

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is appreciative to the South Korean government for their assistance in

this recovery.

 

Leonard'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: 14 September, 2017 09:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Goodwin)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Sgt. 1st Class Elmore B. Goodwin, missing from the Korean War, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1310623/soldier-
missing-from-korean-war-accounted-for-goodwin/

 

In late November 1950, Goodwin was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion,

24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, engaged in combat operations

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

Anju, North Korea. Goodwin was reported missing in action on Nov. 27, 1950.

When no information regarding Goodwin was reported by returning American

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

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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 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: 14 September, 2017 09:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For (Dragoo, C)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Clarence L. Dragoo, missing from World War II, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1310579/airman-

missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-dragoo/

 

On February 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.

 

Interment services are pending; a formal notification will be released 7-10

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Italian government for their assistance in this

mission.

 

Dragoo'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 event, previously held in Americus, was being held for the first time in Warner Robins. It is connected with National POW/MIA Recognition Day, ...
 
  
... For an area family, that wait has spanned more than 75 years, since the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, where Navy Fireman 1st Class Charles Ray Casto, 20, and his brother, Navy Fireman 2nd Class Richard Eugene Casto, 19, were among the 429 crewmen who perished.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 13 September, 2017 14:28
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Missing From World War II Accounted For (Ball, W.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Sgt. William D. Ball, killed during World War II, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1309476/marine-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-ball-w/

In November 1943, Ball was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine

Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which participated in a

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

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

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

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

annihilated.  Ball was wounded on the first day of battle, Nov. 20, 1043, and

was identified for evacuation to the USS J. Franklin Bell for treatment.  Ball

never made it to the ship and his status was adjusted from wounded in action

to missing in action as of Nov. 21, 1943.

 

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

 

Ball'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: 13 September, 2017 08:58
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Wheeler)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Fireman 2nd Class John D. Wheeler, 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/1308948/uss-oklahoma-

sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-wheeler-j/

 

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Wheeler 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 Wheeler.

 

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.

 

Wheeler'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 13 September, 2017 07:33
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Thomas M. McGraw, missing from World War II, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1308903/airman-

missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-mcgraw-t/

 

On February 28, 1945, McGraw 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, McGraw was

reported missing in action.

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Italian government for their assistance in this

recovery.

 

McGraw'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 12 September, 2017 08:51
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Pirtle)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Fireman 1st Class Gerald H. Pirtle, 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/1306893/uss-okl

ahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-pirtle/

 

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

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

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

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

crewmen, including Pirtle. 
 

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.

 

Pirtle'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 12 September, 2017 09:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Sailor Missing From The Vietnam War Accounted For (Bauder, J.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Capt. James R. Bauder, missing from the Vietnam War, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1306973/sailor-
missing-from-the-vietnam-war-accounted-for-bauder-j/

 

On Sept. 21, 1966, Bauder was a member of Fighter Squadron Twenty One, USS

Coral, as the pilot of an F-4B aircraft in a flight of two aircraft from the

USS Coral Sea on a night reconnaissance mission over North Vietnam.  During

the mission, the other aircraft lost contact with Bauder's aircraft, and the

plane did not return to the ship.  No missiles were observed in the target

area and no explosions were seen.  An extensive search was conducted with

negative results.  Based on this information, Bauder was declared missing in

action. 

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Bauder'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

Vietnam 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: 12 September, 2017 09:34
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Ogle)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Fireman 1st Class Charles R. Ogle, 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/1307004/uss-oklahoma-

sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-ogle-c/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ogle 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 Ogle. 

 

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.

 

Ogle'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 11 September, 2017 11:38
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Illinois Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Marine Corps Pfc.

Roland E. Schaede, accounted for on May 6, 2016, will be buried Sept. 14 in

Eglin, Illinois.

 

Schaede, 19, of Maywood, Illinois, was killed during the battle of Tarawa in

World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Schaede was assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th

Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance

on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in

an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at

Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than

2,000 were wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated.  Schaede

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 Schaede's

remains were not recovered. On Feb. 28, 1949, a military review board

declared Schaede'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 Schaede's remains, scientists from DPAA used laboratory

analysis, including dental analysis, chest radiograph comparison, and

anthropological comparison, which matched Schaede's records; as well as

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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 73,012 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II.  Schaede'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: 11 September, 2017 12:35
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Maine Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Marine Corps

Reserve Pvt. Alberic M. Blanchette, accounted for on July 17, 2017, will be

buried September 18 in his hometown.

 

Blanchette, 19, of Caribou, Maine, was killed during the battle of Tarawa in

World War II. 

 

His nephew, Clement McDonald, of Oviedo, Florida, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact him at (407) 718-8647.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Blanchette 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.  Blanchette

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

 

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

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

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

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

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

 

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-153 from the NMCP and

sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records; as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veteran's Affairs 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 73,012 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II.  Blanchette'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: 12 September, 2017 11:29
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Killed During World War II Accounted For (Mains, R.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert L. Mains, killed during World War II, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1307294/airman-

killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-mains-r/

 

In the spring of 1945, as the war in Europe drew to a close, Allied forces

launched a series of aerial attacks to cripple what remained of the German

air force.  Mains, who was a member of the 714th Bombardment Squadron, 448th

Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Division, was a pilot on an attack

mission on April 4, 1945, as one of more than 400 bombers to attack airbases

at Parchim, Perleberg and Wesendorf, Germany.  Mains' aircraft, which held

ten airmen, was attacked by enemy fighter planes in the vicinity of Hamburg.

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Mains' 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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 September, 2017 10:22
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Soldier Killed During Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Sgt. 1st Class

Eugene J. Colley, accounted for on Dec. 12, 2016, will be buried Sept. 13 in

Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Colley, 48, of Edenton, North Carolina, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

/////

 

In late November, 1950, Colley was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion,

32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.  Approximately 2,500 U.S. and

700 South Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team

(RCT), which was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it

was engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. By Dec. 2, the U.S.

Army evacuated approximately 1,500 wounded service members; the remaining

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

the withdrawal, fighting continued.  Because Colley could not be accounted

for by his unit at the end of the battle, he was reported missing in action

as of Dec. 2, 1950.

 

Colley's name did not appear on any prisoner of war lists and no repatriated

Americans were able to provide any information concerning Colley as a

prisoner of war.  Due to the prolonged lack of evidence, the U.S. Army

declared him deceased as of Dec. 31, 1953.

 

During the 36th Joint Recovery Operation in 2004, recovery teams conducted

operations on the eastern bank of the Chosin Reservoir, Changjin County,

North Korea, based on information provided a Korean witness.  The site was

in the vicinity of Twikkae Village.  During the excavation, the recovery

team recovered possible human remains of at least five individuals.

 

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

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

DNA analysis, which his family, as well as circumstantial and

anthropological evidence, which matched his records.

 

Today, 7,729 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.  Colley'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 September, 2017 10:45
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For California Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Marine Corps

Reserve Pvt. Donald S. Spayd, accounted for on March 16, 2017, will be

buried Sept. 13 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Spayd, 19, of Los Angeles, was killed during the battle of Tarawa in World

War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Spayd 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,

during 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.

Spayd 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 in order 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 Spayd's

remains were not recovered. On Feb. 28, 1949, a military review board

declared Spayd'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 Spayd's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched his

family; laboratory analysis, including dental analysis and anthropological

comparison, which matched Spayd's records; as well as circumstantial and

material evidence.

 

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 73,014 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II.  Spayd'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

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 September, 2017 12:03
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Ohio Sailor Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Navy Fireman 1st

Class Charles R. Casto, accounted for on March 15, 2017, will be buried

Sept. 14 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

 

Casto, 20, of East Liverpool, Ohio, was killed in the attack on the USS

Oklahoma during World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Casto 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 Casto. 

 

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 Casto.

 

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 Casto'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.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 73,014 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II.  Casto'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

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

 
The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, announced this week that the remains of Army Sgt. 1st Class Eugene J. Colley, ...

From: McKeague, Kelly K SES (US) [mailto:kelly.k.mckeague2.civ@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 September, 2017 13:01

To our Family Group, Veteran Service Organization, and Military Service
Organization Partners,

I am humbled and honored to have been entrusted to lead the dedicated DPAA
team in dutifully and attentively serving this sacred humanitarian mission.
I'm also privileged to again be able to partner with you and your
organizations.

In my first message to the DPAA team, I reinforced that accountability to
the families of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and are missing must
guide our words and actions.  To abide as such, my teammates and I must
apply a personal sense of responsibility and be resolute in accomplishing
our duties.

The resources and will the Department of Defense devotes to this vital
mission is the result of a moral imperative that also defines us as
Americans.  I pledge to you to be a servant-leader of consequence and
tostrive to make a difference to the DPAA team, this mission, to you, and
most importantly, to the families.  I look forward to reconnecting with you
at next Friday's POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony, or our Oct 6th update to all
of you. 

With gratitude for all you do,


Kelly McKeague
Director, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 September, 2017 13:33
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Texas Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Marine Corps Cpl.

Raymond C. Snapp, accounted for on July 11, 2017, will be buried September

15 in Keithville, Louisiana.

 

Snapp, 24, of Bonita, Texas, was killed during the battle of Tarawa in World

War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Snapp 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.  Snapp died

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

 

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

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

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

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

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

 

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-275 from the NMCP and

sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched

Snapp's records; as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veteran's Affairs 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 73,014 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. Snapp'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 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 (Masoni)

Date:

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 20:51:05 -0400

From:

Moe Hog <moehog@verizon.net>

To:

moehog@verizon.net



 

Welcome HOME Assistant Cook Masoni!

 

A tip of the hat and a Sharp Salute to HISTORY FLIGHT - http://historyflight.com/nw/ - on a job well done!

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 September, 2017 13:58
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Masoni)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Assistant Cook Frank L. Masoni, killed during World War

II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1303354/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-masoni/

 

In November 1943, Masoni was a member of 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.

 

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.

 

Masoni'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.

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


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

Subject:

FW: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Patrick)

Date:

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 20:55:01 -0400

From:

Moe Hog <moehog@verizon.net>

To:

moehog@verizon.net



 

Welcome HOME Private Patrick!

 

A tip of the hat and a smart Salute to History Flight for a job Well done!

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 September, 2017 13:58
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Patrick)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Pvt. George F. Patrick, killed during World War II, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1303357/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-patrick/

 

In November 1943, Patrick was a member of Company D, 1st 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.

Patrick 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 appreciative to the Department of Veteran's Affairs for their

partnership in this mission

 

Patrick'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: 8 September, 2017 13:59
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Savidge)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Seaman 1st Class John E. Savidge, 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/1303361/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-savidge/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Savidge 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 Savidge. 

 

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.

 

Savidge'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 September, 2017 14:00
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Wood)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Frank Wood, 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/1303376/uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-wood/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Wood 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 Wood. 

 

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.

 

Wood'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 September, 2017 13:59
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Wright)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Reserve Chief Water Tender Paul R. Wright, 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/13ahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-wright/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Wright 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 Wright. 

 

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.

 

Wright'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.

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

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

Subject:

FW: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Menendez)

Date:

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 21:06:54 -0400

From:

Moe Hog <moehog@verizon.net>

To:

moehog@verizon.net



 

Welcome HOME Private First Class Menendez!

 

A tip of the Hat and a sharp Salute TO History Flight for a Job Well done!

 

A tip of the Hat and a Sharp Salute to HISTORY FLIGHT for a job well done!

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 September, 2017 14:11
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Menendez)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Manuel Menendez, killed during World War II, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1303412/marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-menendez/

 

In November 1943, Menendez was a member of Company K, 3rd 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. Menendez 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 appreciative to the Department of Veteran's Affairs for their

partnership in this mission

 

Menendez' 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: 8 September, 2017 12:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for California Soldier Captured During The Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Cpl. Clarence

R. Skates, accounted for on June 22, 2017, will be buried Sept. 15 in

Riverside, California.

 

Skates, 19, of Los Angeles, was killed as a prisoner of war during the

Korean War. 

 

His sister, Mary Lynch, of El Cajon, California, is available for interviews

if you would like to contact her at (619) 729-5217.

 

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

 

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In November 1950, Skates was a member of Headquarters Company, 1st

Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, when the division

suffered heavy losses between the towns of Kunu-ri and Sunchon, North Korea.

Skates' regiment suffered many casualties, and he was reported missing in

action on Nov. 30, 1950, after his unit was overrun by units of the Chinese

People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF). 

 

At the end of the war, during "Operation Big Switch," where all remaining

prisoners of war were returned, the former prisoners were interviewed.  One

reported hearing that Skates died while marching to POW Camp 5, but he was

unable to provide further information.  Based on this information, Skates

was declared deceased as of Feb. 5, 1954.

 

In August and September 2002, a Joint U.S. Army Central Identification

Laboratory-Hawaii (predecessor to DPAA), and KPA Recovery Team conducted the

28th Joint Recovery Operation in Unsan County, North Pyongan Province, North

Korea.  A site reported to be a temporary prison camp was located and

recovery operations were conducted.  Remains of up to 11 individuals were

recovered and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

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

which matched his records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,729 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. Skates' 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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Natasha Waggoner, spokeswoman for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, said when the agency described the exhumation of Snapp and 93 ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 5 September, 2017 08:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During World War II Accounted For (Sinowitz)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Pvt. Raymond Sinowitz, captured during World War II, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1299064/
soldier-captured-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-sinowitz/

 

 

On Dec. 8, 1941, Sinowitz was a member of 454th Ordnance Company, 27th

Bombardment Group, the Far East Air Force, when Japanese forces invaded the

Philippine Islands. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the

Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and of the Corregidor Island on May 6,

1942. Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were taken prisoner;

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

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

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

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

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

the remaining years of the war.

 

Interment services are pending; a formal notification will be released 7-10

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is appreciative to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Sinowitz' name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila

American Cemetery 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 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: 5 September, 2017 08:49
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Keaton)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Pvt. Vernon P. Keaton, killed in the attack on the USS Oklahoma

during World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1299093/
uss-oklahoma-marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-keaton/

 

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. 

 

Interment services are pending; a formal notification 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.

 

Keaton'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 5 September, 2017 08:49
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Sailor Killed During Korean War Accounted For (Payne)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class William G. Payne, killed during the Korean

War, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1299102/
sailor-killed-during-korean-war-accounted-for-payne/

 

In late November 1950, Payne was a medical specialist assigned to the 7th

Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, fighting against repeat Chinese

People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) attacks in the area surrounding Yudam-ni,

North Korea.  Payne was killed during the fighting on Dec. 1, 1950 and was

reportedly buried in a temporary cemetery at Yudam-ni.

 

Interment services are pending; a formal notification 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.

 

Payne'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. 

 

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 September, 2017 08:57
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Crowder)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Fireman 1st Class Samuel W. Crowder, killed in the attack on the USS

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

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1299124/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-crowder/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Crowder 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 Crowder.

 

Interment services are pending; a formal notification 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.

 

Crowder'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 5 September, 2017 09:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Nail)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Navy Fireman 1st Class Elmer D. Nail, killed in the attack on the USS

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