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AMERICANS IDENTIFIED SINCE 1989
WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
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
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
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. 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
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 09/22/17

 
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.
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency contacted Charles Sadewasser and an aunt, Virginia Sadewasser in 2004, and both gave DNA samples.
 
... a plane crash while fighting in World War II and whose remains were recently identified by the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
KMSP-TV    09/23/17     Staff Sergeant Gerald Jacobsen
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - A Minnesotan who died during World War II was honored at the University of Minnesota as part of POW/MIA remembrance.
 
 
      Private First Class Ray James
That is, until recently, when the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified the remains in the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 13:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For (Spence, H)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Homer A. Spence, missing from World War II, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1321387/
airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-spence-h/

 

On July 20, 1944, Spence was a member of the 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd

Fighter Group, as a pilot of a P-38J aircraft, escorting bomber aircraft on

a mission targeting Memmingen Airdrome in Germany.  During the return

flight, his aircraft entered a deep dive into the clouds and was not seen or

heard from again.  At the time of his loss, Austria and northern Italy were

still under enemy control, precluding any immediate search to locate his

crash site. 

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc., for

their partnership in this mission

 

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

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

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

for.

 

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

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

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On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, 429 Sailors and Marines were killed aboard USS Oklahoma.   Two brothers from East Liverpool, Ohio Fireman 2nd Class Richard Casto and Fireman 1st Class Charles Casto served on the Oklahoma that morning. Both lost their lives as result of the attack.   Though Richard’s remains were identified and marked with a grave stone bearing his name, Charles’ remains lay in a section labeled “Unknowns, USS Oklahoma.”...

 

SYLVARENA, Miss. (WJTV) — The remains of a Mississippi native who served the United States during World War II was finally buried in his hometown Friday.   Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Ray James was buried in  Sylvarena, Mississippi. He was 21 when he died....


 
kfor.com      Oklahoma   09/22/17    Private Vernon “Buck” Keaton
DJ Gentry got a call from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency four years ago while she was at work. Through ancestry.com, Gentry was told she ...
 
WTOK      09/22/17   Private First Class Ray James
His remains were recently identified through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that exhumed remains from the National Memorial Cemetery ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 09:08
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Kentucky Soldier Missing From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

H. Hill, accounted for on June 21, 2017, will be buried September 29 in

Augusta, Michigan.

 

Hill, 31, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, was missing from the Korean War.

 

His nephew, Ron Hill, of Hagerstown, Indiana, is available for interviews if

you would like to contact him at (765) 277-0431.

 

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

 

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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.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 09:15
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Wisconsin Soldier Killed During Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Sgt. Thomas E.

Zimmer, accounted for on Dec. 18, 2016, will be buried September 30 in his

hometown.

 

Zimmer, 19, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His sister, Eleanor M. Mengert, of Columbus, Georgia, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact her at (870) 710-0272.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

the east side of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when Chinese People's

Volunteer Forces (CPVF) attacked the RCT and forced the unit to withdraw to

Hagaru-ri.  Many Soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape, but

were captured or killed.  Overnight on December 5, a large Chinese force

attacked the Hagaru-ri perimeter held by the survivors of the RCT.   Zimmer

was subsequently declared missing in action as a result of the battle that

occurred Dec. 6, 1950.

 

Zimmer's name did not appear on any lists provided by the CPVF or the Korean

People's Army as a prisoner of war, and no returning American prisoners were

able to provide any information concerning Zimmer.  Based on the lack of

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

 

In August and September 2004, a joint U.S. and Korean People's Army recovery

team conducted a Joint Recovery Operation in the vicinity of the East Chosin

Reservoir, where Zimmer went missing.  The team recovered possible human

remains and sent them to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

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

records; and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,727 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

advances in technology, identifications continue to be made from remains

that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by

American teams.  Zimmer's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an

American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 09:23
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For New York Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Pvt. Joseph C. Carbone, accounted for on July 17, 2017, will be

buried in his hometown, September 30.

 

Carbone, 20, of Brooklyn, New York, was killed during the battle of Tarawa

during World War II.

 

His niece, Nancy Lewis, also of Brooklyn, is available for interviews if you

would like to contact her at (718) 331-0631.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Carbone was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. In May 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company

of the American Graves Registration Services (AGRS) had recovered 532 sets

of remains from burial sites across the Tarawa Atoll and interred them in

Lone Palm Cemetery.  The remains that could not be identified were

designated as "Unknowns." 

 

In November 1946, the U.S. Army began disinterment to bring the remains to

Oahu for identification at the Central Identification Laboratory.  In 1947,

remains designated Unknown X-206 were sent to the Schofield Barracks Central

Identification Laboratory in Hawaii for analysis.  When the X-206 could not

be identified, they were reinterred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific in Honolulu.

 

In October 2016, due to recent advances in forensic technology, DPAA began

the exhumation of unknown remains associated with Tarawa from NMCP and sent

the remains to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA), which matched a family

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

records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 73,004 service members

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

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

Tablets of the Missing at the NCMP, an American Battle Monuments Commission

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 09:08
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Kentucky Soldier Missing From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

H. Hill, accounted for on June 21, 2017, will be buried September 29 in

Augusta, Michigan.

 

Hill, 31, of Williamsburg, Kentucky, was missing from the Korean War.

 

His nephew, Ron Hill, of Hagerstown, Indiana, is available for interviews if

you would like to contact him at (765) 277-0431.

 

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

 

/////

 

In late November 1950, Hill was a member of Battery D, 15th Anti-aircraft

Artillery Automatic Weapons Self-propelled Battalion, 7th Infantry Division.

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

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

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

Chinese forces.  American forces withdrew south with the Chinese continued

to attack. By December 6, the U.S. Army evacuated approximately 1,500

wounded service members; the remaining Soldiers had been either captured or

killed in enemy territory. Because Hill could not be accounted for by his

unit after reaching Hagaru-ri, he was reported missing in action as of Dec.

2, 1950.

 

Hill's name did not appear on any prisoner of war list and no returning

American prisoners reported Hill as a prisoner of war. Due to the lack of

evidence of Hill's survival, the U.S. Army declared him deceased on Dec. 31,

1953.

 

Although the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service hoped to recover American

remains that remained north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone after the war,

administrative details between the United Nations Command and North Korea

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

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

However, Hill's remains were not included and he was declared

non-recoverable.

 

In August and September 2004, two Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (now

DPAA) recovery teams worked simultaneously at Unsan and the Chosin

Reservoir.  The teams conducted the 35th Joint Recovery Operation with the

Korean People's Army (KPA) in the vicinity of Ankyon Village, Changin

District, South Hamgyong Province, North Korea, where remains were

recovered.  On Sept. 10, 2004, the remains were sent to the laboratory for

analysis.

 

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

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

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

which matched his records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,727 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Hill's name is recorded on the Walls of

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

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

to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 September, 2017 09:15
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Wisconsin Soldier Killed During Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Sgt. Thomas E.

Zimmer, accounted for on Dec. 18, 2016, will be buried September 30 in his

hometown.

 

Zimmer, 19, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His sister, Eleanor M. Mengert, of Columbus, Georgia, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact her at (870) 710-0272.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

the east side of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when Chinese People's

Volunteer Forces (CPVF) attacked the RCT and forced the unit to withdraw to

Hagaru-ri.  Many Soldiers became surrounded and attempted to escape, but

were captured or killed.  Overnight on December 5, a large Chinese force

attacked the Hagaru-ri perimeter held by the survivors of the RCT.   Zimmer

was subsequently declared missing in action as a result of the battle that

occurred Dec. 6, 1950.

 

Zimmer's name did not appear on any lists provided by the CPVF or the Korean

People's Army as a prisoner of war, and no returning American prisoners were

able to provide any information concerning Zimmer.  Based on the lack of

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

 

In August and September 2004, a joint U.S. and Korean People's Army recovery

team conducted a Joint Recovery Operation in the vicinity of the East Chosin

Reservoir, where Zimmer went missing.  The team recovered possible human

remains and sent them to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

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

records; and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,727 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

advances in technology, identifications continue to be made from remains

that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by

American teams.  Zimmer's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an

American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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


 
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... and positively identified at a lab in Hawaii with DNA from family members earlier this year, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

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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.

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

 

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There was no cadence, only silence, as 150 Army and Air Force cadets from Creighton and UNO marched into Memorial Park, gathered together to ...
 
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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....
 
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...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.

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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.

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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.

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-------- 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.

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

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.

 

/////

 

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.

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

 
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.

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

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.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1299133/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-nail/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Nail 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 Nail.

 

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.

 

Nail'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.

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

 
... have been publicly recognized were it not for Army Sgt. Victoria Bingham, a researcher and analyst with the Department of Defense POW/MIA office.
 

ARLINGTON — Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Sidney Asa Cook was among 12,000 2nd Marine Division troops that landed on the island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 20, 1943. The battle lasted three days.

Cook was one of 3,166 Marine casualties, and now, 74 years later, his body has been recovered and will be laid to rest with full military honors...

 

A U.S. Marine who died 74 years ago in World War II will be laid to rest with full military honors this month.

Cpl. Raymond Clark Snapp, who was killed in action on Nov. 20, 1943, in the Battle of Tarawa, will be buried at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Keithville on Sept. 15.....

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Marine Corps. Gunnery Sgt. Sidney Cook of Grove City was killed on November 20, 1943, ...
 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 31 August, 2017 08:06
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNNECTION: Funeral Announcement for USS Oklahoma Soldier Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Navy Reserve Ensign

William M. Thompson, accounted for on April 6, 2017, will be buried

September 8 in Petersburg, Virginia.

 

Thompson, 21, of Summit, New Jersey, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His niece, Nancy Rube, of Pittsford, New York, is available for interviews

if you would like to contact her at (585) 662-5606.

 

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

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Thompson 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 Thompson. 

 

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 Thompson.

 

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

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

matched his family, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory

analysis, to include dental comparisons.

 

DPAA is 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 73,022 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. Thompson'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: 31 August, 2017 08:10
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Gunnery Sgt. Sidney A. Cook, accounted for on January 4, 2017, will be

buried September 6 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Cook, 32, of Hemlock Grove, Ohio, was killed during World War II.

 

His nephew, Lawson Seyfried, of Panama City, Florida, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact him at (850) 769-7966.

 

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

/////

 

In November 1943, Cook 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.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. In 1946 and 1947, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration

Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio, but Cook's remains

were not recovered. On Feb. 8, 1949, a military review board declared Cook'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 Cook's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA

Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, which

matched a nephew, dental and anthropological analysis, which matched his

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 73,022 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. Cook'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.

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

 
 
Home after 66 years: Korean War POW's remains finally back in Indiana; ... efforts, the website of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency stated.
 
His remains were kept in an unidentified grave in Honolulu until they were exhumed last October by the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA ...
 
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Henry Andregg, Jr. of Whitwell....
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 23 August, 2017 12:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Tennessee Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Henry Andregg, Jr., accounted for on May 9, 2017, will be buried August 25

in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

 

Andregg, 22, of Whitwell, Tennessee, was killed during the battle of Tarawa

in World War II.

 

His niece, Dorothy Rogers, also of Whitwell, is available for interivews if

you would like to contact her at (423) 658-5913.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Andregg was assigned to Company C, 2nd Amphibious Tractor

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.

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

 

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

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

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

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. In 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 1949

and 1950, the remains that could not be identified were interred in the

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP - also known as the

"Punchbowl") 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 Andregg's remains, scientists from DPAA examined circumstantial

evidence and conducted laboratory analyses, including dental,

anthropological and chest radiograph comparisons, which matched his records.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 73,029 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. Andregg'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.

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

 
Recently, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii positively identified Bud Byrnes' remains using DNA once provided by his brother, the ...
 
... of mourning across the state for Turner, and the family was presented with numerous posthumous medals, including a Purple Heart and Silver Star.
 
Members from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency transfer a case of unidentified remains believed ...

....Donna Esposito, who works at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in upstate Glenville, visited Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands this spring and was approached by a local man who knew of WWII dog tags and bones found along a nearby jungle trail. The man asked if Esposito could help find relatives of the man named on the tags: Pfc. Dale W. Ross....

 
In June, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency told McCall that DNA supplied by two of her relatives – nephew Barney Turner and niece Judy ...

“I thought ... one day, he may return – one way or another,” sister says. Remains of Sgt. Max Harris, taken prisoner in 1950 during a brutal Korean War battle, will be buried in Monticello Sunday...

 
And John Patterson of North Kingstown is not alone, according to a Texas man who filed a similar lawsuit and won, provoking the Defense POW/MIA ...

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08/19/17
 
A team of civilian researchers led by entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has announced they have found the wreck of the World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), which was lost July 30, 1945....

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... which were located in the final of five memorial cemeteries the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Accounting Agency searched on Betio.

.......Pfc. George Bernard Murray died in November 1943 during the 76-hour Battle of Tarawa on the tiny island of Betio in the South Pacific, but it took the last 74 years for his remains to make it back to the Central Coast.....

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 18 August, 2017 13:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Indiana Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Max E. Harris, accounted for on May 23, 2017, will be buried August 27 in

his hometown.

 

Harris, 21, of Monticello, Indiana, died in captivity during the Korean War.

 

His half-sister, Patsy McCall, also of Monticello, is available for

interviews if you would like to contact her at (574) 583-4816.

 

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

 

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In late November 1950, Harris was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st

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

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

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

attacked by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. The American forces

withdrew south with the Chinese attacks continuing. 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

Harris could not be accounted for by his unit at the end of the battle, he

was reported missing in action as of Dec. 12, 1950.

              

A returning American prisoner reported that Harris had been captured and

died while en route to prisoner of war Camp 3 in September 1951.  Based on

this information, the U.S. Army declared him deceased on Sept. 30, 1951.

 

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, Harris' remains were not among them and he was declared

non-recoverable.

 

In April and May 2004, a joint U.S. and Korean People's Army (KPA) recovery

team conducted a Joint Recovery Operation on the east side of the Chosin

Reservoir on Hill 1221.  During the excavation, the recovery team recovered

material evidence and human remains.  The remains were sent to the

laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Harris' 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, 7,731 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.  Harris' name is recorded on the Walls of

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 18 August, 2017 12:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured In The Korean War Accounted For (Champion)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Pfc. Felipe A. Champion, who died in captivity during the Korean War,

has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1282700/soldier

-captured-in-the-korean-war-accounted-for-champion/

 

On Feb. 12, 1951, Champion was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 38th

Infantry Regiment, when he was reported missing in action following a battle

with the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in an area known as the

Central Corridor, South Korea. After CPVF units withdrew north beyond

Hongch'on in early March, American units began moving forward and found war

dead, however Champion's remains could not be identified.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

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

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

been accounted for.

 

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

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

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 17 August, 2017 08:56
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Killed During World War II Accounted For (Stegnerski)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Stanley F. Stegnerski, killed during World War II,

has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1280996/airman-

killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-stegnerski/

 

On Nov. 21, 1944, Stegnerski was the pilot of a P-51D Mustang, taking off

from Royal Air Force Base 244 at East Wretham, Norfolk, England, on a bomber

escort mission over Germany. Over Merseberg, Germany, the American aircraft

were attacked by German fighters. Stegnerski's group closed in on a group of

20 German fighters and opened fire. He was last seen by his wingman as they

prepared to attack the German Focke-Wulf fighters.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Stegnerski'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 August, 2017 08:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Schoonover)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Navy Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class John H. Schoonover, 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/1280992/uss-

oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-schoonover/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Schoonover 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 Schoonover.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Schoonover'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 August, 2017 08:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Herbert)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Gunner's Mate 1st Class George Herbert, 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/1280988/uss-
oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-herbert/

 

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Herbert 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 Herbert.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Herbert'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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Jessie Romero of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. ... a New York-based nonprofit involved in the search for American MIAs from WWII.

... "It's Uncle Dale. I have no doubt," said Dale W. Ross, who was named after his relative.

The elder Ross, a North Dakota native whose family moved to southern Oregon, was the third of four brothers who fought in WWII. Assigned to the Army's 25th Infantry Division, he was listed as MIA in January 1943, during the final weeks of the Guadalcanal campaign. He was last seen in an area that saw heavy fighting around a Japanese-held hilltop. ...

 
A team representing the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conducted a mission in Slovenia in July to search for the remains of Sgt. Alfonso ...
 
This spring, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shipped the caskets from 49 graves marked “Unknown” to Offutt from a cemetery in the ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 16 August, 2017 13:04
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During Korean War Accounted For (Green, W)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Army Pfc. Walter W. Green, captured and killed during the Korean War, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1280202/soldier-

captured-in-the-korean-war-accounted-for-green/

 

In November 1950, Green was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th

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

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

Unsan, North Korea. Green was reported missing in action as of Nov. 2, 1950

when he could not be accounted for by his unit.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

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

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

been accounted for.

 

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

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

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 16 August, 2017 13:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured And Killed During Korean War Accounted For (Davis, F.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Army Master Sgt. Finley J. Davis, captured and killed during the Korean War,

has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1280223/soldier-captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-davis-f/

 

In late 1950, Davis was a member of Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat

Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, when his unit was fighting off persistent

Chinese attacks in the Ch'ongch'on River area in northwest North Korea. The

battle began on Nov. 25, 1950, when the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces

(CPVF) initiated an offensive along the 8th Army front. All 8th Army units

were ordered to withdraw on November 29. Davis' battalion was assigned to

provide security for the division. The unit was attacked again by the CPVF

and Davis was reported missing in action as of Dec. 1, 1950.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Davis' 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: 16 August, 2017 13:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Killed During World War II Accounted For (Fazekas)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Frank A. Fazekas, killed during World War II, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1280225/airman-

killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-fazekas/

 

On May 27, 1944, Fazekas was a member of the 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th

Fighter Group, when he was returning from a mission over northern France and

his P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft came under enemy fire. His aircraft crashed in

a field north of the French village of Buysscheure. His remains were not

recovered and the U.S. Army reported him deceased on May 27, 1944.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Fazekas' 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: 16 August, 2017 13:20
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For (Gorman)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Earl P. Gorman, missing from World War II, has

now been accounted for.
 

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1280234/airman-
missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-gorman/

 

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.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Gorman'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: 16 August, 2017 13:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Rybarczyk)

 

Navy Reserve Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Albert P. Rybarczyk, killed during

World War II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1280244/sailor-
killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-rybarczyk/

 

On Sept. 8, 1944, Rybarczyk was a member of the Navy Torpedo Squadron

Eighteen (VT-18), USS Intrepid, on a bombing mission against Japanese

positions on Babelthuap Island, Palau. As the aircraft reached the target

area, the pilot began a dive near Bokerugeru Point and the crew released its

2,000-pound bomb. While attempting to pull out of the dive, the bomb hit an

ammunition dump and exploded. The explosion tore the tail from the aircraft,

causing it to crash off-shore. Rybarczyk was reported missing in action.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Rybarczyk'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: 16 August, 2017 13:39
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Sharninghouse)

 

Navy Reserve Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ora H. Sharninghouse, killed

during World War II, has now been accounted for.
 

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1280252/sailor-
killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-sharninghouse/

 

On Sept. 8, 1944, Sharninghouse was a member of the Navy Torpedo Squadron

Eighteen (VT-18), USS Intrepid, on a bombing mission against Japanese

positions on Babelthuap Island, Palau. As the aircraft reached the target

area, the pilot began a dive near Bokerugeru Point and the crew released its

2,000-pound bomb. While attempting to pull out of the dive, the bomb hit an

ammunition dump and exploded. The explosion tore the tail from the aircraft,

causing it to crash off-shore. Sharninghouse was reported missing in action.

 

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Sharninghouse'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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Remains of lost U.S. soldiers in limbo amid North Korean crisis
 

Families of troops still missing from the Korean War 

want the Trump administration to accept what they 

see as a good-will offer from Pyongyang.

 

08/12/2017

 

An offer from North Korea’s government to turn over the decadesold remains of as many as 120 U.S. soldiers could provide a rare opportunity for cooperation between the two countries locked in a tense nuclear standoff.

But so far, the Trump administration — like the Obama and George W. Bush administrations before it — has declined to make an exception to the United States’ refusal to engage in military or diplomatic relations with the outlaw regime....

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 15 August, 2017 13:41
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During Korean War Accounted For (Iyotte)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte, killed and captured during the Korean War, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1279069/soldier-
captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-iyotte/

 

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

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

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

Operation Thunderbolt, which took place from January 25 to February 1.

Operation Thunderbolt's objective was to conduct a reconnaissance in forces

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

River. Sometime during the engagement, Iyotte was captured and moved to Camp

1 and Changsong.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

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

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

been accounted for.

 

For 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: 15 August, 2017 16:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Killed During World War II Accounted For (Johnson, R.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Pvt. Rudolph Johnson, killed during World War II, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1279313/soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-johnson-r/

 

In February 1945, Johnson was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 365th

Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division, which was the only

African-American combat infantry division in Europe.  The unit was fighting

at the Gothic Line in northern Italy, with their zone of operations

consisting of two contiguous sectors- one sector along the Ligurian Sea

coastline and the other in the Serchio River Valley.  For six months,

Johnson's division took control of the Serchio River Valley sector.  Heavy

fighting took place in early February 1945, during Operation Fourth Term,

when Johnson's regiment fought for days to secure positions along the Lama

di Sotto ridge against strong German counterattacks.  Johnson was reported

missing in action as of Feb. 6, 1945, when he could not be accounted for.

His status was changed to killed in action on Feb, 21. 1945.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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 the

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: 15 August, 2017 16:27
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During Korean War Accounted For (Shaw)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Pfc. James P. Shaw, captured and killed during the Korean War, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1279334/soldier-
captured-during-korean-war-accounted-for-shaw/

 

 

In December 1950, Shaw was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th

Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, when enemy forces invaded the

regiment's positions and forced them to withdraw in North Korea. During the

withdrawal, U.S. forces were under constant heavy enemy pressure and were

hampered by icy roads and heavy equipment. Shaw was reported missing

following an engagement which last through the night, on Dec. 3, 1950.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Shaw'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: 15 August, 2017 16:31
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During Korean War Accounted For (Heilman)

 

Army Cpl. Ernest L.R. Heilman, captured and killed during the Korean War,

has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1279377/soldier-captured-during-korean-war-accounted-for-heilman/

 

On Feb. 13, 1951, Heilman was a member of Battery B, 15th Field Artillery

Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, and was declared missing in action when

his unit was breaking a roadblock in the vicinity of Hoengsong, South Korea.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

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

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

been accounted for.

 

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

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

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... Obispo County was killed in the battle of Tarawa during World War II. Murray's remains were found in 2010. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency).
 
This undated photo provided by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shows U.S. Marine Coprs Pfc. George B. Murray. The remains of Murray, ...
 
In March, he traveled back to that hill in Vietnam with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in an attempt to find him. Cunningham worked for the ...
 
The location of George Murray's remains was a mystery for years until his family teamed up with a POW/MIA group to match his DNA.
 
The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Central Identification laboratory received and identified his remains in 2005. (Elizabeth Fraser/Army).
 
 
... of many taking place nationwide, said U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Kristen Duus, spokesperson for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).
 
The following year, four returning American prisoners of war said Rowe had died in captivity of .... 3 by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
 
George Murray's remains were a mystery for years until his family teamed up with the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency to match a family ...
https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/remains-of-north-dakota-sailor-killed-at-pearl-harbor-buried-1.482807    08/14/17

WILLOW CITY, N.D. — The remains of a North Dakota sailor who was killed at Pearl Harbor have been laid to rest in his home state.

KXMC-TV reports that Navy Fireman 1st Class Lawrence Fecho was buried with full military honors during a service in Willow City on Sunday. Family members including Fecho's sister were on hand. Betty Anderson said "nobody will ever forget it."..

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US)
[mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil] 
Sent: 14 August, 2017 08:06
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During Korean War Accounted For (Mueller)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Army Sgt. Gerald J. Mueller, captured and killed during the Korean War, has
now been accounted for.
http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1277011/soldier
-captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-mueller/

In February 1951, Mueller was a member of Battery D, 82nd Anti-Aircraft
Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons,) 2nd Infantry Division, which was
part of a group known as Support Force 21 (SF21), providing artillery
support for the Republic of Korea Army (ROKA) against the Chinese People's
Volunteer Forces (CPVF.)  On Feb. 11, 1951, while the ROKA was making an
attack north toward Hongch'on, the CPVF launched a massive counterattack.
Unable to withstand the numbers, the ROKA withdrew south, leaving Mueller's
battery and the rest of SF21 behind to fight alone.  The following day, SF21
beganmovement south, fighting through ambushes and roadblocks, eventually making
it to Wonju.  Mueller, who could not be accounted for, was declared missing
in action as of Feb. 13, 1951.

Interment services are pending; a formal notification will be released 7-10
days prior to scheduled funeral services.

Mueller's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle
Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from the
Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has
been accounted for.
	
For 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: 14 August, 2017 12:14
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Killed During World War II Accounted For (Counter)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Technician 4th Grade Pete M. Counter, killed during World War II, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1277597/soldier-

killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-counter/

 

 

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

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

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

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

in an isolated grave north of Soputa.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Counter'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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The remains of Pfc. George Bernard Murray are set to be brought back to San Luis Obispo County on Wednesday, with a full military funeral to follow Friday morning at Arroyo Grande Cemetery...
....By chance, she learned about the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency through a news program featuring its digs for missing U.S. servicemen in the Tarawa atoll, where Betio is located. She shared the information with Winslett and his wife, Hazel. That was in 2010.....
https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2017/08/12/remains-of-ohio-wwii-soldier-finally-come-home/   08/12/17


ZANESVILLE, Ohio — In what his family believes was his last letter home to Zanesville, Sgt. Harold Davis wrote that his only dream was to see the United States again.

The letter, addressed to his mother and father, came from Australia. He was stationed there for a time as he fought in the Pacific theater in World War II.

“I miss you both more than anything else in this world,” the 24-year-old wrote, “and there is no place like home.”...

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 11 August, 2017 12:00
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For (Allen)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Clarence E. Allen, missing from World War II, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1275848/airman-

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

 

In mid-October 1944, Allen was a member of the 395th Fighter Squadron, 368th

Fighter Group, and was the pilot of a P-47 aircraft as the lead element in a

dive-bombing mission near Aachen, Germany.  The squadron engaged enemy

aircraft in dogfights in the vicinity of Dusseldorf, and following the

battle, all aircraft except Allen's returned to the base.  The squadronNo

Mission Report indicated that a P-47 was seen crashing in the vicinity of

the battle.  Based on this information, Allen was declared missing in action

on Oct. 12, 1944.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Allen'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.

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

 
Fecho is the second North Dakotan this year whose remains have been identified through DNA testing by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
Subject: FW: LOCAL CONNECTION: California Marine Accounted For From World War II
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:56:01 -0400
From: Moe Hog <moehog@verizon.net>
To: moehog@verizon.net

Welcome HOME Private First Class Murray!

 

A Salute and tip of the hat to HISTORY FLIGHT - http://historyflight.com/nw/ - for their continuing effort to live up to and abide by the Warriors Ethos; “I will NEVER leave a fallen comrade!”

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 11 August, 2017 11:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: California Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

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

George B. Murray, accounted for on June 9, 2017, will be buried August 18 in

Arroyo Grande, California.

 

Murray, 20, of Oceano, California, was killed during the battle of Tarawa in

World War II.

 

His nephew, George Winslett, also of Oceano, is available for interviews if

you would like to contact him at (805) 440-1793.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

Marines 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.

Murray 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. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and 1947, but Murray'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 August and September 2010, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (now DPAA)

recovery team conducted an archaeological mission on Betio Island.  During

the mission, the team received a unilateral turnover of possible human

remains from the Kiribati Police.  The remains were sent to the laboratory

for analysis.

 

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

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

matched a maternal family member, dental, anthropological and chest

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

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

The support from the Republic of Kiribati 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 73,041 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II.  Murray'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.

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

Wieneke petitioned the agency now known as the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to disinter the remains — buried under the ID “X-5867 ...

 

....No match.

Instead, a DNA analysis found they were the remains of Pfc. Reece Gass, 20, who also died when the tank exploded. Gass was subsequently buried on June 10 in his hometown of Greeneville, Tennessee......

What military officials forgot to do, though, was tell the Wieneke family. Jerry Wieneke learned of the identification months later through a reporter......

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

AMERICA’S MISSING KOREAN WAR VETERANS COULD BE IN RUSSIA, FAMILY SAYS

....Nearly half a century after having accepted his brother’s fate, Bob Moore received a package from the Air Force on July 19, 2002, containing a startling revelation. An enclosed letter read that it was “possible that Capt. Harry C. Moore survived his shoot-down incident and may have been interrogated by Soviet officials. His fate afterward remains unknown,” according to The Seattle Times. Years went by without further information, and the government has refused to disclose files that remain classified to this day. Bob Moore, who married his brother’s widow, is now 91 years old and said he’s more determined than ever to figure out the truth.

“We’re gonna sue them and demand they release the information,” Bob Moore told Newsweek....

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 9 August, 2017 11:16
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Killed During Korean War Accounted For (Hopper)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,              

 

Army Cpl. Roy J. Hopper, killed during the Korean War, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1273023/
soldier-killed-during-korean-war-accounted-for-hopper/

 

 

In July 1950, Hopper was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company,

2nd Battalion 19th Infantry Regiment. He was reportedly killed in action on

July 31, 1950, when his battalion, along with another battalion, was engaged

in a fighting withdrawal against North Korean forces in Chinju, South Korea.

The enemy had control of the area following the battle, preventing a search

for his remains. After the battle Hopper's remains were not identified.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Hopper'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 South Korean government said Wednesday it will meet this week with the families of missing American soldiers from the 1950-53 Korean War...
 
 
It will be the first time for the ministry to host such a formal event in cooperation with the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). The U.S... ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 7 August, 2017 09:16
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During Korean War Accounted For (Hackenberg)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Pfc. Walter C. Hackenberg, killed during the Korean War, has now been

accounted for.
 

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1269928/
soldier-captured-during-korean-war-accounted-for-hackenberg/

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

declared missing in action as of April 25, 1951.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

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

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

been accounted for.

              

For 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: 7 August, 2017 08:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Backman)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Radioman 2nd Class Walter H. Backman, killed during 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/1269856/sailor-

killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-backman/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Backman 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 Backman.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Backman'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: 7 August, 2017 08:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Gifford)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Radioman 2nd Class Quentin J Gifford, killed during 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/1269851/sailor-

killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-gifford/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Gifford 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 Gifford.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Gifford'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: 7 August, 2017 08:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During Korean War Accounted For (Bensinger)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Army Sgt. 1st Class Alfred G. Bensinger, killed during the Korean War, has

now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1269833/
soldier-captured-during-korean-war-accounted-for-bensinger/

 

In late November 1950, Bensinger was a member of Company D, 2nd Engineer

Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, when his unit was fighting

persistent Chinese attacks in the Ch'ongch'on River area in northwestern

North Korea.  The battle began on the evening of Nov. 25, 1050, when the

Chinese People's Volunteer Forces initiated their Second Phase offensive

along the entire 8th Army front.  Bensinger's battalion was heavily engaged

in the battle.  When withdrawal orders were issued on November 29, the 2nd

ECB provided security for the Division.  The following day, the battalion

was ordered to withdraw from the vicinity of Kunu-ri, when it was again

engaged by enemy forces down the Main Supply Route.  During this withdrawal,

Bensinger was captured, and was reported missing in action as of Dec. 1,

1950.     

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Bensinger'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.

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

Barnestorming: Hoping for return of Worcester sailor

Worcester Telegram   08/06/17

On Wednesday, Navy Yeoman 3rd Class Edmund T. Ryan of Wilbraham was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, more than 75 years after he died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor....

 

Remains of sailor killed in Pearl Harbor to be returned home to Minnesota

KMSP-TV     08/05/17

Navy Fireman 3rd Class Kenneth L. Holm of Clarkfield, Minnesota was assigned to USS Oklahoma when he was 29 years old. The ship was moored at Fort Island, Pearl Harbor during the attack....

 
Second Lt. Charles E. Carlson fought in an air battle against Germany Dec. 23, 1944, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). He was shot down south of Bonn, Germany. Carlson, 24, left behind a wife, who later remarried. Carlson didn't have a chance to become a father before his death....
 
Journal & Courier   08/05/17

...Sgt. Max Harris was listed as missing after the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in 1950. The Army recovered his remains in 2004. DNA evidence is finally bringing him back to Monticello ...

...Sgt. Max Harris was listed as missing after the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in 1950. The Army recovered his remains in 2004. DNA evidence is finally bringing him back to Monticello...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 4 August, 2017 14:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: North Dakota Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Class Lawrence H. Fecho, accounted for on Feb, 23, 2017, will be buried

August 13 in Bottineau, North Dakota.

 

Fecho, 20, of Willow City, North Dakota, was killed in the attack on the USS

Oklahoma, Dec. 7, 1941.

 

His sister, Betty Anderson, of Mesa, Arizona, is available for interviews if

you would like to contact her at (480) 832-5178.

 

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

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Fecho 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 Fecho. 

 

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 Fecho.

 

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

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

matched a sister, 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 73,041 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Fecho'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: 4 August, 2017 14:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Pennsylvania Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

L. Morris, accounted for on Dec. 7, 2016, will be buried August 12 in

Atlanta.

 

Morris, 24, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was killed as a prisoner of war

during the Korean War.

 

His niece, Lynn Jones, is available for interviews if you would like to

contact her at (404) 349-2531.

 

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

 

/////

 

In late November 1950, Morris was a member of Battery A, 503rd Field

Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, which was located north of the

town of Kujang-dong, North Korea.  Due to heavy fighting and encroaching

Chinese People's Volunteer Force elements from the north, American units

were forced to withdraw south through an area that came to be known as "The

Gauntlet."  On Dec. 1, the battalion began to move down the supply route,

under continuous enemy fire.  The unit sustained heavy casualties during the

withdrawal.

 

Multiple returning American POWs reported that Morris had been captured near

Kunu-ri, North Korea and had died at Hofong Camp, part of Pukchin-Tarigol

Camp Cluster, on Jan. 21, 1951.  Based on this information, a military

review board amended his status to deceased. 

 

In April and May 2005, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (now DPAA), and

a Korean People's Army Recovery Team conducted the 37th Joint Field Activity

in Unsan County, North Korea.  A site approximately 12 miles south of

Pukchin-Tarigol camp was excavated, and human remains were recovered.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial and Y-chromosome DNA analysis,

which matched his family, as well as anthropological analysis and

circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,737 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.  Morris' 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.

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

 
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- After 67 years of searching for their loved one, Army Cpl. Glenn Kritzwiser’s family has finally found him.....

 
... awarded the Medal of Honor in 1969, in addition to the Purple Heart, Navy Bronze Star and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star.

 

 
....Corporal Richard John Seadore will be put to rest on Friday after 66 years. He died in a Prisoner-of-War camp in North Korea in 1951 after enlisting in the army at 19 years of age. His younger brother Johnny also enlisted at age 17 and the plan was for them to stick together. Richard was removed from training after getting the measles but the two did see each other again during a battle. An injured Johnny was forced to return to the states and in December of 1950, Richard was declared AWOL and then MIA after a battle against the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces north of Seoul, South Korea....

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 3 August, 2017 14:22
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Minnesota Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Navy Fireman 3rd

Class Kenneth L. Holm, accounted for on Dec. 14, 2016, will be buried August

9 in Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

 

Holm, 29, of Clarkfield, Minnesota, was killed in the attack on the USS

Oklahoma, Dec. 7, 1941.

 

His nephew, Blair Holm, of Highland, California, is available for interviews

if you would like to contact him at (909)792-5404.

 

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

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Holm 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 Holm. 

 

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 Holm.

 

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

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

family members, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis,

to include dental comparisons and anthropological analysis, which matched

Holm's records.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 73,041 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Holm'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.

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PRISONER OF WAR/ DIED IN CAPTIVITY

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 3 August, 2017 08:09
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Virginia Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Sgt. Willie

Rowe, accounted for on March 2, 2017, will be buried August 8 in Arlington

National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Rowe, 22, of Hampton, Virginia, was killed during the Korean War.

 

His nephew, Charles McKeller, Jr., of Gloucester Point, Virginia, is

available for interviews if you would like to contact him at (804) 642-6775.

 

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

 

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In late November 1950, Rowe was a member of L Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th

Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, when his unit was ordered to

advance north towards the Ch'ongch'on River region of North Korea, as part

of preparations for an offensive to push the North Koreans to the Yala

River. By the night of November 25, the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces

(CPVF) had begun relentless attacks which continued throughout the night and

into the next morning. After the battle, it was determined that Rowe became

Missing in Action on Nov. 25, 1950.

 

Following the war, four returning American prisoners reported Rowe died at

the Hofong Camp, part of the Pukchin-Tarigol Camp Cluster in January 1951.

Based on that information, the U.S. Army declared him deceased as of Jan.

20, 1951. 

 

In May 2005 the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (a predecessor to DPAA)

Central Identification laboratory received and accessioned recovered remains

from a site south of the Pukchin-Tarigol POW Camp Cluster. Currently, 11

individuals recovered from the site have been identified.

 

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

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

matched his family members.

 

Today, 7,740 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. Rowe's name is recorded on the Walls of

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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.......Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson, 24, of Flushing, New York, was a P-47 pilot with the 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force, and was shot down south of Bonn, Germany, during an air battle between American and German pilots, according to a press release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency....
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced back in mid-May that it had confirmed that remains disinterred on Jan. 7 for further study were ...    The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced back in mid-May that it had confirmed that remains disinterred on Jan. 7 for further study were those of Army Cpl. Glen E. Kritzwiser of Piketon.
 
... Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam this week, after which they will be turned over to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for official identification.
 
The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday the remains of Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson, of Queens, ...

 
... Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson’s remains were found last year by History Flight, a private Florida-based group, according to the Pentagon’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency...

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US)
[mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 1 August, 2017 08:46
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During The Korean War Accounted For (Worden)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Army Cpl. Dow F. Worden, killed during the Korean War, has now been
accounted for.
http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1263404/soldier
-captured-during-the-korean-war-accounted-for-worden/

In late September 1951, Worden was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th
Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, which was in the vicinity of Hill
1024 in South Korea, conducting operations near an area known as Heartbreak
Ridge.  In the early morning hours, the Chinese launched a probing attack
against Worden's company, on the forward slope of Hill 1024.  The company
repelled the attacks and was relieved by the Republic of Korea Army elements
and ordered to move east and attack the enemy on nearby Hill 867.  American
forces withdrew from the offensive after a large barrage of enemy mortar
fire.  After the battle, Worden could not be accounted for and was declared
missing in action
on Sept. 28, 1951.

Interment services are pending; a formal notification will be released
7-10days prior to scheduled funeral services.

Worden'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.

DPAA is grateful to the South Korean government for their assistance in this
recovery.

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: 1 August, 2017 08:59
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Rink)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Reserve Lt. j.g. Irvin E. Rink, killed during World War II, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1263415/
sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-rink/

 

On August 4, 1943, Rink was a member of Fighting Squadron Twenty Seven

(VF-27), when eight pilots flying F4F-4 Wildcat aircraft took off from the

Russell Islands, Solomon Islands, to escort a Catalina seaplane on a mission

to Enogai Inlet, New Georgia Island.  As the seaplane attempted to land at

Enogai Inlet, the escort aircraft were attacked by Japanese fighter planes.

Following the battle, the element returned to the Russell Islands, however

Rink did not return.  He was reported missing in action on August 4, 1943.

Based on a lack of information regarding his whereabouts, he was declared

deceased on January 8, 1946.

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Rink'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.

              

DPAA is grateful to Mark Roche, an American diver, for his assistance in

this recovery.

 

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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PRISONER OF WAR/DIED IN CAPTIVITY

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 1 August, 2017 08:59
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Killed During World War II Accounted For (Lobdell)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell, killed during World War II, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1263444/soldier-
killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-lobdell/

 

On Dec. 8, 1941, Lobdell was a member of Company A, 192nd Tank Battalion, in

the Far East, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands. Intense

fighting continued until May 6. 1942, when American forces on Corregidor

Island surrendered.  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. Lobdell 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.   Lobdell was admitted

to the Cabanatuan Prison Camp Hospital suffering from illness. He died Nov.

19, 1942, and was buried along with fellow prisoners in the local Cabanatuan

camp cemetery. 

 

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

days prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

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

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

been accounted for.

              

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

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

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 31 July, 2017 10:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Montana Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Pvt. William D. Gruber, accounted for on Feb. 22, 2017, will be buried

August 4 in Boulder, Montana.

 

Gruber, 22, of Townsend, Montana, was died as a prisoner of war during World

War II.

 

His brother, Frank Gruber, of Helena, Montana, is available for interviews

if you would like to contact him at (406) 443-0518.

 

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

 

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On Dec. 8, 1941, Gruber was assigned to the Philippine Department, U.S. Army

Forces in the Far East, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands.

Gruber and his unit cared for those wounded in intense fighting until May 6,

1942, when Corregidor fell, and the Philippines fell under control of

Japanese forces. Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were taken

prisoner; including many who were forced to endure the Bataan Death March,