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WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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2017
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2017

   
 
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
1st Sgt. David H. Quinn U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company C, 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 11/21/1943 Tarawa Atoll 11/22/2017

 

Radioman 2nd Class Julius H.O. Pieper U.S. Navy Reserve Landing Ship Tank Number 523 (LST-523) 6/19/1944 France 11/20/2017
Sgt. Ollie E. Shepard U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/3/1950 North Korea 11/17/2017
Fireman 2nd Class Martin A. Gara U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 11/8/2017
2nd Lt. William H. Harth, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces 329th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force 8/1/1943 Romania 11/8/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Harry E. Harkness U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 10/30/2017
Seaman 1st Class Edward F. Slapikas U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/26/2017
Pfc. Donald E. Eichschlag U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company D, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/28/1950 North Korea 10/25/2017
Shopfitter 3rd Class Francis L. Hannon U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/23/2017
Signalman 3rd Class Charles E. Nix U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/17/2017
Pharmacist's Mate 2nd Class Thomas J. Murphy U.S. Navy Reserve Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/11/2017
Seaman 2nd Class Harold L. Head U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/11/2017
Pvt. Edwin W. Jordan U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/10/2017
Pfc. Arnold J. Harrison U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/10/2017
Sgt. Elden W. Grimm U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/25/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/6/2017
Cpl. John V. McNichol U.S. Marine Corps COmpany E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/21/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/6/2017
Pfc. Albert Strange U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/6/2017
Sgt. Kermit J. Lejeune U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 10/5/2017
Pfc. Harold P. Hannon U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/4/2017
Storekeeper 3rd Class Wallace E. Eakes U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/3/2017
Sgt. Johnson McAfee, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/28/1950 North Korea 10/3/2017
Seaman 1st Class Joseph M. Johnson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 10/2/2017
Seaman 1st Class Clifford G. Goodwin U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/29/2017
Storekeeper 3rd Class Eli Olsen U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/29/2017
Pfc. Willie E. Blue U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 8/31/1950 South Korea 9/29/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Lester R. Walker U.S. Army Battery B, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 9/3/1950 South Korea 9/29/2017
Maj. Stephen T. Uurtamo U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 9/28/2017
Cpl. Donald L. Baer U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/20/1950 South Korea 9/28/2017
Pfc. Leroy W. Bryant U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/6/1951 South Korea 9/27/2017
Pvt. John M. Tillman U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 9/27/2017
2nd Lt. Elwood R. Bailey U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Marine Fighting Squadron 223 (VMF-223), Marine Aircraft Group 23, (MAG-23) 8/24/1942 Solomon Islands 9/27/2017
Pfc. Donald R. Tolson U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 9/27/2017
Tech. Sgt. John S. Bailey U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa Atoll 9/22/2017
1st Lt. Homer A. Spence U.S. Army Air Forces 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group 7/20/1944 Italy 9/21/2017
Pvt. Shirley E. Bailey U.S. Army Company G, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 11/29/1944 Germany 9/20/2017
Seaman 2nd Class George J. Wilcox U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/15/2017
Water Tender 2nd Class Porter L. Rich U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/15/2017
Sgt. Charles H. Daman U.S. Army Air Forces 714th Bombardment Squadron, 448th Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Division 4/4/1945 Germany 9/14/2017
Fireman 2nd Class John D. Wheeler U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/11/2017
Fireman 1st Class Charles R. Ogle U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/11/2017
2nd Lt. Donald E. Underwood Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa Atoll 9/9/2017
Fireman 1st Class Gerald H. Pirtle U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/8/2017
Capt. James R. Bauder U.S. Navy Fighter Squadron Twenty One, USS Coral 9/21/1966 Vietnam 9/8/2017
Seaman 2nd Class Frank Wood U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/7/2017
1st Lt. Robert L. Mains U.S. Army Air Forces 714th Bombardment Squadron, 448th Bombardment Group, 2nd Bombardment Division 4/4/1945 Germany 9/4/2017
Pvt. George F. Patrick U.S. Marine Corps Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 9/1/2017
Chief Water Tender Paul R. Wright U.S. Navy Reserve USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/1/2017
Seaman 1st Class John E. Savidge U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 9/1/2017
Fireman 1st Class Elmer D. Nail U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/31/2017
Pfc. Harold V. Thomas U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 8/31/2017
Pfc. Billy R. Ball U.S. Army Headquarters Detachment Philippines Department 12/8/1941 Philippines 8/31/2017
Tech. Sgt. John F. Brady U.S. Army Air Forces 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force 11/2/1944 Germany 8/31/2017
Fireman 1st Class Samuel W. Crowder U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/30/2017
Pfc. Manuel Menendez U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 8/30/2017
Assistant Cook Frank L. Masoni U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Headquarters Company, 2nd 11/21/1943 Tarawa Atoll 8/29/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Elmore B. Goodwin U.S. Army Company G, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/27/1950 North Korea 8/29/2017
Chief Master Sgt. Donald J. Hall U.S. Air Force Detachment 5, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron 2/6/1967 Vietnam 8/25/2017
Member Rank First & Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class William G. Payne U.S. Navy 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division 12/1/1951 North Korea 8/25/2017
Tech. Sgt. Allen A. Chandler, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force 11/2/1944 Germany 8/25/2017
Pvt. Raymond Sinowitz U.S. Army 454th Ordnance Company, 27th Bombardment Group, the Far East Air Force 9/26/1942 Philippines 8/24/2017
Pvt. Vernon P. Keaton U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/24/2017
Staff Sgt. Robert O. Shoemaker U.S. Army Air Forces 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force 11/2/1944 Germany 8/24/2017
Staff Sgt. Thomas M. McGraw U.S. Army Air Forces 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group 2/28/1945 Italy 8/18/2017
Pfc. James J. Leonard U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 7/25/1950 South Korea 8/18/2017
Pfc. Felipe A. Champion U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment 2/12/1951 South Korea 8/17/2017
Staff Sgt. Bobby J. Younger U.S. Army Air Forces 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force 11/2/1944 Germany 8/17/2017
2nd Lt. Stanley F. Stegnerski U.S. Army Air Forces 370th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, 8th Fighter Command 11/21/1944 Germany 8/16/2017
Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class John H. Schoonover U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/15/2017
Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Albert P. Rybarczyk U.S. Navy Reserve Navy Torpedo Squadron Eighteen (VT-18), USS Intrepid 9/8/1944 Palau 8/14/2017
Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd Class Ora H. Sharninghouse U.S. Navy Reserve Navy Torpedo Squadron Eighteen (VT-18), USS Intrepid 9/8/1944 Palau 8/14/2017
Gunner's Mate 1st Class George Herbert U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/14/2017
Col. Martin R. Scott U.S. Air Force Headquarters, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing 3/15/1966 Vietnam 8/13/2017
Cpl. Ernest L.R. Heilman U.S. Army Battery B, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 South Korea 8/11/2017
Master Sgt. Finley J. Davis U.S. Army Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 8/11/2017
Pvt. Rudolph Johnson U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 365th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division 2/21/1945 Italy 8/10/2017
Pfc. James P. Shaw U.S. Army Company G, 2nd Battalion 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division 12/3/1950 North Korea 8/10/2017
Pfc. Walter W. Green U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 8/10/2017
Tech. Sgt. Earl P. Gorman U.S. Army Air Forces 718th Bombardment Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group 4/23/1944 Yugoslavia 8/9/2017
Sgt. Philip J. Iyotte U.S. Army Company E, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 2/9/1951 North Korea 8/8/2017
1st Lt. Frank A. Fazekas U.S. Army Air Forces 22nd Fighter Squadron, 36th Fighter Group 5/27/1944 France 8/8/2017
Cpl. Roy J. Hopper U.S. Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment 7/31/1950 South Korea 8/7/2017
Technician 4th Grade Pete M. Counter U.S. Army Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division 12/5/1942 Papua New Guinea 8/7/2017
1st Lt. David T. Dinan, III U.S. Air Force Reserve 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, 7th Air Force 3/19/1969 Laos 8/7/2017
Radioman 2nd Class Walter H. Backman U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 8/4/2017
Sgt. Gerald J. Mueller U.S. Army Battery D, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons,) 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 South Korea 8/4/2017
Pfc. Walter C. Hackenberg U.S. Army Company F, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 4/25/1951 South Korea 8/3/2017
2nd Lt. Clarence E. Allen U.S. Army Air Forces 395th Fighter Squadron, 368th Fighter Group 10/12/1944 Germany 8/1/2017
Radioman 2nd Class Quentin J. Gifford U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 7/31/2017
Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell U.S. Army Company A, 192nd Tank Battalion   Philippines 7/26/2017
Lt. j.g. Irvin E. Rink U.S. Naval Reserve Fighting Squadron Twenty Seven (VF-27) 8/4/1943 Solomon Islands 7/25/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Alfred G. Bensinger, Jr. U.S. Army Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 7/25/2017
Cpl. Dow F. Worden U.S. Army Company AS, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 9/29/1951 South Korea 7/24/2017
Pvt. Joseph Carbone U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 7/17/2017
Pvt. Alberic M. Blanchette U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 7/17/2017
2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz U.S. Army Air Forces 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group 2/28/1945 Italy 7/11/2017
Cpl. Anthony G. Guerriero U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/21/1943 Tarawa 7/11/2017
Cpl. Raymond C. Snapp U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 7/11/2017
Sgt. William A. Larkins U.S. Army Battery A, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 7/10/2017
Maj. James B. White U.S. Air Force 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron 11/24/1969 Laos 7/7/2017
2nd Lt. Clarence L. Dragoo U.S. Army Air Forces 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group 2/28/1945 Italy 7/7/2017
Sgt. Richard G. Sowell U.S. Army 295th Joint Assault Signal Company, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 106th Infantry 7/7/1944 Saipan 6/27/2017
Lt. William Q. Punnell U.S. Navy Reserve VF-14 Fighter Squadron 7/25/1944 Palau 6/26/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Max E. Harris U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/12/1950 North Korea 6/23/2017
Pfc. Gerald F. Wipfli U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 112th Infantry 11/4/1944 Germany 6/23/2017
Cpl. Clarence R. Skates U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 6/22/2017
Master Sgt. George R. Housekeeper U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/12/1950 North Korea 6/21/2017
Cpl. Thomas H. Mullins U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 6/21/2017
Pfc. Charlie H. Hill U.S. Army Battery D, 15th Anti-aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Self-propelled Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 6/21/2017
Capt. Robert E. Holton U.S. Air Force 497th Tactical Fighter Squadron 1/29/1969 Laos 6/16/2017
Pfc. Albert E. Atkins U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team 5/23/1951 South Korea 6/13/2017
Pfc. Ray James U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 6/13/2017
Pvt. Archie W. Newell U.S. Marine Corps Company C, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 6/12/2017
Col. Roosevelt Hestle, Jr. U.S. Air Force 388th Tactical Fighter Squadron 7/6/1966 Vietnam 6/12/2017
Staff Sgt. Gerald L. Jacobsen U.S. Army 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division 7/15/1944 France 6/9/2017
Pfc. George B. Murray U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 6/9/2017
1st Lt. George W. Betchley U.S. Army Air Forces 429th Bombardment Squadron, 2nd Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force 3/22/1945 Poland 6/9/2017
Cpl. Edward L. Borders U.S. Army Dog Battery, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion (Automatic Weapons), 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 North Korea 6/5/2017
Cmdr. Charles B. Goodwin U.S. Navy Reserve Detachment D., VFP-63, CVW-15 9/8/1965 Vietnam 6/1/2017
Capt. Joseph S. Smith U.S. Air Force Reserve 612th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 401st Tactical Fighter Wing 4/4/1971 Cambodia 5/12/2017
Cpl. Glen E. Kritzwiser U.S. Army Battery C, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 North Korea 5/9/2017
Cpl. Henry Andregg, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company C, 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 5/9/2017
Pfc. Sam J. Kourkos U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/21/1943 Tarawa 5/9/2017
Pfc. Lonnie B.C. Eichelberger U.S. Army Company I, 371st Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division 2/10/1945 Italy 5/5/2017
Staff Sgt. Michael Aiello U.S. Army Company G, 401st Glider Infantry Regiment 9/30/1944 Netherlands 5/5/2017
Cpl. John Lane U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/31/1950 South Korea 5/3/2017
Cpl. Frank L. Sandoval U.S. Army Battery A, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 North Korea 5/3/2017
Cpl. Richard J. Seadore U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 12/14/1950 South Korea 4/28/2017
2nd Lt. George S. Bussa U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 4/19/2017
Pvt. Walter F. Piper U.S. Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 2/13/1951 North Korea 4/18/2017
Seaman 1st Class Milton R. Surratt U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/14/2017
Cpl. Leslie R. Sutton U.S. Army Battery C, 99th Field Artillery Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 4/13/2017
Pvt. Harold S. Hirschi U.S. Army Air Forces Headquarters Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group 11/19/1942 Philippines 4/13/2017
Pfc. Richard A. Lucas U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/26/1950 North Korea 4/13/2017
Sgt. 1st Class Richard G. Cushman U.S. Army Company A, 72nd Medium Tank Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 12/5/1950 North Korea 4/12/2017
Technician 4th Grade John Kovach, Jr. U.S. Army Company C, 192nd Tank Battalion 11/19/1942 Philippines 4/7/2017
Ensign William M. Thompson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/6/2017
1st Lt. Ewart T. Sconiers U.S. Army Air Forces 414th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group 1/24/1944 Poland 4/5/2017
Cpl. Freddie L. Henson U.S. Army Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 4/3/2017
Pfc. Reece Gass U.S. Army Company E, 33rd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division 1/14/1945 Belgium 3/30/2017
Cpl. William R. Sadewasser U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 3/23/2017
Seaman 1st Class Monroe Temple U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/22/2017
Cpl. Daniel F. Kelly U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/26/1950 North Korea 3/22/2017
Pfc. Jack J. Fox U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company L, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/22/1943 Tarawa Atoll 3/21/2017
Pvt. Donald S. Spayd U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 3/16/2017
Fireman 1st Class Charles R. Casto U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/15/2017
Pfc. Robert E. Mitchell U.S. Army Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 9/6/1950 South Korea 3/13/2017
Lance Cpl. John D. Killen, III U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division 6/30/1967 Vietnam 3/9/2017
Cpl. Runnels, Glyn. L, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division 6/30/1967 Vietnam 3/9/2017
Fireman 1st Class Elmer T. Kerestes U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/6/2017
1st Lt. Robert E. Oxford U.S. Army Air Forces 425th Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomb Group, 14th Air Force 1/25/1944 India 3/6/2017
Capt. John A. House, II U.S. Marine Corps Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, Marine Aircraft Group 16 6/30/1967 Vietnam 3/6/2017
Pfc. Manuel M. Quintana U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment 7/27/1950 South Korea 3/4/2017
Capt. James W. Boyden U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 233, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force 2/14/1944 Papua New Guinea 3/3/2017
Sgt. Willie Rowe U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 11/25/1950 North Korea 3/2/2017
2nd Lt. Harry H. Gaver, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/1/2017
Capt. Daniel W. Thomas U.S. Air Force Reserve 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron 7/6/1971 Vietnam 2/25/2017
Fireman 1st Class Walter B. Rogers U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/23/2017
Fireman 1st Class Lawrence H. Fecho U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/23/2017
Seaman 1st Class Paul S. Raimond U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/23/2017
Steward's Mate 1st Class Cyril I. Dusset U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/23/2017
Pvt. William D. Gruber U.S. Army Air Forces 93rd Bomber Squadron, 19th Bomber Group 9/27/1942 Philippines 2/22/2017
Fireman 1st Class Charles W. Thompson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/17/2017
Cpl. Billie J. Jimerson U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 2/15/2017
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Robert L. Pribble U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/14/2017
Muscian 1st Class Elliot D. Larsen U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/8/2017
Seaman 2nd Class George T. George U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii 2/8/2017
Storekeeper 2nd Class Glenn G. Cyriack U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/7/2017
Fireman 1st Class William H. Kennedy U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/7/2017
Gunner's Mate 1st Class Arthur C. Neuenschwander U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/6/2017
Fireman 1st Class Michael Galajdik U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/3/2017
Fireman 3rd Class Robert N. Walkowiak U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/3/2017
Sgt. Donald D. Noehren U.S. Army Headquarters and Headquarters Service Company, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 2/3/2017
2nd Lt. John D. Mumford U.S. Army Air Forces 318th Fighter Squadron, 325th Fighter Group, 15th Air Force 6/6/1944 Ukraine 1/17/2017
Captain Robert R. Barnett U.S. Air Force 8th Bomb Squadron 4/7/1966 Laos 1/13/2017
Sgt. James W. Sharp U.S. Army Battery B, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 1/10/2017
2nd Lt. Charles E. Carlson U.S. Army Air Forces 62nd Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, Eighth Air Force 12/23/1944 Germany 1/9/2017
1st Lt. William J. Gray U.S. Army Air Forces 391st Fighter Squadron, 366th Fighter Group 4/16/1945 Germany 1/5/2017
Mr. Peter W. Atkinson Civilian Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company, American Volunteer Group, "Flying Tigers" 10/25/1941 Burma 1/4/2017
Mr. Maax C. Hammer, Jr. Civilian Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company, American Volunteer Group, "Flying Tigers" 9/22/1941 Burma 1/4/2017
Mr. John D. Armstrong Civilian Central Aircraft Manufacturing Company, American Volunteer Group, "Flying Tigers" 9/8/1941 Burma 1/4/2017
2nd Lt Ernest Matthews U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, Division Special Troops, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 1/4/2017
Pfc. James O. Whitehurst U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 1/4/2017
Pfc. Larry Roberts U.S. Marine Corps Special Weapons Group, 2nd Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force 11/25/1943 Tarawa 1/4/2017
Gunnery Sgt. Sidney A. Cook U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 1/4/2017
Cpl. Walter G. Critchley U.S. Marine Corps Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 1/4/2017
Mess Attendant 1st Class Ralph M. Boudreaux U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/3/2017
1st Lt. William C. Ryan U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Marine Fighter Attack Force 115, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force Pacific 5/11/1969 Laos 1/3/2017
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Don O. Neher U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 12/14/2016
Pfc. Francis E. Drake, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Mainres, 1st Marine Division 9/9/1942 Solomon Islands 4/6/2016
1st Lt. John H. Liekhus U.S. Army Air Forces 323rd Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force 11/2/1944 Germany 8/7/2014
Cp.. Raymond A. Barker U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company C, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa Atoll 10/10/2001
List posted 12/01/17

 
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.
 
 
Strange's family never knew what happened to him until September 2016 when the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency requested DNA samples from his nieces, Carolyn Sturgeon and Marilyn Thompson. In October, Sturgeon and Thompson learned their uncle's remains had been identified. Strange ...
 
Itanagar, Dec 13 (PTI) A US field investigation in the North East, in search of remains of unaccounted-for Americans from World War-II, has unearthed evidences that could be linked to lost or missing airmen. The field activities conducted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) between ...
 
In May 2017, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) representatives traveled to the Tarawa Atoll to conduct excavations utilizing advanced investigative techniques. As part of this mission, investigators were able to identify the remains of Pfc. Strange, according to a state news release. Funeral ...
 
Itanagar: A field investigation conducted by a US team in the Northeast, in search of remains from World War II, has unearthed evidences that could be linked to lost or missing airmen. The field survey conducted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency between November 8 and Wednesday ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 13 December, 2017 09:44
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Solomon, J.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Seaman 1st Class James C. Solomon, 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/1395456/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-solomon-j/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Solomon 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 Solomon.

 

In 2015, DPAA disinterred remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their

partnership in this mission

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Solomon's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

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 December, 2017 09:45
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Missing From World War II Accounted For (Keown, R.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am

 

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Robert R. Keown, killed during World War II, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1395462/
airman-missing-from-world-war-ii-accounted-for-keown-r/

 

On April 16, 1944, Keown was the pilot of one of four P-38s of the 36th

Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, participating in a mission to escort a

B-25 medium bomber on an aerial search near the mouth of the Sepik River in

Papua New Guinea. Keown's aircraft, alongside the other three aircraft on

the escort mission, encountered heavy overcast conditions after charting

their course home. After rerouting, they experienced heavy rain and turned

toward the open ocean. Keown and his wingman became separated from the other

aircraft. His last known location was listed as more than a mile north of

Yalu Point. None of the four aircraft returned from the mission.

 

In 1999, the Papua New Guinea National Museum and Art Gallery turned over

remains to the Central Identification Laboratory after receiving information

from Mr. Soka Dodon and Mr. John Bonding.

 

DPAA is grateful to Mr. Soka Dodon, Mr. John Bonding, the Papua New Guinea

Government and Pacific Wrecks, Inc., for their partnerships in this

recovery.

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Keown's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing on the Walls of the

Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, 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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 13 December, 2017 09:46
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Captured During Korean War Accounted For (Beed, M.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Sgt. 1st Class Milton M. Beed, captured during the Korean War, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1395465/
soldier-captured-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-beed-m/

 

In February 1951, Beed was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th

Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, supporting Republic of Korea Army

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

village of Hoengsong, an area known as the Central Corridor in South Korea.

After enduring sustained enemy attacks, the American units withdrew to

Wonju, South Korea. It was during this withdrawal that Beed was reported

missing, as of Feb. 12, 1951.

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Beed's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, 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: 13 December, 2017 09:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Craig, J.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Storekeeper 1st Class John W. Craig, 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/1395474/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-craig-j/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Craig 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 Craig.

 

In 2015, DPAA disinterred remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their

partnership in this mission

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Craig's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

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 December, 2017 09:47
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Callahan, A.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Mess Attendant 2nd Class Archie Callahan, Jr., 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/1395470/
uss-oklahoma-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-callahan-a/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Callahan 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 Callahan.

 

In 2015, DPAA disinterred remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their

partnership in this mission

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Callahan's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

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.

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

 
Local community members (from left) Dale Prothe, Harley Davidson, Linda Prothe and Kirk Rees hold flags while standing on the 311th Street overpass above U.S. Highway 169 in Paola on Friday to pay tribute to the funeral procession for fallen World War II soldier Sam Kourkos, whose recently ...
 
Itanagar, Dec 13 A US field investigation in the North East, in search of remains of unaccounted-for Americans from World War-II, has unearthed evidences that could be linked to lost or missing airmen. The field activities conducted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) between .
 
“The City of Everett, Massachusetts extends its heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the USS Oklahoma Project and the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency,” said DeMaria. “Their unwavering and dogmatic commitment to identify the remains of all our nation's deceased heroes is unrivaled ...
 
In May 2017, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency representatives traveled to the Tarawa Atoll to conduct excavations utilizing advanced investigative techniques. As part of this mission, investigators were able to identify the remains of Pfc. Strange. Funeral services for Pfc. Strange will be held at noon ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Marine Corps Cpl. John McNichol will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in the Spring of 2018. McNichol was killed in action during the Battle of Tarawa Nov. 21, 1943. In the immediate aftermath of the battle, U.S. services members killed there ...
 
The native of Mammoth Cave was among the approximately 1,000 U.S. casualties from the Battle of Tarawa on the Gilbert Islands. Representatives from the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency traveled to the battle scene in May to conduct excavations in hopes of finding unidentified remains.

Funeral Announcement - RESCHEDULED!

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 12 December, 2017 14:06
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Adjustment: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Pennsylvania Marine Killed During World War II

 

ALL:

Please note that due to the family's wishes, the burial services for Pfc.

McNichol have been rescheduled to Spring 2018.

 

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Cpl. John V. McNichol, accounted for on Oct. 6, 2017, will be

buried December 18 in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

 

McNichol, 20, of Altoona, Pennsylvania, was killed during the Battle of

Tarawa in World War II.

 

His nephew, Thomas R. McNichol, of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, is available for

interviews at (814) 466-7512.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21, 1943.

 

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

McNichol's remains were not recovered. On Oct. 7, 1949, a military review

board declared McNichol's remains non-recoverable.

              

In July 2017, through a partnership with History Flight, Inc., DPAA used

advanced investigative techniques to locate further areas believed to

contain the remains of men buried on Tarawa.  The recovered remains were

sent to the laboratory for analysis.

              

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

anthropological analysis, which matched his records, as well as

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,969 service members

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

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

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

others killed or lost in WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
Jim Fernandez, Director of the State of Michigan POW MIA, says there are currently about 73,000 WWII soldiers still MIA. He says it's great to see when soldiers finally get to come home. “This is one of the best parts about my job is when one comes home, I get to go with them and bring them back to ...
 
A POW/MIA flag flies out front of Reyburn's Star home. Inside, she's turned the dining room into a memorial for her father to keep him present in her mind and in her life. A quilt in memory of her father hangs in red, white and blue on the wall next to photos and her nephew's sketch of Elliott. On the table, a ...
 
Petty Officer Bean was previously one of nearly 400 unidentified service members who died aboard Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, through a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, exhumed the remains from USS Oklahoma ...
 
A burial for Marine Corps Private Archie Newell is to take place Friday. Remains of the serviceman killed in November 1943 were identified after they were disinterred by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency from the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu last year. article continues below.
 
In May, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, through a partnership with History Flight Inc., returned to Betio to conduct excavations of bone remains, which were analyzed by DPAA. To identify Strange's remains, scientists with DPAA used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 December, 2017 17:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Seaman 2nd Class George J. Wilcox, accounted for on Sept. 15, 2017,

will be buried Dec. 16 in Evansville, Indiana.

 

Wilcox, 19, of Byram, Mississippi, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II. 

 

His family member John L. Wilcox, Jr., is available for interviews at (812)

649-4039.

 

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

 

/////

 

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. 

 

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 Wilcox.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

To identify Wilcox'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 circumstantial evidence

and dental comparisons and anthropological analysis.

 

DPAA is appreciative to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,969 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Wilcox's name is recorded at the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

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.

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

 
He said multiple family members donated DNA two years ago when the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed nearly 400 sets of remains in the hopes that advances in forensic science could help determine their identities. Those killed when the USS Oklahoma capsized have been classified ...
 
 
15 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, has announced. It is the same cemetery where Atkins' unidentified remains were buried since 1966. They were exhumed in 2005 when it was determined they could be identified, ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has been trying to recover and identify fallen members of the military since 1995; it was that agency that made the firm identification which allowed the return for burial of West Palm Beach World War II hero Richard “Tiny” Sowell. But the military says ...
 
 
A burial for Marine Corps Private Archie Newell is to take place Friday. Remains of the serviceman killed in November 1943 were identified after they were disinterred by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency from the National Memorial Cemetery in Honolulu last year. The 22-year-old Newell was ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 December, 2017 16:12
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Correction: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for New Jersey Soldier Missing From The Korean War

Correction: Please note the headline is adjusted to Missing rather than Captured.

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pfc. Albert E. Atkins, accounted for on June 13, 2017, will be buried

December 15 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu...

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 8 December, 2017 08:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for New Jersey Soldier Captured During The Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pfc. Albert E. Atkins, accounted for on June 13, 2017, will be buried

December 15 in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

 

Atkins, 20, of Belvidere, New Jersey, was captured during the Korean War.

 

His cousin, Lincoln Gayagas is available for interviews at (808) 393-5292.

 

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

 

/////

 

On May 23, 1951, Atkins was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 187th

Airborne Infantry Regiment, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, when his

unit was attacking enemy forces near Mae-Bong, South Korea.  The regiment's

mission was to secure Hill 911, and as the company prepared to assault the

hill, Atkins and two other soldiers from his company were reported missing

in action.

 

On Sept. 17, 1966, two South Koreans provided information regarding three

side-by-side graves in the vicinity of Kwandra-ri, South Korea.  A U.S. Army

Graves Registration team recovered the remains and sent them to the Central

Identification Unit in Yokohama, Japan for analysis.  Two of the remains

were individually identified as members of Atkins' company, but the third,

X-6385, could not be identified and was interred at the National Memorial

Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

 

After a thorough historical and scientific analysis of information

associated with X-6385 it was determined that the remains could likely be

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

the NMCP on Nov. 1, 2005 and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

Next-Generation Sequencing, which matched his family, as well as dental and

anthropological analysis, which matched his records, and circumstantial

evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the South Korean citizens who assisted in this recovery.

 

Today, 7,715 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.  Atkins' name is recorded on the Courts of

the Missing at the Punchbowl, 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.

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

 
Morganton News Herald     Petty Officer 3rd Class Eli Olsen of Exira, Iowa   11/08/17
A 2012 photo shows a gravestone at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu marks the resting place of 7 unknown people who died on the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Last Month, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's lab at Offutt Air Force Base identified ...
 
 
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – The remains of a Kentucky sailor are being returned home this week, 76 years after he was killed in action at Pearl Harbor. US Navy Fireman 1st Class Samuel W. Crowder will be buried with full military honors, December 9 in Louisville, according to the Defense POW/MIA ...
 
It then had the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency contact members of the Rybarczyk family. Project Recover is a public/private organization that focuses on in-depth research and cutting-edge technology to locate and identify sunken vessels related to sailors and military personnel that are ...
 
Navy Reserve Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Albert P. RybarczykCourtesy of U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. ST. JOSEPH, MI - The family of a U.S. Navy Airman who had been missing for 73 years was to get some closure today as his remains - recovered from a sunken plane ...
Subject: FW: Army Air Corps Museum - Special Announcement - December 7, 2017
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:51:40 -0500
From: Moe Hog <moehog@verizon.net>

 

 

Good Thursday Morning!

 

Please join us in extending our CONGRATULATIONS to MIA Recovery Network  (https://miarecoverynetwork.com/ ) and its founder Mr. Ken Breaux on their recent partnership with The Sons of Liberty Museum and The Army Air Corps Library and Museum!!

Ken and his team have created an excellent searchable data base on our World War II Missing in Action and are able to bring it to a public platform where Families of those still Missing in Action will, at last, have access to it.  

 

FYI – the Missing in Action/Unaccounted For from World War II represent approximately eighty seven percent (87%) of the DoD’s List of MIAs.

 

Keep up the GREAT Work, Mr. Breaux!

We are Blessed to have you and your team on this Mission!

 

Until they all come home……….

 

moe

 

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

On this the anniversary of the December 7 attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor we want to make a special announcement.

 

The press release headline reads, "MUSEUMS AND RESEARCHERS JOIN FORCES TO OPEN UP AMERICA'S MIA FILES."

 

This week we are announcing a strategic partnership between the Sons of Liberty Museum, the Army Air Corps Library and Museum, and the MIA Recovery Network to help in researching and locating American military personnel who were lost in combat.  The information is now live on each website under the "Projects" section.

 

Read the complete press release and follow/comment on Facebook pages:


We are very excited about this partnership.  When we loaded the data we found a number of cross references to material in our honor roll sections and will assist in filling out a biography on those listed. 

Since the history and story of the individual citizen soldier is at the heart of the museum's mission it is hoped that providing this material we can assist in some small way to help write the final chapter in their story.....

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

*** New Researchers Tools ***

 

If you are searching for an airman who was Killed in Action (KIA) or became a Prisoner of War (POW), you have another place to search.   Reports called Missing Aircrew Reports or MACRs were created for all aircraft that went down behind enemy lines.   These reports contain the dispensation of each crewmember and often eyewitness reports. All of the MACRs from World War II can be found on the website:  www.fold3.com 

 

 

Army Air Corps Library and Museum  

history@armyaircorpsmuseum.org
Directors' Line: 214.957.1393

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, recently accounted-for from World War II, are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Albert Strange, 18, of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, will be ...
 
Schoonover had traveled to Pearl Harbor before to visit the Punchbowl National Cemetery, where dozens of unidentified remains are buried together. But it was a DNA sample submitted by his father's niece that led to a match, and then a phone call from the defense department's POW/MIA agency.
 
The Goodwin family, still living in Southwest Missouri, receives news from the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that Clifford Goodwin's remains had been identified through DNA sampling. “There was lots of tears,” Johnson said. The agency started exhuming bodies in 2013 after some of the ...
 
Seventy -six years after he died at Pearl Harbor, a Navy chaplain who helped sailors escape from a sinking battleship is scheduled to be honored with the Silver Star medal Thursday in a ceremony at his alma mater in Iowa. Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt, a Catholic priest from St. Lucas, Iowa, will ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 6 December, 2017 11:23
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Marine Killed During World War II

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Albert Strange, accounted for on Oct. 6, 2017,

will be buried December 13 in Cave City, Kentucky.

 

Strange, 18, of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky, was killed during the Battle of

Tarawa in World War II.

 

His niece, Carolyn Sturgeon, of Cave City, is available for interviews at

(270) 773-4093.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

remains were not identified.

 

In May 2017, DPAA, through a partnership with History Flight, Inc., returned

to Betio to conduct excavations of osseous remains through various advanced

investigative techniques.  The remains were sent to DPAA for analysis.

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

mission

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,969 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 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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The partnership brings together faculty from UNO's College of Information Science and Technology and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency....
 
Patterson is one of seven military relatives who on May 25 asked a federal judge in Texas to force the Department of Defense, the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, known by the acronym DPAA, to conduct exhumations and tests that they believe ...

moe note:

it appears, at times, there might be two (2) Rule Books utilized in the mission of accounting for our MIAs. The Rule Book for Them, and the Rule Book for Everyone Else.

In this story that Mary has provided, a family who brings a request for disinterment of an UNKNOWN grave because of the results of their, Not the DPAA, extensive research indicates that there is a chance of identifying the remains is denied in Court due to a “technicality’ the USG/DoD/DPAA said existed in the legal suit.

We wonder what the difference in expense would be if they just disinterred the remains – took a sample – did a DNA (nuclear) test and revealed the results compared to the fees – attorney and court cost – that has now been expensed. FYI- The judge in the case is giving the family the right to re-write and re-submit the case, so the expenses continues and NO Identification has been made.

The current Agency, DPAA, is still NOT able to satisfy a Congressional mandate of 200 identifications (minimum) per year that was effective starting in 2015. Logic dictates that every effort should be in play to identify as many as possible, not paying attorneys to find a technical reason not to do the job the people are paying for.

We wonder if there is a ‘technicality’ involved that is keeping Congress from holding the DoD/DPAA accountable to their job performance?

   
Honor, Release, Return Inc.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US)
[mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 4 December, 2017 11:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Ragucci, E.)

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Emil F. Ragucci, killed during World War II, has
now been accounted for.
               http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1387114/
               marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-ragucci-e/



In November 1943, Ragucci was assigned to Company E, 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.
Ragucci died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

In September 2013, through a partnership with History Flight, Inc., JPAC (a
predecessor to DPAA) received remains from a burial site on Tarawa.


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

Interment services are pending; more information will be released 7-10 days
prior to scheduled funeral services.

Ragucci's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Punchbowl
along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his
name to indicate he has been accounted for.

For more information about DPAA, visit www.dpaa.mil <http://www.dpaa.mil> ,
                find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa <http://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: 4 December, 2017 10:31
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Michigan Sailor Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Reserve Aviation Radioman 2nd Class Albert P. Rybarczyk, accounted for

on August 14, 2017, will be buried December 11 in his hometown.

 

Rybarczyk, 21, of St. Joseph, Michigan, was killed during World War II.

 

His niece, Cindy Gray, of Stevensville, Michigan, is available for

interviews at (269) 449-1652.

 

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

 

/////

 

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.

 

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

Service- Philippine Command travelled to Palau to investigate and attempt to

recover missing service members.  No record of the crash site was found.

 

In 2005, BentProp Project, a nonprofit NGO of volunteers who work with DPAA

in the Republic of Palau, located a piece of the starboard wing of an

aircraft near Bokerugeru Point.  Subsequent investigations located the main

body of the aircraft offshore.

 

In 2014, possible human remains were located within the main body of the

aircraft, and sent to the Central Identification Laboratory for analysis.

 

In April 2015, a DPAA Underwater Recovery Team excavated the site and

recovered additional remains and material evidence. 

 

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

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

matched his family; anthropological analysis, which matched his records; and

historical evidence.

              

DPAA is grateful to BentProp Project for their partnership in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, 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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In August 1997, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command worked with a local in Ludwigslust to examine a site sketch created in 1948 to identify the crash location. In 2014 and 2015 multiple recovery teams excavated the site and sent remains for analysis. Lt. Mains was identified using DNA analysis, the ...
 
Evansville Courier & Press   12/02/17
...George James Wilcox was 19 on Dec. 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor... 
“We only have a list of people who were killed on the ship, nothing about where they were,” said Sgt. 1st Class Kristen Duus, a spokeswoman for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The USS Oklahoma capsized after it was torpedoed by the Japanese. Hundreds were trapped beneath the ship.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 1 December, 2017 16:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Fireman 1st Class Samuel W. Crowder, accounted for on August 30, 2017,

will be buried December 9 in his hometown.

 

Crowder, 35, of Louisville, Kentucky, was killed during the attack on the

USS Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His nephew, Fred Crowder, is available for interviews at (508) 939-2736.

 

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

 

/////

 

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. 

 

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 Crowder.

 

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

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

(Y-STR) DNA analysis, which matched family members, as well as

circumstantial evidence and laboratory analysis, to include dental

comparisons and anthropological analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 (approximately 26,000 are

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

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

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

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

              

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 1 December, 2017 15:44
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Sam J. Kourkos, accounted for on May 9, 2017, will

be buried December 9 in his hometown.

 

Kourkos, 20, of Independence, Kansas, was killed during World War II.

 

His brother, Teddy Kourkos, of San Jose, California, is available for

interviews at (408) 269-8063.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Kourkos 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.  Kourkos

died sometime on the second day of battle, Nov. 21, 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 Kourkos' remains, scientists from DPAA examined circumstantial

evidence and conducted laboratory analyses, including dental,

anthropological and chest radiograph comparisons, which matched his records.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 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: 1 December, 2017 15:28
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Charpilloz, L.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Pfc. Lyle E. Charpilloz, killed during World War II, has now

been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1385869/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-charpilloz-l/

 

In November 1943, Charpilloz 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.

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

 

In May 2014, through a partnership with History Flight, Inc., DPAA received

remains from a burial site on Tarawa. In October 2016, DPAA disinterred

remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Fight, Inc. and the Department of Veterans

Affairs for their partnerships in this mission.

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Charpilloz' name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Punchbowl

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

name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

 
WASHINGTON (KSFY) - The remains of an Aberdeen man killed during World War II are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Friday that Marine Corps Pvt. Archie W. Newell will be buried in Arlington National ...
 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 1 December, 2017 11:09
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA reaches milestone in USS Oklahoma identifications

 

Dear Editor,

 

DPAA reaches milestone in USS Oklahoma identifications

December 1, 2017

By Sgt. 1st Class Kristen Duus, DPAA

 

ARLINGTON, Virginia --  Only a handful of USS Oklahoma survivors remain who

can remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.  The USS Oklahoma,

moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, was sunk by Japanese aircraft during the

attack.  A total of 429 crewmen aboard the USS Oklahoma were killed in the

early morning hours of Dec. 7, 1941, after the ship quickly capsized from the

numerous torpedo hits.

 

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

those who perished, interring them in the Halawa and Nu'uanu Cemeteries in

Hawaii.

 

               The remains were disinterred by the American Graves Registration Service from

the two cemeteries in September 1947, and transferred to the Central

Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.  Only 35 men were

identified out of the 429 killed.  Nearly 400 unidentified remains were buried

as Unknowns in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific,

known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

               In 2003, as a result of the research efforts of Pearl Harbor survivor Ray

Emory, a single casket associated with the USS Oklahoma loss was disinterred

from the Punchbowl.  Anthropological and DNA evidence have shown that remains

are extremely commingled, with at least 95 individuals represented in the

first disinterred casket based on mitochondrial DNA results, said Dr. Carrie

Brown, DPAA Forensic Anthropologist and USS Oklahoma Team Lead.  Of those,

five were initially identified following the disinterment: Fireman 2nd Class

Lawrence A. Boxrucker, of Dorchester, Wisconsin; Fireman 3rd Class Gerald G.

Lehman, of Hancock, Michigan; Machinist's Mate 1st Class Charles H. Swanson,

of Maywood, California; and Ens. Irvin A. R. Thompson, of Hudson County, New

Jersey; and Ens. Eldon P. Wyman, of Portland, Oregon.

 

               In 2015, as part of the USS Oklahoma Project, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting

Agency, through a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs, exhumed

all of the unknown remains from the USS Oklahoma, and began the lengthy

identification process.

 

               "It's an honor to participate in the disinterment process with DPAA to bring

closure to the loved ones who lost their sons during the bombing at Pearl

Harbor," said Jim Horton, Director of the Punchbowl.  "As veterans, we

understand the sacrifices that are made by the families and it's our privilege

to take part in the dignified transfer for their beloved servicemen so that

the families can determine the final disposition of the remains."

 

               Now, more than two years later, DPAA has reached a milestone in their

identifications.  In those 46 plots laid almost 400 sets of commingled

remains.  Last week, DPAA made their 100th identification from the ship's

casualties.

 

               "This milestone is illustrative of our talented laboratory professionals and

strong partnerships with the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, the

Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of the Navy," said Kelly

McKeague, DPAA Director.  "Most importantly, it helps resolve the

uncertainties 100 families had harbored for 76 years."

 

               The Navy POW/MIA Branch has been heavily involved in the process from the

beginning.  The team maintains contact with families and relays information of

recently identified personnel.  Although they deliver the identification news,

the branch remains humble in their part in a much bigger picture.

 

               "An identification of an unaccounted for service member is the culmination of

years of work by many hard working professionals who are dedicated to the

personnel accounting mission," said Rudy Gonzales, Navy POW/MIA Branch Head.

"We have the honor and privilege of notifying families of the great news that

their loved one has been recovered and identified.  Through tears or kind

words, the gratefulness and appreciation we witness when meeting with the

families to deliver this news cannot be overstated."

 

               Following each disinterment, recovered remains were sent to the DPAA

laboratory in Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for analysis.

 

               "The first step is to take an anthropological inventory of each casket," said

Brown.  "We could not do any identifications if we do not take inventory of

everything.  This also includes taking measurements, collecting biological

data and nominating bones for DNA sampling."

 

               From that initial phase, which took nearly a year to complete, almost 13,000

skeletal elements were inventoried, said Brown.

 

               The lab has collected and submitted just under 5,000 samples to the Armed

Forces Medical Examiner's Armed Forces DNA Operations (AFMES-DO), specifically

the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory for DNA processing. AFMES-DO is

the sole Department of Defense DNA testing laboratory tasked with assisting

current and past conflicts human identification efforts.

 

               "Specimens associated with the USS Oklahoma, although presenting challenges

during the initial preparation for DNA recovery, provided good quality DNA,"

said Dr. Timothy McMahon, Director of DoD DNA Operations."  AFMES-DO will

compare the DNA analysis results to a database of family reference samples

associated with missing service members from the USS Oklahoma to determine who

that unknown sequence may be consistent with."

 

               In partnership with the DNA lab, Brown said they have DNA family reference

samples for 85% of the unaccounted for individuals.  DNA, dental analysis, and

anthropological analysis are all factors in completing an identification.

 

               The first group of identifications came while disinterments at the Punchbowl

were still progressing.  Among the first to be identified was Navy Ensign

Lewis B. Pride, Jr., 23, of Madisonville, Kentucky.  Pride was identified

through dental comparisons and circumstantial evidence.  Also identified in

September 2015 were Warrant Officer Machinist Daryl H. Goggin, 34, of Everett,

Washington; Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon, 52, of Hudson, Wisconsin; Chief

Petty Officer Albert E. Hayden, 44, of Mechanicsville, Maryland; Petty Officer

1st Class Vernon T. Luke, 43, of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Seaman 2nd Class Dale

F. Pearce, 21, of Dennis, Kansas; and Ensign Lewis S. Stockdale, 27, of

Anaconda, Montana.

 

               Though the attacks on the USS Oklahoma happened 76 years ago, the effects on

family members are still felt nationwide.  Service members came from all walks

of life, much like service members today.  Their hometowns spanned from

California to New Hampshire, and Washington to Florida.  Fireman 3rd Class

John H. Lindsley, 22, was born in the Philippines and raised in Waukegan,

Illinois.  He was buried Oct. 25, 2016, in Arlington National Cemetery.

Some service members had already had long-standing careers in the military

prior to their death, while others were just teenagers.  Marine Corps Pvt.

Vernon P. Keaton, of Lubbock, Texas, was only 18 when he was killed aboard the

ship.  He was identified in August 2017, through mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA

analysis, dental comparisons and anthropological analysis.  Keaton was

recently buried in Lula, Oklahoma.

Other casualties return to rest peacefully in the same cemetery where for

decades they had only been labeled as "Unknown."  Seaman 1st Class Murry R.

Cargile, 21, of Roberson, North Carolina, and Seaman 2nd Class Vernon N. Grow,

25, of Redding, California, were both reinterred at the Punchbowl, April 7,

2017, per their family's desires.

 

               One of the first USS Oklahoma identifications of Fiscal Year 2018 was Fireman

2nd Class Martin A. Gara, of Chicago, Illinois.  Gara's funeral services

remain pending.

 

               While family members still arrange for Gara's funeral services, DPAA

continues the demanding process of fulfilling our nation's promise and

identifying the additional service members of USS Oklahoma whose remains

reside in their laboratory.

 

               "The work in applying DNA forensic testing methods to assist with identifying

missing U.S. service members to include those from the USS Oklahoma is a

sacred and honorable mission," said McMahon.  "There are no words that can

describe the feeling we get when an unknown individual is identified and

returned to their loved ones."

 

               Navy Radioman 3rd Class Howard W. Bean, of Everett, Massachusetts was 27 when

he was killed that fateful morning decades ago.  This year, on Dec. 6, one day

prior to the 76th anniversary of his death, he will be laid to rest with full

military honors at Arlington National Cemetery, where he will forever be

memorialized as a hero who selflessly gave his life for his country.

 

               Brown notes with a bit of karmic perspective that the laboratory at Offutt is

in the former Martin Bomber Plant, where bombers that ended World War II were

built.  Now, in a historical coincidence that has come full circle, a portion

of the plant has turned into the lab where identifications are being made for

casualties that were killed in the attack that brought the United States into

the war.

 

               DPAA is grateful to the steadfast partnerships of the Department of Veterans

Affairs, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System and Navy POW/MIA Branch, who

have collectively been the backbone of the USS Oklahoma identifications.  It

is through this effort that the accounting community has been able to honor

the sacrifices of the USS Oklahoma Sailors and Marines and their families who

pushed for the fullest possible accounting of their loved ones.

 

ALPHABETICAL LIST OF USS OKLAHOMA IDENTIFICATIONS: (Please note that in some

USS Oklahoma identifications, the primary next of kin has yet to be notified,

and therefore the names will not be released at this time.)

 

Radioman 2nd Class Walter H. Backman, 22, of Wilton, North Dakota

Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Cecil E. Barncord, 24, of Wilson Township, Kansas

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Howard W. Bean, 27, of Everett, Washington

Navy Fireman 2nd Class James B. Boring, 21, of Vales Mill, Ohio

Navy Mess Attendant 1st Class Ralph M. Boudreaux, 20, of New Orleans, Louisiana

Fireman 2nd Class Lawrence A. Boxrucker, of Dorchester, Wisconsion  (Disinterred in 2003)

Seaman 1st Class Murry R. Cargile, 21, of Robersonville, North Carolina

Machinist's Mate 1st Class Harold F. Carney, 23, of New Diggins, Wisconsin

Fireman 1st Class Charles Ray Casto, 20, of East Liverpool, Ohio

Seaman 2nd Class Floyd Clifford, 20, of Douglas, Kansas

Seaman 1st Class George A. Coke, 18, of Arlington, Texas

Fireman 1st Class Samuel W. Crowder, 35, of Louisville, Kentucky

Storekeeper 2nd Class Glenn C. Cyriack, 20, of Pipestone County, Minnesota

Steward's Mate 1st Class Cyril I. Dusset, 21, of New Orleans, Louisiana

Storekeeper 3rd Class Wallace E. Eakes, 22, of Caney, Kansas

Ensign John C. England, 20, of Alhambra, California

Fireman 1st Class Lawrence H. Fecho, 20, of Willow City, North Dakota

Ensign William M. Finnegan, 44, of Bessmer, Michigan

Fireman 1st Class Michael Galajdik, 25, of Joliet, Illinois

Fireman 2nd Class Martin A. Gara, 20, of Chicago, Illinois

Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Harry H. Gaver, 24, of Annapolis, Maryland

Seaman 2nd Class George T. George, 26, of St. Louis, Missouri

Radioman 2nd Class Quentin J. Gifford, 22, of Mankato, Minnesota

Warrant Officer Daryl H. Goggin, 34, of Everett, Washington

Seaman 1st Class Clifford G. Goodwin, 24, of Marion Township, Missouri

Chief Petty Officer Duff Gordon, 52, of Hudson, Wisconsin

Seaman 2nd Class Vernon N. Grow, 25, of Redding, California

Shopfitter 3rd Class Francis L. Hannon, 20, of Madison County, Indiana

Chief Petty Officer Albert E. Hayden, 44, of Mechanicsville, Maryland

Seaman 2nd Class Harold L. Head, 20, of Browning, Missouri

Gunner's Mate 1st Class George Herbert, 37, of Fall River, Massachusetts

Ensign Joseph P. Hittorff, 25, of Collingswood, New Jersey

Chief Storekeeper Herbert J. Hoard, 36, of DeSoto, Missouri

Fireman 3rd Class Kenneth L. Holm, 29, of Clarkfield, Minnesota

Fireman 3rd Class Edwin C. Hopkins, 19, of Keene, New Hampshire

Fireman 3rd Class Glaydon I.C. Iverson, 24, of Emmons, Minnesota

Seaman 2nd Class Challis R. James, 18, of New Boston, Ohio

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

Seaman 1st Class Joseph M. Johnson, 22, of Columbus, North Dakota

Fireman 1st Class Jim H. Johnston, 23, of Wesson, Mississippi

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

Lt. Julian B. Jordan, 37, of Dawson, Georgia

Marine Corps Pvt. Vernon P. Keaton, 18, of Lubbock, Texas

Fireman 1st Class William H. Kennedy, 24, of Titonka, Iowa

Fireman 1st Class Elmer T. Kerestes, 22, of Holding Township, Minnesota

Coxswain Verne F. Knipp, 22, of Salida, Colorado

Musician 1st Class Elliot D. Larsen, 25, of Monroe, Utah

Fireman 3rd Class Gerald G. Lehman, of Hancock, Michigan (Disinterred in 2003)

Fireman 3rd Class John H. Lindsley, 22, Wuakegan, Illinois

Fireman 3rd Class Alfred E. Livingston, of Worthington, Indiana (Disinterred in 2007)Petty

Officer 1st Class Vernon T. Luke, 43, of Green Bay, Wisconsin

Fire Controlman 2nd Class Donald R. McCloud, 21, of Wayne, West Virginia

Machinist's Mate 1st Class Earl R. Melton, 24, of Lakewood, New Jersey

Fireman 1st Class Elmer D. Nail, 23, of Kansas City, Missouri

Fire Controlman 1st Class Paul A. Nash, 26, of Carlisle, Indiana

Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Don O. Neher, 28, of Kansas City, Missouri

Gunner's Mate 1st Class Arthur C. Neuenschwander, 33, of Fessenden, North Dakota

Fireman 1st Class Frank E. Nicoles, 24, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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

Fireman 1st Class Charles R. Ogle, 20, of Goedsbery Township, Missouri

Seaman 1st Class Camillus M. O'Grady, 19, of Saline County, Kansas

Storekeeper 3rd Class Eli Olsen, 23, of Audubon, Iowa

Seaman 2nd Class Dale F. Pearce, 21, of Dennis, Kansas

Seaman 2nd Class James N. Phipps, 24, of Rainier, Oregon

Fireman 1st Class Gerald H. Pirtle, 19, of El Dorado, Kansas

Seaman 2nd Class Rudolph V. Piskuran, 19, of Elyria, Ohio

Fire Controlman 3rd Class Robert L. Pribble, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida

Ensign Lewis B. Pride, Jr., 23, of Madisonville, Kentucky

Seaman 1st Class Paul S. Raimond, 20, of Converse, Louisiana

Water Tender 2nd Class Porter L. Rich, 27, of Lake Preston, South Dakota

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

Fireman 1st Class Walter B. Rogers, 22, of Bison, South Dakota

Yeoman 3rd Class Edmund T. Ryan, 21, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts

Seaman 1st Class John E. Savidge, 20, of Elisabeth, New Jersey

Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt, 32, of St. Lucas, Iowa

Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class John H. Schoonover, 39, of Port Edwards, Wisconsin

Ensign Verdi D. Sederstrom, 25, of Montevideo, Minnesota

Seaman 1st Class Edward F. Slapikas, 26, of Wanamie, Pennsylvania

Water Tender 1st Class Walter H. Sollie, 37, of Myrtlewood, Alabama

Ensign Lewis S. Stockdale, 27, of Anaconda, Montana

Seaman 1st Class Milton R. Surratt, 21, of Greenville, South Carolina

Machinist's Mate 1st Class Charles H. Swanson, of Maywood, California (Disinterred in 2003)

Seaman 1st Class Robert M. Temple, 19, of Des Moines, Iowa

Fireman 1st Class Charles W. Thompson, 19, of Weaubleau, Missouri

Ensign Irvin A.R. Thompson, of Hudson County, New Jersey (Disinterred in 2003)

Ensign William M. Thompson, 21, of Summit, New Jersey

Seaman 2nd Class Lewis L. Wagoner, 20, of Douglass County, Missouri

Fireman 3rd Class Robert N. Walkowiak, 20, of Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Seaman 1st Class William E. Welch, 18, of Springfield, Ohio

Machinist's Mate 1st Class Alfred F. Wells, 32, of Syracuse, New York

Fireman 2nd Class John D. Wheeler, 26, of Fort Douglas, Arkansas

Seaman 2nd Class George J. Wilcox, 19, of Byram, Mississippi

Seaman 2nd Class Frank Wood, 25, of Jackson, Ohio

Chief Water Tender Paul R. Wright, 41, of Meadville, Missouri

Ensign Eldon P. Wyman, of Portland, Oregon (Disinterred in 2003)

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 1 December, 2017 10:02
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For South Dakota Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Pvt. Archie W. Newell, accounted for on June 12, 2017, will be

buried December 8 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Newell, 22, of Aberdeen, South Dakota, was killed during World War II.

 

His  nieces, Nancy Franc and Sherry Moeser, are available for interviews at

(480) 720-4159 and (480) 540-5164, respectively.

 

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

 

/////

 

In November 1943, Newell was assigned to Company C, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd

Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small

island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to

secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa,

approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were

wounded, but the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Newell 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 Newell's

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

Honolulu.

 

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-044 from the Punchbowl

and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 service members

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

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

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

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

 
Sacramento, California - On behalf of all Californians, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown honor Marine Pfc. Donald R. Tolson, a U.S. serviceman missing from World War II. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has announced that Pfc. Tolson's remains have ...
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA accounting agency said Tolson was killed in the Battle of Tarawa during World War II sometime on the first day of combat on Nov. 20, 1943. He was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against Japanese resistance on the small ...
 
West Virginia MetroNews    11/30/17   Army Private Shirley E. Bailey
He was moving out of the area and a counter attack struck his company,” explained Sgt. First Class Kristen Duus of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency citing the official account of the incident. “He saw some wounded service members ahead of him, he rushed forward to provide aid and that's ...


DPAA HOLDS  2018 FAMILY BRIEFINGS

 
2018 Family Update Schedule* 
Date Location
January 20 San Diego, CA
February 24 Jacksonville, FL
March 24 El Paso, TX
April 21 Rapid City, SD
May 19 Louisville, KY
June 21-24 Washington, D.C.**
August 9-10 Washington, D.C.***
September 8 Philadelphia, PA
* Family Member Updates are tentative and subject to change

** The Vietnam War Annual Government Briefings held in conjunction with the National League of POW/MIA Families Annual Meeting

*** The Korean and Cold War Annual Government Briefings       
 
 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 29 November, 2017 14:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Correction: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Massachusetts Sailor Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Howard W. Bean, accounted for on Dec. 16, 2016, will

be buried Dec. 6, 2017 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Bean, 27, of Everett, Massachusetts, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His nephew, Pete Sova, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, is available for

interviews at (978) 283-5454.

 

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

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Bean 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 Bean. 

 

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 Bean.

 

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

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

matched his family, dental comparisons, which matched Bean's records, as

well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 (approximately 26,000 are

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

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

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

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

              

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 29 November, 2017 14:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for Massachusetts Sailor Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Howard W. Bean, accounted for on Dec. 16, 2016, will

be buried Dec. 7, 2017 in Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C.

 

Bean, 27, of Everett, Massachusetts, was killed during the attack on the USS

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His nephew, Pete Sova, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, is available for

interviews at (978) 283-5454.

 

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

 

/////

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Bean 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 Bean. 

 

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 Bean.

 

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

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

matched his family, dental comparisons, which matched Bean's records, as

well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 (approximately 26,000 are

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

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

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

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

              

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 29 November, 2017 13:10
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for California Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Pfc. Donald R. Tolson, accounted for on Sept. 27, 2017, will be

buried December 2 in Kansas City, Missouri.

 

Tolson, 20, of Bakersfield, California, was killed during World War II. 

 

His 2nd Cousin, Connie Crass is available for interviews at 660-359-1292.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tolson was killed 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 Tolson's

remains were not identified.

 

From February to July 2017, DPAA, through a partnership with History Flight,

Inc., returned to Betio to conduct excavations of osseous remains through

various advanced investigative techniques.  The remains were sent to DPAA

for analysis.

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

mission

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, 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: 29 November, 2017 12:07
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Marine Killed During World War II Accounted For (Quinn, D.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Marine Corps Reserve 1st Sgt. David H. Quinn, killed during World War II,

has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1382907/
marine-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-quinn-d/

 

In November 1943, Quinn was assigned to Company C, 2nd Amphibian Tractor

Battalion (C-2d Amp Tr Bn), 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.  Quinn died on the second day of battle, Nov. 21, 1943.

 

In October 2016, Quinn was disinterred from the National Memorial Cemetery

of the Pacific in Honolulu.

 

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

in this mission. 

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

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

name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

WHEC News - 10NBC     11/29/17 Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert L. Mains
On August 15, 1997, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command investigative team travelled to Ludwigslust to locate a possible crash site. A local helped ...
 
In October 2016, researchers from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, a part of the Defense department aimed at accounting for those missing ...
 
 
He will be buried seven decades after his death in Wading River, Suffolk County, on Saturday, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Mains' remains were recovered several years ago but were positively identified in September, according to a news release from the Defense POW/MIA ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 28 November, 2017 08:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement for New York Airman Killed During World War II

Dear Editor,

 

Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert L. Mains, accounted for on Sept. 4, 2017,

will be buried December 2 in Wading River, New York.

 

Mains, 27, of Rochester, New York, was killed during World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

/////

 

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.

 

Following the attack, the aircraft exploded and crashed, leaving only one

survivor, who was subsequently captured after he parachuted into the town of

Ludwigslust.  Personal effects of eight of the nine missing crewmembers were

found and identified by the surviving airman. 

 

On August 15, 1997, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (now DPAA)

investigative team travelled to Ludwigslust to locate a possible crash site.

A local helped the team analyze a 1948 site sketch and align it with

present-day landmarks.  With this information, the team found aircraft

wreckage. 

 

In 2014 and 2015, multiple recovery teams excavated the site, finding

osseous material.  The remains were sent to DPAA for analysis.

 

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

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

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

records, and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the German government and the staff of the Ludwigslust

Castle for their cooperation in this recovery mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 service members

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

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

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

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency expressed its gratitude to ... American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the other MIAs from ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced this week that the remains of Army Pvt. Shirley E. Bailey, 19, of Charleston will be buried Friday in Dunbar, W.Va. He was killed on Nov. 29, 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest in Germany, a roughly 50-square-mile area near the Belgian border where ...
 
Although I was never beaten by the Cubans, nor was I a part of the Cuban program, I did witness nineteen American POW's that I know of who were tortured by ... and members of the Department of Defense (DOD) that the Vietnamese Government was 'cooperating fully' in resolving the POW/MIA issue.


Yesterday I received an article dated 24 November 2017 written by Ms. Elise Cooper, writing for the American Thinker and I forwarded it on to all of you.  As noted in our email Ms. Cooper was ‘quoting’ Mike Benge, Former POW and Advocate extraordinaire, well it appears that is not a  totally true statement. She had interviewed Mike, via phone, for this piece, BUT, was not totally accurate in her reproduction of Mike’s comments. Mike, being a man of integrity, contacted me via email late yesterday to advise me that the story as written was NOT one hundred percent accurate and that he had noted such to Ms. Cooper. Below is a cut from Mike’s email to me:

 

 “The author of this article briefly interviewed me by phone and although I sent her my research paper and copy of my congressional testimony, she purposely chose to misquote me even though I told/warned her that I did not say that Americans had held in Los Mastitis pysc. Prison in Cuba, but the info came from a State Department cable and there was no available documentation, that there was any follow up by State, for I had them a FOIA  and got nothing.   Regards, Mike”

 

 

I will be forwarding a copy of this email on to The American Thinker, to make them aware of the misquoting.

 

Until the all come home……….

 

moe

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It was an undertaking that finally ended this month, thanks to many volunteers and organizations, such as the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 22 November, 2017 09:34
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For West Virginia Soldier Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Pvt. Shirley E. Bailey, accounted for on Sept. 20, 2017, will be buried

December 1 in Dunbar, West Virginia.

 

Bailey, 19, of Charleston, West Virginia, was killed during World War II. 

 

His sister, Helen Francisco, also of Charleston, is available for interviews

at (304) 744-5784.

 

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

 

/////

 

His loss took place in the Hürtgen Forest of Germany in 1944.  Fighting in

the forest, an area comprising of roughly 50-square miles along the

Belgian-German border, lasted from September 1944 to February 1945.  Bailey,

who was a medic with Company G, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry

Division, participated in his unit’s efforts to seize northern parts of the

Hürtgen Forest.  Bailey provided medical support to dozens of casualties

during the battle.  On November 29, 1944, when Bailey’s battalion was moving

out, a German counterattack struck his company.  Bailey rushed forward to

aid a wounded man and was himself killed by enemy fire.

 

Due to the ongoing fighting, Bailey’s remains were not recovered by members

of his unit during the battle.  After the war, the American Graves

Registration Command (AGRC) collected hundreds of unknown sets of remains

from battlefields in Germany, and labeled each set with an X-number.  One

set of remains, designated X-4734 Neuville, had been recovered from an

isolated grave near Schlich, Germany, in December 1946.  Medical technicians

were unable to identify them in the 1940s and the remains were buried in the

Ardennes American Cemetery, Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium, as an unknown

soldier. 

 

In October 2016, DPAA researchers made a historical association between

X-4734 Neuville and Bailey, based on the recovery site of the remains and

his location of loss.  On June 26, 2017, X-4734 was disinterred and sent to

the DPAA laboratory at Offut Air Force Base, Nebraska.

 

To identify Bailey’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 material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 service members

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

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

of the Missing, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in the

Netherlands.  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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
“You cannot mourn a POW/MIA,” she says. “What you do is you hope and you pray and you worry if they're well, and wonder if they are ever coming ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Ball was part of a force that encountered stiff Japanese resistance on the island of Betio in the Tarawa ...

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 21 November, 2017 09:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Pieper, J.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Navy Reserve Radioman 2nd Class Julius H.O. Pieper, killed during World War

II, has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1378076/sailor-

killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-pieper-j/

 

On June 19, 1944, Pieper was a member of Landing Ship Tank Number 523

(LST-523), off the coast of Normandy, France. The ship exploded and sank

after striking an underwater mine, killing Pieper. In the years following

the incident, his remains were not recovered or identified. Pieper's twin

brother, Radioman 2nd Class Ludwig J. Pieper, was also killed in the attack,

but his remains were recovered after the incident and buried at the Normandy

American Cemetery in France.

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

DPAA is grateful to the French salvage divers and the American Battle

Monuments Commission for their partnership in this recovery.

 

Pieper's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Ardennes

American Cemetery in France, an American Battle Monuments Commission site. A

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

for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

 
The remains – disinterred with the British government's permission from an unmarked grave at Busan's United Nations Memorial Cemetery – were later flown to Hawaii for identification at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. “The remains of this servicemember were turned over by North Korea in ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 20 November, 2017 11:53
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For (Shepard, O.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Sgt. Ollie E. Shepard, missing from the Korean War, has now been

accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1376973/s
oldier-missing-from-the-korean-war-accounted-for-shepard-o/

 

In late November, 1950, Shepard was a member of Company I, 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 was 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, killed or missing in enemy territory.

Because Shepard could not be accounted for by his unit at the end of the

battle, he was reported missing in action as of Dec. 3, 1950.

 

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

to scheduled funeral services.

 

Shepard's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing, an American Battle

Monuments Commission site in Honolulu, along with the others who are missing

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

he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

 
But in May 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency worked together with History Flight to return to Betio to take a look at the remains again, then sent them back for testing. Using dental and anthropological analysis, scientists managed to match Underwood's records. And now they're heading ...
 
 
The matter of personnel files tracking all MIA Americans is the most ... of the Pentagon, known as the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).
 
 
This undated photo released by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) shows U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Homer Spence and Marine ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 17 November, 2017 09:53
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For Michigan Airman Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Donald E. Underwood, accounted for on Sept. 9, 2017,

will be honored next to his mother's grave in Flat Rock, Michigan, November

25, followed by his burial at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington,

D.C., November 28.

 

Underwood, 23, of River Rogue, Michigan, was killed during World War II.

 

His son-in-law, Michael Mehall, is available for interviews at 734-552-9644.

 

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

 

/////

 

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. 

 

Following the crash, the squadron's physician recovered the remains of six

individuals and interred them in the Main Marine Cemetery No. 33 on Betio

Island. 

 

Following the war, the U.S. Army's 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration

Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and

1947.  Using Marine Corps records, they began the task of consolidating all

the remains from isolated burial sites into a single cemetery called Lone

Palm Cemetery.  The remains of the crew on the B-24J bomber were believed to

be among those moved, however Underwood's remains were not identified and he

was declared non-recoverable.

 

In May 2017, DPAA, through a partnership with History Flight, Inc., returned

to Betio to conduct excavations of osseous remains.  The remains were sent

to DPAA for analysis.

 

To identify Underwood's remains, scientists from DPAA used laboratory

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

records, as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

recovery mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 service members

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

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

Tablets 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.

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

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which falls under the Department of Defense, prepared the case file on John Schoonover, which included ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which falls under the Department of Defense, prepared the case file on John Schoonover, which included details of his service, an explanation of the science behind the DNA identification and an overview of the USS Oklahoma's mission. Dana Swope, a ...
 
....U.S. Marine Corps Pvt. Vernon Paul Keaton, 18, was killed along with 428 of his shipmates during the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, while serving on the USS Oklahoma....

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 14 November, 2017 12:51
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For California Marine Killed During World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Marine Corps Sgt. William D. Ball, accounted for on Aug. 24, 2017, will be

buried November 21 in Arvin, California.

 

Ball, 21, of Hollywood, California, was killed during the battle of Tarawa

in World War II.

 

His nephew, Kenneth Stevens, is available for interviews at (661) 972-1129.

 

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

 

/////

 

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.

 

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 Ball'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, also known as the Punchbowl,

in Honolulu.  One set of remains was identified as "Unknown X-089."

 

In 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-089 from the Punchbowl and sent

the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records; as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,975 service members

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

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

of the Missing the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from

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

accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Guerriero's remains have been identified through DNA testing and he will be buried ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 13 November, 2017 12:49
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: LOCAL CONNECTION: Funeral Announcement For California Airman Missing From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Army Air Forcess 1st Lt. Homer A. Spence, accounted for on Sept. 21, 2017,

will be buried November 18 in his hometown.

 

Spence, 22, of Manteca, California, was missing from World War II.

 

His family does not wish to be contacted by media.

 

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

 

/////

 

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. 

 

In September 2010, personnel from the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office

(DPMO- a predecessor to DPAA) were contacted by a private researcher who

found aircraft wreckage of what he believed to be a P-38, at a site on

Heidenberg Mountain near Bruneck, Italy.  Research and exclusionary analysis

indicated that Spence's aircraft was the only known aircraft of that type

lost in the summer of 1944 within 50 kilometers of the crash site.

 

In April 2012, a joint DPMO and Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC- a

predecessor to DPAA) team investigated the crash site and identified a wide

debris field of aircraft wreckage. 

 

In September 2015 and September and October 2016, recovery teams returned to

the crash site and excavated the surrounding areas, recovering osseous

remains and personal equipment.  The remains were subsequently sent to DPAA

for analysis.

 

In July and August 2017, through a partnership with Archaeological and

Historical Conservancy, Incorporated (ACH), additional remains and evidence

were recovered.

 

To identify Spence'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 material evidence.

 

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

their partnership in this recovery.

 

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

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

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

unaccounted for from World War II.   Spence'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: 13 November, 2017 11:57
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Airman Killed During World War II Accounted For (Harth, W.)

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William H. Harth, Jr., killed during World War II,

has now been accounted for.

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/1370339/
airman-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-harth-w/

 

In the summer of 1943, Harth was a bombardier assigned to the 329th

Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy), which was

known as "The Traveling Circus."  He served on a B-24D aircraft, nicknamed

"Hell's Angels," when he was participating in a historic mission, which was

the first large-scale, low-altitude attack by U.S. heavy bomber aircraft on

Ploesti, Romania, code-named Operation TIDAL WAVE.  On Aug. 1, 1943, as

Harth's aircraft approached Ploesti, it was hit by German anti-aircraft

fire.  Harth was killed when the aircraft crashed.

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

Harth'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.

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (US) [mailto:kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil]
Sent: 13 November, 2017 10:58
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor Killed During World War II Accounted For (Gara, M.)

 

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Martin A. Gara, 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/1370289/uss-oklahoma
-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-gara-m/

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Gara 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 Gara.

 

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.

 

Gara'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.

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

 
He said he received an email that he'd be getting a call from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, but didn't take it very seriously. And then that ...
 
A note on the website serving the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency notes the Pentagon, “is in the process of upgrading these reports to a more ...
 
About a month before his capture, Humphrey received a Silver Star award for bravery on April 12, 1942 at Fort Mills, Philippine Islands. According to ...
 
That includes receiving paperwork and attending meetings held by defense officials in Washington, D.C. for POW/MIA families. As he has discovered ...
 
In July, History Flight turned over 24 sets of remains to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), an agency within the U.S. Department of ...

Friends: Our site is up https://www.powinvestigativeproject.org

 

We’ll call it a “Beta” b/c this entire replacement site literally had to be built this morning after our app threw a sprocket late last night. So we did what veterans do and sucked it up. We’ll update you when the next version comes along, which will allow us to process multi-lingual information from Contributors around the world, especially Chinese, Russian, Lao, Korean and Vietnamese (our site launches today with all these and more languages).

 

The point of our non-profit project: We know some of the answers we seek are “out there,” and the PIP is designed to reach people who may have those answers, reach them in their own countries and languages, and give them reasons – and the secure ability -- to provide the answers to us. We call it a mash-up of investigative journalism and global crowdsourcing. Our aim: Do what the US government will not or cannot do, using tools that have never existed before to reach people and institutions that may now, finally, be willing to open up.

 

Can You Help Us Find Missing Americans?

 

Можете ли вы помочь найти пропавших американцев?

 

您是否能够协助找寻失踪的美国人

 

누락 미국인을 찾을 도와 드릴까요?

 

Bạn có thể giúp tìm những người Mỹ mất tích không?

 

ທ່ານ ສາມາດຊ່ອຍຊອກຫາ ຄົນອາເມລິກັນທີ່ສູນຫາຍໄດ້ບໍ່ ?

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

We remember and salute you this Veterans Day.

 

Mark

 

 

 

POW Investigative Project (PIP) Launches on Veterans Day

Innovative Site Combines Investigative Reporting & Global Crowdsourcing

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

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

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

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

 

PIP advisors and consultants include:

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

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

www.powinvestigativeproject.org

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

be buried November 16 in Lula, Oklahoma.

 

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

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His cousin, Deborah Gentry is available for

interviews at (580) 759-5500.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

crewmen, including Keaton. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Keaton.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

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

matched family members, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory

analysis, to include dental comparisons and anthropological analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

              

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

 

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

World War II.

 

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

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

Honolulu.

 

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

and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

partnership in this mission

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

be buried November 16 in Lula, Oklahoma.

 

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

Oklahoma in World War II.

 

His cousin, Deborah Gentry is available for

interviews at (580) 759-5500.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

crewmen, including Keaton. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Keaton.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

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

matched family members, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory

analysis, to include dental comparisons and anthropological analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

              

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

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

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

interviews at (617) 216-2049.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

Honolulu.

 

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

and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

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

records; as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission. 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

November 8 in Fort Snelling, Minnesota.

 

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

 

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

interviews at 913-481-4686.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

action as of Feb. 13, 1951.

 

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

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

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

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

custody. 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

Today, 7,716 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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Investigators from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) returned to India this week to continue the search for remains of US personnel ...

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

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

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

now been accounted for.

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

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

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

for.

 

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

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

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

November 11 in his hometown.

 

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

 

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

(618) 751-5268.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

missing in action as of July 20, 1950.

 

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

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

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

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

remains were associated with Baer.  Additionally, no repatriated American

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

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

declared him deceased on Dec. 31, 1953.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

After a thorough historical and scientific analysis of information

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

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

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

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records, as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Today, 7,716 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

be buried November 11 in Cypress, California.

 

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

 

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

for interviews at (562) 277-4281.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

destroy a roadblock and eliminate enemy troops.  The CPVF overwhelmingly

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

31, 1951.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

circumstantial evidence, which matched his records.

 

Today, 7,716 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

advances in technology, identifications continue to be made from remains

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

American teams.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

buried November 11 in Onaway, Michigan,

 

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

 

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

interviews at (810) 366-0487.

 

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

file.

 

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

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

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

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

in an isolated grave north of Soputa.

 

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

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

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

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

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

"Unknown X-171." 

 

In 1947, the American Graves Registration service exhumed approximately

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

shipped the remains to the Central Identification Point at the Manila

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

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

 

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

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

laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska for analysis.

 

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

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

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

his records, and circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

assistance in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

November 10 in his hometown.

 

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

 

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

at (562)-512-4597.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sowell was killed in action.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Identification Laboratory in Hawaii, where they were designated "Unknown

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

identified and were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific in Honolulu. 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

matched Sowell's records; and historical evidence.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

 

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

Dec. 7, 1941.

 

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

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

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

crewmen, including Dusset. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Dusset.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

¬

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

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

matched his family, as well as circumstantial evidence and laboratory

analysis, to include dental comparisons.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

 
...Army Pfc. Walter Hackenberg of Middleburg thus came home to his five still-living sisters, and will be laid to rest this Thursday at the Zion United Methodist Cemetery, said his sister Stella Knepp....

.... when his unit was attacked by the Chinese People's Volunteer Force and Korean People's Army, according to the Department of Defense POW/MIA ...

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

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

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

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

crewmen, including Slapikas. 

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

accounted for.

 

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

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

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

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

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

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

War, has now been accounted for.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

operations in the area were not possible.

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

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

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

been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

November 2, in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

route to Pukchin-Tarigol. 

 

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

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

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

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

Sept. 27, 2002.

 

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

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

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

and anthropological analysis, which matched his records, and circumstantial

evidence.

 

Today, 7,718 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

buried Nov. 2 in Middleburg, Pennsylvania.

 

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

War.

 

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

(570) 837-1519.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

declared missing in action as of April 25, 1951.

 

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

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

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

U.S. Army declared him deceased as of Sept. 9, 1951.

 

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

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

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

for analysis. 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Korean War Unknown. 

 

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

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

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

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, which matched his

records, as well as circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

Today, 7,718 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

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

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

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

crewmen, including Hannon.

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

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

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

for.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

October 28 in his hometown.

 

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

 

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

483-6379.

 

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

 

/////

 

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

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

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

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

was comprised of ferocious attacks and counterattacks by both sides and

resulted in many American losses, including Aiello.

 

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

Netherlands, members of the Quartermaster Graves Registration Company

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

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

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

Neuville, were interred in the United States Military Cemetery

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

April 1950.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Cemetery and the remains were sent to the DPAA laboratory for

identification.

 

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

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

matched his family; laboratory analysis, including dental and

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

evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this recovery.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

he has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

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

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

 

Welcome HOME Private First Class Harrison!

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

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

been accounted for.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

prior to scheduled funeral services.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

American Battle Monuments Commission cemetery, along with the others killed

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

has been accounted for.

 

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

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

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

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

 

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

 

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

now been accounted for.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

non-recoverable.

 

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