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AMERICANS IDENTIFIED SINCE 1989
WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

Jan 2006 - May 2007

June 2007 - Dec 2008


Jan 2009 - June 2009

June 2009 -Dec 2010

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

Jan 2018 - Dec 2018

Jan 2019 - Dec 2019

Jan 2020-Dec 2020

Jan 2021 - July 2021

Aug 2021 - Dec 2021

Jan 2022 - 

 

 

2022
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Stories and Press Releases below chart

Research sites: 

www.kpows.com

http://www.kpows.com/thezimmerleereports.html

2022

Conflict Service

Unit

Loss Location Identification Date
Family Notification Date
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY AIR FORCES
345 BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON 98 BOMBARDMENT GROUP (HEAVY)
Romania
5/11/2022
5/13/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY AIR FORCES
328 BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON 93 BOMBARDMENT GROUP (HEAVY)
Romania
5/12/2022
5/13/2022
WORLD WAR II
  MARINE CORPS
Company G, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, USMC
Northern Mariana Islands
5/11/2022
5/12/2022
WORLD WAR II
  MARINE CORPS
HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division, FMF, USMC
Northern Mariana Islands
4/15/2022
4/19/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY
126 INFANTRY 32 DIVISION
Papua New Guinea
4/15/2022
4/18/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY AIR FORCES
HEADQUARTERS 93 BOMBARDMENT GROUP (HEAVY)
Romania
4/8/2022
4/8/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY AIR FORCES
66 BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON 44 BOMBARDMENT GROUP (HEAVY)
Romania
3/23/2022
4/1/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY AIR FORCES
68 BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON 44 BOMBARDMENT GROUP (HEAVY)
Romania
3/28/2022
3/29/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY
157 INFANTRY 45 DIVISION
France
3/21/2022
3/21/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY AIR FORCES
354 FIGHTER SQUADRON 355 FIGHTER GROUP
Germany
3/7/2022
3/7/2022
WORLD WAR II
  NAVY
USS Oklahoma; UNITED STATES NAVY
United States
7/9/2021
3/7/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY AIR FORCES
95 SQUADRON 440 TROOP CARRIER GROUP
Belgium
3/2/2022
3/3/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY
11 INFANTRY 5 DIVISION
France
3/2/2022
3/3/2022
KOREAN WAR
  ARMY
B Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division
North Korea
2/22/2022
2/23/2022
KOREAN WAR
  ARMY
Heavy Mortar Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
North Korea
2/10/2022
2/16/2022
KOREAN WAR
  ARMY
K Company, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Korea, Dmz
2/2/2022
2/3/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY
12 INFANTRY 4 DIVISION
Germany
1/26/2022
2/2/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY AIR FORCES
1562 ARMY AIR FORCE BASE UNIT
Indonesia
1/31/2022
1/31/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY
12 INFANTRY 4 DIVISION
Germany
1/26/2022
1/30/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY AIR FORCES
345 BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON 98 BOMBARDMENT GROUP (HEAVY)
Romania
1/26/2022
1/27/2022
KOREAN WAR
  ARMY
K Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
North Korea
1/26/2022
1/27/2022
WORLD WAR II
  ARMY
134 INFANTRY 35 DIVISION
France
1/25/2022
1/27/2022
KOREAN WAR
  ARMY
D Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
North Korea
1/18/2022
1/19/2022
WORLD WAR II
  NAVY
USS West Virginia; UNITED STATES NAVY
United States
2/1/2021
12/29/2021
WORLD WAR II
  NAVY
USS Oklahoma; UNITED STATES NAVY
United States
10/12/2021
12/15/2021

List posted 06/14/2022

 
Some names in articles/press releases below were NOT posted to the DPAA "list" yet when published.

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

 

'We had a duty' Second American killed fighting in Ukraine, State Department confirms

Stephen Zabielski, 52, was killed May 15 in the village of Dorozhnyanka, Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

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A US Marine veteran, Matthew Heath, 40 (above), detained in Venezuela on terrorism charges since 2020 has attempted suicide, according to his family. ...
 

 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the pair ought to be 'punished' for traveling to the region to fight against Russian soldiers. Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh are in captivity...

VIENTIANE, LAO PDR — On June 14, U.S. Ambassador to Lao PDR Dr. Peter M. Haymond joined Director, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), ...
June 20, 2022
Almost 70 years later, Ford's remains were turned over by North Korea on July 27, 2018. He was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

 
A POW/MIA flag flies with an American flag. Earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that would force HOAs to allow residents to ...
June 19, 2022
... according to statements from Weissenback's friends and family and a 2019 news release from the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 
Pam Cain: POW/MIA flag: Flag, issue and mission aren't political. In response to the June 14 guest opinion “One flag is enough,” by Jeff Dumas, ...
Thanks to extensive efforts by the Laos government, witnesses to the crash, and recovery efforts by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), ...
... the only flags it's legal to fly at these facilities are Old Glory and the host nation's, plus the Foreign Service flag and the POW/MIA flag.”.
NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY PANAMA CITY, Fla. - On November 19, 2021, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified the remains of Seaman ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Army Staff Sgt. Casimir Lobacz was accounted for on March 2. Advertisement. Lobacz was assigned to Company ...
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10927759/Missing-Americans-went-fight-Ukraine-seen-Russian-military-truck.html
 

Russia calls their two captured American fighters 'mercenaries' and parade them on TV: Terrified-looking veterans are made to speak in Russian as their families beg Biden to save them from Putin's firing squad

  • A video uploaded on Friday shows  U.S. Army vet Alexander Drueke, 39, and Marine Andy Huynh, 27, captured by Russian forces and denouncing war
  • It comes after an undated photo of the men was uploaded on the Telegram messaging app on Thursday showing them caught by Kremlin forces
  • It depicts the men loaded on the back of a Russian military truck with their hands behind their backs and is said to be circulating in Russian media
  • The U.S. State Department is working to verify the photo, the first of the pair since they went missing on June 9 after an ambush by Russian soldiers 
  • The men's families have pleaded to the Biden administration to save them after the men traveled to Ukraine in April to help fight back the Kremlin invasion
  • A third American, Marine veteran Ret. Captain Grady Kurpasi, has also been confirmed missing as the government has yet to speak with Russia on the matter ...

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https://nypost.com/2022/06/17/ex-marine-grady-kurpasi-named-as-third-us-vet-missing-in-ukraine/
 

Decorated ex-Marine Capt. Grady Kurpasi named as third US vet missing in Ukraine war

A highly decorated, recently retired Marine captain is the third US veteran missing in action during the Ukraine war, his family and friends have said.   Grady Kurpasi — who joined the Marines after witnessing the Sept. 11 terror attacks while living in New York City — was last in contact with his loved ones on April 24, a family friend, George Heath, first told CNN.   Two days later, the Purple Heart vet left his post to “investigate” sudden “small arms fire,” and Kurpasi radioed his unit that the Ukrainian military was also opening fire, the family was told.....

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10926839/American-teacher-60s-jailed-14-years-Russia-caught-medical-marijuana.html
 

 

An American teacher and former diplomat in his 60s has been sentenced to 14 years in a Russian penal colony after airport workers found half an ounce (17 grams) of medical marijuana in his luggage (inset). Marc Fogel (pictured left at the 2018 World Cup in Russia), an English teacher at the $34,000-a-year Anglo-American School in Moscow, was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport in August after Russian border officials singled his suitcase out for inspection. Fogel was charged with smuggling and possession of a 'large scale' of narcotics. He pleaded guilty to charges of smuggling, storing, transporting, manufacturing and processing narcotic drugs, Russia's Interfax news agency said. The punitive sentence for the US citizen - who formerly had US diplomatic status in Russia - is seen as a move by Russia to hold 'legal hostages' for potential swap deals in future....


 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has identified a Maryville World War II veteran eighty years after his death.
June 16, 2022
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt. Carl G. Dorsey, 19, killed during World War II, was accounted for June ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced on June 16, ... service members were captured and interned at POW camps at the time, ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc. David N. Owens, 27, killed during World War II, was accounted for June ...

 
On November 19, 2021, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified the remains of Seaman Second Class Tceollyar Simmons, missing since ...

... the only flags it's legal to fly at these facilities are Old Glory and the host nation's, plus the Foreign Service flag and the POW/MIA flag.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced on June 16, 2022 that Army Tech. Sgt. Ross H. Thompson, 50, of Maryville, Tenn., ...

 
The Department of Defense revealed Monday that the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) determined an individual buried in St. Avold, France, ...
... was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in June 2021 using dental, anthropological and mitochondrial DNA analysis.

 
WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Arthur B. Summers, 27, of Poplar, Montana, ...

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 16 June, 2022 08:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Wisconsin Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Staff Sgt. Lobacz was accounted for back in March, but the family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Casimir P. Lobacz, 25, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, killed during World War II, was accounted for March 2, 2022.

In the early fall of 1944, Lobacz was assigned to Company E, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. The unit was advancing through France as part of what was unofficially called the Lorraine Campaign. On Sept. 27, Lobacz’s unit was part of the ground attack on Fort Driant, near Metz. He was reported to have been killed during the first wave of the assault. However, due to enemy fire, his body was unable to be recovered. When the fort was attacked a second time a few days later, Lobacz’s body could not be found.

In April 1947, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel in the European Theater, searched the Fort Driant area for Lobacz and others still unaccounted for from the attack. While local residents were able to confirm a number of bodies had been recovered from the area, none of the remains could be identified as Lobacz. The AGRC performed a second search in 1950, but found no further remains and concluded they had exhausted all possibilities. Lobacz was declared non-recoverable in February 1951.

DPAA historians have been conducting on-going research into Soldiers missing from the Lorraine Campaign, and found that an Unknown, X-60 Limey, buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in St. Avold, France, could be associated with Lobacz or two other Soldiers. X-60 was disinterred in June 2021 and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for analysis.

To identify Lobacz’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Lobacz’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Lorraine American Cemetery, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Lobacz will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The date has yet to be determined.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Lobacz’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001nzSvGEAU.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 16 June, 2022 11:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Tennessee Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Tech. Sgt. Thompson was accounted for in November 2021, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

June 16, 202

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Tech. Sgt. Ross H. Thompson, 50, of Maryville, Tennessee, who was captured and died as a prisoner of war during World War II, was accounted for Nov. 10, 2021.

In late 1941, Thompson was a member of the Finance Department, U.S. Army Forces Far East (USAFE), when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands in December. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942.

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were captured and interned at POW camps.  Thompson was among those reported captured when USAFE forces in Bataan surrendered to the Japanese. They were subjected to the 65-mile Bataan Death March and then held at the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the war.

According to prison camp and other historical records, Thompson died Dec. 10, 1942, and was buried along with other deceased prisoners in the local Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery, in Common Grave 917.

Following the war, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to a temporary U.S. military mausoleum near Manila. In 1947, the AGRS examined the remains in an attempt to identify them. Five of the sets of remains from Common Grave 917 were identified, but the rest were declared unidentifiable. The unidentified remains were buried at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial (MACM) on Feb. 15 and 16, 1950, as Unknowns.

In March 2018, the remains associated with Common Grave 917 were disinterred and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for analysis.       

To identify Thompson’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental, anthropological, and isotope analysis as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Although interred as an Unknown in MACM, Thompson’s grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

Thompson will be buried in Kent, Washington. The date has yet to be determined.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

DPAA is grateful to the ABMC and the United States Army for their partnership in this mission.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Thompson’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XkkrEAC.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10920217/Two-American-volunteers-captured-Russian-soldiers-Ukraine.html
 

Two American fighters have been taken as prisoners of war in Ukraine, the first since the conflict began. Robert Drueke (center) and Andy Huynh (left) were taken prisoner by Russian forces last week on the outskirts of Kharkiv, according to sources cited by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday. Drueke, 39, and Huynh, 27, are both from Alabama. One of their comrades described losing sight of the pair in a battle last week. Drueke served in the US Army in Iraq whereas Huynh, a former Marine, has never been in active combat before. 'We were out on a mission and the whole thing went absolutely crazy, with bad intel. We were told the town was clear when it turned out the Russians were already assaulting it. 'They came down the road with two T72 tanks and multiple BMP3s (armored fighting vehicles) and about 100 infantry. The only thing that was there was our ten man squad,' said one of their comrades. ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Monday the soldier is Pfc. Sanford Keith Bowen, 26. U.S. Army Pfc. Sanford Keith Bowen((Source: ...
June 12, 2022
He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. The medal was presented to his father, Andrew Holm, by Brig. Gen. P.B. Clemens during a ceremony in ...

 
... when his unit fought the Chinese Communist Forces at the P'ungnyuri Inlet, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
Skip to main content (Press Enter). Toggle navigation. Home Logo: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Defense POW/MIA ...

 
For information about missing Americans, see Robert Levinson Fast Facts or POW/MIA in Iraq and Afghanistan Fast Facts.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) keeps track of both accounted for and unaccounted for service members in the Korean War by their home ...

 
Did you know the most recent U.S. flag law dictates that whenever the national flag is flown over a federal installation it must be accompanied by ...
... at the Gold Star Memorial marker dedication in Erwin on Friday. ... the Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, POW Medal, ...

 
... bedecked with flags: an American flag along with those representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, even the one for POW/MIA.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/opinions/2022/06/13/show-trial-of-foreign-fighters-russian-controlled-ukrainian-territory-could-be-war-crime.html?ESRC=eb_220614.nl
 

'Show' Trial of Foreign Fighters in Russian-Controlled Ukrainian Territory Could Be a War Crime
 

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https://www.military.com/daily-news/2022/06/13/iraqi-held-us-guantanamo-pleads-guilty-war-crimes.html?ESRC=eb_220614.nl
 

Iraqi Held by US at Guantanamo Pleads Guilty to War Crimes

 

June 13, 2022
Historians with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said their scientists used anthropological analysis to identify Bowen. He was actually accounted ...

 
Sanford Keith Bowen. (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.) ...

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 June, 2022 07:33
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Ohio Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Pfc. Bowen was accounted for back in March, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

June 13, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pfc. Sanford Keith Bowen, 26, of Ashland, Ohio, killed during World War II, was accounted for March 21, 2022.

In January 1945, Bowen was assigned to Company I, 3rd Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division. The unit was attempting to secure terrain near Reipertswiller, France, when it was surrounded by German forces while being pounded by artillery and mortar fire. Company I and the four other companies surrounded with it were given the order to attempt a break-out on Jan. 20, but only two men from Company I made it through German lines. The rest were either captured or killed. Bowen was among those killed, but his body could not be recovered because of the fighting.

Beginning in 1947, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel in the European Theater, searched the area around Reipertswiller, finding 37 unidentified sets of American remains, but it was unable to identify any of them as Bowen. He was declared non-recoverable on May 8, 1951.

DPAA historians have been conducting on-going research into Soldiers missing from combat around Reipertswiller, and found that Unknown X-6083 St. Avold, buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in St. Avold, France, could be associated with Bowen or four other Soldiers. X-6083 was disinterred in June 2021 and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for analysis.

To identify Bowen’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Bowen’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Epinal American Cemetery in Dinozé, France, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Bowen will be buried July 22, 2022, in Shiloh, Ohio.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Bowen’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XfFWEA0.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10906841/U-S-Navy-reservist-helps-secure-release-American-woman-held-captive-Taliban.html

 

....was able to secure Afghan-American Mahnaz Safi's release and arrived with her at JFK Airport on Thursday morning after arranging her safe passage to Dubai. Safi, an Afghan-American born in New Jersey, decided to travel to a village in Jowzjan Province in May to distribute humanitarian aid after raising $18,000. But just three weeks into her stay local police brought her in for questioning and she was detained for several days after they found she had no visa. Her family reached out to Rauf after reading about his months-long captivity by the Taliban and his work with the Human First Coalition. After spending 105 days in Taliban captivity Rauf and his brother were released in April following months of negotiations by the Biden administration. But when it came to the negotiations to free Safi, the State Department had no involvement.

The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Blaylock,” the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) said, according to ...


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Subject: Jon Reynolds, Vietnam POW for more than seven years, dies at 84
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2022 21:20:45 +0000
From: John Pagel <tfosoca@msn.com>


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/jon-reynolds-vietnam-pow-for-more-than-seven-years-dies-at-84/ar-AAWTEIE?li=BBnb7Kz&pfr=1

June 9, 2022
... was captured and spent most of his time as a POW in northern Germany. ... New York Legion members keep POW-MIA ceremony going after longtime ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class Houston Temples, 24, of Varnado, Louisiana, killed during ...

 
WASHINGTON (BRPROUD) — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that a Navy Seaman that was killed during World War II has been ...
(KXAN) — A Texas soldier killed during World War II was identified nearly 78 years after his death at Pearl Harbor, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 
7, 1941, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) said. "The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2022/06/08/were-fed-it-survivors-of-uss-liberty-look-answers-55-years-later.html?ESRC=eb_220609.nl

'We're Fed Up With It': Survivors of the USS Liberty Look for Answers 55 Years Later

...The attack, which left 34 Americans dead and 174 others injured -- two-thirds of the crew in total, according to a press release organized by the Liberty Veterans Association -- has been veiled in controversy since it happened, with survivors, and even some former senior intelligence officials, pointing to a deliberate bombardment by Israel and a subsequent U.S. dismissal of the event to pardon its ally....

June 8, 2022
U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Eric Garcia, 423d Force Support Squadron postal clerk, volunteered to support the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 
June 7, 2022
Related Topics: Military Headlines Army Air Force Topics World War II POW/MIA Recognition Day. © Copyright 2022 Business Insider.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 June, 2022 08:26
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Montana Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Gunnery Sgt. Summers was accounted for in October 2019, but we were only recently notified his family received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

June 10, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Arthur B. Summers, 27, of Poplar, Montana, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Oct. 17, 2019.

In November 1943, Summers was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 6th 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, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Summers was killed on the fourth day of the battle, Nov. 23, 1943. His remains were reportedly buried in Cemetery 33.

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all of the American remains found on Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later repatriation. However, almost half of the known casualties were never found. No recovered remains could be associated with Summers, and, in October 1949, a Board of Review declared him “non-recoverable.”

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial site on Betio Island believed to be Cemetery 33, which has been the site of numerous excavations ever since. In March 2019, excavations west of Cemetery 33 revealed a previously undiscovered burial site that has since been identified as Row D. The remains recovered at this site were transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

To identify Summers’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. ummers’ name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others still missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Summers will be buried in East Wenatchee, Washington. The date has yet to be determined.

For family and funeral information, contact the Marine Corps Casualty Office at (866) 210-3421, option 1.

DPAA is grateful to the Republic of Kiribati and appreciative to History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Summers’ personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XkIJEA0

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 9 June, 2022 15:15
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From Louisiana Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

June 9, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class Houston Temples, 24, of Varnado, Louisiana, killed during World War II, was accounted for on April 16, 2021.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Temples was assigned to the battleship 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 Temples. 

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 Temples.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Temples’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Temples’ name is recorded on the Walls 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.

Temples will be buried Dec. 7, 2022, in Bogalusa, Louisiana.

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Temples’ personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XfziEAC.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 8 June, 2022 09:22
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From Texas Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Fireman Blaylock was accounted for in July 2019, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

June 8, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Fireman 3rd Class Clarence A. Blaylock, 20, of Fort Worth, Texas, killed during World War II, was accounted for on July 29, 2019.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Blaylock was assigned to the battleship 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 Blaylock.

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 Blaylock.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Blaylock’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Blaylock’s name is recorded on the Walls 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.

Blaylock will be buried on Nov. 9, 2022, at the Punchbowl.

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Blaylock’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKNEA0

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 31 May, 2022 09:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From Tennessee Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

May 31, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class William Brooks, 19, of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee, killed during World War II, was accounted for on May 19, 2021.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Brooks was assigned to the battleship 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 Brooks.

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 Brooks.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Brooks’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Brooks’ name is recorded on the Walls 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.

Brooks will be buried on July 16, 2022, in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Brooks’ personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKVEA0

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Hiltibran was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency April 20, 2020 after his remains ...
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Illinois POW/MIA signs replaced across the state ... The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has taken on a new mission. IDOT is replacing old ...

 

 

 
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Seventy-seven years ago, Army Veteran Joe Esquibel was guarding a POW camp for German soldiers near Prague. One of his duffel bags was stolen, ...

 
Earlier this month, with Memorial Day approaching, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said William Oscar Wood had been "accounted for.".

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AS we pause and reflect this Memorial Day weekend, REMEMBER THEM ALL:
 

AT LEAST 44,351 military service members have died while on active duty, OUTSIDE designated combat zones since 1960. 
New research suggests at least 1000 are MISSING, their graves empty, just a cenotaph and their headstones read “In Memory Of.”

Not knowing is the worst fate of all. No one even cares to look into this for me, show concern, access records. God!
There has to be some kind of records, someplace.  
So I continue to wonder; where, how, why???
Am I asking too much???
Was his life so unimportant?...”
     
                                                                        FG, Sept 2007


They too, made the ultimate sacrifice.
Is anyone looking for them? 
 

EVERY life IS precious.

 


Mary Schantag, Chairman

P.O.W. Network
More than 140 military troops from Louisiana who enlisted in the Korean War did not come home and remain unaccounted for, according to the Defense POW ...
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Subject: Documents reveal sea burials for 13 USS Indianapolis sailors
Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 15:55:49 +0000
From: John Pagel <tfosoca@msn.com>

  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/documents-reveal-sea-burials-for-13-uss-indianapolis-sailors/ar-AAXMsrf?li=BBnbfcL
Subject: Navy changes status of 13 sailors from USS Indianapolis sunk during World War II - Washington Times
Date: Thu, 26 May 2022 23:38:35 -0500

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/may/26/navy-changes-status-13-sailors-uss-indianapolis-su/


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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 23 May, 2022 11:29
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From Iowa Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Petty Officer Breedlove was accounted for in March 2021, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

May 23, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jack A. Breedlove, 19, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, killed during World War II, was accounted for on March 1, 2021.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Breedlove was assigned to the battleship 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 Breedlove.

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 Breedlove.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Breedlove’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Breedlove’s name is recorded on the Walls 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.

Breedlove will be buried on May 31, 2022, at the Punchbowl.

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Breedlove’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKUEA0.


 
The Magic Valley POW MIA Awareness Association helped coordinate the return of PFC Bridger and says emotions were running high throughout the day.

 
West MIA. 1st Lt. Louis Girard, U. S. Army Air Forces, shown in a portrait ... On March 28, 2022, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency completed ...

 
The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits and quickly capsized, resulting in the deaths of 429 crewmen, according to the Defense POW/MIA ...

 
Also on today, the Magic Valley POW/MIA Awareness Association is hosting the annual Northwest Regional POW/MIA Summit in Twin Falls at the Turf ...

 
AP PHOTOS: A POW's legacy of Mariupol siege pictures. The Associated Press. May 21, 2022 8:19 am. 2 min read. MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Somewhere ...
 

 
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May 20, 2022
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FILE PHOTO: A POW-MIA flag flies outside the family home of former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed, who was convicted in 2019 in Russia and released in ...

 
Quong was then accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in June 2020, after his remains were identified using circumstantial ...

 
A POW-MIA flag flies outside the family home of former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed. U.S. ex-Marine Reed attends a court hearing in Moscow.

 
Conceived at the height of the POW/MIA dispute, which demanded a full accounting of all American soldiers who never returned home from the ...

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 19 May, 2022 10:35
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Michigan Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Staff Sgt. Olenik was accounted for back in January, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Adolph “Leonard” Olenik, 19, of Detroit, killed during World War II, was accounted for Jan. 26, 2022.

In the summer of 1943, Olenik was assigned to the 345th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force. On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 Liberator aircraft on which Olenik was serving as a gunner crashed as a result of enemy anti-aircraft fire during Operation TIDAL WAVE, the largest bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, north of Bucharest, Romania. His remains were not identified following the war. The remains that could not be identified were buried as Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania. 

Following the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel, disinterred all American remains from the Bolovan Cemetery for identification. The AGRC was unable to identify more than 80 unknowns from Bolovan Cemetery, and those remains were permanently interred at Ardennes American Cemetery and Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, both in Belgium.

In 2017, DPAA began exhuming unknowns believed to be associated with unaccounted-for airmen from Operation TIDAL WAVE losses. These remains were sent to the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for examination and identification.

To identify Olenik’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental, anthropological, and chest radiograph analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR), and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

Olenik’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Impruneta, Italy, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Olenik will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The date has yet to be determined.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Olenik’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000cLlnyEAC

Freddie Smith, a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) life support investigator, searches for loose metal at an excavation site in Lampang ...

 
Team members assigned to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), sift through dirt on the wet-screen station alongside local workers during an ...

 

 
The possible human remains were found at a crash site in a rice field in northern Thailand by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and were sent ...
A Michigan Airman who was killed during World War II was accounted for in mid-January, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
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CC: If there is ever a day of commemoration, a day, when, as one, America pauses, thinks, thanks, and prays, it is Memorial Day. We honor our war dead. NP

 
"We are Americans," a 30 minute Air Force Academy Tribute to Memorial Day presents world premiere music, message, and meaningful locations to assist our national and personal moments of gratitude and reflection."
 
Featuring original music created by the United States Air Force Academy Band and narrated by former POW and retired Major General John Borling, the program is a powerful reminder of the history of Decoration Day, now Memorial Day.

 

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 May, 2022 13:35
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Iowa Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pfc. Merl W. Holm, 22, of Lake City, Iowa, killed during World War II, was accounted for April 15, 2022.

In November 1942, Holm was assigned to the Company K, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division, deployed in present day Papua New Guinea. As part of an attempt to neutralize the Japanese threat to Port Moresby, the Allied center of communications in the area, Holm’s unit attempted to flank the enemy defensive lines stretched across the Sanananda Track in northern Papua. Holm was reported as killed in action on Nov. 26. Holm was posthumously awarded the Silver Star.

Following the war, the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS), the military unit responsible for investigating and recovering missing American personnel in the Pacific Theater, conducted exhaustive searches of battle areas and crash sites in New Guinea, concluding their search in late 1948. A number of remains were found in the area where Holm was killed, but none could be positively identified as him. He was declared non-recoverable Dec. 19, 1949.

The unidentified remains from Papua New Guinea were eventually interred as Unknowns at Fort McKinley Cemetery, now Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in the Philippines.

DPAA predecessor organizations began researching and recovering service members from Papua New Guinea in 1995. Years of investigation led to disinterments of two sets of remains from Manila American Cemetery, X-71 Finschhafen #2 in January 2017 and X-53 Finschhafen #2 in May 2017. Both sets of remains were sent to the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for analysis. After an initial assessment, remains from the two sets were consolidated into one case.

To identify Holm’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Holm’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Holm will be buried on July 9, 2022, in his hometown.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their partnership in this mission.

 

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Holm’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xdu7EAC.

Ukraine to Hold First War Crimes Trial of Captured Russian
 

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Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said her office charged Sgt. Vadin Shyshimarin, 21, in the killing of an unarmed 62-year-old civilian who was gunned down while riding a bicycle in February, four days into the war....

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency works with genealogical societies and other partners in a mission to “Provide the fullest possible ...
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As the U.S. Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency put it: “Because of the fighting, his body was unable to be recovered.”.

 
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-- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: FW: DPAA Release - USS West Virginia Sailor From Mississippi Accounted For From World War II
Date: Wed, 11 May 2022 16:00:24 -0400
From: moehog@verizon.net
To: moehog@verizon.net

Welcome HOME Seaman 1st Class Melton!


At present, more than
81,600 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts.

Out of the more than 81,600 missing, 75% of the losses are located in the Indo-Pacific, and over 41,000 of the missing are presumed lost at sea. moe note – I would like to know  if the Navy considers the majority of the 41,000 ‘LOST AT SEA’ as  MIA or are they casualties?  If they ARE MIA, that would be a major change in Naval policy as well as tradition.


From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 May, 2022 10:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS West Virginia Sailor From Mississippi Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

Seaman Melton was accounted for in February 2021, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

May 11, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class John R. Melton, 23, of Liberty, Mississippi, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 1, 2021.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Melton was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS West Virginia sustained multiple torpedo hits, but timely counter-flooding measures taken by the crew prevented it from capsizing, and it came to rest on the shallow harbor floor. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 106 crewmen, including Melton. 

 

During efforts to salvage the USS West Virginia, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crewmen, representing at least 66 individuals. Those who could not be identified, including Melton, were interred as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

From June through October 2017, DPAA, in cooperation with cemetery officials, disinterred 35 caskets, reported to be associated with the USS West Virginia from the Punchbowl and transferred the remains to the DPAA laboratory.

 

To identify Melton’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Melton’s name is recorded in the Courts 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.

 

Melton will be buried July 9, 2022, in Gloster, Mississippi.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

 

Melton’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004mpmEAA.

rded Message --------
Subject: FW: DPAA Release - Louisiana Soldier Accounted For From Korean War
Date: Tue, 10 May 2022 17:25:28 -0400
From: moehog@verizon.net
To: moehog@verizon.net
 

Welcome HOME Cpl. Brown!

 

At present, more than 81,600 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts.

Out of the more than 81,600 missing, 75% of the losses are located in the Indo-Pacific, and over 41,000 of the missing are presumed lost at sea

At the current rate of recovery this POW/MIA Mission could continue for an additional  years. What are your plans to help bring this MISSION to an end?

 

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 May, 2022 08:17
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Louisiana Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Greetings,

 

May 10, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Lawrence L. Brown, 21, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Feb. 14, 2022.

In late 1950, Brown was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was captured by Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces on Nov. 26, 1950, in the vicinity of Kujang, North Korea, when his unit was attacked. Following the war, returning American prisoners of war reported that Brown died at Prisoner of War Camp #5. His exact date of death could not be confirmed, and was recorded as being March 31, 1951, the last day he could have still been alive based on POW testimonies.

In September 1954, during Operation Glory, North Korea returned remains reportedly recovered from Pyoktong, also known as Prisoner of War Camp 5, to the United Nations Command. One set of remains, Unknown X-14725, could not be identified and was buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

In July 2018, the DPAA proposed a plan to disinter 652 Korean War Unknowns from the Punchbowl. On Nov. 18, 2019, the DPAA disinterred Unknown X-14725 as part of Phase Two of the Korean War Disinterment Plan and sent the remains to the DPAA laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for analysis.

To identify Brown’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental, anthropological, and chest radiograph analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Brown’s name is recorded on the American Battle Monuments Commission’s Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Brown will be buried in Prairieville, Louisiana. The date has yet to be determined.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War fact sheet on the DPAA website at: https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Fact-Sheets/Article-View/Article/569610/progress-on-korean-war-personnel-accounting/

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa  or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Brown’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000006RrUdEAK.

May 10, 2022
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Hoffman's remains were positively identified and family members were recently notified.

 
 

 
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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 May, 2022 09:47
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Pennsylvania Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

May 5, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt. Walter G. Wildman, 20, of Bristol, Pennsylvania, killed during World War II, was accounted for Jan. 26, 2022.

In November 1944, Wildman was assigned to Company M, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His unit was part of the Hürtgen Forest offensive when he was reported killed in action on Nov. 13. Because of the fighting, his body was unable to be recovered.

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Hürtgen area between 1946 and 1950, but were unable to recover or identify Wildman’s remains. He was declared non-recoverable in December 1951.

While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a DPAA historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-5441 Neuville, originally discovered by a German demining team and recovered by the AGRC in 1947, possibly belonged to Wildman. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery, were disinterred in April 2019 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for examination and identification.

To identify Wildman’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Wildman’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the others still missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Wildman will be buried on May 23, 2022, in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Wildman’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001ETh4MEAT.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 4 May, 2022 10:57
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Florida Pilot Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Newell F. Mills, Jr., 21, of St. Petersburg, Florida, killed during World War II, was accounted for March 7, 2022.

In the spring of 1945, Mills was assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group. On April 7, he was piloting a P-51D Mustang fighter on a mission escorting a formation of B-24 Liberator bombers to a target in Geesthacht, Germany. Prior to reaching their target, the formation encountered German fighters near Bremen. Mills and the other escort pilots turned away from the bombers to engage the Germans. Following the mission, Mills and his wingman never returned to base, and were never reported as a prisoner of war. The War Department issued an administrative Finding of Death on April 8, 1946.

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel in the European Theater, searched for Mills and, by 1949, believed he had been buried as Unknown X-5904 in what is now Ardennes American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) site in Neuville, Belgium. Based off circumstantial evidence, X-5904 was determined to be Mills, and his family had him permanently buried at Ardennes.

Between 2004 and 2010, the investigation into another unaccounted-for pilot led to the discovery that the remains buried as Mills had been misidentified in the 1940s. This returned Mills to an unaccounted-for status.

In 2012, German researchers were investigating a plane crash near Bothmer, Germany, near where Mills’ wingman had been found in 1946. According to witnesses, there was a large air battle in the area in April 1945. An American airman parachuted into the Leine River, but was already dead from a gunshot wound when the locals recovered him. One of the witnesses was shown a picture of Mills and believed he was the man pulled from the river. Stefan Ilsemann, one of the German researchers, contacted DPAA in December 2019 and suggested a link between the two. DPAA historians investigated the case and discovered an Unknown buried at Ardennes American Cemetery, X-632 Neuville, was the strongest historical candidate for Mills. DPAA and ABMC disinterred X-632 in July 2021 and transferred them to the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for analysis.

To identify Mills’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR), and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

Mills’ name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Ardennes American Cemetery, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Mills will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The date has yet to be determined

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Mills’ personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeJvEAK.

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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 2 May, 2022 09:36
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Ohio Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Greetings,

 

Pfc. Lilley was accounted for in November 2021, but his family only recently had their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

May 2, 2022

 

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc. Jack E. Lilley, 19, of Waldworth, Ohio, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Nov. 5, 2021.

In July 1950, Lilley was a member of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on July 20 after his unit was forced to retreat from the vicinity of Taejon, South Korea. He was never found, nor were any remains recovered that could be identified as Lilley. He was declared non-recoverable in January 1956.

Seven sets of remains were recovered from a common grave a few miles east of Taejon in March 1951. Six of the sets were able to be identified. The lone unidentified set was designated Unknown X-769 Tanggok and were later transported with all of the unidentified Korean War remains and buried as Unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

In July 2018, DPAA historians and anthropologists proposed a plan to disinter and identify the 652 Korean War unknown burials from the Punchbowl. X-769 was disinterred July 15, 2019, as part of Phase 2 of the Korean War Identification Project and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

To identify Lilley’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Lilley’s name is recorded on the American Battle Monument Commission’s Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Lilley will be buried June 14, 2022, in Westerville, Ohio.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War fact sheet on the DPAA website at: https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Fact-Sheets/Article-View/Article/569610/progress-on-korean-war-personnel-accounting/.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Lilley’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000005VjuVEAS.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 2 May, 2022 10:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Ohio Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Greetings,

 

Pfc. Sharp was accounted for in December 2020, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

May 2, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc. Chauncey (William) J. Sharp, 18, of Osborn, Ohio, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Dec. 22, 2020.

In July 1950, Sharp was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was reported killed in action on July 24 after his unit sustained heavy casualties while defending against the North Korean army’s advance near Hwanggon, South Korea. His body was not recovered because his unit for forced to retreat, nor were any remains found that could be identified as Sharp. He was declared non-recoverable in January 1956.

A graves registration team from Sharp’s unit investigated the area where he was lost on Oct. 12, 1950, and found several sets of remains, including one later designated Unknown X-8 Taejon. However, X-8 could not be identified despite several attempts over the next four years. The remains were later transported with all of the unidentified Korean War remains and buried as Unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In March 2017, after extensive research into casualties from the Hwanggon area, DPAA historians and anthropologists requested Unknown X-8 be disinterred in order to undergo DNA analysis. X-8 was disinterred Aug. 17, 2017, and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

To identify Sharp’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Sharp’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Sharp will be buried May 20, 2022, in Dayton, Ohio.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War fact sheet on the DPAA website at: https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Fact-Sheets/Article-View/Article/569610/progress-on-korean-war-personnel-accounting/.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Sharp’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000ykzxlEAA.

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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 28 April, 2022 14:20
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From Minnesota Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Seaman Nigg was accounted for in April 2021, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 2nd Class Laverne A. Nigg, 23, of Browns Valley, Minnesota, killed during World War II, was accounted for on April 22, 2021.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Nigg was assigned to the battleship 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 Nigg. 

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 Nigg.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Nigg’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR), and autosomal DNA (auDNA) analysis.

Nigg’s name is recorded on the Walls 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.

Nigg will be buried on June 4, 2022, in his hometown.

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Nigg’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeL4EAK.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 28 April, 2022 10:50
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Medal Of Honor Pilot Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces Lt. Col. Addison E. Baker, 36, of Chicago, killed during World War II and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, was accounted for April 8, 2022.

In the summer of 1943, Baker was the commander of the 328th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force. On Aug. 1, 1943, Baker was piloting a B-24 Liberator bomber during Operation TIDAL WAVE, the largest World War II bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, north of Bucharest, Romania. During its bombing run, his plane was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed, but not before he dropped his bombs on the target and avoided crashing into the other B-24s in his formation. Baker’s remains were not identified following the crash. Remains that could not be identified were buried as Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania. 

Following the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel, disinterred all American remains from the Bolovan Cemetery for identification. The AGRC was unable to identify more than 80 unknowns from Bolovan Cemetery, and those remains were permanently interred at Ardennes American Cemetery and Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, both in Belgium.

In 2017, DPAA began exhuming unknowns believed to be associated with unaccounted-for airmen from Operation TIDAL WAVE losses. These remains were sent to the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for examination and identification.

To identify Baker’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Baker’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Impruneta, Italy, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

The date and location of Baker’s funeral have yet to be decided.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Baker’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XexQEAS.


 

 
 

 
April 26, 2022

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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 19 April, 2022 08:39
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS California Sailor From Michigan Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Seaman Simmons was accounted for last November, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

April 19, 2022

 

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 2nd Class Tceollyar Simmons, 18, of Detroit, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Nov. 18, 2021.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Simmons was assigned to the battleship USS California, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS California sustained multiple torpedo and bomb hits, which caused it catch fire and slowly flood. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 104 crewmen, including Simmons.

From December 1941 to April 1942, 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 39 men from the USS California at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified the 25 Unknowns who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Simmons.

In 2018, DPAA personnel exhumed the 25 USS California Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Simmons’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Simmons’ name is recorded on the American Battle Monuments Commission’s Courts 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.

Simmons will be buried on June 14, 2022, in Hacoda, Alabama.

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Simmons’ personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004nClEAI.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 19 April, 2022 10:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From Ohio Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Petty Officer Hoffman was accounted for in September 2020, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

April 19, 2022

 

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Musician 1st Class Joseph W. Hoffman, 24, of Chillicothe, Ohio, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 8, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hoffman was assigned to the battleship 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 Hoffman. 

 

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 Hoffman.

 

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

­

To identify Hoffman’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

Hoffman’s name is recorded on the Walls 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.

 

Hoffman will be buried Aug. 26, 2022. The exact location has yet to be determined.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

 

Hoffman’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLnEAK.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 18 April, 2022 08:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Louisiana Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Pvt. Soileau was accounted for in December 2020, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

April 18, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt. Hillary Soileau, 23, of Bunkle, Louisiana, killed during World War II, was accounted for Dec. 8, 2020.

In January 1943, Soileau was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, when American forces went on the offensive to clear Guadalcanal of Japanese forces. Soileau was wounded on Jan. 14 during fighting on a group of hills nicknamed Galloping Horse. However, following the battle, he could not be found. After an extensive search of field hospitals, aid stations, and the battlefield, Soileau was declared missing in action on Feb. 3. He was officially declared killed in action on Dec. 13, 1945. 

On Feb. 22, 1943, two unidentified bodies from the 27th Infantry Regiment, later designated Unknown X-50 Guadalcanal and Unknown X-52 Guadalcanal, recovered from the battlefield near the head of Galloping Horse, were buried at the Army, Navy, and Marine Cemetery on Guadalcanal. In December 1947 and January 1948, those buried at Guadalcanal cemeteries were exhumed and transported to Hawaii. Unknown X-50 was identified there, but X-52 was not and was subsequently buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. 

After thorough historical research, it was determined that X-52 was most likely Soileau. Unknown X-52 was disinterred in April 2019 and sent to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for analysis.

To identify Soileau’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Soileau’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines, along with the others who are still missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Soileau will be buried May 21, 2022, in Washington, Louisiana.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty office at (800) 892-2490.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Soileau’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001nzQX4EAM.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 15 April, 2022 12:26
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - West Virginia Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

Greetings,

Cpl. Mitchem was accounted for in February 2021, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

April 15, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Paul Mitchem, 20, of Avondale, West Virginia, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Feb. 11, 2021.

In July 1950, Mitchem was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on July 7 after his unit sustained heavy casualties while defending against the North Korean army’s advance near Ch’onan, South Korea. His body was not recovered because his unit was forced to retreat, nor were any remains found that could be identified as Mitchem. The Army issued a presumptive finding of death in December 1953, and he was declared non-recoverable in January 1956.

Shortly after recapturing territory around Ch’onan, remains were recovered in October 1950 and designated X-22 Taejon. X-22 was unable to be identified by American Graves Registration Service and was determined unidentifiable in August 1954. The remains were later transported with all of the unidentified Korean War remains and buried as Unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In June 2019 during Phase 2 of the Korean War Disinterment Project, X-22 was disinterred from the Punchbowl as part of the planned exhumation of all 53 burials originating from the United Nations Military Cemetery Taejon, and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii for analysis.

To identify Mitchem’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Mitchem’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Mitchem will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. The date has yet to be determined.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War fact sheet on the DPAA website at: https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Fact-Sheets/Article-View/Article/569610/progress-on-korean-war-personnel-accounting/.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Mitchem’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000ljWHvEAM.

That's coming from a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency official who pointed out, that approximately 52-hundred American soldiers are missing in ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Friday that Army Cpl. Paul Mitchem, 20, of Avondale, was accounted for on Feb. 11, 2021.
 
Subject: West Virginia soldier from Korean War accounted for
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2022 23:46:05 +0000
From: John Pagel <tfosoca@msn.com>

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/west-virginia-soldier-from-korean-war-accounted-for/ar-AAWgBJ1?li=BBnb7Kz&pfr=1

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - A soldier from West Virginia who was lost in the Korean War has been accounted for.  

The DPAA announced Army Cpl. Paul Mitchem, 20, of Avondale, West Virginia was accounted for on Feb. 11, 2021.  

In July 1950, Mitchem was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.


 
U.S. Army Cpl. Paul Mitchem, 20, of Avondale, was accounted for in February 2021, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement Friday ...
April 14, 2022
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (KCRG) - On Thursday, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPPA) announced that 20-year-old Navy Seaman 1st Class David F.
APRIL 14, 2022
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (KCRG) - On Thursday, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPPA) announced that 20-year-old Navy Seaman 1st Class David F.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 14 April, 2022 09:59
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From California Accounted For From World War II

Greetings,

Petty Officer Stewart was accounted for in December 2020, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now. Unfortunately, we do not have any photos of him.

 

April 14, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Everett R. Stewart, 22, of Anderson, California, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 8, 2020.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Stewart was assigned to the battleship 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 Stewart. 

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 Stewart.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Stewart’s remains, scientists from DPAA dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Stewart’s name is recorded on the Walls 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.

Stewart will be buried on June 18, 2022, at the NMCP.

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Stewart’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgDhEAK.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 14 April, 2022 10:35
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From Iowa Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Seaman Tidball was accounted for in March 2021, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

April 14, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class David F. Tidball, 20, of Independence, Iowa, killed during World War II, was accounted for on March 3, 2021.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Tidball was assigned to the battleship 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 Tidball.

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 Tidball.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Tidball’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Tidball’s name is recorded on the Walls 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.

Tidball will be buried on May 14, 2022, in his hometown.

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Tidball’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgBvEAK.

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Subject: Remains of South Mississippi WWII soldier finally laid to rest
Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2022 14:48:14 +0000
From: John Pagel <tfosoca@msn.com>
 
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/remains-of-south-mississippi-wwii-soldier-finally-laid-to-rest/ar-AAW3880?li=BBnbfcL&pfr=1

Remains of South Mississippi WWII soldier finally laid to rest

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April 9, 2022
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The parents of a US Marine jailed in Russia say they fear their son has died after they were unable to contact from for a week.


     

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Navy Storekeeper 3rd Class Harry E. Nichols, 21, of Sioux City, was accounted for on May 30, 2019.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced recently that Navy Seaman 1st Class James R. Ward, 20, killed during World War II, ...
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed their remains for DNA analysis. Allison's identity was confirmed last October.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 April, 2022 12:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From Nebraska Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Seaman Pentico was accounted for in Feb. 2021, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

April 7, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 2nd Class Walter R. Pentico, 17, of Lexington, Nebraska, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 24, 2021.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pentico was assigned to the battleship 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 Pentico.

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 Pentico.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Pentico’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Pentico’s name is recorded on the Walls 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.

Pentico will be buried on April 29, 2022, at the Punchbowl.

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Pentico’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0ZEAS.

April 4, 2022
U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Eugene Shauvin is seen in this undated photo provided by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 
In this World War II-era photograph provided by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, US Army Air Forces Staff Sergeant Charles G. McMackin, ...

Medal Of Honor Recipient Senior Chief Edward Byers ... The President Awards the Medal of Honor to Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter.


 
Subject: WWII soldier from Revere to be buried with full military honors
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2022 00:22:34 +0000
From: John Pagel <tfosoca@msn.com>

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/wwii-soldier-from-revere-to-be-buried-with-full-military-honors/ar-AAVNoQP?li=BBnb7Kz&pfr=1

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/latest/index.html#news
 

04/01/2022
 

April 2, 2022
A formation of 20 flags symbolized a flight made up of POW/MIA personnel and was placed between two Team Dover 20-man flights. (Roland Balik/U.S. Air ...

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Maryland Veteran Awarded POW Medal, Ending 18-Year Battle with Army

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Ron Dolecki, 76, was part of a U.S. Army team carrying out a classified mapping mission in Ethiopia in 1965 when armed guerrillas ambushed him, his helicopter pilot and a local translator, forced them to march 155 miles across the Sahara desert, and held them captive under harsh conditions for two weeks....

 Network Note:   Per D. Mears, the Navy approved the sailor held in same incident as above, as well as Army former Specialist David Strickland.   We thank and salute the efforts of Mr Mears in pursuing these cases.  Recognition and Justice were a long time coming... again.
... also honored the more than 1,600 U.S. military and civilian personnel who are still unaccounted for; the Soldiers were considered POW/MIA.
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The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Gilbert, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 
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... the unidentified 46 plots at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific known as Punchbowl, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Tuesday.

 

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 31 March, 2022 09:16
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Pfc. Groh was accounted for last July, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

March 31, 2022

 

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc. William L. Groh, Jr., 22, of Tiffin, Ohio, killed during World War II, was accounted for July 9, 2021.

In November 1944, Groh was assigned to Company F, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His unit was part of the Hürtgen Forest offensive, near Hürtgen, Germany, when he was reported wounded in action on Nov. 13. This was also the last day his unit saw him. German forces never listed him as a prisoner of war. The War Department issued a presumptive finding of death on Nov. 14, 1945.

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Hürtgen area between 1946 and 1950, but were unable to recover or identify Groh’s remains. He was declared non-recoverable in September 1951.

While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a DPAA historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-5437 Neuville, originally discovered by a German forester and recovered by the AGRC in 1947, possibly belonged to Groh. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery, were disinterred in April 2019 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for examination and identification.

To identify Groh’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Groh’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Hombourg, Belgium, along with the others still missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Groh will be buried in Phoenix, Arizona. The date has yet to be determined.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Groh’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XjtiEAC.

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March 30, 2022
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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 March, 2022 10:03
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From Indiana Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Petty Officer Gilbert was accounted for in Aug. 2020, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

March 29, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Fire Controlman 2nd Class George Gilbert, 20, of Indianapolis, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Aug. 24, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Gilbert was assigned to the battleship 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 Gilbert. 

 

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 Gilbert.

 

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Gilbert’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Gilbert’s name is recorded on the Walls 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.

 

Gilbert will be buried June 6, 2022, at the Punchbowl.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

 

Gilbert’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XhC8EAK

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 March, 2022 11:43
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor From California Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 Seaman 1st Class Newton was accounted for last October, but his family only recently received their full briefing of his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

March 29, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class Wilbur F. Newton, 29, of San Leandro, California, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Oct. 12, 2021.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Newton was assigned to the battleship 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 Newton. 

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 Newton.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Newton’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Newton’s name is recorded on the Courts 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.

Newton will be buried May 28, 2022, in Mound City, Missouri.

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800) 443-9298.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Newton’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0PEAS.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 March, 2022 10:41
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Soldier Accounted For From World War II

Welcome HOME Staff Sargent Helms!

Greetings,

Staff Sgt. Helms was accounted for last July, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

March 29, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Gerald R. Helms, 29, of Chicago, killed during World War II, was accounted for July 26, 2021.

In the fall of 1944, Helms was assigned to Company E, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He was reported missing in action near Katerbosch, Netherlands, during Operation MARKET GARDEN after he failed to return from a lone scouting mission Oct. 2. His body was never found by his unit, and there was no evidence he had ever been captured. A presumptive finding of death was issued Oct. 3, 1945.

Following the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel, conducted several searches of the area, but by 1950, none of the remains found around Katerbosch could be identified as Helms. He was declared non-recoverable in October 1950.

In 2015, DPAA historians began working on a comprehensive research and recovery project focused on those missing from Operation MARKET GARDEN, but none of the disinterred remains could be identified as Helms. However, in October 2019, a Dutch citizen digging a trench in the front yard of a home in Katerbosch came upon human remains and military artifacts. The Royal Netherlands Army’s Recovery and Identification Unit (RIU) excavated the site on Oct. 30. They conducted a full anthropological analysis of the remains and historical analysis of the material items, including Helms’ identification tags, and recovery location. The RIU concluded the remains belonged to Helms. These remains and evidence were then transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for further examination and identification.

To identify Helms’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Helms’ name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margarten, Netherlands, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Helms will be buried in Elwood, Illinois. The date has yet to be determined.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

DPAA is grateful to the Dutch government and the Royal Netherlands Army’s Recovery and Identification Unit for their partnership in this mission.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Helms’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004rmSEAQ.

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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 24 March, 2022 12:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Kansas Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

Pvt. Barrow was accounted for in January 2020, but his family only recently had their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

 

March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pvt. Pearl F. Barrow, 36, of Wichita, Kansas, killed during World War II, was accounted for Jan. 9, 2020.

In November 1944, Barrow was assigned to Company F, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Hürtgen, Germany, when he was reported as killed in action on Nov. 20. Because of the fighting, his body was unable to be recovered.

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Hürtgen area between 1946 and 1950, but were unable to recover or identify Barrow’s remains. He was declared non-recoverable in December 1951.

In 2017, while studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a DPAA historian determined that one set of unidentified remains found in 1948 possibly belonged to Barrow. A business card with “Guaranteed Roofing Co., 832 Indiana” had been found with the remains. While Barrow was not from Indiana, the address listed for his wife in his Report of Death was 832 Indiana, Wichita, Kansas. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1950, were disinterred in August 2018 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification.

To identify Barrow’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as material and circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Barrow’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the others still missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Barrow will be buried in his hometown. The date has yet to be determined.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission.

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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Barrow’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XfKzEAK.

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 24 March, 2022 13:27
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release - Kentucky Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Greetings,

March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Donald L. Menken, 21, of Whitesburg, Kentucky, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Feb. 2, 2022.

In June 1953, Menken was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action after being wounded by artillery shell fragments on June 10 while his unit was guarding Outpost Harry, a position on the main road to Seoul in what is now the Demilitarized Zone. He was never found, nor were any remains recovered that could be identified as Menken. He was declared killed in action on June 11, 1954, and non-recoverable in January 1956.

The American Graves Registration Service Group (AGRSG) was tasked with recovering and identifying remains from the Korean War. The AGRSG went to Outpost Harry to supervise evacuation of the dead. During this time, they did not find any remains that could be identified as Menken. He was also not among the POWs returned during Operation BIG SWITCH in the late summer of 1953 nor among the remains identified from those returned during Operation GLORY in the fall of 1954. However, the AGRSG did find a set of remains that were designated as Unknown X-6039 after they could not be identified. X-6039 was later transported with all unidentified Korean War remains and buried as Unknown at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

In July 2018, DPAA historians and anthropologists proposed a plan to disinter and identify the 652 Korean War unknown burials from the Punchbowl. X-6039 was disinterred Jan. 28, 2019, as part of Phase 1 of the Korean War Identification Project and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

To identify Menken’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Menken’s name is recorded on the American Battle Monument Commission’s Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Menken will be buried May 14, 2022, in Ermine, Kentucky.

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490.

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War fact sheet on the DPAA website at: https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Fact-Sheets/Article-View/Article/569610/progress-on-korean-war-personnel-accounting/.

 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 https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Menken’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004qGYEAY.

 

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On March 16, 2022, WAA commemorated the 60th anniversary of the disappearance of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 at the monument dedicated to the 93 soldiers and 11 flight crew members lost that day, and all their families who were left behind.

The inscription on the Monument reads:

“Missing in action; Presumed dead. Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 went missing on March 16, 1962, with 93 U.S. Army soldiers on board. These men and their flight crew perished in what would become one of the biggest aviation mysteries out of the Vietnam War era.

THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES AND WHO REMAIN MISSING ARE INSCRIBED HERE SO THAT THEY WILL BE SAID ALOUD AND THEIR MEMORY WILL LIVE ON.”


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