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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
 

 

2021
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Stories and Press Releases below chart

Research sites: 

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

2021

Member Rank First and Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Date Announced Funeral Date Funeral Location
Seaman 2nd Class Walter R. Pentico U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/4/2021    
1st Lt. Myles W. Esmay U.S. Army Company B, 236th Engineer Combat Battalion, reinforcing the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) 6/7/1944 Myitkyina, Burma 6/3/2021    
Musician 2nd Class Charlton H. Ferguson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/18/2021    
Seaman 2nd Class Raymond D. Boynton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/18/2021    
Cmdr. Paul C. Charvet U.S. Naval Reserve Attack Squadron 215, USS Bon Homme Richard 3/21/1967 Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam 5/14/2021    
Fireman 1st Class Everett C. Titterington U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/14/2021    
Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Leaman R. Dill U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/14/2021    
Fireman 1st Class Robert J. Harr U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/11/2021    
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Charles D. Brown U.S. Navy USS West Virginia 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/11/2021    
Fireman 2nd Class William K. Shafer U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/11/2021    
Seaman 2nd Class Russell O. Ufford U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/30/2021    
Seaman 2nd Class Charles L. Saunders U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/28/2021    
Fireman 2nd Class Ralph C. Battles U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/28/2021    
Fireman 3rd Class Harry R. Holmes U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/27/2021    
Lt. Cmdr. Hugh R. Alexander U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/27/2021    
Musician 2nd Class Lloyd P. Wiegand U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/23/2021    
Seaman 1st Class Walter C. Stein U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/21/2021    
Fireman 1st Class Kenneth E. Doernenburg U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/21/2021    
2nd Lt. Ernest N. Vienneau U.S. Army Air Forces 340th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force 11/6/1944 Vis Island, Croatia 4/20/2021    
Water Tender 1st Class Charles E. Hudson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/20/2021    
Pfc. Philip T. Hoogacker U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment 7/27/1950 Anui, South Korea 4/19/2021    
Patternmaker 1st Class Stanislaw F. Drwall U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/14/2021    
Radioman 3rd Class Charles A. Montgomery U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/9/2021    
Mess Attendant 1st Class Octavius Mabine U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/5/2021    
Pfc. Raymond A. Smith U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 4/1/2021    
Fireman 1st Class Neal K. Todd U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/1/2021    
Water Tender 1st Class Milo E. Phillips U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/30/2021    
Seaman 1st Class Wilbur F. Ballance U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/24/2021    
Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/24/2021    
Seaman 1st Class Elmer P. Lawrence U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/24/2021    
Signalman 1st Class Eugene M. Skaggs U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/24/2021    
Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class George L. Paradis U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/22/2021    
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Everett R. Stewart U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/18/2021    
Pfc. Jack E. Hill U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 3/18/2021    
Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas J. Valentine U.S. Army Battery B, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 3/17/2021    
Cpl. Walter A. Smead U.S. Army Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 3/17/2021    
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Leslie P. Delles U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/17/2021    
Fireman 2nd Class Carl M. Bradley U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/15/2021    
Fireman 1st Class Denis H. Hiskett U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/15/2021    
1st Lt. Robert Parker U.S. Army Air Forces 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group 11/15/1943 New Guinea 3/15/2021
Signalman 3rd Class Austin H. Hesler U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/10/2021    
Seaman 2nd Class Michael Malek U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/10/2021    
Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun U.S. Army 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 5/23/1951 North Korea 3/5/2021    
Pfc. Juan F. Gutierrez U.S. Army 200th Coast Artillery Regiment 11/19/1942 Cabanatuan, Philippines 3/3/2021    
Pvt. Lyle W. Reab U.S. Army Company F, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/9/1944 Vossenack, Germany 2/25/2021    
Pfc. J.L. Hancock U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 2/24/2021
6/8/2021 Aurora, Nebraska
 
Pfc. Michaux Turbeville U.S. Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 2/17/2021    
Cpl. Paul Mitchem U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/7/1950 Ch'onan, South Korea 2/17/2021    
Fireman 1st Class William D. Tucker U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/17/2021    
Seaman 2nd Class David Clark, Jr. U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/10/2021    
Ship's Cook 3rd Class Robert Goodwin U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/10/2021
5/14/2021 Topeka, KS
 
Fireman 1st Class James W. Davenport, Jr. U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/10/2021    
Boilermaker 1st Class William E. Blanchard U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/9/2021
6/7/2021 Elizabeth City, North Carolina
 
Seaman 1st Class Wallace G. Mitchell U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/5/2021
6/8/2021 San Diego
 
Pfc. John F. Middleswart U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/4/2021
6/2/2021 Delta, UT
 
Radioman 3rd Class Theodore Q. Jensen U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/3/2021    
Seaman 2nd Class Howard S. Magers U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/2/2021    
Radioman 3rd Class Earl M. Ellis U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Shipfitter 3rd Class Robert E. Bailey U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Seaman 1st Class Gerald J. Bailey U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Fireman 1st Class Beoin H. Corzatt U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Fireman 1st Class Wesley J. Brown U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Water Tender 1st Class Oliver K. Burger U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Tech. Sgt. Frank A. Norris U.S. Army Air Forces 345th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force 8/1/1943 Ploiesti, Romania 1/22/2021    
Pvt. Alevin A. Hathaway U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division 11/6/1944 Hürtgen, Germany 1/22/2021    
Tech. Sgt. Alfred F. Turgeon U.S. Army Air Forces 344th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force 8/1/1943 Ploiesti, Romania 1/14/2021    
Pfc. William J. Sharp U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. 7/24/1950 Hwanggon, South Korea 12/23/2020    

List posted 03/14/2021

 
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 asked why so many of these are  being re-announced 2-3 times increasing news forwards and confusion.

 

03/22/19
These are being published with the full information, while the initial notification only contains basic information.  The updates are providing information on the loss, recovery and identification, as well as funeral information if it is available at the time.

I hope this helps,

SFC Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 
June 10, 2021
On Sept. 8, 2020, Isaac Parker was accounted for. To identify Parker's remains, scientists from Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency used dental and ...
 
The Navy Casualty POW/MIA office is dedicated to the mission, and passionate about bringing sailors home to their families and final resting place, ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that Army Sgt. Lloyd Alumbaugh, 21, of Jasper, Missouri, killed during the Korean War ...
 
... according to the defense department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Recent technological advancements, including DNA analysis, have helped ...
June 10, 2021
 
According to a release, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Wednesday that Army Staff Sergeant Raymond Blanton of ...
June 9, 2021
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, also known as DPAA, announced Middleswart was accounted for on Jan. 28, 2021. He's the 300th service ...
What happened to Neal Todd? According to a June 3 press release from the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) ...
 
Sitarz, 19, of Weirton was accounted for by using DNA, dental and anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial evidence, the Defense POW/MIA ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced on Wednesday that Army Staff Sgt. Raymond C. Blanton, 19, of Richmond, Virginia, ...
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A Missouri Army sergeant, missing in action since 1950, has now been accounted for, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
The young man was finally accounted for on April 23, 2020, according to a release on Wednesday from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
June 8, 2021
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that 19-year-old Army Pfc. John J. Sitarz of Weirton was accounted for by using DNA, ...
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Navy Fireman 1st Class Neal K. Todd was accounted for after being killed in the Pearl ...

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 9 June, 2021 08:51
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Virginia Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

June 9, 2021

 

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Staff Sgt. Raymond C. Blanton, 19, of Richmond, Virginia, killed during World War II, was accounted for April 23, 2020.

 

In October 1944, Blanton was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Germeter, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was killed in action on Oct. 14. Blanton could not be recovered because of the on-going fighting.

 

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command 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 Blanton’ remains. He was declared non-recoverable in 1951.

 

While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a DPAA historian determined that one of two sets of unidentified remains, designated X-4491 Neuville and X-4492 Neuville, recovered comingled from Raffelsbrand sector of the Hürtgen Forest near Germeter in 1946, possibly belonged to Blanton. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1950, were disinterred in September 2017 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification.

 

To identify Blanton’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.

 

Blanton’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margarten, 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.

 

Blanton will be buried July 1, 2021 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 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.

 

Blanton’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001DVBNCEA5.

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's USS Oklahoma Project utilized samples from relatives, as well as DNA, to identify Parker's remains.

That is, until the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency began using new DNA technology to identify remains in 2015. In February of this year, ...
June 8, 2021
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that 19-year-old Army Pfc. John J. Sitarz of Weirton was accounted for by using DNA, ...
The Department of Defense said Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency lab used mitochondrial DNA analysis to confirm Alumbaugh's remains.
 
A historian with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency studying unresolved American losses in the Hurtgen area determined that one set of ...
 
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Scientists from the “Defense P.O.W./M.I.A. Accounting Agency” identified the remains of Sergeant Alumbaugh in April using anthropological and .....
 
... around the world, while others were lost at sea or deemed missing in action, according to the defense department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

A historian with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area determined that one set of ...

 
 
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Beek was accounted for by Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Apr. 14, 2020. His remains were identified using circumstantial evidence and ... 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 June, 2021 10:11
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Greetings,

 

June 7, 2021

 

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. Lloyd A. Alumbaugh, 21, of Jasper, Missouri, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for April 21, 2020.

                   

In late 1950, Alumbaugh was a member of Ambulance Company, 7th Medical Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

 

On July 27, 2018, following the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Alumbaugh’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) analysis.

 

Alumbaugh’s name is recorded on the 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.

 

Alumbaugh will be buried June 25, 2021, in Reeds, Missouri.

 

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.

 

Alumbaugh’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000003Pr8fEAC.

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 June, 2021 11:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: West Virginia Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

June 7, 2021

 

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc. John J. Sitarz, 19, of Weirton, West Virginia, killed during World War II, was accounted for May 27, 2020.

 

In November 1944, Sitarz was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Germeter, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was declared missing in action on Nov. 2. Sitarz could not be recovered because of the on-going fighting, and his status was changed to killed in action on Nov. 3, 1945.

 

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command 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 Sitarz’ remains. He was declared non-recoverable in 1951.

 

While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a DPAA historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-2785 Neuville, recovered from a minefield west of Germeter in 1946 possibly belonged to Sitarz. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1949, were disinterred in 2018 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification.

 

To identify Sitarz’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), Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR), and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Sitarz’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) 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.

 

Sitarz will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, at a date 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 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.

 

Sitarz’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LlUgEAK.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 
https://www.audacy.com/connectingvets/news/lawmakers-want-dod-to-help-with-veterans-record-backlog


Congressmen urge DoD to help address backlog of veterans records at National Archives
 

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June 7, 2021
 
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The Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency used anthropological analysis and circumstantial evidence to identify the remains. The Armed Forces ...

 
WASHINGTON DC — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. Lloyd A. Alumbaugh, 21, of Jasper, ...
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Ashby's body died two years before it was reliably identified by the Federal POW / MIA Accounting Office. .. Navy Fireman 3rd Class Welborn L. Ashby ...
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Testing at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base positively identified Reab's remains on Feb. 24. A graveside ...
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But while other awards such as the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, the Air Force Cross and the Silver Star have ...

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... the remains were exhumed and brought to Offutt Air Force Bas, where the Defense Pow-Mia Accounting lab used DNA testing to identify Reab.
... at last can be laid to rest thanks to DNA testing and the remarkable efforts of a team of investigators from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
June 4, 2021
1, 2021, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said. On Dec. 7, 1941, Ballance was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored ...

 
WASHINGTON – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Thursday that Navy Radioman 3rd Class Earl M. Ellis, 23, of Hope, ...

 
WASHINGTON, DC – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Thursday that Navy Radioman 3rd Class Earl M. Ellis, 23, ...
 
Some examples: Honoring and remembering POW/MIA Day and Gold Star Mother's Day, 10 points; List veteran-owned business on municipal websites, ...

 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution chronicled the long journey home to family for Blanchard and how the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Virginia on Nov. 15, 2019, notified some family members that Hedtke was identified on Oct. 12, 2019, ...
WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Radioman 3rd Class Earl M. Ellis, 23, of Hope, ...

 
... by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), that the St. Charles man was identified through DNA sampling and anthropological records.
June 3, 2021
NEWS
 
Robert Bailey had been listed as missing until this past January. His remains were identified through DNA testing as part of a federal Defense POW/MIA ...
June 2, 2021
12, according to a news release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Advertisement. A Tribune story from when Delles enlisted in March ...

 
Most are military veterans, but it is not a prerequisite for membership. Raising the POW/MIA flag at every elementary, middle and high school in the ...

 
... first successful completion of a project of such scope and complexity," the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a news release Tuesday.

 
The cabinet will be installed in the POW/MIA Museum under development at Jefferson Barracks. Chase, who lives in Arnold, said the primary reason he ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) reports the USS Oklahoma Project is nearing completion. Nearly 86% of unknowns from the USS ...

 
POW/MIA OHIO Wall will be on display during Rockford Community Days · Thursday - June 17 at 4 PM --- one day only event. Proceeds from this year's ...
June 2, 2021
“For all POWs to have a proper burial.” According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the remains of almost 82,000 Americans are still ...

 
The funeral service was held at Bevil Brothers Funeral Home in Beaver Dam. Members of Rolling Thunder, a motorcycle club dedicated to POW-MIA ...

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the battleship was struck by multiple torpedoes, which caused the vessel to quickly capsize.

 

 
 

 
According to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency records, Elmer Patterson Lawrence of Barren County was a Seaman 1st Class who died at age 25.
June 1, 2021
 

 
 

 
Lombari, whose father won the Silver Star in World War II, went to a Memorial Day service in Pawtucket on Monday. He noticed that just one younger ...


... attended the burial ceremony on Wednesday, according to the accounting agency. Mills, a Ball High School graduate, was awarded the Silver Star, ...


His remains were identified through DNA testing as part of a federal Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency effort to identify those who were recovered ...

Scientific experts at the Indian agency will help the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to identify and recover these missing personnel.
The ceremony in Greenfield included the laying of a wreath before the park's large granite panel that recognizes POWs and MIAs. More than 300 ...
In 2017, they decided to provide their DNA to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in hopes that the organization would one day be able to ...
"It means everything to me," Vietnam veteran Jim Bruchert said. "I lost a lot of buddies." Bruchert wore a POW MIA pin on his cap to honor those lost in ...
Jensen was assigned to the USS Oklahoma when the battleship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941, Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 
... with Cambodia on implementation of UN sanctions on the DPRK, child protection, UN peacekeeping, POW/MIA accounting, humanitarian demining, ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is part of the ... and identify military members who are missing in action, prisoners of war or not ...

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Treadway was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma which was anchored at Pearl ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was given authorization in 2016 to dig up 94 sets of remains that were never identified. Among them was ...

 
... 21, of St. Charles, Illinois, who was killed during World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 12, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Navy Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Shelby Treadway was accounted for on Sept. 28, 2020.
May 31, 2021
The burials come after an effort by the federal Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to use DNA to identify remains from Pearl Harbor that were ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was given authorization in 2016 to investigate and dig up 94 sets of remains that were never identified and ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) hosted a ceremony commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the tragedy involving the Joint Task ...

 
The Defense POW /MIA Accounting Agency, which searches for, recovers and identifies missing American war dead around the world, is ending a ...

Then, on April 21, 2020, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Griffith was accounted for, thanks to advancements in ...
Photos: Bikers Flood DC in 'Rolling to Remember' Ride for POW/MIA and Veterans. 7 hrs ago. a group of people riding on the back of a motorcycle: ...
Remains of 532 Marines were recovered after the war in 1946, Hattie Johnson, head of the Marine Corps POW/MIA section, told the paper. Walker's ...

 
Still the primary purpose of the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Rides is to demonstrate the need to account for the POW-MIA. An additional goal is to help ...
But it was just four months ago that the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that it had finally identified the remains of one of the sailors ...

 

 
 

 
Christian died in 2017 — just two years before the U.S Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced it had identified Ashby's remains using DNA ...
Now that they had an exact location, Moran met with the Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the agency in charge of ...
... but Christian died in 2017, two years before Ashby's remains were positively identified by the federal Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 
The POW*MIA Awareness Association is dedicated to the financial support & public awareness of the Prisoners of War and Missing In Action (POW*MIA) ...

 

 
 

 
"I'm still fighting the fight. The hope is that maybe I can redeem their honor." The next memorial ceremony for the POW/MIA veterans is at 12:00 p.m. ...

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, 2,646 Americans went missing in action. Since the end of the war, the remains of 1,062 have ...

 
I remember him everyday with his POW/MIA bracelet I wear every day. I still pray every night that he may return to us, I will never give up hope.

 
In 2014, Franken was the first director of Pentagon's POW/MIA accounting agency. Franken mentioned next month's burial of William Tucker of Bedford ...

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Hobbs went missing on November 30, 1950 when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.
A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for. He is also memorialized at the Ringgold City Hall MIA/POW monument.
Six years ago, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed 61 caskets containing USS Oklahoma remains from the National Memorial Cemetery ...

 
Suzanne Ogawa, whose mother created the POW-MIA flag was in attendance and says, “very emotional, especially after the funeral service, because ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was given authorization in 2016 to investigate and dig up 94 sets of remains that were never identified ...

 
The Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency used DNA technology and other state-of-the-art methods to identify bodies that were sent to Ofat after ...
... to “demand accountability for the 80,000-plus POWs and MIAs, and to continue to fund the Defense POW-MIA Accountability Agency,” Brown said.

 
Justin Mills was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on May 26, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Mills was killed in November ...
... the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Thursday. The remains identified as those of Army Pfc. Bill Hobbs of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, ...
Navy Seaman returned home after 80 years, brings importance of POW/MIA ... BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -Memorial day is a day to remember those ...
In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed the bodies to begin the identification progress and Magers was accounted for in ...
On the island of Oahu in Hawaii, resides a military unit called the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), whose mission is to find and collect ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, based in Washington, provides the fullest possible accounting for missing personnel from past conflicts to ...

 
“'Bat 21' then broke into pieces and crashed,” according to the U.S. military's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. “No parachutes were witnessed,” ...
Vietnam has more than 1,600 missing, and the Cold War at 126 service members listed as POW/MIA. Six people remain unaccounted for in conflicts ...
 
... Pacific Wrecks for their insight into the crash area and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for the recovery of Sgt. Domer's remains and their ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has used DNA technology and other modern methods to identify the remains that were sent to Offutt after ...
 
From: Richard Downes <coalitionoffamilies@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jun 2, 2021 at 5:23 PM
Subject: Spring 2021 Newsletter - Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs
To: Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs <
coalitionoffamilies@gmail.com>
 

Hello Everyone,

 

The Coalition’s Spring 2021 newsletter is attached. This edition features articles on where the mission stands today, a discussion of the new administration’s policy towards North Korea, and the first in a series of articles by Donna Knox on longstanding reports that American P.O.W.s were taken to the former Soviet Union. All this is in addition to regular features covering the accounting message worldwide, the President’s Corner, and Coalition news.

 

* Mailing Address Update

The Coalition’s mailing address is once again:

PO Box 4194

Portsmouth, NH 03802

We are happy being back at the old box number.

 

* Amazon Smile

Thank you to those who make the Coalition your nonprofit charity of choice on Amazon Smile. Your purchases help support our role in learning what happened to the missing men.

 

* Washington, DC, Travel Fund Donations

            The Coalition relies on memberships and broader donations to pursue issues 

that help learn what happened to the missing men. Much of this work is done in Washington, DC. Multiple trips each year incur expenses beyond the Coalition’s regular operation. Please add to your membership donation and support these important travel expenses. The more often we are able to be in the nation’s capital, the more we can advocate on the men’s behalf. (A membership application is on page 10.)

 

* DPAA - Korean/Cold War Family August Briefing

DPAA will host the annual meeting in person this year, August 5-6, at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, in Arlington, Virginia. DPAA’s invitation letters are being mailed in June. For more info contact your casualty office - see page six of the newsletter. (This is not a Coalition event.)

 

We are looking forward to joining you in August. All the best, as always.


 

Rick

Richard Downes, President

Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs
 


 

Join us! The Coalition pursues answers to the stories of missing American servicemen from the Korean and Cold Wars.

www.coalitionoffamilies.org

 

(A 501(3)C non-profit organization)


 

P.O. Box 4194

Portsmouth, NH 03802

818.259.9950

 

www.coalitionoffamilies.org

 

May 30, 2021
Photos: Bikers Flood DC in 'Rolling to Remember' Ride for POW/MIA and Veterans. Published 24 seconds ago • Updated 9 seconds ago.
 
 
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... by AMVETS and gathers thousands of motorcycles and spectators to honor POW-MIA veterans, is set to kick off in Washington, DC, at 12 p.m. EST.
He was buried with military honors in Arlington Park in Milwaukee, Wis. On March 4, 1976, President Gerald Ford presented the Medal of Honor to ...
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -Memorial day is a day to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Saturday, the United ...
May 29, 2021
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, on Dec. 7, 1941, Navy Seaman 2nd Class Howard S. Magers of the Merry Oaks ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Magers' remains were recovered, but they could not be identified at the time. To identify him, scientists ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on April 21 announced that Navy Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates, 27, of Rush Center, was accounted ...

 
 

 
He's a deputy director at the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency, which has forensic facilities in Hawaii. It's the largest forensic skeletal laboratory ...
In 2015, the Department of Defense and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency received authorization to exhume unidentified remains associated ...

 
In the past, the Fallen American Veterans Foundation has worked with the U.S. Department of Defense, through its POW/MIA Accounting Agency, ...
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III told the civilian and military personnel at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that their mission not only ...

 
In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency began reexamining the remains using advanced DNA testing. On Feb. 24, 2021, DPAA confirmed ...
The POW/MIA Memorial will be added to the existing Florida Vietnam Memorial, and it won't cost tax payers a dime. The Big Bend Chapter 96 of the ...

 
The army field band also holds a ceremony in Arlington for prisoners of war and those missing in action. They set a round table for their never ending ...

 
During the ruck march, people can carry POW, MIA, and, of course, U.S flags. “We're going to step off at 9 o'clock,” Michael said. “I'll take an easy pace ...

 
Domer's remains, Pacific Wrecks for their insight into the crash area and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for the recovery of Sgt. Domer's ...

 
(KFOR) – The remains of an Oklahoma soldier killed during the Korean War will finally be laid to rest. On Thursday, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Navy Fireman 3rd Class William Barnett, 21, of Fort Scott, Kansas, was identified in September 2020 as one of ...

 
Magers was identified last December through a project through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. His funeral is Saturday in Smiths Grove, ...

 
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency photo of the burial of Navy Radioman 3rd Class Thomas E. Griffith, 20, of Dayton, killed during World War II.

 

... nation flags, U.S. state flags, federal entity flags, armed forces flags, and POW/MIA flags are flown on United States of America embassy grounds.

 
... or possession; a departmental; the flag of U.S. military forces; or the POW/MIA flag. “The Administration's directive is an insult to those who made the ...

Get it straight: The difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

By Lisa Respers France, CNN

Updated 8:35 AM ET, Sun May 30, 2021

This story was first published in 2014.

(CNN)We are here to make sure you don't embarrass yourself.

Inevitably, someone says something demonstrating confusion over the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Allow us to explain it to you.

 

 

Memorial Day Fast Facts

Related: Veterans reveal personal stories about why they serve

Memorial Day: Celebrated the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.

The website for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs recounts the start of Memorial Day this way:

"Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans -- the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) -- established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country."

The passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971 by Congress made it an official holiday.

 

 

9 simple ways you can help veterans

 

Veterans Day: This federal holiday falls on November 11 and is designated as a day to honor all who have served in the military. According to Military.com, Veterans Day began as Armistice Day to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918.

"In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans," the site says. "With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars."

5 ways to honor veterans beyond Veterans Day

Just for good measure, we will also throw in some information about Labor Day because, believe it or not, we've seen folks thanking troops on that holiday. Labor Day, the first Monday in September, honors the contributions of American workers, not the military.

Subject:   Memorial Day 

Date:   Fri, 28 May 2021 16:01:21 -0600

To:

H<hank@henrymarkholzer.com>

 

Happy Memorial Day, or solemn Memorial Day?

In the last several days, people have begun to wish me "Happy Memorial Day." Well intentioned as they were, “Happy” is  a serious mistake.

Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is a federal holiday established to remember those who died while members of the United States of America's armed forces (unlike Veterans' Day, which celebrates all those who served).

With its genesis in Decoration Day -- when years ago volunteers decorated the graves of the fallen with flowers -- Memorial Day is not a day for tailgate barbecues, baseball games, or garage sales. It's a day for all Americans -- those of us who wore our Nation's uniform, and those who were not so privileged -- to memorialize by thought and deed the heavy price the dead veterans have paid . . .  and how much we owe them for what they lost in every American war, spanning the Revolution two centuries ago to the everyday worldwide firefights around the world we never hear about.

 

Memorial Day is very different from America's birthday. Independence Day -- not the "Fourth of July" -- should be celebrated with fireworks, patriotic songs, and loud band concerts. 

 

But not Memorial Day, a time of remembrance too solemn an occasion to be "happy."

 

Requiescat in pace

 

May 28, 2021
In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) began reexamining the unidentified remains using advanced DNA testing. On February 24 ...

 
... soldier from Oklahoma who disappeared during the Korean War more than 70 years ago, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Thursday.

 
More than 60 motorcyclists made their way through Nitro for a POW/MIA recognition ride. “Memorial day is not for those who are serving or who have ...

 
It's what we fight for is to bring these POW MIA's home,” said Todd Matonich, President of Rolling Thunder Chapter 5. Many of its members are veterans ...

 
... to the family just four years ago, according to Bob Jones, who for years has organized ceremonies and vigils at the POW-MIA park on Meredith Bay.

 
“Our partnership will lead to more opportunities to partner with the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency and aid in the return of our nation's MIAs.”.
May 24, 2021
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency photo of the burial of Navy Radioman 3rd Class Thomas E. Griffith, 20, of Dayton, killed during World War II.

Glen A. Doherty, a native of Winchester Massachusetts, served as a combat-decorated Navy SEAL. Tyrone Woods, a native of Portland, Oregon was ...

 

 

Christopher Ahn, 40, faces his final extradition hearing in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Two years ago, he was freed on $1.3million bail but was forced to serve home confinement....

 

US Marine facing extradition, threat of murder by North Korea speaks out, telling Fox News 'the fear is there'

The Biden administration is trying to extradite former U.S. Marine officer Christopher Ahn, 39, to what his supporters say is certain assassination by Kim Jong Un's regime for his anti-regime activities....

Click here for more.

 

May 27, 2021
... who has since passed, and Martha's son Mark Christian, provided DNA samples to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. DPAA scientists used ...

 
In 2015, the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Office (DPAA) unearthed the body and began the identification process using dental and anthropological ...
https://www.theblaze.com/news/left-wing-writer-skewered-white-victims

 
Left-wing writer gets skewered for saying 'white men' have been acting like 'victims' ever since the Vietnam War

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Mission Matters Newsletter: friend of Wreaths Across America 
 

On Saturday, May 15, Wreaths Across America in partnership with the Worcester Family, unveiled a monument memorializing the soldiers and crew aboard Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 that disappeared without a trace on March 16, 1962. 

For nearly 60 years, the families of the men and women on board this flight have waited for answers, and just as important, they’ve waited to see their loved ones Remembered and Honored with their names in stone. 

Stories of this fateful flight as told by loved ones of those lost have now reached all corners of the United States. Our hope is that the names of the 93 Army Soldiers and 11 flight crew members (many of whom were veterans themselves) are continued to be said out loud and their stories be told. 

Read the list of names of those onboard Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 here.

Wreaths Across America, PO Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623, United States, 877-385-9504

 

Charlotte Sigafoos joined the National League of POW/MIA Families, sometimes attending rallies in Washington, D.C. Her husband didn't. He stayed ...

 
Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. An Oregon school board tabled a vote on flying Black Lives Matter, "progressive pride" and POW/MIA flags ...

 
Recently as part of a program middle school children were asked, what does POW/MIA stand for? They could not answer. How sad. Veteran ...
Descendants of William G. Leyden receive a Silver Star, Purple Heart, Croix De Guerre with Palme de Bronze and the WWI Victory Medal at a ceremony ...
Scientists used dental, anthropological and DNA analysis to identify Magers' remains. That's one less POW/MIA, but one more potent reminder.

 
The 31st Regimental Combat lost 1,392 of its 1,777 Soldiers – missing in action, unrecovered killed, or prisoners of war. Johnson's name did not appear ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement last week that the remains of Army Cpl. Burl Mullins, 23, of Dorton were identified in ...

 
Recently, Mitchell was identified by the Defense POW / MIA Treasurer and his body was taken to John Wayne Airport on Tuesday, allowing him to rest ...
In November, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced it had identified their remains. “When I got the call, I broke down and cried and ...
... the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement last week. ... learned that he had been taken as a prisoner of war, the statement said.

 
... Islands during WWII have been identified, according to a press release from the Defense POW/MIA Account Agency. Army Pvt. Wayne M. Evans, 21, ...

 
Recently, Mitchell was identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and, on Tuesday, his remains were flown to John Wayne Airport so he ...
May 25, 2021
So it's not entirely surprising that the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has proposed that “unknown” remains from the Arizona be moved from ...

 
... identified, according to a press release from the Defense POW/MIA Account Agency. ... More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the war.
May 24, 2021
But then, 66 years later, between June and November 2015, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency personnel exhumed the remaining unknowns ...

 
A soldier from Hamilton who died during WWII in a Prisoner of War camp has been positively identified. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

 
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Monday that "Army Pvt. Wayne M. Evans, 21, of Hamilton, Montana, who was captured and died ...

 
The 31st Regimental Combat lost 1,392 of its 1,777 Soldiers missing in action, unrecovered killed or prisoners of war. Johnson's name did not appear on ...

May 23—The Defense POW /MIA Accounting Agency said it has talked with the Navy about disinterring 94 sailors from the famed battleship USS ...

 

 

The Magers and more than 400 other men on board were buried in the Punchbowl Mass Cemetery in Honolulu. In 2015, the Defense POW / MIA ...
In 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed 35 caskets from the cemetery containing the remains of USS West Virginia casualties.
Veteran found: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Navy Fireman 1st Class William D. Tucker, 19, of Bedford, killed during World War II, ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said it has talked with the Navy about disinterring 94 sailors from the famed battleship USS Arizona who ...
May 22, 2021

... at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, two months later and went to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory for identification.

 
5, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Barnett, a 21-year-old sailor from Fort Scott, was accounted for on Sept. 14, 2020.
May 21, 2021
Magers' remains were identified publicly April 5 by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The DPAA said Magers, 18, was assigned to the ...

 
A modern forensics team from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency found pieces of remains at the crash site. In 2019, using DNA provided by ...

 

May 21, 2021
... To joined the federal government's effort to recover and identify America's war dead, now centered in the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 
“The whiteness of the Operation Homecoming vets, the most visible and distinguished former prisoners of war, made the POW/MIA movement a ...

 
The search for POWs and MIAs became a hot button issue in the years and decades following the war, so much so that it had to be addressed before ...
To identify Daniels' remains, scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as ...
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency analysts used modern forensic techniques and were able to identify Johnson from among those remains. Over ...

 
6, 1950, near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea, according to the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Valentine, who was 22 at the time, ...
May 20, 2021
(KWWL) -- The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today Navy Fireman 1st Class William D. Tucker, 19, of Bedford, Iowa, killed ...

 
WASHINGTON (WTVQ) – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced ... discovered that he had been taken as a prisoner of war.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that 19-year-old Navy Fireman 1st Class William D. Tucker of Bedford, Iowa, killed ...

 
They perform pall bearing, flag folding, bugling, three-volley rifle fire, presenting or posting the colors, POW/MIA ceremonies and more. “In the Base ...

 
In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) exhumed the bodies and began the identification process using dental and anthropological ...

 
Make sure to join or watch in tribute as the POW/MIA Freedom Ride tours Lakeside Avenue in Weirs Beach at 6 PM en route to Meredith's Hesky Park ...

05/18.2021

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, an office that tracks progress in searching for missing remains, announced Johnson's remains were ...
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Beek's remains were included in 55 boxes of American service members' remains turned ...

 
... a lab case manager with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the cause of death was already clear: a bullet wound. But the researchers knew ...
https://www.audacy.com/connectingvets/news/honoring-the-fallen/6-uss-oklahoma-sailors-killed-at-pearl-harbor-accounted-for
 

6 USS Oklahoma sailors killed at Pearl Harbor accounted for

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced six sailors killed during World War II had been accounted for.

The sailors were assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft on December 7, 1941. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 sailors and Marines....

... identified since 2017 through a special joint project teaming the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
(WBKO) - The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Pearl Harbor Hero, Navy Seaman 2nd Class, Howard S. Magers, from Merry ...
... to rest on Saturday after his body was recovered by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) over 60 years after he went missing in action.
In 2018, Boughman's remains were turned over by North Korea, and he was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on April 20, ...
May 15, 2021
Turgeon's remains were identified in January by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency at an Air Force base in Nebraska. Turgeon's sister and his ...
Blanchard's remains were positively identified in January via DNA testing conducted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. William Eugene ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified Turgeon's remains. A funeral with full military honors will be held for Turgeon in August, after ...

 
To identify Beek's remains, scientists from Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial ...

 
Beek's family recently learned his remains were identified. To identify Beek's remains, scientists from Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, "Fireman 2nd Class Young entered the U.S. Navy from Kentucky and served aboard the USS ...
May 12, 2021
The new ride, organized by AMVETS, will not only highlight those POW/MIA troops but also challenge of preventing veterans suicide. Navy veterans ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Monday it had identified the remains of 24-year-old Navy Fire Controlman 2nd Class Harold F. Trapp ...
WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced this week that Army Pfc. James W. White, 21, of Chester, Ohio, killed ...

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Young was unable to be identified when the American Graves Registration Service ...

 
They include the American flag, state flags, military service flags, the POW/MIA flag, flags of partner or allied countries, and ceremonial, command, unit, ...
May 11, 2021
His remains were accounted for April 14th, 2020, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Scientists from DPAA used ...
May 10, 2021
... brothers in arms, including both POW/MIA troops and veterans who died by suicide. Fighting to preserve the Memorial Day tradition is Florida Rep.

 
 
The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on Aug. 1, 2018, and were sent to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirms the previously unidentified remains of Harold and William Trapp. The brothers were among 429 ...
 
... Martha (Christian) and nephew Mark Christian, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency positively identified Welborn's remains on 11/19/2019.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Army Cpl. Asa E. Vance, 18, of Decatur, was accounted for Sept. 10, 2019. Vance was assigned ...

The DPAA Korean/Cold War Annual government briefing is scheduled for  August 5-6, 2021 in Washington, DC. DPAA is reaching out for family member thoughts on holding the in-person Korean/Cold War Annual government briefing this August in Washington DC.

The agency is contacting families who left email addresses at previous meetings. If you have not attended a meeting or did not leave an email address, they may not have been able to reach you. As you recall, last year’s annual DC briefing was cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic concerns. Please pass along this message to other Korean/Cold War family members as you see fit.

 

Below is the DPAA’s message:

* * * * *
Greetings from DPAA,

We are fast approaching the window to make our decision to host an in person 2021 annual briefing. And to this, I wanted to reach out to you to hopefully gauge your interest in attending this year's August 5-6, 2021 annual briefing.

In our planning, we are fully prepared to adhere to all safety protocols to ensure we keep everyone safe and healthy. Our COVID-19 safety protocols will include enforcing mask wearing, taking temperatures of attendees before they enter the main briefing room, providing hand sanitizer and following strict social distancing requirements.

Further, it is our hope that the majority of all attending will have been afforded the opportunity to be fully vaccinated by August.

Please feel free to reply to Mr. Gregory Hayes with any comments, questions or concerns.

Greg Hayes - gregory.l.hayes4.civ@mail.mil

Continue to stay safe and well.

Sincerely,

Todd S. Livick
Director, DPAA Outreach and Communications

https://nypost.com/2021/05/15/honored-at-last-the-heroes-of-flying-tiger-line-flight-739/

Honored at last: Remembering the heroes of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739


 


Six decades after their loved ones vanished into thin air, relatives of the victims of Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 — 93 soldiers aboard a secret-mission flight chartered by the US Army in the buildup to the Vietnam War — want answers....

 

May 16, 2021
His remains, which were classified with others as unknown, were identified a year ago by DNA testing by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 
Bradley's remains were identified through a project of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Eugene Blanchard. William Eugene Blanchard was ...


In 2011, I introduced legislation to bestow Father Kapaun with the Presidential Medal of Honor, which was awarded in 2013. In 1993, Pope John Paul II ...


https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/05/12/vigil-and-funeral-dates-set-army-chaplain-emil-kapaun.html?ESRC=eb_210512.nl
Vigil and Funeral Dates Set for Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun
 

A vigil and funeral date have been set for Father Emil Kapaun, who died in a Korean War prison camp roughly 70 years ago.

Kapaun, who is on a path toward possible sainthood, is expected to draw a crowd larger than what can be held in the
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, where Kapaun will eventually be interred, according to the Catholic
Diocese of Wichita Director of Communications Matthew Vainer....

May 13, 2021
May 12—WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced this week that Army Pfc. James W. White, 21, of Chester, ...

 
He was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on April 20, 2020, after his remains were identified using circumstantial and ...


The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Monday it had identified the remains of Navy Fire Controlman 2nd Class Harold F. Trapp, 24, and ...


The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Navy Fireman 2nd Class Ralph C. Battles, 25, of Boaz, killed during World War II, ...

 

May 11, 2021
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced it has identified the remains of the Trapp brothers of La Porte who died on the USS Oklahoma ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that Army Pfc. James White, 21, of Chester, Ohio, was accounted for in January of last ...

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), Army Cpl. Eldert J. Beek was 20-years-old when he was killed during the Korean War ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, part of the U.S. Department of Defense, maintains a laboratory near the Punchbowl where it helps identify ...
May 11, 2021
He was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Sept. 10, 2019, after his remains were identified using circumstantial and ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency made the announcement Monday. Navy Fire Controlman 2nd Class Harold F. Trapp, 24, and Navy ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced today the remains of Army Cpl. Eldert J. Beek, 20, of Sibley, Iowa, were identified on April 14, ...
May 11, 2021
His remains were accounted for April 14th, 2020, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Scientists from DPAA used ...
May 10, 2021
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Army Cpl. Asa E. Vance, 18, of Decatur, was accounted for Sept. 10, 2019. Vance was assigned ...
Frodsham said she gives her thanks to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for testing her family's DNA to find McCurley. She said McCurley's ...
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/03/us/texas-coast-guard-search-suspended/index.html

Coast Guard suspends search for missing Air Force member off Texas coast - CNN

https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/04/us/texas-airman-body-found/index.html

Family finds body of missing airman off Texas coast after Coast Guard suspends search - CNN

... its annual “Rolling to Remember” motorcycle parade in D.C. every year to honor all Prisoner-of-War (POW) and Missing-in-Action (MIA) veterans.

 
The new AMVETS event, which started in 2020, is designed to highlight both POW/MIA troops and veterans who died by suicide. Only a few dozen ...
May 4, 2021
A prisoner of war bracelet, kept by a Norfolk family for seven decades, has been reunited with the relatives of its original owner - thanks to the power of ...

 
... Korea will be coming home in June, for burial in Ringgold, Georgia, according to a news release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
May 3, 2021
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III tours the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April ...

 
The remains of Navy Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates will be buried May 29 in Larned, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced in late ...

 
He volunteered his services as the financial advisor to the National League of Families of America's POW/MIA in SE Asia following the Vietnam war.
May 3, 2021
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/04/30/remains-of-alabama-soldier-missing-1950-identified.html?ESRC=eb_210503.nl

Remains of Alabama Soldier Missing Since 1950 Identified
 

 
A well-known veteran's POW/MIA group called AMVETS was denied a parking permit from the wokester Pentagon for its 34rd annual Memorial Day ...

The Hall of Valor website, run by Pueblo's Doug Sterner, is the most ... the 2013 Stolen Valor Act, a federal law cowritten by Pam that makes it illegal to ...

 

May 2, 2021
... in 2018, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Helms was 24 and serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, ...

 
This week, new hope came by email from the U.S. Department of POW/MIA Accounting Agency. After decades of not being able to search the crash ...
May 1, 2021
By Katherine Keller. On May 26, 2017, a dedication ceremony took place in the shadow of an F-4C Phantom jet fighter plane on 5500 S. Howell Ave.

 
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III told the civilian and military personnel at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that their mission not only ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says DNA analysis helped determine that remains of Army Cpl. Henry L. Helms of the northeast Alabama ...
 
... the Defense Department disinterred the unidentified remains from the Punchbowl in 2015 and brought them to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 
The items whisper loss and darkness, displaying and representing a six-letter acronym that remains universally recognized: POW/MIA. Groups like ...
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Army Cpl. Henry L. Helms of Collbran, Alabama, was accounted for on April 16, 2020.

 
The POW-MIA flag along with the American and South Vietnamese flags was raised. “I'm so proud they decided to fly the flag today,” he said.

The Ride Home FaceBook page:
 

It is with deep regret that we must cancel The Ride Home for 2021.
 


As many of you know, Jim “Moe” Moyer, National Director, is currently addressing major health issues requiring an undetermined amount of time away and extensive rehabilitation. Please respect his privacy as he and Ginny work through these difficult times.

Although best efforts continued toward our 2021 goals, the Board of Directors have been forced to make this very difficult decision to cancel The Ride Home.

 


We thank you for your prayers and continued support.  

Until They All Come Home!

Henry L. Helms, 24, of Collbran, was accounted for April 16, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Collbran is located between Fort ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, an office that investigates ... Johnson was never reported to be a prisoner of war and he was not identified ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced on Monday, April 26, that Navy Seaman 1st Class Wallace G. Mitchell, 19, of Los ...
(WBRC) - The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) said an Alabama soldier killed during the Korean War was accounted for on April 16, 2020 ...

 
As of November 2019, the POW/MIA flag has flown daily at all post offices. When you see that flag, remember these fifteen. And then remember their ...
April 29, 2021
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Johnson's remains were confirmed earlier this month, 70 years after he had been reported ...
April 28, 2021
The POW/MIA flag was born in January of that year, the brainchild of a group called the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing ...
April 24, 2021
... of the sailor who died when he was 24 years old finally has been identified, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday morning.

 
William E. Blanchard of Tignall, Ga. was accounted for in January, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Tagged : accounted,after ...
Currently, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, an agency of the Department of Defense and a lead entity in IDing efforts, does not allow a body ...

Hall will take a leave-of-absence from her county job to help map the remains of military members for the {span}Department of Defense's POW/MIA ...
April 27, 2021
Sean Everette, a public affairs spokesperson for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Parker was declared missing in action after an unsuccessful ...

 

 
(KBAK/KBFX) — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class Wallace G. Mitchell, 19, of Los ...

 
On August 20th and 21st, Woodland Park will host the annual Salute to American Veterans Motorcycle Rally and POW/MIA Recognition Ride.
April 26, 2021
Bonnyman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, but his body was never recovered. That was until Buster, the black Labrador from ...

 
Thanks to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, his remains were recovered and accounted for in June 2019. Frodsham said the Department of ...

https://www.audacy.com/connectingvets/news/afghanistan-withdrawal-draws-concerns-over-abducted-american

Mark Frerichs, a contractor from Lombard, Illinois, believed held for more than a year by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, was not mentioned in President Joe Biden's address on Afghanistan last week. Nor was the troop withdrawal, scheduled to be complete by Sept. 11, conditioned on his release from custody, fueling concerns that the U.S. could lose bargaining power to get Frerichs home once its military presence is removed from the country....
 

https://www.audacy.com/connectingvets/news/mental-health/green-alert-bill-creates-amber-alert-system-for-veterans

 

 
 
A new monument honoring the U.S. Army soldiers who lost their lives in a mysterious 1962 plane crash in the Pacific Ocean will be unveiled next month at the Wreaths Across America headquarters in Columbia Falls....
 
No trace of wreckage or debris was ever found, even after one of the largest search and rescue missions in U.S military history, with 48 military aircraft and eight ships covering 144,000 square miles of Pacific Ocean territory. To this day, the military says it does not know what caused the crash — a mechanical or pilot error, an explosion in the cargo hold, sabotage or an attack....

 
This is having to do with the POW/MIA flag that was again recently placed atop the White House whenever the American Flag is flying. I know now that ...

 
Sergeant Sean Everette, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency public affairs spokesman, said, “based on reporting from other pilots that were part of ...

 
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Dat Trinh, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recovery team linguist, carries buckets during a recovery mission in ...
April 24, 2021

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam, Hawaii, received the remains and conducted an ...
April 23, 2021

 
William E. Blanchard of Tignall, Ga. was accounted for in January, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Author: Jonathan Raymond ...

 
DTIC will be followed by a group of 13 agencies that includes the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the Defense Media Activity and the Defense ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that a Valatie, New York man killed in the Korean War has been accounted for.

 
... United States flag or the POW/MIA flags, or foreign service flags where required. “Posts should support efforts to repeal [criminalization] legislation, ...
April 23, 2021
BEDFORD, Va. (WSET) — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on Thursday that a Korean War soldier who was formerly MIA is ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Thursday that Navy Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates, 27, of Rush Center, Kansas, ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Friday that. Army Cpl. Clifford S. Johnson, 20, of Valatie, was accounted for on April 16 ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a release Friday that Navy Boilermaker 1st Class William E. Blanchard, a 24-year-old native of ...
April 22, 2021
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Thursday that Army Pfc. Bobbie Ray Daniels, 17, of Bedford, who was killed during the ...

 
(WILX) - Thursday the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert Parker, 23, of Lansing, ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Navy Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates, 27, of Rush Center, Kansas, was on the battleship USS ...

 
Finally, on March 9, 2021, he was accounted for, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today. In November 1943, Parker was ...
April 22, 2021
Ronkonkoma's annual Run Around the Lake honoring Lt. Michael P. Murphy, ... He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by then-President ...

 
... Aide for Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson, is pushing for Vietnam War Veteran Bill Albracht, to have his Silver Star upgraded to a Medal of Honor.
April 20, 2021
On July 27, 2018, Hussey's remains were turned over by North Korea and he was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Sept.
April 15, 2021
The memorial is a 7-foot-tall stainless steel replica of the POW MIA bracelet first worn during the Vietnam War as a non-political show of support for ...

 
However, according to the official Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency website, “Today, more than 72,000 Americans remain unaccounted for from ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says it has identified the remains of Navy 3rd Class Cook Robert Goodwin. He was aboard the USS ...
WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday that Navy Ship's Cook 3rd Class Robert Goodwin, 20, of Wichita, ...
The nephew obtained a name about Turgeon's remains week in the past from the U.S. Division of Protection's POW/MIA Accounting Company.

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/04/16/47-million-americans-who-served-wwi-now-have-their-own-national-memorial-dc.html?ESRC=eb_210419.nl
 

The 4.7 Million Americans Who Served in WWI Now Have Their Own National Memorial in DC

April 17, 2021

 
So whenever the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, announces it has recovered and identified the remains of a U.S. service member, ...
April 16, 2021
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Thursday it had identified the remains of Navy 3rd Class Cook Robert Goodwin. He was aboard the ...

 
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Thursday the remains of Robert Goodwin were identified using dental and anthropological analysis.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Thursday that Navy Ship's Cook 3rd Class Robert Goodwin, 20, was accounted for on ...
April 16, 2021

 
 

 
The memorial is a 7-foot-tall stainless steel replica of the POW MIA bracelet first worn during the Vietnam War as a non-political show of support for ...
April 15, 2021
 
The memorial is a 7-foot-tall stainless steel replica of the POW MIA bracelet first worn during the Vietnam War as a non-political show of support for ...
 
However, according to the official Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency website, “Today, more than 72,000 Americans remain unaccounted for from ...
April 14, 2021
In January, Anthony Tata, who was then performing the duties of the undersecretary of defense for policy, directed the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...
April 14, 2021
Then last year, with the help of modern-day DNA technology, those remains were positively identified. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) ...
 
Eighteen years later, that sample was matched to bones that were found near the Chosin Reservoir. They got the call from the POW/MIA accounting ...

https://www.audacy.com/connectingvets/news/gold-arrow-families-potential-name-for-vet-suicide-survivors

Families of veterans who die by suicide would be called 'Gold Arrow Families' under new legislation

 

 
Northeast POW/MIA Network President Bob Jones said he has wanted this change since he noticed it last year. Advertisement. "All of us — men, women ...

 
POW-MIA flag on White House ... President Joe Biden has restored the prisoner-of-war/missing-in-action flag to its former location atop the White ...

 

 
The black-and-white POW/MIA flag returned atop the chief executive's residence, just below the American flag, on Friday, which is National Former ...

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/04/08/lawmaker-blames-lack-of-urgency-sluggish-military-records-processing.html?ESRC=eb_210409.nl

Lawmaker Blames 'Lack of Urgency' for Sluggish Military Records Processing


 

https://www.military.com/history/davao-dozen-how-americans-first-learned-about-bataan-death-march.html?ESRC=eb_210409.nl

The Davao Dozen: How Americans First Learned About the Bataan Death March


 

Ray Kapaun, who accepted the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama in 2013 on his uncle's behalf, said the family has been in discussions ...
https://americanmilitarynews.com/2021/04/bill-aims-to-end-terrible-practice-that-hits-late-veterans-accounts/
Bill aims to end ‘terrible practice’ that hits late veterans’ accounts
 

....New federal bipartisan legislation aims to prohibit the U.S. Department of Defense from clawing back or recouping some final retirement payments from veterans after they die.

U.S. Reps. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, and John Garamendi, D-California, reintroduced the bill, called “Military Retiree Survivor Comfort Act,” late last week.....

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9445455/DNA-analysis-used-identify-6-000-unaccounted-American-soldiers.html   04/07/2021

 

The Department of Defense is exloring the possibility of taking DNA samples from the bones of unknown soldiers and running them through public databases....

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2021/04/06/thousands-of-name-errors-possible-in-new-korean-war-remembrance-wall-advocates-fear/?fbclid=IwAR2D6qM23mT95ikpDdCPxdC-rt-hMXT1R0xDbmIcvd5fa5SSHoLWdYa4rXc

.....DoD won’t release the current DCAS list it provided to KWVMF, so the best glimpse into the data comes from an archived, publicly available version of the list available through the National Archives and Records Administration website. Korean War veterans advocates are alarmed at the inaccuracies they are finding there.....

April 6, 2021
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that Navy Seaman 2nd Class Howard S. Magers of Merry Oaks was accounted for on ...
April 5, 2021
He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and was the first Native American in the Navy to receive it, officials with the Naval History and ...

 
After more than 75 years, the wreckage of the USS Johnston, a destroyer commanded by an Oklahoma native and Medal of Honor recipient that sank ...
He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the first Native American in the US Navy to be awarded his country's highest military honor, ...

 
... who grew up in the northern Saratoga County hamlet of Hadley, were recently notified that the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, using a DNA ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says its mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for missing personnel to their families and the ...
April 4, 2021

 
Blanchard's remains were positively identified in January via DNA testing conducted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. It was for real. The ...
April 2, 2021
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https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/01/politics/trevor-reed-military-service/index.html

Trevor Reed: Family of American imprisoned in Russia believes he was targeted over past military service - CNNPolitics
 

 
 
 
Rescuers who found the plane partially buried in a swamp couldn't recover Mathis, who was 28, but the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command found ...
March 26, 2021
 
 
But thanks to a book the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency created that collected everything they knew about Blanchard, the family was able to ...

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 March, 2021 11:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From California Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

March 22, 2021

 

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that

Marine Corps Pfc. John F. Middleswart, 19, of San Diego, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on Jan. 28, 2021, as the 300th identification from

the USS Oklahoma Project.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Middleswart 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 Middleswart. 

 

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 Middleswart.

 

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Middleswart's remains, scientists from DPAA 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.

 

Middleswart'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.

 

Middleswart will be buried on June 8, 2021, 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.

 

Middleswart's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XexDEAS.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

-----Original Message-----
From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 March, 2021 10:35
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Nebraska Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

March 22, 2021

 

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that

Army Pvt. Lyle W. Reab, 22, of Phillips, Nebraska, killed during World War

II, was accounted for Feb. 24, 2021.

 

In November 1944, Reab was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 112th

Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action

as of Nov. 9, after his unit engaged German forces at Vossenack, Germany, in

the Hürtgen Forest. His body was not recovered.

 

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command

(AGRC) was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American

personnel in Europe. Several AGRC investigation teams searched for and

recovered remains in the Hürtgen Forest following World War II, but none

were identified as Reab. He was declared non-recoverable in December 1950.

 

While studying unresolved American losses in the Vossenack area, a DPAA

historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-7388

Neuville, recovered from a foxhole on the southeastern end of town in March

1948 possibly belonged to Reab. The remains, which had been buried as an

unknown soldier in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1949, were disinterred in

June 2018 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base,

Nebraska, for identification.

 

To identify Reab’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 Y chromosome

DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

Reab’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American

Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margarten,

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.

 

Reab will be buried June 8, 2021, in Aurora, Nebraska.

 

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.

 

Visit https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Briefing-Videos/ to watch a video about

DPAA’s Hürtgen Forest Project.

 

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.

 

Reab’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001aRaDxEAK.

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

https://www.radio.com/connectingvets/news/tomb-of-the-unknown-soldier-is-open-to-the-public

You can visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery again

The public can once again visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

The move is part of a gradual reopening of the cemetery due to improving COVID-19 conditions and is an important element of the yearlong centennial commemoration for the tomb, which culminates this Nov. 11, an ANC release states.

The tomb reopened March 9, after being closed for 11 months due to COVID-19 restrictions and renovation work. The public may visit the tomb during ANC’s regular operating hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily....

March 25, 2021
In 2015, the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency began trying to identify the remains. “We all 3 gave DNA and that's how they were eventually able ...

 
... over for identification to the forensic lab at the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
March 24, 2021
Cruz, a private, was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star, according to U.S. military records. He served in Company D, 1st Battalion ...

 
Rick Downes, the son of a U.S. airman who went MIA in North Korea in 1952 and head of the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs, ...

 
This stirring and patriotic display of about 200 American and POW/MIA flags and 50 state flags can be viewed until April 14. Park grounds, including ...

 
In a news release sent out this week, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reported Reab was from Phillips. Reab's World War II draft card ...

 
There are still a estimated 1,585 POW/MIA still not accounted for. During the war ... Here is this week's prisoner of war and missing in action update:.

 
Blanchard's remains were positively identified in January via DNA testing conducted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Boilermaker 1st ...

 
Until 2021. The news release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency explains how the answers were finally discovered. “While studying ...
Cruz was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions. He will be buried this month in his hometown, according to the military.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Marine Corps Pfc. John F. Middleswart, 19 of San Diego, killed during World War II, was accounted ...

 
Carroll said as far as he knows, Cleve is the only MIA from Farmington from the Vietnam era. “I still wear his POW/MIA bracelet. He's not forgotten.”.
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From the desk of NPS Ranger Jody Mays, Chief, Interpretation and Resource Management.

GREAT NEWS!

From: Mays, Jody L <Jody_Mays@nps.gov>
Sent: 21 March, 2021 14:03
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Andersonville NHS reopens museum and recognizes National Former POW Recognition Day

 

Andersonville News Release

Release Date:  21 March 2021 

Contacts:  Jody Mays, jody_mays@nps.gov, 229 924-0343, ext. 115 

Andersonville National Historic Site reopens museum and recognizes National Former POW Recognition Day
 

ANDERSONVILLE, Ga. Andersonville National Historic Site is pleased to announce two upcoming special events, recognizing the sacrifice of former prisoners of war (POWs) and highlighting our mission of serving as a national memorial for all American POWs. 
 

On April 1, the National Prisoner of War Museum will reopen to the public at a reduced capacity. Hours of operation will be 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Restrooms will be open but the theater will remain closed, so no park films will be shown.
 

On April 2, park staff and volunteers from local motorcycle club Robins Riders will raise the Avenue of Flags at the park in honor of National Former POW Recognition Day, which coincides with the start of the Bataan Death March on April 9. This stirring and patriotic display of about 200 American and POW/MIA flags and 50 state flags can be viewed until April 14. 
 

Park grounds, including Andersonville National Cemetery, remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Committal services for eligible veterans and their families continue to be offered at a reduced capacity as scheduled.
 

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners is our number one priority. If you are coming to the park, please allow for adequate social distancing. Visitors are also required to wear face masks in federal buildings including visitor centers, historic structures, and museums. When outdoors, face masks are required on NPS-managed lands when physical distance cannot be maintained.
 

Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery, and the site of the historic Camp Sumter Civil War prison. ­Andersonville National Historic Site is the only unit of the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Admission to the park is free. For more information about the park call 229 924-0343, visit our website, or check us out on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube..  

 

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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 15 March, 2021 09:53
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Alaska Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

March 15, 2021

 

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that

U.S. Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Alfred F. Turgeon, 23, of Ketchikan, Alaska,

killed during World War II, was accounted for Jan. 13, 2021.

 

In the summer of 1943, Turgeon was a pilot assigned to the 344th Bombardment

Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force. On Aug. 1, 1943,

the B-24 Liberator aircraft on which Turgeon was serving as a radio operator

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 Turgeon'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.

 

Turgeon'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.

 

Turgeon will be buried in Shoreline, 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 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 call (703) 699-1420.

 

Turgeon's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004pT7EAI

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 15 March, 2021 11:29
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Washington Accounted For From World War II

 

Greetings,

 

March 15, 2021

 

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that

Navy Seaman 1st Class Gerald J. Bailey, 24, of Seattle, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on Nov. 30, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Bailey 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 Bailey

 

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 Bailey.

 

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Bailey's remains, scientists from DPAA 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.

 

Bailey'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.

 

Bailey will be buried on June 29, 2021, in Kent, Washington.

 

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

 

Bailey's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeK7EAK.

 

/////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 
 
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“During World War 2, our Dad was stationed at Fort Shafter in Hawaii shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a radio operator in the Army to help make sure that such an attack never happened again,” they say on the website. “We are hoping that if enough people see the photos, many of them will recognize their grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, aunt, uncle, or some other relative or friend.”

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From: McKeague, Kelly K SES DPAA FO (USA)
Sent: 4 March, 2021

Subject: Korean War ID of Interest

 

Greetings to all of you, we hope you and your family are well.  We are

honored to share with you the identification of Army Chaplain (Captain) Emil

Kapaun, from Kansas, who was unaccounted for from the Korean War.  The Army

notified his nephew and niece today.

 

After serving in WWII, Ch. Kapaun returned to active duty and served in the

Korean War with the 1st Cavalry Division.  On November 2, 1950, his unit was

near Unsan when they came under heavy fire from Chinese forces and received

orders to withdraw.  Approximately a quarter of the unit's Soldiers made

their way back to friendly lines, but the others, including many wounded,

became trapped.  Ch. Kapaun volunteered to stay with the wounded, and was

soon captured and taken to the Chinese-run POW Camp 5 on the Yalu River.

 

Even after he became gravely ill, Ch. Kapaun continued to serve as a

spiritual leader for his fellow prisoners, encouraging them to faithfully

resist indoctrination and regularly defying his captors to bolster the

collective morale of the POWs.  Due to prolonged malnutrition, he died on

May 23, 1951, after which the other POWs buried him in one of the camp's

cemeteries.  As part of the 1953 Korean Armistice, Ch. Kapaun's remains were

among the 1,868 who were returned to U.S. custody in Operation GLORY, but

they were not able to be identified.  President Obama presented his nephew

the MOH at a White House ceremony on April 11, 2013.

 

Ch. Kapaun's remains had rested among the 867 remains buried as Unknowns at

the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii.  They were

disinterred in August 2019, as part of DPAA's seven-phase project, begun in

2018, to disinter all remaining Korean War Unknowns from the cemetery for

the purpose of identification.  His identification was made using

anthropological, dental, and DNA analyses.

 

Also of note, in 1993, Pope John Paul II declared Ch. Kapaun a Servant of

God, the first stage toward possible canonization, which is the culmination

of the Roman Catholic Church's recognition of a deceased person as a saint.

 

 

Should you have any questions, please send them to Todd Livick at

todd.s.livick.civ@mail.mil.

Best to you,

Kelly McKeague

Director, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

 

 

Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 4 March, 2021 10:17
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Greetings,

 

March 4, 2021

 

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that

Army Master Sgt. James Hart, Jr., 25, of Hopkins, Texas, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for May 28, 2020.

             

In late 1950, Hart was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry

Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec.

2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin

Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be

recovered.

 

On July 27, 2018, following the summit between President Donald Trump and

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018, North Korea turned

over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members

killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl

Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned

into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Hart'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), Y

chromosome DNA (Y-STR), and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Hart's name is recorded on the 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.

 

Hart will be buried June 8, 2021, in Winterfield, Texas.

 

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/
progr
ess-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.

 

Hart's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000001iW5TEAU

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 March, 2021 11:18
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: South Carolina Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Greetings,

March 1, 2021

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that

Army Cpl. Ralph S. Boughman, 21, of Union, South Carolina, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for April 20, 2020.

             

In late 1950, Boughman was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd

Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action

on Dec. 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin

Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be

recovered.

 

On July 27, 2018, following the summit between President Donald Trump and

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018, North Korea turned

over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members

killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl

Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned

into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Boughman'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)

analysis.

 

Boughman's name is recorded on the 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.

 

Boughman will be buried May 15, 2021, in his hometown.

 

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Boughman's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000RcjctEAB.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 March, 2021 10:52
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Soldier Accounted For From Korean War 

Greetings,

March 1, 2021

 

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that

Army Cpl. David B. Milano, 17, of Chicago, killed during the Korean War, was

accounted for April 14, 2020.

             

In late 1950, Milano was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry

Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec.

2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin

Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be

recovered.

 

On July 27, 2018, following the summit between President Donald Trump and

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018, North Korea turned

over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members

killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl

Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned

into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Milano'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.

 

Milano's name is recorded on the 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.

 

Milano will be buried in Ogden, Utah. 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, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Milano's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000S2qmsEAB

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 25 February, 2021 10:04
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Indiana Accounted For From World War II
 

Greetings,
 

Feb. 25, 2021

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that

Navy Bandmaster James B. Booe, 42, of Veedersburg, Indiana, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 29, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Booe 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 Booe. 

 

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 Booe.

 

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Booe'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.

 

Booe'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.

 

Booe will be buried on June 1, 2021, 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.

 

Booe's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKREA0

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA)
<sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 19 February, 2021 12:40
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA News Release - DPAA Releases First Videos in New World War II
Series

Greetings,

Feb. 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced the
release of the first videos in a series covering World War II Battles and
Operations on Feb. 19, 2021.

These first three videos highlight and give historical perspective on DPAA’s
Hürtgen Forest Project, Enoura Maru Project, and World War II
European-Mediterranean Disinterments. They are meant to facilitate
conversations with families as well as help them understand what is being
done to locate and identify their missing loved one.

The videos can be found at https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Briefing-Videos/.
As new videos are produced, they will be added to this page and announced on
DPAA’s homepage and social media.

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/dodpaa/.

Respectfully,

Sean P. Everette
SFC, USA
Public Affairs NCOIC
Outreach and Communications
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
241 18th St. South, Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 699-1420

 

 
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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 February, 2021 10:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Pennsylvania Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 11, 2021

 

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that

Army Cpl. Paul W. Wilkins, 19, of Bellwood, Pennsylvania, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for Oct. 30, 2020.

 

In July 1950, Wilkins was a member of B Company, 1st Battalion, 21st

Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action

on July 11 when his unit was fighting enemy forces near Choch'iwan, South

Korea. He was never found, nor were any remains recovered that could be

identified as Wilkins. The Army declared a presumptive finding of death for

Wilkins on Dec. 31, 1953, and he was declared non-recoverable on Jan. 16,

1956.

 

On Oct. 4, 1950, U.S. forces buried an unidentified set of remains,

designated Unknown X-113 Taejon, in United Nations Military Cemetery Taejon.

There was no record or information as to the recovery location or identity

of these remains. After multiple attempts to identify X-113, the remains

were deemed unidentifiable, and were sent to Hawaii where they were buried

at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl.

 

In July 2018, DPAA historians and anthropologists proposed a plan to

disinter and identify the 652 Korean War unknown burials from the Punchbowl,

including 53 recovered from the Taejon area. X-113 was disinterred July 1,

2019, as part of the Korean War Identification Project, and transferred to

the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

 

To identify Wilkins' remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as chest radiograph comparison.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Wilkins' 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.

 

Wilkins will be buried in his hometown. The date is 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, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Wilkins' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000009JHvMEAW.

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

February 5, 2021
WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced the 300th identification of a previously unaccounted-for service ...
 
 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA)
<sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 February, 2021 09:12
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA News Story - 300th USS Oklahoma Service Member Identified

Good morning,

Below and attached is the DPAA news story about our 300th USS Oklahoma
identification. Also attached is an audio file of Carrie LeGarde, the USS
Oklahoma Project lead, talking about the 300th ID and her feelings on it.

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Feb. 4, 2021

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced the 300th
identification of a previously unaccounted-for service member from the USS
Oklahoma was made at the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
on Jan. 28.

Marine Pfc. John F. Middleswart was the milestone identification for an
effort that began 18 years earlier in 2003, but has seen the majority of its
work in the past five and a half years with the USS Oklahoma Project.

"When his identification came through, it was really exciting because I knew
this was number 300," said Carrie LeGarde, the USS Oklahoma Project lead.
"It shows everyone's hard work and I knew everyone would be really excited
about it, because this is a really huge milestone for the project."

Hattie Johnson, the head of the Repatriation branch of the Marine Corps
Casualty Office, said her office was also excited, but that they were not
the only ones.

"When I notified the nephew, who is 80 years old, he was not only excited
that his uncle had been identified, he was also excited that he was the
300th service member of 429 unaccounted-for Sailors and Marines to be
identified," said Johnson. "He stated that his mother, he, and his brother
provided DNA in 2009 to assist in the identification of his uncle if remains
were recovered, although he was skeptical that an identification would
happen in his lifetime. His mother always hoped that her brother would be
recovered and identified. She passed away in 2015 at 98 years old. The
Marine Corps is very excited and looking forward to working with the family
to bring Pfc. Middleswart home!"

In 2015, Department of Defense officials approved the phased disinterment of
all the USS Oklahoma caskets from the National Memorial Cemetery of the
Pacific in Honolulu, where 394 unidentified Sailors and Marines had been
buried as Unknowns since being consolidated there from other Hawaiian
cemeteries in the 1950s. Since then, only six USS Oklahoma crewmen had been
accounted for, leaving 388 left to identify.

On November 10, 2015, the last caskets were removed from the cemetery thanks
to a partnership between DPAA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the
Department of the Navy. All of the USS Oklahoma remains were transferred to
the Offutt lab.

While this accomplishment signifies that the project will soon end, LeGarde
said her team isn't finished yet. She expects a conservative estimate of 42
more identifications will be made, but is pushing for more.

"I am very optimistic that we will hit 350," she said. "We're really
shooting for that next milestone."

For additional information on the USS Oklahoma Project or 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.

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Respectfully,

Sean P. Everette
SFC, USA
Public Affairs NCOIC
Outreach and Communications
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
241 18th St. South, Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 699-1420


 
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