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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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2021

Member Rank First and Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Date Announced Funeral Date Funeral Location
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

 
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.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
... according to U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency statistics published in February. Stars and Stripes reporter Yoo Kyong Chang contributed to ...

 
However, recently the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency matched Kapaun's dental records and DNA provided by his younger brother Eugene ...

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

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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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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

 

//////

 

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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-----Original Message-----
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.

 

//////

 

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.

------

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.

------

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 January, 2021 14:58
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA News Article: Trying to Bring Home WWII Soldiers of the 92nd
Infantry Division

Dear Editor,

...below is a DPAA article about the 92nd Infantry Division, the
only African-American infantry division in Europe during World War II. The
photos attached are public domain and courtesy of the National Archive.

//////

Trying to Bring Home WWII Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division
By Sgt. 1st Class Sean Everette

Jan. 25, 2021

WASHINGTON-The 92nd Infantry Division, "Buffalo Soldiers," began to deploy
to Italy in July 1944. They had spent more than a year training together at
Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and were deemed ready to enter World War II. What
made them unique was that they were only African American infantry unit
operating in Europe at that time.

 



The segregated division, made up of primarily white officers and African
American enlisted, was sent to the Gothic Line in the northern Apennine
Mountains in Italy, Germany's last major line of defense against the Allied
forces pushing north. They remained there throughout the winter with their
one major operation - Operation FOURTH TERM - taking place in February 1945.
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) historians estimate the 92nd lost
approximately 700 men during their time on the Line.

After the war, 53 men from the 92nd were still unaccounted for. In an effort
to account for them, DPAA started the 92nd Infantry Project in 2014, but up
to this point, have only been able to account for three of those men.

The greatest challenge in accounting for these men isn't lack of information
or the ability to correlate remains buried as unknowns with the
unaccounted-for, but not having the necessary DNA family reference samples
(FRS) for comparison in order to make an identification.


"This is primarily a disinterment project," said Dr. Sarah Barksdale, a DPAA
European-Mediterranean Directorate historian. "There are 51 unknowns buried
in Florence American Cemetery that are most likely associated with
casualties of the 92nd Infantry Division. We're trying to piece together the
details of battle to make associations between those members of the division
that are missing and the unknowns."

Barksdale is working with Dr. Traci Van Deest, the DPAA Laboratory 92nd
Infantry Division Project Lead and forensic anthropologist, to review the
records of the unknowns to create short lists of likely matches with the
92nd unaccounted-for to be able to propose disinterment and to compare to
remains already in the laboratory.

"We know how many unaccounted-for or unresolved cases there are from the
92nd," said Army Col. Jon Lust, the DPAA European-Mediterranean Director.
"We suspect all but two of them are unknowns in a cemetery. The problem we
have is, by the rules we have to follow, if we don't have enough FRS, we're
going to run the risk of knowing they're there, but we're not going to be
able to either A) get the approval for the disinterment because we don't
meet the threshold of FRS needed, or B) we will get the approval and the
remains will end up in the lab and we won't be able to make the
identification."

DNA analysis is one of the primary tools used by DPAA scientists to account
for missing Americans. However, DPAA doesn't perform the analysis of
collected DNA samples. That's handled by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner
System's (AFMES) Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory located at Dover
Air Force Base, Delaware.

"DNA testing performed by AFMES is one of the primary tools used in the
identification of our fallen heroes from World War II, the Korean War, and
the Vietnam War, and, although AFMES is highly successful in generating
mitochondrial and nuclear DNA results, those results mean nothing without an
appropriate Family Member DNA Reference to compare it to," said Dr. Tim
McMahon, AFMES Director of DNA Operations.

The Army Casualty Office is the organization charged with connecting with
the families of the 92nd and asking them to submit DNA, but tracking down
families of World War II-era service members can be difficult.

"There was a lot of relocation in the African American community after the
war," said Lust.

Lust also said records are limited when it comes to family and individual
movement.

Even when families are found, there can sometimes be a distrust of what the
government is going to do with the DNA given because of past issues.
However, there are now laws in place to prevent any kind of misconduct, and
AFMES can only use DNA for the purpose intended by the donor.

"Family references collected and submitted to AFMES are protected under the
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Privacy
Act, and the donor informed consent form," said McMahon. "The DNA profile
that is added to the secure AFMES database can only be utilized to assist in
the identification of our fallen heroes and is only accessible by AFMES
forensic scientists."

Family DNA was a vital part of accounting for Army Pfc. William H. Jones, an
African American Soldier who was reported missing in action during the
Korean War and whose remains were part of the 55 boxes turned over to the
U.S. by North Korea in 2018. Jones' brother and sister gave reference
samples.

"My mother, Mrs. Elizabeth J. Ohree, always believed that it was very vital
that we had a DNA sample to help identify the remains of her brother so he
could be returned to the family," said Gregory Ohree, Jones' nephew.

Ohree said his mother started the process when she saw in the news how
missing service members were being identified with DNA.

"It's important that families keep in contact with the military to get this
information," he said. "I would strongly encourage family members,
specifically African American families, to make the effort to give a DNA
sample."

Ohree hopes other families can find the same kind of closure his family
found.

"My mother never gave up hope because she knew that, after almost 70 years,
one day her brother would be coming home."

Ultimately, DPAA's goal with the 92nd Infantry Project is the same as it is
with all unaccounted-for Americans, to provide the fullest possible
accounting of our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

"This is an outfit that faced the enemy in Italy, but also faced segregation
from the War Department and their own countrymen," said Barksdale. "Bringing
them home and honoring their service doesn't correct those injustices.
However, the opportunity to return them to their families and tell their
stories in an honest and open way I think is a really important part of our
mission."

If you are family of someone unaccounted for from the 92nd Infantry
Division, please contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490 to
arrange giving a DNA sample. If you know of such a family, please pass on
the Army Casualty phone number and encourage them to help DPAA account for
their loved one.

"The 92nd Infantry, along with all the other missing, are not forgotten,"
said Van Deest. "We're still working on the cases already received at the
laboratory. We're still looking for FRS. We're still looking for ways to
bring these remains into the laboratory in order to do the scientific work
to identify them and bring them home."

//////

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: 22 January, 2021 13:53
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS West Virginia Sailor from Kentucky Accounted For From World War II

 

Jan. 22, 2021

 

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

Navy Fireman 3rd Class Welborn L. Ashby, 24, of Centertown, Kentucky, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Nov. 4, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ashby was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia,

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

Japanese aircraft. The USS West Virginia sustained multiple torpedo hits,

but timely counter-flooding measures taken by the crew prevented it from

capsizing, and it came to rest on the shallow harbor floor. The attack on

the ship resulted in the deaths of 106 crewmen, including Ashby. 

 

During efforts to salvage the USS West Virginia, Navy personnel recovered

the remains of the deceased crewmen, representing at least 66 individuals.

Those who could not be identified, including Ashby, were interred as

unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the

Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

From June through October 2017, DPAA, in cooperation with cemetery

officials, disinterred 35 caskets, reported to be associated with the USS

West Virginia from the Punchbowl and transferred the remains to the DPAA

laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

 

To identify Ashby'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) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Ashby'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.

 

Ashby will be buried May 31, 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, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Ashby's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe1AEAS.

 

///////

 

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: 22 January, 2021 15:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor from Ohio Accounted For From World War II

 

Jan. 22, 2021

 

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

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Thomas E. Griffith, 20, of Dayton, Ohio, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on April 21, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Griffith 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 Griffith. 

 

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 Griffith.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Griffith's remains, scientists from DPAA anthropological

analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Griffith'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.

 

Griffith will be buried May 22, 2021 at Arlington National Cemetery in

Arlington, Virginia.

 

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 call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Griffith's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLPEA0.

 

///////

 

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 January, 2021 11:23
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Jan. 19, 2021

 

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

Navy Chief Machinist's Mate Class Lada Smisek, 42, of Cleveland, Ohio,

killed during World War II, was accounted for Aug. 19, 2019.

 

In 1942, Smisek served at the Naval Ammunition Depot and Submarine Base in

Cavite, Philippine Islands, when Japanese forces invaded. Intense fighting

continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and

of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942.

 

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

to prisoner of war camps.  Smisek was among those reported captured after

the surrender of Corregidor and held at the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than

2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the war.

 

According to prison camp and other historical records, Smisek died Sept. 28,

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

Camp Cemetery, in grave number 437.

Following the war, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel

exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery examined the remains in an

attempt to identify them. Due to the circumstances of the deaths and

burials, the extensive commingling, and the limited identification

technologies of the time, all of the remains could not be identified. The

unidentified remains were interred as "unknowns" in the present-day Manila

American Cemetery and Memorial.

 

In 2016, the "unknown" remains associated with Common Grave 437 were

disinterred and sent to the DPAA laboratory for analysis, including one set,

designated X-1473 Manila #2.

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

anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Smisek's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American

Cemetery and Memorial, an American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) site,

along with others missing from World War II. Although interred as an

"unknown" in Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Smisek's grave was

meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the ABMC.  A rosette will

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

 

Smisek will be buried on Jan. 29, 2021, at the National Memorial Cemetery of

the Pacific in Honolulu.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office

at (800) 443-9298.

 

DPAA is grateful to the ABMC 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 call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Smisek's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LlrkEAC

 

///////

 

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.stripes.com/news/unaccountable-a-vietnam-veteran-s-10-year-quest-to-bring-his-soldier-home-1.610889

Saw this link while reading the article on the WWII MOH recipient. I found the above article very emblematic of the issues with DPAA and the predecessor organizations.  B

  

 January 15, 2021

In DOD reversal, agency will analyze remains thought to be WWII's first Medal of Honor recipient

Stars and Stripes

He became the first service member to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II. Medals of Honor were subsequently awarded to service ...

Family of first WWII Medal of Honor recipient, KIA, asks government to remove soldier's name from ...

War Is Boring

He was given a hasty burial and subsequently became the war's first service member to receive the Medal of Honor in the early days of the conflict when ...

The Challenges And The Rewards Of Identifying Fallen Soldiers

Fronteras: The Changing America Desk  01/14/2021

Lt. Salisah Labonte is with the Navy's Casualty POW/MIA branch, and it's her job to work with families once a soldier's remains are identified and return ...

 

In DoD Reversal, Agency Will Analyze Remains Thought to be WWII's First Medal of Honor Recipient

Military.com

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and its precursors had denied repeated requests by the family to exhume the remains for DNA testing, ...

 

We're all prisoners of war now

newagebd.net

Soon after, American POWs would indeed be released by their North ... So, the next time you see a POW/MIA flag outside a federal building, don't ...

... Sky Harbor International Airport and after the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirmed remains they exhumed in 2017 belonged to Johnson ...

HOT off the Stars and Stripes Press!

 

From the desk Jed Henry, POW/MIA Advocate Extraordinaire!

 

By WYATT OLSON | STARS AND STRIPES 12 January 2021

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/family-of-still-missing-wwii-medal-of-honor-recipient-asks-dod-to-stop-using-his-name-1.658303?fbclid=IwAR1a7rvrqKkbIEfjPqn-1yhrSX6VvO5inEGvWVxx_ME5mqB_Er2LAi9Jfco#.X_5-utOQKoZ.facebook

 

 

Until they ALL come home!

moe

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

 

Good Thursday Evening Everyone!

Earlier today I shared a STARS and STRIPE’s story by Wyatt Olson which I received from Jed Henry, with all of You. Not long after the share was distributed, Jed Henry, received a memo from the Acting DOD Under Secretary of Defense for  Policy, Anthony Tata. For those who don’t know, Mr. Tata has oversight of the world renown DPAA, which is under the Direction of Mr. Kelly McKeague.

Not specifically noted in either the story or the memo (below) is Mr. Henry’s ‘never say die’ persistence to get this Family’s story in front of the right person, aka – Mr. Tata.    

The reason I share both pieces with you tonight is two-fold;

  1. Great News, that needs to be shared ( if you know Mr. Henry – consider congratulatory communication)
  2. A Reminder – that by engaging and communicating ‘persistently’ YOU , too, can make a difference in the “end date” of this Mission.

 

Until they ALL come home……….

moe

 

  

Mr. Henry,

 Thank you for your emails.  I returned from international government travel late last night and reviewed your email yesterday and the full case summary for 1LT Nininger this morning.

 We have no more sacred duty than caring for our fallen and their families. I have directed DPAA to immediately generate the necessary exception to policy in order to expeditiously execute scientific analysis of the remains to confirm or deny identification.  

 Mr. McKeague remains my primary point of contact for this action.

 

V/R,

Tony

 

 

Through material evidence and dental and DNA analysis, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirmed remains they exhumed in 2017 ...

 
John McCain visited for a while until his congressional duties became too time-consuming, as did Medal of Honor recipient Brig. Gen. Bud Day, who is ...

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conduct an "Honorable Carry" for the remains of the unidentified U.S. service members at Joint Base Pearl ...

 
WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Jan. 5 that Navy Fireman 3rd Class William L. Barnett, 21, of Fort ...

From: Everette, SWean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 January, 2021 14:23
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS West Virginia Sailor From Kansas Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Jan. 5, 2021

 

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

Navy Fireman 3rd Class William L. Barnett, 21, of Fort Scott, Kansas, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 14, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Barnett was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia,

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

Japanese aircraft. The USS West Virginia sustained multiple torpedo hits,

but timely counter-flooding measures taken by the crew prevented it from

capsizing, and it came to rest on the shallow harbor floor. The attack on

the ship resulted in the deaths of 106 crewmen, including Barnett. 

 

During efforts to salvage the USS West Virginia, Navy personnel recovered

the remains of the deceased crewmen, representing at least 66 individuals.

Those who could not be identified, including Barnett, were interred as

unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the

Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

From June through October 2017, DPAA, in cooperation with cemetery

officials, disinterred 35 caskets, reported to be associated with the USS

West Virginia from the Punchbowl and transferred the remains to the DPAA

laboratory.

 

To identify Barnett'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.

 

Barnett'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.

 

Barnett will be buried May 29, 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, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Barnett's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe18EAC.

 

//////

 

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 recently conducted an ... 20 graves of unidentified prisoners of war killed in the Cabanatuan POW Camp.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that the remains of a sailor from Fort Scott, Kansas, have been identified nearly 80 ...

 
The remains of a sailor who was killed while serving aboard the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, have been identified by the Defense POW/MIA ...

 
January 4, 2021
Last month, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that its lab at Offutt Air Base in Bellevue had identified the remains of Jones in ...

 
January 2, 2021
 
Her brother, former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, 42, of Winchester, was one of the four killed in the Benghazi attacks on Sept. 11, 2012. Ambassador J.

 
Katz devotes up to 1,500 hours each year to the POW-MIA-OREE program. It is the only event of its kind, live reading the names of all the veterans ...

 
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/xiyue-wang-biden-foreign-prisoner-release-priority/
January 1, 2021, 7:03 PM

...  At least three other Americans are still being held, one of which Xiyue said he met in prison.

 

Xiyue is urging Mr. Biden to make the release of Americans held hostage his first priority. 

"Without their return: no deal with Iran," he said....

 

 

American POWs were abandoned in North Korea.  Some may still be alive.

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