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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

 

 

2019
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Stories and Press Releases below chart

Research sites: 

www.kpows.com

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


2019
 
Member Rank First and Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order Funeral Date Funeral Location
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Victor P. Tumlinson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/4/2019    
Sgt. Cread E. Shuey U.S. Army Battery G, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment 9/27/1942 Philippines 3/4/2019    
Seaman 1st Class Oris V. Brandt U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/1/2019    
Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/28/2019    
Cpl. Benjamin W. Scott U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/12/1950 South Korea 2/25/2019    
Capt. Rufus J. Hyman U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/30/1950 South Korea 2/21/2019    
2nd Lt. Walter B. Stone U.S. Army Air Forces 350th Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, VIII U.S. Fighter Command 10/22/1943 France 2/21/2019    
Journalist 3rd Class Raul A. Guerra U.S. Navy Reserve USS Oriskany 10/8/1967 Vietnam 2/21/2019    
Cpl. Stephen P. Nemec U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 2/20/2019    
Cpl. James C. Rix U.S. Army Company E, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 2/13/2019    
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class William A. Klasing U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/13/2019    
Tech. Sgt. Alfred R. Sandini U.S. Army Air Forces 22nd Bombardment Squadron 341st Bombardment Group 2/15/1944 French Indochina 2/13/2019    
Cpl. Carlos E. Ferguson U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battlion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 5/18/1951 South Korea 2/7/2019    
Master Sgt. Charlie J. Mares U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/31/1951 South Korea 2/6/2019 3/29/2019 Cistern, Texas
Pfc. Clifford M. Mills U.S. Army 319th Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division 9/18/1944 Germany 2/4/2019 3/30/2019 Troy, Indiana
Sgt. George R. Schipani U.S. Army Company A, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 2/1/2019    
Seaman 1st Class Frank A. Hryniewicz U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/30/2019    
1st Lt. Howard T. Lurcott U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy,) 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa 1/30/2019    
Pvt. Ted Hall U.S. Marine Corps Reserve USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/24/2019    
Pvt. Waldean Black U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/24/2019    
Baker 2nd Class David L. Kesler U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/23/2019    
Pvt. Winfred L. Reynolds U.S. Army Medical Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 4/26/1951 South Korea 1/23/2019    
Sgt. Frank J. Suliman U.S. Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 1/17/2019    
Pfc. James C. Williams U.S. Army Medical Company, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/12/1950 South Korea 1/2/2019 7/19/2019 West Hopkinsville, Kentucky

List posted 03/06/19

 
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.

 

03/222/19
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

 
03/24/19
 
But the Defense POW/MIA is working actively to find as many of them as possible and bring them home, and on Saturday officials provided updates to ...
 
We would like to let you know about the “Military Child's Table,” inspired by the POW/MIA ceremony to honor the sacrifice and contributions of our ...
 
... multiple torpedo hits before it came to rest on the shallow harbor floor near Ford Island, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
 
... Adolph Hagedorn found a crash site in a horse paddock in Hlsten-Reken, Germany, and reached out to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, ...
... found a crash site in a horse paddock in Hülsten-Reken, Germany, and reached out to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency , or DPAA.
03/23/19

SAN ANTONIO - The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency focuses on research, investigation, recovery and identification, and its mission is to bring ...
 
On Saturday, government specialists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency met with more than 350 family members at the Hilton San ...
 
 
... of remains from the USS Oklahoma have been identified, according to Chuck Prichard, a spokesman for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday that Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Roman Sadlowski, of Pittsfield, was identified. Sadlowski, 21 ...
 
 
... remains from the USS Oklahoma have been identified, according to Chuck Prichard, a spokesperson for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency named Sadlowski as part of a renewed effort to identify hundreds of sailors and Marines killed during the ...
03/22/19
 
... DNA and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement.
 
 
The event will commemorate Vietnam War Veterans, POW MIA Dissertation also to include a pinning ceremony for all Vietnam War Veterans in ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that Sadlowski's body has finally been accounted for. Sadlowski was assigned to the ...
 
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that the remains of Roman W. Sadlowski have been identified using modern forensic ...
 
From Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The DPAA announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Howard T. Lurcott, 26, of Philadelphia, ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 March, 2019 09:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Massachusetts Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Roman W. Sadlowski, 21, of Pittsfield,

Massachusetts, killed during World War II,  was accounted for on Dec. 4,

2018.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Dec. 12, 2018.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Sadlowski 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 Sadlowski. 

 

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

deceased crewmen, 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 Sadlowski.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Sadlowski's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,737 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Sadlowski'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.

 

For family contact information, contact the Navy Casualty Office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1792580/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-sadlowski-r/

 

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.

 

Sadlowski's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0fEAC

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

03/21/19
 
The wreckage was identified in June 2016 in a horse paddock near Hülsten, Germany, according to U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...
 
WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Army Pfc. William F. Delaney, 24, of Kingston, Tennessee, killed ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 21 March, 2019 11:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New Jersey Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt.

Frank J. Suliman, 20, of New Brunswick, New Jersey, killed during the Korean

War, was accounted for on Jan. 15, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Jan. 18, 2019.)

 

In late 1950, Suliman was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company,

9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting against members of

the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in North Korea. On Dec. 1,

1950, the convoy of trucks Suliman was riding in was halted by a roadblock

south of Kunuri, North Korea, and the Soldiers were commanded to abandon the

vehicles and attempt to get through the road block on foot. Fellow Soldiers

reported that Suliman was captured and taken to the CPVF prisoner of war

camp at Pukchin-Tarigol, North Korea, where he reportedly died in March

1951.

 

On June 12, 2018, President Donald Trump met with North Korea Supreme Leader

Kim Jong-un in Singapore, The leaders signed a joint statement, including a

commitment to recover the remains of American service members lost in North

Korea.

 

On July 27, 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 Suliman's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Today, 7,663 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams. Suliman'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 missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

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

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1791337/
soldier-acco
nted-for-from-korean-war-suliman-f/

 

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.

 

Suliman's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000Aa0YNEAZ

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 21 March, 2019 11:08
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: North Carolina Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Water

Tender 1st Class Edwin B. McCabe, 27, of Newport, North Carolina, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Nov. 26, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Dec. 11, 2018.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, McCabe 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 McCabe.

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including McCabe.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

To identify McCabe's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war. Currently there are 72,737 (approximately 26,000 are

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

McCabe'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1791321/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-mccabe-e/

 

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.

 

McCabe's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe09EAC

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

03/20/19

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency named Thomson as part of a renewed effort to identify hundreds of sailors and Marines killed during the ...

 

 
Turner credits the group History Flight and The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA, for bringing his grandfather home to Salt Lake.

 

 
The remains of an Ohio soldier killed during the Korean War have been identified. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced this on Tuesday. DPAA says that in November 1950, Rix was a member of Company E, 7th ...

 

 
... found evidence of a crash site in Hülsten-Reken, about 10 miles away, according to a news release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
WASHINGTON — The remains of an Ohio soldier killed during the Korean War have been identified.    The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement Monday that Army Cpl. Stephen Nemec, of Cleveland, was accounted for on July 13, 2018.

This set of remains in 1955 was ruled unidentifiable, (even though they ‘thought’ it might be Rix), due to ‘insufficient dental records’.

Sixty-four (64) years later, DPAA/CIL scientist use

  1. dental records’
  2. anthropological analysis
  3. circumstantial and material evidence
  4. mtDNA

as their documentation for their confirmation of identifying Corporal Rix....

 

 

moe

 

 

From: John Zimmerlee <john.zimmerlee@gmail.com>
Sent: 19 March, 2019 13:05
Subject: FW: Georgia Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

It’s a shame they didn’t read page 3 of the forensic file and call his family

 

John Zimmerlee

Korean War POW/MIA Network

Serving more than 4,200 families

770-565-4420

John.zimmerlee@gmail.com

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA)
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 12:15 PM
Subject: Georgia Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Army Cpl. James

C. Rix, 18, of Alamo, Georgia, killed during the Korean War, was accounted

for on Feb. 8, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Feb. 14, 2019.)

 

In November 1950, Rix was a member of Company E, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st

Cavalry Division.  He was killed in action on Nov. 30, 1950, during heavy

fighting between the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) and the 7th

Cavalry Regiment in the vicinity of North Pyongan Province, North Korea.

His remains were interred at the United Nations Military Cemetery (UNMC)

Pyongyang, on Dec. 2, 1950.

 

In 1954, the United Nations Command (UNC) and North Korea, along with the

CPVF, reached an agreement regarding the recovery and return of war dead.

The agreement, known as Operation Glory (OPGLORY,) resulted in the turnover

of 4,200 sets of remains to the UNC, including more than 400 sets reportedly

disinterred from Pyongyang.  One set of remains, designated X-16680 OPGLORY

could not be identified, and were subsequently interred at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu (known as the Punchbowl), as an

Unknown.

 

In June 2017, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-16680 OPGLORY for identification.

 

To identify Rix'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.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Today, 7,663 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Rix'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 missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

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

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

Rix will be buried May 4, 2019, in his hometown.

 

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.

 

Rix's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000VJky1EAD

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

03/18/19
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement Monday that Army Cpl. Stephen Nemec, of Cleveland, was accounted for on July 13, ...
03/18/19

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 18 March, 2019 12:59
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: CORRECTION: Illinois Sailor Accounted For From World War II

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class William A. Klasing, 19, of Trenton, Illinois,

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

(This identification was initially announced on Feb. 14, 2019.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Klasing 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 Klasing. 

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 Klasing.

In April 2015, the Deputy Secretary of Defense issued a policy memorandum
directing the disinterment of unknowns associated with the USS Oklahoma. On
June 15, 2015, DPAA personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl
for analysis.

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

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

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000
died during the war.  Currently there are 72,737 (approximately 26,000 are
assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.
Klasing'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.

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

Klasing will be buried June 29, 2019, in his hometown. 

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account
for missing Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the
DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.dpaa.mil/dodpaa
or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

Klasing's personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdzrEAC

/////

SFC Kristen Duus
Chief of External Communications
Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
2300 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C 20301-2300
(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 18 March, 2019 10:36
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Army Cpl.

Stephen P. Nemec, 21, of Cleveland, Ohio, killed during the Korean War, was

accounted for on July 13, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Feb. 25, 2019.)

 

In late 1950, Nemec was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion 5th Cavalry

Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, engaged in heavy fighting against the

Chinese People's Volunteer Forces (CPVF) at Turtle Head's Bend, near the

village of Unsan, North Korea.  According to historical reports, Nemec was

killed in action on Nov. 2, 1950, and was buried at United Nation's Military

Cemetery (UNMC) Pyongyang.  As the United Nations' situation in North Korea

worsened, circumstances forced the closing of the cemetery on Dec. 3, 1950,

and those buried there could not be recovered.

 

Following the war, during the exchange of war dead known as "Operation

Glory," UN forces returned approximately 14,000 sets of remains to the

Chinese and North Koreans, and received more than 4,000 sets of remains from

isolated burials, POW camp cemeteries and temporary UN cemeteries, including

UNMC Pyongyang.  The remains were turned over to the Central Identification

Unit in Kokura, Japan.

 

No remains could be associated with Nemec, and all unidentified remains,

including a set designated "X-16718" were interred as Korean War unknowns at

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

Honolulu.

 

On March 26, 2018, DPAA disinterred "X-16718" from the Punchbowl and sent

the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological, and chest radiograph comparison analysis which; as well as

circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Today, 7,663 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Nemec'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 missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

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

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty office

(800) 892-2490.

 

For future burial information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1787473/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-nemec-s/

 

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.

 

Nemec's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001EhJQdEAN

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

Subject: Korean War NO Peace Treaty Will it EVER End
Date: Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:33:41 -0400
From: moehog@verizon.net
To: moehog@verizon.net

 

https://www.history.com/news/korean-war-peace-treaty-powsfbclid=IwAR3D00LqLDH4Pvy_1YMj5hvE4DSwa8L3LADLr0K6fi_02h0R7jURAnoyFVM 

 

From HISTORY.com via Rick Downes, Executive Director, Coalition of Families of Korean Cold War POW/MIA Families.

 

moe note: if you are a POW/MIA Activist this is one of those ‘must read’ articles. Educating our fellow Americans to the TRUTH of the POW/MIA issue begins with us as individuals.

 

Please Share this article with ALL on your electronic media list.

03/16/19
 
For the fiscal year 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified 203 remains, an all-time record. That was 20 more than 2017 and 40 ...
03/15/19
 
In 2015, Cindy was elected to sit on the Board of Directors and also serves as the Kentucky State Coordinator for the National League of POW/ MIA ...
 
 
I have been asked for update on the POW/MIA Missing Man Table and the Bible placement that was in question and had national attention. Well, as of ...
03/14/19
 
According to a release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Shaffer's B-24J bomber, often called a "Liberator," crashed in Tarawa lagoon ...
03/13/19
 
The remains will be sent to Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii for further analysis and identification. It is believed that the remains of 14 ...
03/12/19
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency named Navy Seaman 1st Class Joseph K. Maule, Air Force Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer and Air Force 1st Lt.
 
Pottstown airman MIA since World War II accounted for ... have since been confirmed as his, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
 
The body of a Butler County sailor killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II has been identified. The Defense POW/MIA ...
 
 
The remains were found during a recent recovery mission conducted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and will be sent to a ...

 
... buried in Neuville, at what today is Ardennes American Cemetery, according to a news release from the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency.

 
The Kingston, Tennessee, native was officially accounted for December 17, 2018, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency named Lawson as part of a renewed effort to identify hundreds of sailors and Marines killed during the ...

 

 
... were identified after they were buried in a mass grave, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that made the announced Monday.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 March, 2019 09:27
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Pennsylvania Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army

Air Forces Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer, 22, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 20, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Feb. 25, 2019.)

 

On Jan. 21, 1944, Shaffer was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron,

30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll,

Gilbert Islands, when the B-24J bomber aircraft he was aboard crashed into

Tarawa lagoon shortly after takeoff.  Shaffer and the nine other servicemen

aboard the aircraft were killed.

 

Rescue crews recovered the remains of five individuals, however Shaffer was

not among those recovered.  The three identified sets of remains and two

unidentified sets were reportedly interred in Cemetery No. 33 on Betio

Island, one of several cemeteries established on the island after the U.S. seized

the island from the Japanese in November 1943.

 

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

Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and

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

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

Cemetery.  The remains of the B-24J crew were believed to be among those

moved, however Shaffer's remains were not identified and he was declared

non-recoverable.

 

In 2017, History Flight, Inc., a non-profit organization, through a

partnership with DPAA, uncovered a series of coffin burials from Cemetery

#33, which were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Shaffer'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.

 

On Jan. 28, 2019, the aircraft's pilot, U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Howard

T. Lurcott, was accounted for.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., and the Republic of Kiribati of

for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,738 service members (approximately

26,000 are assessed as being possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for

from World War II. Shaffer's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the

 

Punchbowl, site along with others missing from WWII. A rosette will be

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

 

For family information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1782445/airman-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-shaffer-c/

 

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.

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 March, 2019 09:27
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Pennsylvania Pilot Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army

Air Forces 1st Lt. Howard T. Lurcott, 26, of Philadelphia, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Jan. 28, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Jan. 31, 2019.)

 

On Jan. 21, 1944, Lurcott was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron,

30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll,

Gilbert Islands, when the B-24J bomber aircraft he was piloting crashed into

 Tarawa lagoon shortly after takeoff.  Lurcott and the nine other servicemen

aboard the aircraft were killed.

 

Rescue crews recovered the remains of five individuals, however Lurcott was

not among those recovered.  The three identified sets of remains and two

unidentified sets were reportedly interred in Cemetery No. 33 on Betio

Island, one of several cemeteries established on the island after the U.S. seized

the island from the Japanese in November 1943.

 

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

Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and

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

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

Cemetery.  The remains of the B-24J crew were believed to be among those

moved, however Lurcott's remains were not identified and he was declared

non-recoverable.

 

In 2017, History Flight, Inc., a non-profit organization, through a

partnership with DPAA, uncovered a series of coffin burials from Cemetery

#33, which were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

On Dec. 20, 2018, one set of remains was identified as U.S. Army Air Forces

Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer, a crewmember on Lurcott's plane.

 

To identify Lurcott'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.

 

On Dec. 20, 2018, crewmember U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Carl Shaffer,

22, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, was accounted for.

 

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc., and the Republic of Kiribati of

for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,738 service members (approximately

26,000 are assessed as being possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for

from World War II. Lurcott's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the

 

Punchbowl, site along with others missing from WWII. A rosette will be

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

 

For family information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1782461/
pilot-accoun
ted-for-from-world-war-ii-lurcott-h/

 

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.

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 March, 2019 09:27
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Nebraska Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Seaman 1st Class Joseph K. Maule, 18, of Bloomfield, Nebraska, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on Aug. 8, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Sept. 6, 2018.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Maule 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 Maule.

 

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 Maule.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Maule'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) and Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,738 (approximately 26,000 are

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

 

For information on funeral services, contact the Navy Service Casualty

office at (800) 443-9298.

 

Maule will be buried June 20, 2019, in his hometown. Bloomfield, Nebraska

 

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

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

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

call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Maule's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe08EAC

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

03/12/19
 
... buried in Neuville, at what today is Ardennes American Cemetery, according to a news release from the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency.
 
The Kingston, Tennessee, native was officially accounted for December 17, 2018, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency named Lawson as part of a renewed effort to identify hundreds of sailors and Marines killed during the ...
 
... were identified after they were buried in a mass grave, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that made the announced Monday.
03/11/19
 
His remains weren't recovered then because of ongoing combat operations, according to a release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced today that Navy Fireman 3rd Class Willard I. Lawson, 25, of Butler County, Ohio, was ...
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced in a statement Monday that Navy Fireman 3rd Class Willard Lawson was accounted for on Aug ...
 
 
The results of the mission will be reported to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, who will analyze the information and determine next steps in ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 March, 2019 09:08
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Fireman 3rd Class Willard I. Lawson, 25, of Butler County, Ohio, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Aug. 27, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Nov. 26, 2019.) ?

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Lawson 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 Lawson. 

 

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 Lawson.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

To identify Lawson'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.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,738 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Lawson'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

Lawson will be buried April 27, 2019, in Madison, Indiana.

 

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.

 

Lawson's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdzxEAC

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 March, 2019 08:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Tennessee Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc.

William F. Delaney, 24, of Kingston, Tennessee, killed during World War II,

was accounted for on Dec. 17, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Dec. 20, 2018.)

 

On Nov. 22, 1944, Delaney served with Company A, 1st Battalion, 22nd

Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, when his battalion launched a

massive firing demonstration against a large pocket of German defenders near

the town of Grosshau, in the Hürtgen Forest in Germany.  During the battle,

an enemy artillery shell struck Delaney’s foxhole, and he died before he

could be medically evacuated.  Due to ongoing combat operations, his remains

were not recovered at that time.

 

Following the close of hostilities in Europe in 1945, Delaney was among the

hundreds of soldiers still missing from combat in the Hürtgen Forest.

Between 1947 and 1950, American Graves Registration Command (AGRC)

investigative teams traveled to Grosshau to search for Delaney’s remains.

Various graves registration units recovered dozens of unidentified remains

from the Hürtgen Forest.  Those that could not be identified were designated

as Unknowns. In December 1950, after all efforts to recover or identify his

remains proved unsuccessful, the War Department declared him

non-recoverable. 

 

In 1947, a set of remains was recovered by the AGRC from District #135, a

section of the forest west of Grosshau.  According to records, local citizen

Siegfried Glassen first discovered the remains and concluded they were of an

American soldier who had been killed by artillery fire.  The remains were

sent to the AGRC central identification point in Neuville Belgium.  After

efforts to identify the remains were unsuccessful, the remains, designated

X-5425 Neuville, were declared unidentifiable and interred at Neuville

(today’s Ardennes American Cemetery.)

 

Following thorough analysis of military records and AGRC documentation by

DPAA historians and scientists, which suggested a likely association between

X-5425 Neuville and Delany, the remains were disinterred in June 2017 and

the remains were sent to DPAA for analysis.

 

To identify Delaney’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S.

Army Regional Mortuary- Europe/Africa for their partnerships in this

mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,738 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten,

Netherlands, an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with others

who are missing from WWII.  Although interred as an "unknown" his grave was

meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the American Battle

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

he has been accounted for.

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1781282/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-delaney-w/

 

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.

 

Delaney’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Lm7TEAS

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

03/09/19
 
And in 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed all of the unknown USS Oklahoma remains that had been buried at Hawaii veterans ...
 
 
We caught up with Vietnam Vet Pat Fraizer at the Waynedale American Legion Post, where a POW/MIA display is set up, featuring an open Bible.
 
 
In 2015, the POW / MIA Defense Accounting Agency exhumed the unidentified remains of Oklahoma and used more sophisticated DNA tests to ...
Subject: FW: CHAPEL OF THE HIGH SPEED PASS DEDICATION CEREMONY
Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2019 10:54:50 -0500
From: moehog@verizon.net
To: moehog@verizon.net

 

The Board of Directors of the National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum at Cecil Field invite YOU, YOUR Family and YOUR Friends to join us:

WHEN: 1000 hrs., Friday, 29 March 2019

WHERE: 6112 POW/MIA Memorial Parkway, Jacksonville, Florida 32221

WHY: Dedication Ceremony of the Historical and recently renovated, Chapel of the HIGH SPEED PASS

 

The Public is invited!

Please Share with all on your email list.

https://www.powmiamemorial.org/

 

Until they all come home……….

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407 448 1181

03/08/19

 
... of dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a news release Thursday.

 

 
WASHINGTON — The POW/MIA flag would be displayed more prominently along with the U.S. flag on federal properties under a plan proposed ...

 

 
HR 1579 the National POW/MIA Flag Act would require the POW/MIA flag to be displayed whenever the American flag is displayed on prominent ...

 

 
STERLING – The remains of a Korean War veteran from Sterling missing in action for nearly 69 years, have been identified, the Defense POW/MIA ...

 

 
... DPAA (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) after they were found in a cemetery in the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati, a country in the Central Pacific.

 

 
SPRINGFIELD — State senators unanimously passed a measure Thursday requiring public airports in the state to fly the POW/MIA flag. The legislation ...

 

 
On Tuesday, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that a Waelder man killed in the Korean War will return home, nearly 69 ...

 

 
... officially accounted for on Thursday after his remains were identified by the DPAA (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) after they were found in a ...

 

 
In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed the unidentified remains from the Oklahoma and used more sophisticated DNA testing to ...

 

 
Through research conducted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) the connection was made between the case of the missing PFC ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 March, 2019 09:31
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl.

John G. Krebs, 19, of Sterling, Illinois, killed during the Korean War, was

accounted for on Dec. 17, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Dec. 20, 2018.)

 

On July 11, 1950, Krebs was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 21st

Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, engaged in combat operations

against the North Korean People's Army south of Chonui, South Korea, when he

was declared missing in action.

 

In February 1951, the American Graves Registration Services recovered five

sets of remains from northwest of Chonui in the village of Kujong-ni.  Two

sets of remains were identified; the other three were unidentifiable and

designated as Unknowns and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific in Honolulu, known as the Punchbowl.

 

In December 1953, Krebs was declared deceased. 

 

In September 2018, Unknown X-491 Tanggok was disinterred from the Punchbowl

and sent to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Krebs' remains, scientists from DPAA used dental,

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as and

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

this mission.

 

Today, 7,663 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Krebs' name is recorded on the Courts of

the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,

along with others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

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

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1778208/
soldier-acco
unted-for-from-korean-war-krebs-j/

 

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.

 

Krebs' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000x892cEAA

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 March, 2019 09:40
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Georgia Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Reserve Seaman 2nd Class Deward W. Duncan, Jr., 19, of Monroe, Georgia,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on May 17, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Sept. 27, 2018.)

 

In January 1944, Duncan was assigned to Aviation, Construction, Ordnance,

Repair, Navy Fourteen, Standard Landing Craft Unit 4, when a Japanese air

raid on Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, dropped a bomb near his

tent.  Duncan was killed January 12, 1944 and was reportedly buried the same

day in Cemetery #33.

 

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company (604th GRC)

centralized all of the American remains found on Tarawa to Lone Palm

Cemetery for later repatriation; however, almost half of the known

casualties were never found. Duncan's remains were among those not

recovered. On Feb. 28, 1949, a military review board declared Duncan's

remains non-recoverable.

              

In 2017, History Flight, Inc., notified DPAA that they discovered a burial

site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of what they believed to be

missing American service members who had been buried in Cemetery #33. The

remains were turned over to DPAA in 2018.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,741 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others killed or lost in

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

accounted for.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1778219/
sailor-accou
nted-for-from-world-war-ii-duncan-d/

 

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.

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

03/06/19
 
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Charles M. Stern Jr., 26, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7. 1941, when the Japanese bombed Hawaii, the Defense POW/MIA ...
 
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred 35 caskets from the cemetery and used various methods of identification, including dental ...

 

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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 March, 2019 11:34
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New Jersey Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Fireman 1st Class Angelo M. Gabriele, 21, of Trenton, New Jersey, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 13, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Gabriele 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 Gabriele. 

 

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 Gabriele, were interred as

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

Punchbowl, in Honolulu. 

 

From June through October 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, in

cooperation with cemetery officials, disinterred 35 caskets, reported to be

associated with the USS West Virginia, from the NMCP and transferred the

remains to the laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Gabriele'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) and Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,741 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Gabriele'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1775544/
uss-west-vir
ginia-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-gabriele-a/

 

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.

 

Gabriele's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004mpwEAA

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 March, 2019 11:17
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New York Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Ensign Charles M. Stern, Jr., 26, of Albany, New York, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on Sept. 24, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Stern 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 Stern. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Stern.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,741 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Stern'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1775525/
uss-oklahoma
-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-stern-c/

 

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.

 

Stern's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeJzEAK

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 March, 2019 11:07
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Washington Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Reserve Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class John O. Morris, 22, of Seattle,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 13, 2018.

 

In late 1943, Morris was a member of Carrier Aircraft Service Unit (CASU)

17.  In November 1943, American units landed against stiff Japanese

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

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

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

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

Following the battle, the majority of units withdrew from the island,

leaving only the chaplains and a defense garrison, including a series of

U.S. Navy Construction Battalion, Seabee, units.  CASU 17 was among those

stationed on the island.  On Dec. 16, 1943, Morris was killed during the

test-firing of a machine gun.  The weapon accidentally discharged, killing

Morris.  He was buried on the island, in Cemetery #33.

 

In the aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died in

the battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries on the island.

The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted remains

recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and 1947, but Morris' remains were

not identified and he was declared non-recoverable.

 

In 2018, members of History Flight, Inc., a non-profit organization,

uncovered a coffin burial in Cemetery #33 on Betio, and transferred the

remains to DPAA.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,741 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. Morris' name is recorded on the Courts of

the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,

along with the others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1775506/
sailor-accou
nted-for-from-world-war-ii-morris-j/

 

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.

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 March, 2019 10:12
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Seaman 1st Class Hale McKissack, 37, of Talpa, Texas, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on July 26, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, McKissack 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 McKissack. 

 

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 McKissack.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

To identify McKissack's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,741 (approximately 26,000 are

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

McKissack'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

McKissack will be buried May 4, 2019, in Winters, Texas.

 

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.

 

McKissack's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeJKEA0

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 March, 2019 09:31
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Master Sgt. Charlie J. Mares, 30, of Waelder, Texas, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for on Feb. 4, 2019.

 

In July 1950, Mares was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry

Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, engaged in combat against the Korean

People's Army.  Mares was reported missing in action following the battle,

fought near Kwonbin-ni, South Korea, on July 31, 1950.

 

In May 1951, a set of remains located in the vicinity of where Mares was

lost, arrived at the Central Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan.  The

remains, designated X-1273 Tanggok, could not be identified, and were

transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the

Punchbowl, in Honolulu, where they were buried as an Unknown.

 

In October 2018, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-1273 from the Punchbowl, and

sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Mares' remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological and

chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as circumstantial and material

evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Today, 7,663 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Mares' 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 missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

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

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

Mares will be buried March 29, 2019, in Cistern, Texas.

 

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

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

DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Mares' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000BFeHcEAL

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 March, 2019 08:14
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Oklahoma Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Corps. Cpl. Claire E. Goldtrap, 21, of Hobart, Oklahoma, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on June 1, 2018.

 

In November 1943, Goldtrap was assigned to Company A, 2nd Amphibian Tractor

Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against

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

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

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

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

virtually annihilated. Goldtrap died on the first day of the battle, Nov.

20, 1943, during the first wave of the assault.

 

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

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

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

their Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP) in Honolulu.

              

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-277 from the NMCP and

sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.  Records indicate that

X-277 was originally buried in Cemetery #11 on Betio as an Unknown.  Even

though Goldtrap's Casualty Card indicated he was buried in Cemetery #33,

Cemetery #11 was located in close proximity to the beach designated "Beach

Red 1," where Goldtrap was reported to have disembarked from the USS Thuban

to support amphibious operations.

 

To identify Goldtrap'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.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department for Veterans Affairs for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,741 service members

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

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

Tablets of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others killed or

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

been accounted for.

 

For family contact information, contact the Marine Corps Service Casualty

office at (800) 847-1597.

 

Goldtrap will be buried April 10, 2019, in his hometown.

 

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.

 

Goldtrap's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XknREAS

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

03/05/19
 
An Oklahoma Marine killed during World War II has been accounted for on June 1, 2018, officials with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that the remains of Charles M. Stern Jr., of Albany, have been accounted for.
03/03/19
 
The remains of three U.S. airmen whose planes went down in World War II, one in Europe, one in what is now Vietnam and the third on Tarawa, ...
03/02/19

 
A few years ago, officials with the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency asked for a sample of her DNA. Her hopes rose in 2016, when ...

 
 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Lannom was a bombardier-navigator on board an aircraft on a night strike mission over Quag ...
 

From: Patrick ( 1 ) <patrick@patrickjhughes.org>
Sent: 1 March, 2019 22:08
To: Patrick Hughes <patrick@patrickjhughes.org>
Subject: THREE Vietnam Veterans are finally returning! "Welcome Home"

 

#NeverForget #NeverQuit

THREE Vietnam Veterans are finally returning! "Welcome Home"

Full Measure With Sharyl Attkisson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoQagKOInMU&feature=youtu.be

 

#NeverForget #NeverQuit

Patrick
God Bless America

 


 
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency scientists used dental and anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial and material evidence to identify ...

No longer noted by DPAA - but not forgotten.

https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/doughboy-mia-database-1917-1920.html

Doughboy MIA 
Database 1917-1920

Presented here is a complete list of all known US service personnel Missing in Action from the First World War. The list is searchable in various ways. We encourage you to explore

This database is a work in progress, with information on the men and their circumstances of disappearance added as it is discovered...

03/01/19
 
Thanks to the efforts of the U.S. POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Lannom's remains were finally recovered in Vietnam last fall. To honor his sacrifice, ...
 
 
... of more than two-dozen Tuskegee Airmen declared MIA during World War II. ... according to a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency news release.
 
 
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency scientists used dental and anthropological analysis as well as circumstantial and material evidence to identify ...
 
“The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified,” read a key ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 28 February, 2019 14:11
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Oregon Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today Navy Seaman 2nd

Class David B. Edmonston, 22, Portland, Oregon, killed during World War II,

was accounted for on July 3, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Edmonston 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 Edmonston. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Edmonston.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

To identify Edmonston's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  Additionally,

the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)

analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,742 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Edmonston'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1770783/

\uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-edmonston-d/

 

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.

 

Edmonston's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLCEA0

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

02/28/19
 
Veteran John Harrison said the Department of Defense's P.O.W./ M.I.A Agency has been doing a great job finding lost service members. “We've got ...

 
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Feb. 22 that Army Air Forces First Lieutenant Burleigh E. Curtis had finally been accounted for.
 
... been positively identified after he was unaccounted for since World War II, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Thursday.
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During his address on the stage at the Feb. 26 Washington Conference's Commander's Call, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Director ...
 
 
He is one of 7,667 Korean War personnel who still remain unaccounted for, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). He was ...
 
In December, the Defense POWMIA Accounting Agency confirmed that the bones discovered in France belong to Lt. Curtis. >>>MORE: Local ...
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A Tri-State soldier, who gave his life during World War II, is coming home. The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency says Army Private first-class ...
 
 
... peace on the entire Korean Peninsula, completing denuclearization of the peninsula and recovering U.S. POW/MIA remains from the Korean War.
 
 
“The United States and (North Korea) commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified,” the ...

List of Korean War Missing where family contact is needed for DNA analysis

 

https://www.koreanwar.org/html/finding_the_families.html

 
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His exploits earned him the Navy Cross and the central role in a book titled “The Castaway's War.” “While the loss of Strong and 46 of her sailors was ...
 
 
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Unidentified remains were transferred from the United Nations Command in South Korea to the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the team ...

 

 
20, 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today. On July 20, 1950, Williams was a member of Medical Company, 34th ...

 

 
This undated photo released Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shows U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Burleigh E. Curtis ...

 

 
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Those identified so far by Dr. Byrd's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency are: Army Master Sgt. Charles H. McDaniel, 32, of Vernon, Ind.; Army Pfc.

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Burleigh E. Curtis, of Holliston, was accounted for Dec. 13.

 

 
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Subject: The Day We Saved 2,147 POWs From Los Baños Prison Feb. 23, 1945.
 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 February, 2019 10:20
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Massachusetts Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Air

Forces 1st Lt. Burleigh E. Curtis, 22, of Holliston, Massachusetts, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 13, 2018.

 

On June 13, 1944, Curtis was a member of the 377th Fighter Squadron, 362nd

Fighter Group, piloting a P-47D aircraft on a dive-bomb attack near Briouze,

France, when his plane crashed.  Witnesses reported that he was not seen

bailing out of the aircraft prior to the crash. 

 

The following day, a French cabinet maker, Raphael Merriele, who witnessed

the crash, located the crash site and reportedly buried what remains he

could recover. 

 

In 1947, an American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) team traveled to

Briouze to retrieve Curtis' remains, however no remains were found.  The

AGRC investigator concluded that Curtis' remains had been removed by a prior

AGRC team and was likely identified.

 

By 1950, receiving no update on the remains or an identification, an AGRC

team declared Curtis non-recoverable.

 

Between 2011 and 2012, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office,

DPMO (a predecessor to DPAA), contacted the mayor of St-Andre-de-Briouze and

the Briouze chapter of the Association Normande de Souvenir Aerien, a major

aircraft souvenir group, and conducted a number of investigations in the

area where Curtis was believed to have been buried. 

 

In August and September 2017, under a partnership, History Flight, Inc., a

nongovernmental organization, excavated the crash site, recovering Curtis'

identification tags, aircraft material, life support equipment, personal

effects and possible osseous material. 

 

To identify Curtis' remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as historical and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to Mr. Raphael Merriele, Mr. Paul Hardy, Mr. Engelbert

Serpin, Mr. Jacques Paris, Mr. Jean Claude Clouet, Mr. Raymond Prod'homme,

the French government and History Flight, Inc., for their partnerships in

this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,742 service members

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

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

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

Monuments Commission site in Montjoie Saint Martin, France, along with the

others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1764225/
airman-accou
nted-for-from-world-war-ii-curtis-b/

 

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.

 

Curtis' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdjSEAS

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 February, 2019 10:36
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Alabama Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today Navy Reserve

Seaman 2nd Class Ira N. Slaton, 22, of Albertville, Alabama, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 24, 2018.

 

On July 24, 1944, Slaton was aboard the battleship USS Colorado, which was

moored approximately 3,200 yards from the shore of Tinian Island,

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  Early in the morning, the USS

Colorado, along with the light cruiser Cleveland and destroyers Remey and

Norman Scott, commenced firing toward the island.  Within two hours, a

concealed Japanese shore battery opened fire on the USS Colorado and the USS

Norman Scott.  The first hit on the USS Colorado resulted in a heavy

explosion, and the ship sustained extensive fragmentation damage.  From the

attack, four crewmen were declared missing in action, and 39 personnel were

killed, including Slaton.  Slaton and the other casualties were subsequently

interred in the 4th Marine Division Cemetery on Saipan.

 

In February 1948, under the direction of the American Graves Registration

Service's 9105th Technical Service Unit, three battlefield cemeteries,

including the 4th Marine Division Cemetery, were disinterred.  While the

majority of identifications that had been tentatively made following the

attack were upheld, nine sets were reclassified as "unknown."  Of those,

five were eventually identified and four were declared as unknown and were

interred at the Manila American Memorial and Cemetery in the Philippines.

 

On Oct. 18, 2017, personnel from DPAA, in partnership with the American

Battle Monuments Commission, exhumed Unknown X-76 from the Manila American

Memorial and Cemetery and accessioned the remains to the DPAA laboratory for

analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,742 service members

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

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

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

Honolulu, along with the others missing from WWII.  A rosette will be placed

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

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

Slaton will be buried April 6, 2019, in Horton, Alabama.

 

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

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

DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at

www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Slaton's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XfJKEA0

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 February, 2019 10:56
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Indiana Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc.

Clifford M. Mills, 29, of Troy, Indiana, killed during World War II, was

accounted for on Jan. 29, 2019.

 

In September 1944, Mills was a member of the 319th Glider Field Artillery

Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, which participated in Operation Market

Garden, the invasion of the German-occupied Netherlands.  On Sept. 18, 1944,

Mills was reported missing in action in the vicinity of Wyler and Zyfflich,

Germany. 

 

Because of enemy control of the area, an immediate search for Mills was not

possible.  After the war, the Army found no evidence that Mills had survived

the landing or been captured.

 

Following the end of hostilities, the American Graves Registration Command

(AGRC), U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, was tasked with investigating and

recovering deceased and missing American personnel in the European Theater.

During the course of these operations, units recovered thousands of unknown

sets of remains.  One set, designated Unknown X-2566 Neuville, was recovered

from an isolated grave near a downed glider.  The remains could not be

identified and were subsequently buried as an Unknown at the Henri-Chapelle

American Cemetery and Memorial in Hombourg, Belgium. 

 

Following thorough analysis of military records and AGRC documentation by

DPAA historians and scientists, which suggested a strong association between

X-2566 Neuville and Mills, the remains were disinterred in June 2017 and

sent to DPAA for analysis. 

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,742 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. Mills' name is recorded on the Walls of

the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands,

an American Battle Monuments Commission site, along with others who are

missing from WWII.  Although interred as an "unknown" his grave was

meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the American Battle

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

he has been accounted for.

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1764336/
soldier-acco
unted-for-from-world-war-ii-mills-c/

 

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.

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 February, 2019 09:43
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc.

James C. Williams, 19, of Alton, Illinois, killed during the Korean War, was

accounted for on Dec. 20, 2018.

 

On July 20, 1950, Williams was a member of Medical Company, 34th Infantry

Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, when he was killed in action near Taejon,

South Korea.  Multiple eye witnesses stated that Williams was killed while

trying to transport patients from the Taejon Air Strip.  Fellow Soldiers

returned Williams' remains to the collection point, however the 34th

Infantry Regiment's Medical Company was ordered to withdraw, and during the

hasty withdrawal, his remains and those of numerous service members were

left behind.  Despite multiple attempts to recover Williams' remains, he was

declared non-recoverable on Jan. 16, 1956.

 

A set of remains, designated Unknown X-218 Taejon, was recovered from the

vicinity of Taejon, along with the remains of three other individuals who

were later identified as members of either the 34th Infantry Regiment or

19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Unknown X-218 Taejon could

not be identified and was interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the

Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

On March 12, 2018, Unknown X-218 Taejon was disinterred from the Punchbowl

and sent to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

this mission.

 

Today, 7,666 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Williams' 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 missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

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

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

Williams will be buried July 19, 2019, in West Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

 

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.

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

02/22/19
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) said Kalausich was accounted for on Dec. 13, 2018, nearly 74 years after he was killed. The DPAA ...
 
As Pyeongyang and Washington are gearing up for their summit talks next week, the two sides are also arranging dates and places for further ...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6724255/The-grim-fate-Allied-prisoners-hands-Nazi-war-criminals-WWII.html

 

A new book has been released examining the gruesome fate that awaited hundreds of British and allied Prisoners of War at the hands of the Nazi regime. It includes graphic images showing SAS men who were beaten with cudgels and shot in cold blood (top right), smirking Nazi paratroops opening fire on Cretan resistance fighters (bottom right), a firing squad of 20 Germans preparing to shoot six unarmed Ukrainian men (main), and a crowd of anxious looking British soldiers being marched past a German tank destroyer as they awaited their fate (inset). The harrowing photos are included in Phillip Chinnery's book 'Hitler's Atrocities against Allied PoWs' , a chilling description of the ordeals that captured men and women were put through by the Third Reich....

 
02/20/19
 
Dave Koehler (D-Peoria) wants to require Illinois airports to fly the POW/MIA flag. The bill was inspired by Peoria-area veteran Gary Hall, who wanted ...
Subject: FW: What Too Many Don't Know About POW-MIA's
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2019 10:30:25 -0500
From: moehog@verizon.net
To: moehog@verizon.net

 

From the desk of Norb Plassmeyer, MIA Family member.

 

moe note: The three (3) articles (Links provided at the end of Norb’s email), authored by Donna Knox, MIA Family member (Daughter), will provide you insight to the complexity of the POW/MIA issue from WW II through Vietnam. Complexities both political and personal by one who has lived it. These are ‘must read’  articles regardless of the level of your advocacy. Don’t forget to share these with all in your circle.

Until they ALL come home……….

 

From: Norb Plassmeyer
Sent: 16 February, 2019 21:00
To:

Subject: What Too Many Don't Know About POW-MIA's

 

Relatives and Friends,

 

If you have ever had doubts about the need or value of the ongoing effort to find out what happened to our unaccounted for service members I am inviting you to read the articles by Donna Knox, the heroic daughter of one of the Korean War missing , and a driving force of The Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW-MIA's https://www.coalitionoffamilies.org. Donna and her brother Rick Downes have been leading the effort to pass legislation in the U. S. Congress that will provide for release of vital information about our abandoned military servicemen.

 

While I am convinced due to the generosity of the contemporaries of my brother Bernie Plassmeyer that we know all that will ever be known about his loss, that is not the case for the family of Paul Hasenbeck, who disappeared in Vietnam along with three others, who have come to be known as the Mangino Four. So I believe it is imperative that the effort to "Bring Our Heros Home" be pursued with vigor, because we are running out of time.

 

Donna's first article describes the loss of her father.

 

https://medium.com/@donnadknox/what-too-many-people-dont-know-about-the-korean-war-e7157a16f698

 

 

The 2nd article describes the ongoing effort by the Russians.

 

https://medium.com/@donnadknox/russias-clandestine-aggression-nothing-new-fd98cc572ab4

 

 

And the 3rd describes the conditions of the Gulags, where some of our soldiers, possibly including Donna's father, were sent, based on a personal visit to one of the sites.

 

https://medium.com/@donnadknox/horrors-of-perm-36-the-last-standing-soviet-gulag-150a08b49151

 

 

Please help if you can!

 


Peace,

Norb Plassmeyer

573 291 2614

02/17/19

 
In June 2016, a German researcher, Adolph Hagedorn, who had previously collaborated with Joint POW / MIA Accounting Command, JPAC (a ...
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The coloring sheet also features the POW/MIA logo as well as a rifle stuck in the ground alongside a soldier's boots and helmet. Ken Frank, Post 145 ...
02/12/19

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The 19th Annual POW/MIA Awareness Rally and Motorcycle Rodeo will be held at the Bannock County Event Center ...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6695955/Wreck-carrier-USS-Hornet-discovered-South-Pacific.html
 

USS Hornet is discovered in the South Pacific 77 years after it was sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy...............

The research vessel Petrel, owned by the estate of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, discovered the Hornet three miles under the ocean surface off the Solomon Islands late last month. The Hornet, the last U.S. fleet carrier to be sunk by enemy fire, lost 140 hands under a relentless Japanese air bombing attack at the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands on October 26, 1942. As Imperial Navy surface forces closed in, all hands were ordered to abandon ship, and the Hornet was finished off by enemy torpedoes and sent to its watery grave....

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 February, 2019 09:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Seaman 1st Class Kenneth H. Sampson, 20, of Kansas City, Missouri, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Oct. 16, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Sampson 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 Sampson. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Sampson.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) and autosomal (auSTR) DNA

analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and

material evidence. 

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,744 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Sampson'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1754839/
uss-oklahoma
-sailor-killed-during-world-war-ii-sampson-k/

 

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

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

DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at

www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Sampson's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgTIEA0

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 February, 2019 09:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Seaman 1st Class John A. Karli, 19, of San Marino, California, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 10, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Karli 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 Karli. 

 

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 Karli.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. 

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,744 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Karli'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1754832/
uss-oklahoma
-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-karli-j/

 

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

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

DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at

www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Karli's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdziEAC

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 February, 2019 09:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Seaman 1st Class Kirby R. Stapleton, 24, of Chillicothe, Missouri, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Aug. 27, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Stapleton 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 Stapleton. 

 

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 Stapleton.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. 

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,744 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Stapleton'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1754822/
uss-oklahoma
-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-stapleton-k/

 

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

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

DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at

www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Stapleton's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XfDTEA0
 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 
In a report issued Monday, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of Navy Fire Controlman 1st Class Edward J.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 February, 2019 13:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Indiana USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Fire

Controlman 1st Class Edward J. Shelden, 29, of Indianapolis, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on July 26, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Shelden 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 Shelden. 

 

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 Shelden.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. 

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,744 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Shelden'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.

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1754043/
uss-oklahoma
-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-shelden-e/

 

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

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

DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at

www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Shelden's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0jEAC

 

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 
The remains of an 18-year-old Monona sailor who died in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 

 
Earlier this week, lawmakers from both parties introduced legislation in the House and Senate to ensure that Medal of Honor recipients and prisoners ...

 

https://connectingvets.radio.com/articles/military-honors-tier-system-arlington-national-cemetery-updated-bill-was-introduced?fbclid=IwAR3nL7saUlcX3zfHUqJFqOCbxxl5afsDpGcR_4iLe5z9k9ycob-TEnxLP54

We were all a little surprised to hear about the bill introduced last week proposing that all Medal of Honor recipients and Prisoners of War receive full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery funerals — because we assumed that's something they already did. 

... While MOH recipients are eligible Prisoners of War currently are not. 

Why not? 

Here's how the tier system for "full military honors" breaks down at Arlington National Cemetery: 

Enlisted service members, WO-1 through CW-3, and O-1 through O-3 will receive military funeral honors provided by the decedent's branch of service. These honors include a casket team, a firing party, a bugler, and a folding of the colors. Military funeral honors with escort is what is being addressed by the recent bill. 

Currently, E-9, CW-4 and CW-5, O-4 and above, Medal of Honor recipients, and those killed in action may receive military funeral honors with an escort. This includes a casket team, a firing party, a bugler, folding of the colors, an escort element that varies by size according to rank of the deceased, and a military band....

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 8 February, 2019 12:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Reynolds, W.)

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt.

Winfred L. Reynolds, 20, of High Point, North Carolina, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for on Jan. 16, 2019.

 

In April 1951, Reynolds was a member of Medical Company, 32nd Infantry

Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, and attached to 2nd Platoon, Company C, 1st

Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, near Hwach'on Reservoir, South Korea.  He

was killed on April 26, 1951, while caring for wounded Soldiers.  Because of

ongoing fighting in the area, Reynolds' remains were unable to be recovered.

 

In 2017, the Ministry of National Defense Agency for Killed in Action

Recovery and Identification (MAKRI), a South Korean organization with the

same mission as DPAA searched in the vicinity of where Reynolds was killed

and recovered possible osseous material.  The remains were accessioned into

the MAKRI laboratory, where it was determined the remains were likely of

European decent.  They were subsequently sent to the DPAA laboratory for

analysis. 

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis,

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the South Korean Government and the Ministry of National

Defense Agency for Killed in Action Recovery and Identification for their

partnership in this mission.

 

Today, 7,670 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Reynolds' 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 missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be

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

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1752406/

soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-reynolds-w/

 

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.

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

02/08/19
 
He spent many years working with JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) to assist the military in their search. Hopefully they will succeed.
 
 
... Island and recovered the remains of what they believed were 35 U.S. Marines, which were turned over to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
02/07/19
 
In the next few weeks, every road entering Franklin County will be marked with a sign signifying its designation as the first POW/MIA county in the ...
02/06/19
Subject: FW: FULL Military Honors Act re-introduced on both sides of Congress
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2019 23:07:10 -0500
From: moehog@verizon.net
 

From Stars and Stripes, Nikki Wentling

 

moe note: Full Military Honors for Medal Of Honor recipients and Former Prisoners of War at National Cemeteries – it is time that these HEROs received the Honor that they earned through their service – Officers or Enlisted – when it is there time to be laid to rest.

HONOR-RELEASE-RETURN hopes YOU will reach out to your Representative and your Senator and request them to co-sponsor this Act and have Pelosi & McConnell bring this to the floor for an up/down vote. We must make this a reality!  
 


 
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying again to ensure all Medal of Honor recipients and prisoners of war are given full military ...
02/04/19

 
In December, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) said it has three teams actively working in the region to recover remains, but there ...
 
In May of 1970, an organization known as Voices in Vital America (VIVA) started selling POW bracelets. Each bracelet bore the name of an American ...
02/01/19
 

 
The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is tasked with recovering and identifying the nation's war dead from previous conflicts.

 
02/02/19
 
... were identified in December, 2018, thanks to a researcher in Germany who contacted U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency about a crash site ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 February, 2019 12:40
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Utah Pilot Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Air

Forces 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield, 26, of Salt Lake City, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on Dec. 13, 2018.

 

On March 21, 1945, Hadfield was a member of the 642nd Bombardment Squadron,

409th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Division, 9th Air Force, piloting

an A-26B, when his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and went missing

during a combat mission from Couvron, France to Dülmen, Germany.  Hadfield,

and his two crewmen, Sgt. Vernon Hamilton and Sgt. John Kalausich, had been

participating in the interdiction campaign to obstruct German troop

movements in preparation for the Allied crossing of the Rhine River on March

23, 1945. 

 

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command extensively searched

the area where the aircraft was believed to have crashed, however no crash

sites could be positively matched with Hadfield’s aircraft.

 

In June 2016, a German researcher, Adolph Hagedorn, who had previously

collaborated with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, JPAC (a predecessor

to DPAA,) contacted DPAA historians regarding a crash site he had found in

Hülsten-Reken, Germany, that could possibly be linked to Hadfield’s

aircraft.  In September 2016, Hagedorn led DPAA to the crash site in a horse

paddock, where the aircraft matched the description of Hadfield’s.

 

In November and December 2016, under a partnership, History Flight, Inc., a

nongovernmental organization, excavated the crash site, recovering aircraft

material, life support equipment, personal effects and possible osseous

material. 

 

To identify Hadfield’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis,

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

Hamilton and Kalausich were also identified on Dec. 13, 2018.

 

DPAA is grateful to Mr. Adolph Hagedorn, the government of Germany, and

History Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,747 service members

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

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

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

Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the

others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

Hadfield will be buried March 21, 2019, in Sandy, Utah.

 

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.

 

Hadfield’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000PgMEoEAN

 

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 25 January, 2019 09:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New Jersey Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

remains of Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class Eugene K. Eberhardt., 29, of

Newark, New Jersey, killed during World War II, was accounted for on July 3,

2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Eberhardt 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 Eberhardt. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Eberhardt.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

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

DNA analysis, as well as anthropological analysis and circumstantial

evidence.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,750 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Eberhardt'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1740219/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-eberhardt-e/

 

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

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

DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at

www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Eberhardt's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLBEA0

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

 
01/25/19
 
... and was 20 years old when he died in the POW camp, according to Charles Prichard, spokesman for the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency.
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified another U.S. service member that was among the 55 remains the North Koreans returned in a ...

01/22/19

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 January, 2019 12:17
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: South Carolina Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt.

Floyd A. Fulmer, 20, of Newberry, South Carolina, killed during World War

II, was accounted for on Nov. 27, 2018.

 

In November 1944, Fulmer was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 110th

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

action on Nov. 14, 1944, after fierce combat in the Raffelsbrand sector of

the Hürtgen Forest, near the village of Simonskall, in Germany.  Due to

ongoing combat operations and extensive land mines throughout the forest

American forces were unable to search for him.  When the war ended, Fulmer

was among more than two dozen Soldiers still missing in the Raffelsbrand

sector.  On Nov. 15, 1945, the War Department declared him deceased. 

 

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command extensively searched

the Hürtgen Forest for Fulmer’s remains.  Unable to make a correlation with

any remains found in the area, he was declared non-recoverable. 

 

In April 1947, following demining operations, a set of remains was recovered

from the Raffelsbrand sector of the Hürtgen Forest. The remains were sent to

the central processing point at Neuville, Belgium. They were unable to be

identified, were designated X-5460, and buried at Neuville American

Cemetery.

 

Based upon the original recovery location of X-5460, a DPAA historian

determined that there was a likely association between the remains and

Fulmer.  In April 2018, the Department of Defense and American Battle

Monuments Commission disinterred X-5460 and accessioned the remains to the

DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Fulmer’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,751 service members

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

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

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

Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with others who

are missing from WWII. Although interred as an Unknown, Fulmer’s grave was

meticulously cared for by ABMC for 70 years.  A rosette will be placed next

to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1737057/soldier-
accou
nted-for-from-world-war-ii-fulmer-f/

 

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.

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

 

01/19/19
 
The remains of a West Virginia airman and two other servicemen who died in Europe during World War II have been identified, the Defense POW/MIA ...
 
The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday that Sgt. John Kalausich's remains have been ...
01/18/19
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Thursday that remains excavated in 2016 at a World War II crash site near Hulsten-Reken, ...
01/17/19
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Thursday that 19-year-old Air Forces Sgt. Vernon L. Hamilton of Monongahela was accounted for last ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 17 January, 2019 09:46
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: West Virginia Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Air

Forces Sgt. John Kalausich, 19, of Charleston, West Virginia, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 13, 2018.

 

On March 21, 1945, Kalausich was a member of the 642nd Bombardment Squadron,

409th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Division, 9th Air Force, aboard an

A-26B, when his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and went missing

during a combat mission from Couvron, France to Dülmen, Germany.  Kalausich,

his pilot, 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield, and the other crewman, Sgt. Vernon

Hamilton, had been participating in the interdiction campaign to obstruct

German troop movements in preparation for the Allied crossing of the Rhine

River on March 23, 1945. 

 

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command extensively searched

the area where the aircraft was believed to have crashed, however no crash

sites could be positively matched with Kalausich’s aircraft.

 

In June 2016, a German researcher, Adolph Hagedorn, who had previously

collaborated with Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, JPAC (a predecessor to

DPAA,) contacted DPAA historians regarding a crash site he had found in

Hülsten-Reken, Germany, that could possibly be linked to Kalausich’s

aircraft.  In September 2016, Hagedorn led DPAA to the crash site in a horse

paddock, where the aircraft matched the description of Kalausich’s.

 

In November and December 2016, under a partnership, History Flight, Inc., a

nongovernmental organization, excavated the crash site, recovering aircraft

material, life support equipment, personal effects and possible osseous

material. 

 

To identify Kalausich’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to Mr. Hagedorn, the government of Germany and History

Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,751 service members

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

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

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

Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the

others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

Kalausich will be buried Feb. 23, 2019 in his hometown. (Charleston West Virginal)

 

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.

 

Kalausich’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000PgMF8EAN

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 17 January, 2019 09:11
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Pennsylvania Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Air

Forces Sgt. Vernon L. Hamilton, 19, of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 13, 2018.

 

On March 21, 1945, Hamilton was a member of the 642nd Bombardment Squadron,

409th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Division, 9th Air Force, aboard an

A-26B, when his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and went missing

during a combat mission from Couvron, France to Dülmen, Germany.  Hamilton,

his pilot, 2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield, and the other crewman, Sgt. John

Kalausich, had been participating in the interdiction campaign to obstruct

German troop movements in preparation for the Allied crossing of the Rhine

River on March 23, 1945. 

 

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command extensively searched

the area where the aircraft was believed to have crashed, however no crash

sites could be positively matched with Hamilton’s aircraft.

 

In June 2016, a German researcher, Adolph Hagedorn, who had previously

collaborated with Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, JPAC (a predecessor to

DPAA) contacted DPAA historians regarding a crash site he had found in

Hülsten-Reken, Germany, that could possibly be linked to Hamilton’s

aircraft.  In September 2016, Hagedorn led DPAA to the crash site in a horse

paddock, where the aircraft matched the description of Hamilton’s.

 

In November and December 2016, under a partnership, History Flight, Inc., a

nongovernmental organization, excavated the crash site, recovering aircraft

material, life support equipment, personal effects and possible osseous

material. 

 

To identify Hamilton’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to Mr. Hagedorn, the government of Germany and History

Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,751 service members

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

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

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

Battle Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the

others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1733984/airman-
accoun
ted-for-from-world-war-ii-hamilton-v/

 

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.

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 9 January, 2019 13:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Chief

Pharmacist's Mate James T. Cheshire, 40, of San Diego, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on Sept. 10, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Cheshire 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 Cheshire. 

 

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 Cheshire.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis,

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. 

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,751 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Cheshire'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1727479/
uss-oklahoma-
sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-cheshire-j/

 

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

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

DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at

www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Cheshire's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKjEAK

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 8 January, 2019 11:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Massachusetts Sailor Accounted For From World WAR ii

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Buglemaster 2nd Class Lionel W. Lescault, 28, of Spencer, Massachusetts,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 24, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Lescault 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 Lescault. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Lescault.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as material and circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,751 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Lescault'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1726109/
uss-oklahoma-
sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-lescault-l/

 

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.

 

DPAA has no photos of Lescault on file.

 

Lescault's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdzzEAC

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 8 January, 2019 12:28
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Alabama Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Chief

Warrant Officer John A. Austin, 36, of Warrior, Alabama, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on Sept. 4, 2018.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Austin 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 Austin. 

 

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 Austin.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis, dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. 

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,751 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Austin'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.

 

For family information, contact the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

http://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1726187/
uss-oklahoma-
sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-austin-j/

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Austin's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XfDzEAK

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

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