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AMERICANS IDENTIFIED SINCE 1989
WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

Jan 2006 - May 2007

June 2007 - Dec 2008


Jan 2009 - June 2009

June 2009 -Dec 2010

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

Jan 2018 - Dec 2018

Jan 2019 - Dec 2019
 

 

 

2020
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Stories and Press Releases below chart

Research sites: 

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2020

Recently Accounted For
 
Member Rank First and Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Date AnnouncedSorted By Date Announced In Descending Order Funeral Date Funeral Location
Sgt. John E. Hurlburt U.S. Army 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division 7/7/1944 Saipan 8/20/2020    
Staff Sgt. Charles G. McMackin U.S. Army Air Forces 68th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force 8/1/1943 Romania 8/19/2020    
Sgt. James N. Stryker U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 5/18/1951 South Korea 8/10/2020    
Pfc. Frank L. Athon U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 7/31/2020    
Pfc. John P. Langan U.S. Marine Corps Company C, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 7/15/2020    
1st Lt. Alva R. Krogman U.S. Air Force 504th Tactical Air Support Group, 7th Air Force, on temporary duty with the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron 1/17/1967 Savannakhet Province, Laos 7/14/2020    
2nd Lt. William H. Melville U.S. Army Air Forces 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group 10/28/1943 Papua 7/7/2020    
Cpl. Richard L. Henderson, Jr. U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 7/2/2020    
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Robert T. Stout U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/25/2020    
Master Sgt. James L. Quong U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 6/23/2020    
Pfc. John M. Fahy U.S. Marine Corps Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 6/23/2020    
Cpl. Francis J. Rochon U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 9/1/1950 Changnyeong, South Korea 6/19/2020    
Seaman 2nd Class James M. Flanagan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/12/2020    
Seaman 1st Class Wesley E. Graham U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/12/2020    
Radioman 3rd Class Irvin F. Rice U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/12/2020    
Cpl. Pete Conley U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/12/1950 North Korea 6/9/2020    
Sgt. Stanley L. DeWitt U.S. Army Medical Detachment, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 6/8/2020    
Radioman 3rd Class Thomas E. Griffith U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/8/2020    
1st Lt. Anthony R. Mazzulla U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 6/1/2020    
Master Sgt. James Hart, Jr. U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 6/1/2020    
Pfc. John J. Sitarz U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/2/1944 Hürtgen Forest, Germany 5/29/2020    
Cpl. Billie Joe Hash U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 5/29/2020    
Pfc. Charles D. Miller U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/22/1943 Tarawa 5/26/2020    
Sgt. Jesse D. Hill U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 5/21/2020    
Sgt. William E. Cavender U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 5/20/2020    
Cpl. R.B. Cherry U.S. Army Company G, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/27/1950 North Korea 5/20/2020    
Fireman 1st Class Louis J. Tushla U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/19/2020    
Metalsmith 1st Class Leonard F. Smith U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/19/2020    
Pfc. Mervin D. Galland U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 5/19/2020    
Seaman 2nd Class Floyd D. Helton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/15/2020  
Pvt. Charles Andrews U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division 12/4/1944 Hürtgen Forest, Germany 5/8/2020    
Pfc. Thomas F. Johnson U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/23/1943 Tarawa 5/8/2020    
Pfc. Robert D. Jenks U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 5/5/2020    
Fireman 1st Class Samuel C. Steiner U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/1/2020    
Seaman 1st Class James C. Williams U.S. Naval Reserve USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/1/2020    
Seaman 1st Class Maurice V. Spangler U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/1/2020    
Pvt. Howard E. Miller U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 4/30/2020    
Pfc. Glenn E. Collins U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 4/28/2020    
Staff Sgt. Raymond C. Blanton U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division 10/14/1944 Hürtgen Forest, Germany 4/28/2020    
Pfc. John E. Gillen U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 4/27/2020    
Pfc. Harold W. Hayden U.S Marine Corps Reserve Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 4/27/2020    
Cpl. Dale W. Wright U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. 12/2/1950 North Korea 4/27/2020    
Cpl. Raymond J. Tuhey U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/23/1943 Tarawa 4/27/2020    
1st Lt. Hugh D. Fricks U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/23/1943 Tarawa 4/27/2020    
Cpl. Burl Mullins U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 4/27/2020    
Pfc. Clarence W. Brotherton U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division 10/14/1944 Hürtgen Forest, Germany 4/27/2020    
Pfc. Oliver Jeffers U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 11/10/1944 Hürtgen Forest, Germany 4/24/2020    
Sgt. Lloyd A. Alumbaugh U.S. Army Ambulance Company, 7th Medical Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 4/23/2020    
Pfc. Bill F. Hobbs U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 4/22/2020    
Pfc. Louis N. Crosby U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 4/22/2020    
Cpl. Charles E. Hiltibran U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 4/22/2020    
Cpl. Clifford S. Johnson U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 4/21/2020    
Cpl. Ralph S. Boughman U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 4/21/2020    
Cpl. Benjamin R. Bazzell U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 4/20/2020    
Sgt. 1st Class Frank G. Vejar U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 4/20/2020    
Cpl. Henry L. Helms U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 4/17/2020    
1st Lt. Thomas J. Redgate U.S. Army Battery A, 48th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/11/1950 North Korea 4/17/2020    
Sgt. Fred Farris U.S. Marine Corps Company I, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 4/17/2020    
Pvt. Jacob Cruz U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 4/17/2020    
Sgt. David B. Milano U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 4/16/2020    
Pfc. Elden R. Baumbach U.S. Marine Corps Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 4/16/2020    
Sgt. George R. Reeser U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 4/16/2020    
Pfc. John W. Hoffman, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company L, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/23/1943 Tarawa 4/16/2020    
Cpl. Eldert J. Beek U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 4/16/2020    
Pvt. Jack R. Stambaugh U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 4/15/2020    
Pfc. Anthony F. Mendonca U.S. Army Company A, 106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division 6/28/1944 Saipan 4/13/2020    
Sgt. Billy V. Rodgers U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 4/10/2020    
Sgt. Donald D. Stoddard U.S. Marine Corps Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 4/6/2020    
Pvt. Wayne M. Evans U.S. Army Battery G, 59th Coast Artillery Regiment 7/19/1942 Cabanatuan, Philippines 4/6/2020    
2nd Lt. Earl W. Smith, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces 80th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force 8/20/1943 Papua 3/24/2020    
Shipfitter 3rd Class Patrick L. Chess U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/12/2020    
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Alton W. Whitson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/11/2020    
Seaman 1st Class Russell C. Roach U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/11/2020    
Fireman 3rd Class Clarence A. Blaylock U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/11/2020    
Sgt. Kenneth E. Walker U.S. Army Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 2/27/2020 4/18/2020 Madill, Oklahoma
Sgt. Duane O. Cole U.S. Marine Corps Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 2/24/2020 6/20/2020 Spooner, Wisconsin
1st Lt. Ernest L. Roth U.S. Army Air Forces 359th Bombardment Squadron, 303rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force 5/19/1944 Berlin, Germany 2/19/2020   Los Angeles, California
Steward's Mate 2nd Class Jesus F. Garcia U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/19/2020    
FCC Daniel F. Harris U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/11/2020    
Pvt. James J. Cansler U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division 12/19/1944 Hürtgen Forest, Germany 2/11/2020    
Pfc. James W. White U.S. Army Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) 7/2/1944 Burma 2/11/2020    
MMC Lada Smisek U.S. Navy Naval Ammunition Depot and Submarine Base, Cavite, Philippine Islands 9/28/1942 Philippines 2/4/2020    
Cpl. Oscar E. Koskela U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters Company, 29th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 6/18/1944 Saipan 2/4/2020    
Pfc. Royal L. Waltz U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 1st Battalion, 18th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 2/4/2020    
Seaman 1st Class Warren C. Gillette U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/29/2020    
Seaman 2nd Class Cecil H. Thornton U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/29/2020    
FIreman 2nd Class Martin D. Young U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/28/2020    
Fireman 2nd Class William P. Kubinec U.S. Navy USS West Virginia 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2020    
Hospital Apprentice 1st Class John M. Mulick U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2020    
Seaman 1st Class Joe R. Nightingale U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2020    
Fireman 1st Class Dan E. Reagan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2020    
Fireman 2nd Class Joseph W. Carroll U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2020    
Cpl. Arthur C. Ramirez U.S. Army Battery B, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 1/22/2020 3/19/2020 Marana, Arizona
Pvt. Pearl F. Barrow U.S. Army Company F, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 11/20/1944 Hürtgen, Germany 1/16/2020    
Gunnery Sgt. Arthur B. Summers U.S. Marine Corps Company I, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/23/1943 Tarawa 1/6/2020    
Sgt. John V. Phillips U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 31st Infantry Regiment 7/27/1942 Philippines 12/16/2019   Arlington National Cemetery

List posted 07/05/2020

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

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

 

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

 

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

I hope this helps,

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

 

From the desk of Colonel Gary Clark, US Air Force, (Retired), Task Force Alpha, Thailand (Vietnam War), US Central Command during Dessert Storm and Dessert Shied, Chairman Polk County Veterans Council, and so much more.

 

WO1 Randall Edwards US Navy (Retired), WW II, Prisoner of War, Mukden, Manchuria, 6 May 1942 – 1 August 1845  

 

From: veterans-council-i-ii-iii@googlegroups.com <veterans-council-i-ii-iii@googlegroups.com> On Behalf Of GARY CLARK
Sent: 6 October, 2020 14:55
To: Gary Clark  
Subject: Randall Edwards--WW II POW Hero--Has Departed

 

It is with great sadness that Randy Edwards, friend to many, Patriot to all, passed this morning at 1138 hours.  He fought to the end just as he fought for 3.5 years in a Japanese slave labor camp.

 

Rest well my friend.  You serve now with the angels.

 

--

Gary Clark

Colonel USAF(Ret)

Chairman

Polk County Veterans Council

Box 3911

Lakeland, Florida 33802

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 2 October, 2020 12:51
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Oct. 2, 2020

 

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

Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Jacob Cruz, 18, of Los Angeles, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on April 14, 2020.

 

In November 1943, Cruz was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine

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

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

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

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

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

virtually annihilated. Cruz died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943.

He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery,

later renamed Cemetery 33.

 

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all

of the American remains found on Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later

repatriation. However, almost half of the known casualties were never found.

No recovered remains could be associated with Cruz, and, in October 1949, a

Board of Review declared him "non-recoverable."

             

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial

site on Betio Island believed to be Cemetery 33, which has been the site of

numerous excavations ever since. In March 2019, excavations west of Cemetery

33 revealed a previously undiscovered burial site that has since been

identified as Row D. The remains recovered at this site were transferred to

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

 

To identify Cruz'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), Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR), and autosomal DNA

(auSTR) analysis.

 

Cruz's name is recorded in the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others still missing from

World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has

been accounted for.

 

Cruz will be buried Nov. 13, 2020, in his hometown.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Marine Corps Casualty Office

at (800) 847-1597.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Republic of Kiribati and appreciative of History

Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Cruz's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xgl7EAC.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 30 September, 2020 09:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Iowa Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Sept. 30, 2020

 

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

Navy Hospital Apprentice 1st Class John M. Mulick, 21, of Elma, Iowa, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Nov. 18, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Mulick 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 Mulick. 

 

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 Mulick.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Mulick's remains, scientists from DPAA dental and

anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

Mulick'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.

 

The date and location for Mulick's burial have yet to be decided by the

family.

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Mulick's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe0IEAS.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 30 September, 2020 09:06
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Nebraska Accounted For >From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Sept. 30, 2020

 

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

Navy Fireman 1st Class Louis J. Tushla, 25, of Atkinson, Nebraska, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on March 27, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Tushla 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 Tushla. 

 

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 Tushla.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Tushla's remains, scientists from DPAA dental and

anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

Tushla'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.

 

Tushla will be buried July 17, 2021, in his hometown.

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Tushla's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgB7EAK.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 September, 2020 15:40
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Sept. 29, 2020

 

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

Marine Corps Reserve Pvt. Howard E. Miller, 22, of San Mateo, California,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on April 20, 2020.

 

In November 1943, Miller was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th

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

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

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

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

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

were virtually annihilated. Miller died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22,

1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division

Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

 

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all

of the American remains found on Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later

repatriation. However, almost half of the known casualties were never found.

No recovered remains could be associated with Miller, and, in October 1949,

a Board of Review declared him "non-recoverable."

             

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial

site on Betio Island believed to be Cemetery 33, which has been the site of

numerous excavations ever since. In March 2019, excavations west of Cemetery

33 revealed a previously undiscovered burial site that has since been

identified as Row D. The remains recovered at this site were transferred to

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

 

To identify Miller'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 autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Miller's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others still missing from

World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has

been accounted for.

 

Miller will be buried Nov. 6, 2020, in his hometown.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Marine Corps Casualty Office

at (800) 847-1597.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Republic of Kiribati and appreciative to History

Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Miller's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000ccAvEAI.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

 

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 September, 2020 13:08
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Washington Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Sept. 29, 2020

 

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

U.S. Navy Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Alton W. Whitson, 22, of Seattle,

killed during World War II, was accounted for Jan. 23, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Whitson 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 Whitson. 

 

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 Whitson.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR), and

autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

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

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

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

 

Whitson will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington,

Virginia, in October 2021.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Navy Casualty Office at

(800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Whitson's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xg8rEAC.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

 
 
Harrison, who was the keynote speaker at Rogersville's American Legion Post 21 annual POW/MIA remembrance ceremony, spent 27 months in ...

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 28 September, 2020 14:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Michigan Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Sept. 28, 2020

 

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

Army Sgt. Jesse "Johnnie" D. Hill, 20, of Highland Park, Michigan, killed

during the Korean War, was accounted for May 19, 2020.

             

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

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

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

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

recovered.

 

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

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

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

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

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

into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

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

analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from

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

analysis.

 

Hill's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are

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

to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Hill will be buried in Holly, Michigan. The date has yet to be determined.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Hill's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000FBia0EAD.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 


 
The remains will be transferred to the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's laboratory in Hawaii for further tests. The search for missing U.S. ...

 

 
A marker in memory of Pattillo sits above an empty grave at the Hartselle City Cemetery. Sept. 18, on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the country ...

 

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/09/23/navy-declassifies-300-pages-of-probe-1963-uss-thresher-disaster.html?ESRC=eb_200924.nl

Navy Declassifies 300 Pages of Probe into 1963 USS Thresher Disaster
Families of those lost in the USS Thresher tragedy are finally getting a look at hundreds of documents about the accident.

This past Friday marked the 41st annual Prisoner of War and Missing in Action (MIA) Recognition Day, which was established by President Jimmy Carter ...

 

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That history is one of the reasons why Page has become so involved in the Detachment of New Jersey's POW/MIA Watchfire vigil, which took place for ...

 

Bergdahl Lawyers Say Judge's Job Application Posed Conflict


September 20, 2020

 
Earlier this year, the POW/MIA flag that had flown over the White House was demoted to a less visible place on the grounds, angering missing in ...

 
WAPPINGERS FALLS – The third Friday in September is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. It honors those who were prisoners of war (POWs) and ...

 

 
HUDSON VALLEY – The third Friday in September is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. It honors those who were prisoners of war (POWs) and ...
 

 
Carole was integral in the birth of the POW/MIA memorial bracelets, and put the first bracelet with her husband's name on it on the wrist of John Wayne ...


 
National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979, and is observed on every third Friday of September. Still, Trump's renewed pledge to work ...

Proclamation on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2020


 

 

 
Throughout our Nation’s history, America’s sons and daughters have heroically safeguarded our precious freedoms and defended the cause of liberty both at home and abroad.  On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we remember the more than 500,000 prisoners of war who have endured incredible suffering and brutality under conditions of extraordinary privation, and the tens of thousands of our patriots who are still missing in action.  Although our Nation will never be able to fully repay our debt to those who have given so much on our behalf, we commemorate their bravery and recommit to working for their long-suffering families who deserve answers and solace for their missing loved ones.

 
Today, I join a grateful Nation in honoring those POWs who faithfully served through extreme hardship and unimaginable physical and emotional trauma.  Their lives and resilience reflect the best of the American Spirit, and their immeasurable sacrifices have ensured the blessings of freedom for future generations.  On this day, we also reaffirm our unceasing global efforts to obtain the fullest possible accounting of our MIA personnel.  The search, recovery, and repatriation of MIA remains help bring closure to families bearing the burden of the unresolved fate of their loved ones.  That is why in 2018, I worked to secure the historic repatriation of remains from North Korea, and why we are continually working to bring more home from around the world.  My Administration will never waver in fulfilling our country’s obligation to leave no service member behind.

 
This year, as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and reflect upon both the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War and the 45th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, we pause to recognize the men and women who were held as POWs or deemed MIA in these conflicts against repressive ideologies.  These service members and civilians, many from the Greatest Generation, deserve a special place of honor in the hearts of all Americans because of their selfless devotion, unflinching courage, and unsurpassed dedication to our cherished American values.

 
On September 18, 2020, our Nation’s citizens will look to the iconic black and white flag as a powerful reminder of the service of America’s POWs and service members who have gone MIA.  This flag, especially when flying high above our military installations abroad, conveys the powerful message of American devotion to the cause of human liberty and our commitment to never forget the brave Americans lost defending that liberty.  On this National POW/MIA Recognition Day, our Nation takes a special moment to pay tribute to those who endured the horrors of enemy captivity and those lost in service to our country.  Our Nation will continue to be resolute in our relentless pursuit of those remains of service members who have yet to return home from war and our steadfast promise to their families that their loved ones will never be forgotten.

 
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2020, as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.  Together with the people of the United States, I salute all American POWs who, in the presence of great dangers and uncertainties, valiantly honored their duty to this great country.  Let this day also serve as a reminder for our Nation to strengthen our resolve to account for those who are still missing and provide their families long-sought answers.  I call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and private organizations to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

 
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

 
DONALD J. TRUMP

 

 

 

 
... at the Wayne County Veterans Memorial Park for American POW/MIA, and visitation was conducted Friday afternoon at Doan & Mills Funeral Home.

 

 
"We owe a debt of gratitude to you and the other POWs and the MIA who are out there that we will never be able to repay," Fazenbaker said to Smith. ' ...
Harrison was the keynote speaker for Friday's fourth annual POW/MIA Recognition program at the Hawkins County American Legion Post 21 in ...

 

 
How four CIA agents were killed on mission to
              eavesdrop on Chinese military in the

Remarkable details have emerged of how four CIA operatives died in September 2008, while attempting to place a listening device disguised as a rock to eavesdrop on Chinese vessels. The four men - Stephen Stanek (left, in red), Michael Perich (right, in white), Jamie McCormick and Daniel Meeks - were working undercover, posing as a crew chartered to sail a boat from Malaysia to Japan. In reality they were working for the CIA. Their boat sunk during Tropical Storm Higos, which was forecast to turn away from them but hit them and sank their boat....


 


 


-------- Forwarded Message --------

Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:29:11 -0400
From: moehog@verizon.net
To: 'Moe Hog' <moehog@verizon.net>

 

From the desk of Patrick J. Hughes, US Marine Corps, POW/MIA Advocate, Veteran Advocate and Photographer Extraordinaire.

moe note: In the video clip below it was Patrick the supplied the Pictorial display for the Philadelphia Phillies tribute to National POW/MIA Recognition Day in the second game of a double header with the Florida Marlins. Great educational clip on primetime television. Education is the Key!

From: Patrick ( 1 ) <patrick@patrickjhughes.org>
Sent: 18 September, 2020 22:18
To:

 

Check this out :

 

#NeverForget #NeverQuit

Patrick

God Bless America

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https://www.theblaze.com/news/air-force-veteran-robbed-heart-attack-bus

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Four Former Prisoners of War (POW) tell their Story in PRISONERS OF WAR: Stolen Freedom -   09/18/2020

http://www.floridastoriesofservice.org/prisoners-of-war-stolen-freedom
The stories of four American servicemen through their time as prisoners of war in three major 20th century conflicts; World War II, Korea and the Vietnam war. Their stories are supported by archival motion pictures and photographs obtained at the US National Archives as well as through sketches and memorabilia collected by each of the men. Their stories are less about atrocity than they are about the survival of the human spirit and the camaraderie that helped each man survive years of incarceration. Each story is followed by spectacular recounts of their days of release.
Produced by Michael Rothfeld, Bill Dudley and the Veterans Council of St. Johns County, directed by Eric Flagg"

 


 
The Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency works to recover the remains of Americans unaccounted for since WWII. Its work is usually kept ...

 

 
There are 21 World War I MIA's from Oregon, 886 from World War II, 56 from the Korean War, two during the Cold War and 34 from the Vietnam War.

 

 
It was penned from Stalag Luft III, a German POW camp in northern Germany, where he had been sent after his B-24 bomber was shot down over Austria ...

https://connectingvets.radio.com/articles/ap-news/divers-in-se-asia-may-have-found-us-submarine-lost-in-wwii

Divers have found what they believe is the wreck of a U.S. Navy submarine lost 77 years ago in Southeast Asia, providing a coda to a stirring but little-known tale from World War II.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 

https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/index.php/doughboy-mia-home.html
Doughboy MIA

 

DPAA:

Breakdown by War – Still Unaccounted for/Unreturned Veterans:

  • WW II 72,579
  • Korea 7,578
  • Vietnam 1,586
  • Cold War 126
  • Gulf/Other 6
  • Total 81,775

[SEE DOUGHBOY MIA FOR WWI]   We will not forget!
 

Subject: Vietnam2Now POW/MIA Candlelight Remembrance Ceremony (YouTube)
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 23:37:51 +0000 (UTC)
From: Darrell Gilgan <gilgand@yahoo.com>
To: Darrell Gilgan <gilgand@yahoo.com>
Hi Everyone,
 
   For those who haven't had access to Rockford Chapter's 25th Annual POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony, here it is on YouTube!
 
   YouTube was produced by teacher Nick Stange and Harlem High students participating in the Harlem Veteran Project. We Honor and Remember America's POW/MIAs from all Eras, those returned and those still missing. We also remember and support their families. A really special video taped live.
 
   Click on site below to view. Thanks to all who participated. Also thanks to all who take the time to view and pay homage to America's Missing from All Wars and support the families who still wait.
 

 
National POW/MIA Recognition Day 2020
 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 September, 2020 11:39
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Tennessee Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Sept. 22, 2020

 

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

Army Pfc. Oliver Jeffers, 31, of Huntsville, Tennessee, killed during World

War II, was accounted for April 23, 2020.

 

In November 1944, Jeffers was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 12th

Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle

with German forces near Germeter, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he

was killed in action on Nov. 10. Jeffers could not be recovered because of

the on-going fighting.

 

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

tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in

Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Hürtgen area between

1946 and 1950, but were unable to recover or identify Jeffers’ remains. He

was declared non-recoverable in 1951.

 

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

historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-2735

Neuville, recovered from a minefield near Germeter in 1946 possibly belonged

to Jeffers. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery

in 1950, were disinterred in April 2018 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at

Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in

Margarten, Netherlands, along with the others still missing from World War

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

accounted for.

 

Jeffers will be buried Oct. 7, 2020, in his hometown.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Jeffers’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000BT3kEAG.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

 

 

From the desk of Tom Lasser.

 

moe note; update on the ‘Bent Prop’ organization now called “Project Recover” and their effort to find Pilot, Jimmy Doyle.

 

From: Tom Lasser <lassertom@aol.com>
Sent: 21 September, 2020 21:30
Subject: This non-profit organization works to recover WWII MIAs still missing

 

Peace and prayers for the thousands of POW/MIA families, and the thousands yet accounted for in non-combat losses....
Friday, Sept 18National  POW/MIA Recognition Day

2019 Presidential Proclamation   
NOTE:
The 2020 proclamation will be issued on 18 Sept.... https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/national-security-defense/

 
September 17, 2020

 
... Post 28 Past Commander Lee Glasco and Unit 28 Auxiliary Vice President June Jones, POW/MIA remembrance ceremony; Auxiliary Department ...

 

 
National POW/MIA Recognition Day, a day to remember and honor our unrecovered prisoners of war, those still missing, and their families, is Sept. 18.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Friday that Navy Musician 1st Class Joseph W. Hoffman, 24, killed during World War II, ...

 

 
Photo by: Courtesy of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Marine Corps Pfc. Louis Wiesehan Jr. After nearly 77 years, remains of an Indiana ...
September 16, 2020
The care package includes a warm POW/MIA fleece sweater, ball cap, and pin, as well as letters of recognition from the medical center director and ...

 
Title 29, Section 408 of the Delaware Code requires Delaware State agencies, including all public schools, to display a POW/MIA flag on National ...

 

 
 

 
“National POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. Since then, each subsequent ...

 
DAYTON, Ohio -- The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will commemorate the 73rd Birthday of the U.S. Air Force and POW/MIA Recognition Day ...

 
Still missing from the Korean War are 7,841 U.S. servicemembers, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. An additional 1,626 remain ...

 
September 15, 2020
... in-ground and above-ground burials if they have served in combat and received one of the following decorations: the Medal of Honor, Distinguished ...

 
It would give him a chance to describe why a posthumous Medal of Honor for Sgt. Cashe is so important to him. pic.twitter.com/D802hmCdpF.

 

 

 
Cashe posthumously was awarded the Silver Star for heroism and there are calls that he be awarded the Medal of Honor, a call that is backed by the ...

 

 
18, is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, when Americans are asked to pause and reflect on the sacrifices made by the military men and women ...

September POW/MIA Report - 2020
 

Coalition of Families:
 

* Family Members - The Coalition supports family members with their cases wherever we can.
* A recent effort involves a family who thought they had buried their brother following the Korean War, only to be told that he was seen as a P.O.W. The government stayed with the identification, but doubt has lingered on for the family. The Coalition is working with them in hopes that independent DNA analysis using the latest NGS tech-nology will bring an answer. If there is a match, the family will have closure. If there is no match, DPAA will reopen the case, presenting the possibility that two identifications may be made.
* The Coalition is connected with a family organization of Australia’s Korean War MIAs.
* The first great grandchild of a Korean War MIA has reached out. The mission continues through the generations.

September 14, 2020

 
P
In recognition of Prisoners of War, and Missing in Action, Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has designated this week as POW/MIA recognition week, and ...

 

 
... anthropological analysis, material evidence and mitochondrial DNA analysis, according to the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

 
Those who grew up in the 1970s remember the POW/MIA bracelets that Voices in Vital America created and distributed during the Vietnam War.

 
September 12, 2020

 
With the country about to commemorate National POW/MIA Recognition Day on Friday, some New Hampshire veterans and political leaders are ...

 

 
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's annual POW/MIA wreath-laying ceremony will be held on National POW/MIA Recognition Day Sept. 18 at 9 a.m. at ...

 

 
... tore off the covers and got into the guts of the mechanism that raises and lowers the flags, and stole the Marine Corps flag and the POW/MIA flag.

 

 
It now flies in a POW/MIA memorial site on the South Lawn. Thanks to the latest Bob Woodward book, the Democrats have another reason for faux ..

 
(WILX) - Thursday, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced the remains of U.S. Naval Reserve Ensign Francis C. Flaherty have ...

 

... left to serve in WWII, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. ... At its peak, it held 8,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war and ...

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 September, 2020 11:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Colorado Sailor From Missouri Accounted For >From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Sept. 11, 2020

 

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

Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Harold L. Dick, 22, of Tipton, Missouri, killed

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

 

On July 24, 1944, Dick 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 USS Cleveland and destroyers USS

Remey and USS 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 Dick. Dick 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. The remaining four were interred at the Manila

American Memorial and Cemetery in the Philippines.

 

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

Monuments Commission, exhumed Unknown X-39 from the Manila American Memorial

and Cemetery and sent the remains to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Dick'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.

 

Dick'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.

 

Dick will be buried Oct. 10, 2020, in his hometown. (Tipton, Missouri)

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Dick's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XftEEAS.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 September, 2020 13:38
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor from Washington Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Sept. 10, 2020

 

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

Navy Shipfitter 3rd Class Patrick L. Chess, 24, of Yakima, Washington,

killed during World War II, was accounted for Jan. 9, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Chess 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 Chess.

 

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 Chess.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Chess'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.

 

Chess will be buried Oct. 22, 2020, in his hometown. (Yakima, Washington)

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Chess's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKkEAK.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 September, 2020 10:52
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Michigan Accounted For >From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Sept. 10, 2020

 

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

U.S. Naval Reserve Ensign Francis C. Flaherty, 22, of Charlotte, Michigan,

killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 30, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Flaherty 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 Flaherty. Flaherty was posthumously awarded the

Medal of Honor for saving several crew members at the cost of his own life.

 

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 Flaherty.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

Flaherty'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.

 

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

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Flaherty's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeJyEAK.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

From the desk of SGM Sortillo, US Army, Korean War Combat Veteran, POW – 30 November 1950 – 11 August 1953.

09/09/2020

moe note:

 

LADY TIGERS

Beginning on 29 June, 1950 there were 23 women arrested in South Korea by the advancing North Korean Army. These women along with 58 civilian men were held with American Prisoners of War who were mostly from the 24th Infantry Division who were the first Americans to fight in the Korean War. 

For more about these LADIES - http://24thida.com/stories/estabrook_lady_tigers.html

 

 

Sadly I report the passing to Glory of Saida Hanmore, of St. Pete Beach, FL on August 22, 2020.  She was 85 years old and was stricken with a stroke.  

Saida, the only daughter of the Salahutdin family that was with the Tiger Survivors in captivity, survived and came to America after her release by the North Koreans on March 1, 1954. The entire family was living in Seoul South Korea and were all arrested on July 28th, 1950, when the North Koreans overran South Korea. Arrested was her mom and father, her 5 brothers, her mothers sister and brother.  Saida was a most beautiful young woman. They were Tatars and stateless and had no country of their own so were held until 1 March 1954, long after military POWs were released. Her brother, Sagid, made a deal with Russian Intel to cause that group to be released to South Korea.  His book, Stateless, is now available on Amazon.  That book is most interesting.

Those of you with us in captivity will remember the 81 civilians who were with us.

Saida will suffer no more and will be long missed by her family and friends.

 

Shorty Estabrook

 

 
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Philippines’ Duterte Pardons US Marine Convicted With Killing Transgender woman  

VARUN HUKER

...Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. said in a tweet Monday that Duterte had “granted an absolute pardon” to Lance Cpl. Joseph Scott Pemberton. Duterte spokesman Harry Roque said Monday that the pardn “erased the punishment” but not his conviction, the Associated Press reported....

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 9 September, 2020 15:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Marine Accounted For From World War II - CORRECTION

 

Dear Editor,

There has been a correction to the original story sent out Sept. 8. Pfc.

Athon will be buried in his hometown of Cincinnati.

 

//////

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 8 September, 2020 13:14
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Sept. 8, 2020

 

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

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Frank L. Athon, Jr., 29, of Cincinnati, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on July 27, 2020.

 

In November 1943, Athon was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine

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

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

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

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

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

virtually annihilated. Athon died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943.

He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery,

later renamed Cemetery 33.

 

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all

of the American remains found on Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later

repatriation. However, almost half of the known casualties were never found.

No recovered remains could be associated with Athon, and, in October 1949, a

Board of Review declared him "non-recoverable."

             

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial

site on Betio Island believed to be Cemetery 33, which has been the site of

numerous excavations ever since. In March 2019, excavations west of Cemetery

33 revealed a previously undiscovered burial site that has since been

identified as Row D. The remains recovered at this site were transferred to

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

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

Athon's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others still missing from

World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has

been accounted for.

 

Athon will be buried Nov. 21, 2020, in Philadelphia.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Marine Corps Casualty Office

at (800) 847-1597.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Republic of Kiribati and appreciative to History

Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Athon's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgMWEA0.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 3 September, 2020 09:43
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Media Advisory - DPAA to Conduct Honorable Carry Ceremony for Unaccounted-for World War II Service Members Sept. 4

 

Good morning,

 

Sept. 3, 2020

 

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE- The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) will

hold an Honorable Carry Ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, 5:30

p.m. CST, Friday, September 4.

 

The ceremony will honor  fallen service members who fought in the European

theatre during World War II. The remains are primarily from disinterments

associated with Operation Tidal Wave, an August 1943 bomber operation over

German-controlled oil fields at Ploesti, Romania. Seventy-seven air crew

remain unaccounted for from this operation.

 

"The work to identify and properly bury the remains of those lost to war is

a solemn commitment of our nation," said U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of

Nebraska. "These service members who served in WWII are finally coming home

and their remains will be capably and respectfully identified by the Defense

POW/MIA Accounting Agency facility at Offutt Air Force Base. I am grateful

for the meticulous efforts of the DPAA and the professional staff who treat

our war dead with the utmost dignity."

 

Following the ceremony, the remains will be transferred to the DPAA Offutt

Laboratory for analysis and identification.

 

This ceremony is the second honorable carry since the Novel Coronavirus

(COVID-19) curtailed DPAA operations in March. The U.S. last received the

remains of 28 service members from the European theatre on July 21, 2020,

during an honorable carry ceremony at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. 

 

BASE ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS:

 

Instructions:   All media must arrive at the Offutt Air Force Base Visitor

Control Center (SAC Gate) from 4:30-5:00 p.m.  Media members who arrive

after 5:00 p.m. will not be permitted access to the base. Media will park

their vehicles at the Visitor Control Center lot and take a shuttle to the

ceremony location.

 

Coverage: No power, workspace, or wireless internet will be available.

 

COVID-19 Considerations: To help control the spread of COVID-19, DPAA will

be ensuring the proper safety protocols are in place for the ceremony in its

entirety. Attendees and participants have been instructed to ensure social

distancing of at least six feet apart and will be required to wear a mask

per CDC guidance.

 

For additional information, call Offutt AFB Public Affairs at (402) 294-3663

and send an email to Ryan Hansen at ryan.hansen.3@us.af.mil.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8688827/Khmer-Rouge-jailer-oversaw-torture-killing-16-000-Cambodians-dies-aged-77.html


 
 

Kaing Guek Eav, known as Comrade Duch ..., had been serving a life prison term for war crimes and crimes against humanity having locked up and abused thousands of men, women and children seen as enemies of the regime or who disobeyed its orders. Under his rule, torturers beat and whipped prisoners and shocked them with electrical devices, before their children were then also killed to stop any fears of the next generation taking revenge (pictured right, commemoration of the victims at the Tuol Sleng Museum and pictured inset, some of the human remains). When he finally faced a trial over the regime's crimes, some 30 years on from the atrocities, he called himself 'criminally responsible' for babies' deaths, with many infants having their young bodies battered against trees. Duch died at Cambodian Soviet Friendship Hospital on Wednesday, having developed breathing difficulties at the Kandal provincial prison he was being held two days earlier.
 


 
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On August 27th, 2020 the The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Navy Fireman 1st Class Frank E. Nicoles, 24, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor during WWII, was accounted for on May 5, 2016.
 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 31 August, 2020 09:41
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Aug. 31, 2020

 

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

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Thomas F. Johnson, 18, of San Jose, California,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on May 6, 2020.

 

In November 1943, Johnson was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th

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

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

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

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

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

were virtually annihilated. Johnson died on the fourth day of battle, Nov.

23, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division

Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

 

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all

of the American remains found on Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later

repatriation. However, almost half of the known casualties were never found.

No recovered remains could be associated with Johnson, and, in October 1949,

a Board of Review declared him "non-recoverable."

             

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial

site on Betio Island believed to be Cemetery 33, which has been the site of

numerous excavations ever since. In March 2019, excavations west of Cemetery

33 revealed a previously undiscovered burial site that has since been

identified as Row D. The remains recovered at this site were transferred to

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

 

To identify Johnson'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 (Y-STR) analysis.

 

Johnson's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others still missing from

World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has

been accounted for.

 

Johnson will be buried in Igo, California. The date has yet to be

determined.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Marine Corps Casualty Office

at (800) 847-1597.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Republic of Kiribati and appreciative to History

Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Johnson's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdjkEAC.

 

/////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 27 August, 2020 10:20
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Wisconsin Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Aug. 27, 2020

 

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

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

killed during World War II, was accounted for on May 5, 2016.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Nicoles 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 Nicoles.

 

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 Nicoles.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Nicoles' 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.

 

Nicoles' family has yet to decide on a funeral date or location.

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Nicoles's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000014EFDvEAO.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 27 August, 2020 10:54
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Texas Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Aug. 27, 2020

 

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

Navy Coxswain Layton T. Banks, 20, of Dallas, killed during World War II,

was accounted for on Oct. 8, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Banks 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 Banks.

 

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 Banks.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Banks' remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Banks' 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.

 

Banks will be buried Oct. 24, 2020, in Plano, Texas.

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Banks's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKAEA0.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

08/27/2020

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August 15, 2020

 
The Silver Star citation says that on April 30, 1942, while the Japanese were shelling and bombing Corregidor, he operated a field generator that ...

 

 
In March 2019, unidentified remains found there were taken to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) lab in Hawaii. They were later ...

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Pfc. Charles Miller, 19, of Albany, Indiana, was killed while fighting on the island of Betio in ...

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Wednesday that it had identified Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Charles D. Miller's remains May ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Wednesday that Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Charles D. Miller of Albany was ...

 

 
Mike Bailey, 74, typically flies a POW/MIA flag along with the Stars and Stripes on a flagpole high above his stucco house in the Ericsson ...

 
August 13, 2020

On August 27, Thursday evening at 7 p.m., will be the 33 year anniversary of the longest held POW/MIA Awareness Vigil in the nation. The vigil is ...

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8607537/Remains-seven-Marines-one-U-S-Navy-sailor-recovered.html



https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/08/13/7-marines-sailor-who-died-ocean-training-exercise-are-flown-dover-air-force-base.html?ESRC=eb_200813.nl

7 Marines, Sailor who Died in Ocean Training Exercise Are Flown to Dover Air Force Base

The flag-draped caskets of seven Marines and a sailor who died when their seafaring vehicle sank off San Clemente Island headed to Dover Air Force Base on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

In a final "honorable carry," each casket was moved by a Marine or Navy pallbearer from a hearse to the awaiting plane during a private gathering at Marine Corps Air Station Mirimar. The vehicles arrived at the flight line one by one....


 

 
Then, in 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency hired her firm to staff its labs and field operations. This agency's mission is to identify every ...

 
August 12, 2020
 

Fiske Hanley II, WWII Veteran, POW, American Hero dies at 100 leaving a legacy

Article from EIN NEWS -
https://www.einnews.com/amp/pr_news/523712298/fiske-hanley-ii-wwii-veteran-pow-american-hero-dies-at-100-leaving-a-legacy


 
He said a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency team aided by Giampaolo Clerico, commandant of the Carabinieri Station in the territory near the ...


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Subject:

FW: Indiana Marine Accounted For From World War II

Date:

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:46:44 -0400

From:

moehog@verizon.net

To:

'Moe Hog' <moehog@verizon.net>



 

Welcome HOME Private First Class Miller!

 

A Smart Marine Corps Salute to the Women and Men of History Flight - https://historyflight.com/ -  who continue to astound with

their miraculous Mission results.

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>  
Sent: 12 August, 2020 08:11
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Indiana Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Aug. 12, 2020

 

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

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Charles D. Miller, 19, of Albany, Indiana, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on May 19, 2020.

 

In November 1943, Miller was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th

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

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

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

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

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

Miller died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943. He was reported to

have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed

Cemetery 33.

 

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all

of the American remains found on Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later

repatriation. However, almost half of the known casualties were never found.

No recovered remains could be associated with Miller, and, in October 1949,

a Board of Review declared him "non-recoverable."

             

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial

site on Betio Island believed to be Cemetery 33, which has been the site of

numerous excavations ever since. In March 2019, excavations west of Cemetery

33 revealed a previously undiscovered burial site that has since been

identified as Row D. The remains recovered at this site were transferred to

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

 

To identify Miller'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.

 

Miller's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others still missing from

World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has

been accounted for.

 

Miller will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

The date has not yet been decided on by the family.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Marine Corps Casualty Office

at (800) 847-1597.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Republic of Kiribati and appreciative to History

Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Miller's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000ECYyKEAX.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 


 
August 10, 2020

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has announced that the remains of Marine Sgt. George R. Reeser have been identified and are ...

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08/07/2020

 

Navy Seaman 1st Class Orval Austin Tranbarger was laid to rest next to his parents in Mountain View, Missouri, nearly eight decades after he was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor...

 


 

 

 
George R. Reeser, 25, of Washington was finally coming come came Thursday in a news release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) ...

 

 

 

 
With TxDOT permission, he began hanging American and POW/MIA flags on the bridge throughout the year. More recently, his walks have been to ...

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/military-finds-human-remains-sunken-tank-off-california/ar-BB17zgZO

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ASSOCIATED PRESS
AUGUST 06, 2020 - 9:23 AM
On March 9, 1967, Airman First Class Daniel Cortez Reese was a member of a crew on an EC-47 recon aircraft when enemy fire in Vietnam shot the plane out of the sky, killing everyone aboard.
 
August 6, 2020
  NEWS  
 
According to a news release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Thursday, the remains of Marine Sgt. George R. Reeser, 25, were ...

Welcome HOME, Sgt. Reeser!

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 6 August, 2020 16:21
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Aug. 6, 2020

 

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

Marine Corps Sgt. George R. Reeser, 25, of Washington, Illinois, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on March 27, 2020.

 

In November 1943, Reeser was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th

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

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

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

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

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

were virtually annihilated. Reeser died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22,

1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division

Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

 

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all

of the American remains found on Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later

repatriation. However, almost half of the known casualties were never found.

No recovered remains could be associated with Reeser, and, in October 1949,

a Board of Review declared him "non-recoverable."

             

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial

site on Betio Island believed to be Cemetery 33, which has been the site of

numerous excavations ever since. In March 2019, excavations west of Cemetery

33 revealed a previously undiscovered burial site that has since been

identified as Row D. The remains recovered at this site were transferred to

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

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

Reeser's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others still missing from

World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has

been accounted for.

 

Reeser will be buried Sept. 26 in Deer Creek, Illinois.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Marine Corps Casualty Office

at (800) 847-1597.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Republic of Kiribati and appreciative to History

Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Reeser's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LlmQEAS.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 


https://connectingvets.radio.com/articles/gold-star-family-remembrance-week


Gold Star Families now have a week to call their own

JULIA LEDOUX
AUGUST 01, 2020 - 7:21 AM  

The Senate has approved a resolution designating Sept. 20-26, 2020, as “Gold Star Families Remembrance Week” to honor the families of fallen service  members.    Introduced by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., Gold Star Families Remembrance Week precedes Gold Star Mother’s Day, which is observed on the last Sunday of September.    

“With the passage of this bipartisan resolution, I encourage everyone to commit to doing everything they can to recognize, honor, and assist the families of the fallen and veterans,” said Hyde-Smith, who introduced the first-ever Gold Star families week resolution in 2018...



Army honors Gold Star families with unveiling of new memorial
 


 

 

 
POW remembered for raising awareness, promoting peace ... more visitors, including film crews from TV Osaka, a major Japanese television network...

 
it wasn't until December 11, 2019 that the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) was able to identify the remains as Lieutenant Twedt.

 

 
My home state of Massachusetts also does this to this day by flying the black-and-white “POW-MIA” flag of the Vietnam War at various public places, ...

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2020/08/01/family-says-us-marines-russian-prison-sentence-unjust.html?ESRC=eb_200803.nl

Family Says US Marine's Russian Prison Sentence is Unjust
 

August 1, 2020

 
representatives transferred 55 boxes of remains to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in August 2018. One of the boxes contained remains ...

 

 

 
At least 18 of the soldiers won the Medal of Honor during the settlement of the West. ©2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Powered by ...

 

 
HOUSTON (AP) — A museum in Houston honoring the nation's Black ... At least 18 of the soldiers won the Medal of Honor during the settlement of the ...

 
July 29, 2020

 
U.S. analysts with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used laboratory analyses and circumstantial evidence to identify Cpl. Blosser ...
 
July 27, 2020

 
Pocatello POW*MIA Association Director Tim Cowden estimates the event drew 1,000 to perhaps 1,500 people combined over the two days this year.

 
So that's what we're really concerned with - keeping our employees, citizens and service providers healthy," Mosher explained. The POW/MIA ...
 

 

 
July 25, 2020
 

 
The numbers listed are several years old and are from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The U.S. still has ...

 
July 24, 2020

 
He was disinterred in 2018 for possible identification by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. To identify Rochon's remains, scientists from ...

 

 
Chaplin said he's particularly proud to have helped the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, whose mission is to recover missing personnel.

 

 
Some of the obvious ones include, but are not limited to, official state flags, the colors for each service branch, the POW/MIA banner, command flags ...

 
July 24, 2020

 
As part of the partnership, the most popular Red Gold ketchup bottles have been rebranded to feature the Folds of Honor logo
 

 

 
Last September the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced it had accounted for his remains. They were in one of the 55 boxes purported ...
 
 
July 22, 2020

 
... were transferred from the European theater and will be analyzed by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Offutt Laboratory for identification.

Welcome HOME PFC Collins!

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 21 July, 2020 10:43
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Arizona Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

July 21, 2020

 

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

Army Pfc. Glenn E. Collins, 21, of Tucson, Arizona, killed during the Korean

War, was accounted for April 23, 2020.

             

In late 1950, Collins, was a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 1st Battalion,

32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in

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

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

be recovered.

 

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

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

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

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

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

into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Collins' remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from

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

analysis.

 

Collins' name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are

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

to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Collins will be buried in his hometown at a date yet to be decided by the

family.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Collins' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000002gvAzEAI.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

Welcome HOME PFC Gillen!

SALUTE to HISTORY FLIGHT (https://historyflight.com/)  “World’s Most Successful Private MIA Search and Recovery Organization”

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 15 July, 2020 11:18
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

July 15, 2020

 

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

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. John E. Gillen, 20, of Champaign, Illinois, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on April 16, 2020.

 

In November 1943, Gillen was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th

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

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

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

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

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

were virtually annihilated. Gillen died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22,

1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division

Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

 

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all

of the American remains found on Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later

repatriation. However, almost half of the known casualties were never found.

No recovered remains could be associated with Gillen, and, in October 1949,

a Board of Review declared him "non-recoverable."

             

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial

site on Betio Island believed to be Cemetery 33, which has been the site of

numerous excavations ever since. In March 2019, excavations west of Cemetery

33 revealed a previously undiscovered burial site that has since been

identified as Row D. The remains recovered at this site were transferred to

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

 

To identify Gillen'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 autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

Gillen's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others still missing from

World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has

been accounted for.

 

Gillen will be buried Aug. 12, 2020, in his hometown. (Champaign, Illinois)

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Marine Corps Casualty Office

at (800) 847-1597.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Republic of Kiribati and appreciative to History

Flight, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Gillen's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xk3dEAC.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced on Thursday that the remains of Army Cpl. Francis J. Rochon, 21, of Superior who was

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 9 July, 2020 10:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Wisconsin Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

July 9, 2020

 

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

Army Cpl. Francis J. Rochon, 21, of Superior, Wisconsin, reported missing in

action during the Korean War, was accounted for June 18, 2020.

                  

In late 1950, Rochon was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry

Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Sept.

1, 1950, near Changnyeong, South Korea. The Army officially declared Rochon

deceased on Dec. 31, 1953, and declared his remains non-recoverable Jan. 16,

1956.

 

In January 1951, the American Graves Registration Service Group (AGRSG)

consolidated the remains from 12 smaller military cemeteries at the newly

established United Nations Military Cemetery in Tanggok, South Korea,

including one set of remains designated X-175 Tanggok, which had been

recovered from the area where Rochon was last seen. In 1956, the remains,

including X-175 Tanggok, were unable to be identified, and then transported

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

Punchbowl, in Honolulu where they were buried as Unknowns.

 

DPAA historians and analysts were able to determine that others buried in

the same original, small cemetery as X-175 Tanggok had been lost in the same

area as Rochon, and put forth his name as a possible match. The family of

another Soldier lost during the same battle as Rochon also put in a request

to have X-175 Tanggok and one other Unknown disinterred in hopes one of them

would be their loved one. On Nov. 5, 2018, X-175 Tanggok was disinterred and

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

 

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

analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from

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

analysis.

 

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

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

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

 

Rochon will be buried July 25, 2020 in Foxboro, Wisconsin.

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Rochon's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000zrrIFEAY

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

Pilot Accounted For From World War II (Melville, W.)

Release No: 20-090 July 7, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William H. Melville, 20, killed during World War II, was accounted for July 3, 2020.

In the fall of 1943, Melville was a pilot assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group. On Oct. 28, he was piloting a P-39Q Airacobra fighter on a combat mission over the island of New Guinea, Australian Territory of Papua (current day Papua New Guinea), when his aircraft and two others disappeared after encountering severe weather. Search and recovery efforts in the days following were unable to find any of the aircraft.

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.

Melville’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001EhIxiEAF
 

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Cpl. Hash went missing in action, and American forces did not recover his remains. In June of ...

Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Henderson, R.)

Release No: 20-089 July 2, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Richard L. Henderson, Jr., 18, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for June 30, 2020.

In late 1950, Henderson was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Henderson’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000001UzdEAE

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency: “While assigned to Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, ...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8483427/WW1-tunnel-buried-artillery-fire-uncovered-103-years-Battle-Messines.html

Entombed in Flanders Fields: World War One tunnel system that was buried by artillery fire killing up to 300 troops is
u
ncovered 103 years after battle that killed nearly 60,000
  • The bunker was discovered around 20ft below ground - a depth historians say would have made it shellproof 
  • It is believed that artillery fire caused timber-lined walls and ceilings to collapse, burying the soldiers inside  
  • Four entrances have so far been discovered, but they remain blocked by tonnes of earth from the war  

 
Subject: FW: fedex-express-pilot-todd-hohn-released-detainment-china
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2020 19:29:10 -0400
From: moehog@verizon.net
To: 'Moe Hog' <moehog@verizon.net>

 

From desk of ArcLighter: Vietnam Combat Veteran, Line Backer II, B-52 pilot, Veteran & POW/MIA Advocate.

FedEx Express pilot Todd Hohn released from detainment in China, reunited with family!

From: ArcLighter <arclighter@startmail.com>
Sent: 29 June, 2020 10:37
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: fedex-express-pilot-todd-hohn-released-detainment-china

https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/money/industries/logistics/2020/06/29/fedex-express-pilot-todd-hohn-released-detainment-china/3277807001/

 
June 29, 2020

 
The governor has authority over that flagpole and the north wing pole that flies the POW-MIA flag. The state Senate controls the remaining south wing ...

 

 
... forensic lab at Hawaii's Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is hopeful to identify these individuals to provide ...

 
June 28, 2020

 
About 2,400 of them are still listed as missing by the federal Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. On Aug. 24, 1943, Capt. William Rozelle Parks Jr.

 
June 27, 2020

 
The identities of the six service members are not known, but will be delivered to a forensic lab in Hawaii where the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 
June 26, 2020

 
Additionally, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency estimates there are more than 7,500 U.S. personnel unaccounted for from the conflict.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/25/asia/us-china-detention-li-kai-intl-hnk/index.html

this Long Island man ended up in a Chinese prison on espionage charges

Hong Kong (CNN)Driving from their home in New York to Cambridge, Massachusetts, Harrison Li had no idea it would be the last time he saw his father for more than a decade.

It was the summer of 2016, and Li was about to resume his studies at Harvard. After dropping him off, his father returned to Long Island, where he was making final preparations for his own trip to Shangha
June 25, 2020
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USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Stout, R.)

Release No: 20-088 June 25, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Fire Controlman 3rd Class Robert T. Stout, 21, killed during World War II, was accounted for on June 18, 2020.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Stout 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 Stout.

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.

Stout’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgDXEA0

 

 

 
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Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Quong, J.)

Release No: 20-086 June 23, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Master Sgt. James L. Quong, 30, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for June 18, 2020.

In late 1950, Quong, who was an Army Reserve captain in World War II but gave up his commission to join the Regular Army as a master sergeant in the Korean War, was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Quong’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000aq4pBEAQ
 

Marine Accounted For From World War II (Fahy, J.)

Release No: 20-087 June 23, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Pfc. John M. Fahy, 19, killed during World War II, was accounted for on June 5, 2020.

In November 1943, Fahy was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Fahy died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Fahy’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XhyvEAC
 
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June 16, 2020

 
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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 16 June, 2020 08:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kentucky Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

June 16, 2020

 

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

Army Cpl. Billie Joe Hash, 18, of Corbin, Kentucky, killed during the Korean

War, was accounted for May 27, 2020.

             

In late 1950, Hash was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th Field

Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in

action on Dec. 6, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the

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

be recovered.

 

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

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

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

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

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

into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

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

analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from

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

analysis.

 

Hash's name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are

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

to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Hash will be buried Aug. 29, 2020, in his hometown. (Corbin, Kentucky)

 

For family and funeral information, contact the Army Casualty Office at

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Hash's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000g8D8cEAE.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Flanagan, J.)

Release No: 20-081 June 12, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 2nd Class James M. Flanagan, 22, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Nov. 19, 2019.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Flanagan 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 Flanagan.

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.

Flanagan’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLIEA0

USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Graham, W.)

Release No: 20-082 June 12, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class Wesley E. Graham, 21, killed during World War II, was accounted for on June 5, 2020.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Graham 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 Graham.

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.

Graham’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLOEA0

USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Rice, I.)

Release No: 20-084 June 12, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Radioman 3rd Class Irvin F. Rice, 22, killed during World War II, was accounted for on June 5, 2020.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Rice 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 Rice.

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.

Rice’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgXUEA0
... Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, 3 Bronze Stars, Purple Heart, Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantryman's Badge, and Combat Infantryman's Badge.

 
... ..resolve" by taking steps that included a "total shutdown of the northern nuclear test site [and] repatriation of scores of American POW/MIA remains.".


 
... build a lasting and stable peace regime on the peninsula and repatriate remains of American POW/MIAs killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.
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Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Rochon, F.)

Release No: 20-085 July 9, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Francis J. Rochon, 21, of Superior, Wisconsin, reported missing in action during the Korean War, was accounted for June 18, 2020.

In late 1950, Rochon was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Sept. 1, 1950, near Changnyeong, South Korea. The Army officially declared Rochon deceased on Dec. 31, 1953, and declared his remains non-recoverable Jan. 16, 1956.

In January 1951, the American Graves Registration Service Group (AGRSG) consolidated the remains from 12 smaller military cemeteries at the newly established United Nations Military Cemetery in Tanggok, South Korea, including one set of remains designated X-175 Tanggok, which had been recovered from the area where Rochon was last seen. In 1956, the remains, including X-175 Tanggok, were unable to be identified, and then transported to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu where they were buried as Unknowns.

DPAA historians and analysts were able to determine that others buried in the same original, small cemetery as X-175 Tanggok had been lost in the same area as Rochon, and put forth his name as a possible match. The family of another Soldier lost during the same battle as Rochon also put in a request to have X-175 Tanggok and one other Unknown disinterred in hopes one of them would be their loved one. On Nov. 5, 2018, X-175 Tanggok was disinterred and sent to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

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

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

Rochon will be buried July 25, 2020 in Foxboro, Wisconsin.

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

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Rochon’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000zrrIFEAY

Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Conley, P.)

Release No: 20-080 June 9, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Pete Conley, 19, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for June 5, 2020.

In late 1950, Conley was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 12, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Conley’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000hKKmOEAW

Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (DeWitt, S.)

Release No: 20-078 June 8, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. Stanley L. DeWitt, 18, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for June 5, 2020.

In late 1950, DeWitt was a member of Medical Detachment, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

DeWitt’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000004PGQJEA4

USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Griffith, T.)

Release No: 20-079 June 8, 2020
WASHINGTON —
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Radioman 3rd Class Thomas E. Griffith, 20, killed during World War II, was accounted for on April 21, 2020.

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

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

Griffith’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLPEA0
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Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Mazzulla, A.)

Release No: 20-076 June 1, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army 1st Lt. Anthony R. Mazzulla, 26, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for May 28, 2020.

In late 1950, Mazzulla was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, after a fighting withdrawal near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Mazzulla’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000001X7K4EAK.

Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Hart, J.)

Release No: 20-077 June 1, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Master Sgt. James Hart, Jr., 25, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for May 28, 2020.

In late 1950, Hart was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Hart’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000001iW5TEAU.
 
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In a complete reversal, the Department of Veterans Affairs relented and announced it will begin the process to remove Nazi gravestones of German POWs that show swastikas and references to Hitler from two national veterans' cemeteries.
 

 
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Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Sitarz, J.)

Release No: 20-074 May 29, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc. John J. Sitarz, 19, killed during World War II, was accounted for May 27, 2020.

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

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

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

Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Hash, B.J)

Release No: 20-075 May 29, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Billie Joe Hash, 18, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for May 27, 2020.

In late 1950, Hash was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Hash’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000g8D8cEAE.

 

 

 

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Marine Accounted For From World War II (Miller, C.)

Release No: 20-073 May 26, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Charles D. Miller, 19, killed during World War II, was accounted for on May 19, 2020.

In November 1943, Miller was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Miller died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Miller’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000ECYyKEAX.

Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Hill, J.)

Release No: 20-072 May 21, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. Jesse D. Hill, 20, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for May 19, 2020.

In late 1950, Hill was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Hill’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000FBia0EAD.
 

Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Cavender, W.)

Release No: 20-070 May 20, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. William E. Cavender, 20, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for May 19, 2020.

In late 1950, Cavender was a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Cavender’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000003Pr5qEAC.

Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Cherry, R.B.)

Release No: 20-071 May 20, 2020 
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. R.B. Cherry, 19, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for May 19, 2020.

In late 1950, Cherry was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 27, 1950, near Anju, North Korea. Using information provided by returned POWs after the war, it was determined that Cherry had been a POW in Camp 5 and died of pneumonia sometime in the winter of 1950. His remains were reportedly buried in a cemetery near the camp and were not recovered.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Cherry’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000GKLywEAH.

USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Tushla, L.)

Release No: 20-067 May 19, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Fireman 1st Class Louis J. Tushla, 25, killed during World War II, was accounted for on March 27, 2020.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Tushla 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 Tushla.

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.

Tushla’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgB7EAK.

USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Smith, L.)

Release No: 20-068 May 19, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Metalsmith 1st Class Leonard F. Smith, 29, killed during World War II, was accounted for on April 16, 2020.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Smith 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 Smith.

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.

Smith’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgPaEAK.

Marine Acccounted For From World War II (Galland, M.)

Release No: 20-069 May 19, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Pfc. Mervin D. Galland, 24, killed during World War II, was accounted for on May 11, 2020.

In November 1943, Galland was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Galland died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Galland’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001kmS5eEAE.

USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Helton, F.)

Release No: 20-066 May 15, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 2nd Class Floyd D. Helton, 18, killed during World War II, was accounted for on April 23, 2020.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Helton 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 Helton.

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.

Helton’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLgEAK.
From: Richard Downes <coalitionoffamilies@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, May 19, 2020 at 4:06 PM
Subject: DPAA's Annual Korean/Cold War Family DC Briefing - Cancelled for this year!
To: Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs <
coalitionoffamilies@gmail.com>

 

Hi Everyone,

This year’s annual summer briefing has officially been cancelled by DPAA (
https://www.dpaa.mil/). Originally scheduled for July 30-31, it is now  tentatively scheduled for August 12-13, 2021. The uncertainties brought on by the virus … including hotel availability, airline travel, the wellbeing of so many folks being around each other … are among reasons given for the decision.
 
DPAA will send a letter out to everyone, likely next month, that will address the cancellation and include summary pages on matters that would have been covered at the meeting. So … a mini update by mail. There is no word on the September 12 regional update in Colorado Springs, CO.
 
There is an option for folks missing the feel of the meeting. The latest DPAA regional briefing in Portland, Oregon (and other past briefings) can be seen in their entirety at DPAA’s link:
https://vimeo.com/dpaa. Gather whomever you are spending these days with in isolation, break out the popcorn, and remember past times.
 
We will keep in touch to help fill the summer void. Good health and well-being to all!
 
Rick


 

Richard Downes, President

Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs
 

 

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

www.coalitionoffamilies.org

 

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


 

P.O. Box 22242

Portsmouth, NH 03802

818.259.9950

 

www.coalitionoffamilies.org

 

May 21, 2020

 
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Andersonville National Historic Site News Release

Release Date: May 18, 2020
Contact:
Jody Mays, jody_mays@nps.gov

NR20-06                      

Andersonville National Historic Site

Co-Hosts Multi-State Virtual Memorial Day Tribute

Virtual Event will complement non-public ceremonies held on site
 

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia This Memorial Day, Andersonville National Historic Site will join thirty National Park Service units across 12 states and the District of Columbia in hosting a virtual commemoration saluting America’s fallen soldiers.

The 2020 National Park Service Virtual Memorial Day Tribute — a social media event spanning more than 13 hours on Monday, May 25th — features a series of livestreams, demonstrations, historic talks, and other activities starting at 8 am EDT/ 7 am CDT. The commemoration covers memorials and stories from the American Revolution to Vietnam and beyond and includes a spotlight video tribute of park rangers from Maryland to Montana reciting the “Gettysburg Address.”

“While we are not able to hold large public ceremonies on site due to the ongoing pandemic, we will still honor our fallen service members with the solemn dignity and respect they have earned through their service and sacrifice,” said Acting Superintendent Steve Theus. “Andersonville National Historic Site preserves the location where nearly 13,000 Union soldiers died. It serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. And it includes the only national cemetery managed by the National Park Service where American military service members, veterans, and their families continue to be buried. It is our privilege and duty to honor and remember those who suffered and died in service to our nation.”

For the Virtual Memorial Day Tribute, Andersonville National Historic Site will livestream the playing of Taps in the national cemetery on Monday, May 25th at 3 pm EDT, followed by the National Moment of Remembrance.

Andersonville National Historic Site’s virtual program will complement non-public ceremonies to be conducted on site over the Memorial Day Weekend. A small portion of the Avenue of Flags will be on display from Tuesday May 19th through Friday May 29th. Retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Dan Gillian will play “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes as he walks through the national cemetery. On Sunday and Monday a large wreath will be on display at the Rostrum. On Monday at 3 pm we will play Taps and observe the National Moment of Remembrance. These ceremonies will not be open to the public this year.

Individuals and families visiting Andersonville National Cemetery may place a small American flag on a loved one’s grave beginning Wednesday, May 20th. Flags will be removed after Memorial Day, on Wednesday May 27th. As stated in our grave decoration policy, posted on our website at https://www.nps.gov/ande/planyourvisit/anc_grave_decorations.htm, wreaths and potted plants may be placed on graves from 10 days before to 10 days after Memorial Day.

In addition to the program from Andersonville National Historic Site, dozens of other programs and content will be posted online by national park sites participating in the Virtual Memorial Day Tribute. These virtual programs will range from playing Civil War music, to reading the names of the fallen, to virtual tours of national cemeteries. The online event will close with livestream of the sun setting over Vicksburg National Cemetery.

Visitors to the social media tribute are also invited to observe the holiday by performing an act of service in honor of a fallen service member, as part of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park’s Memorial Day of Service activity. Information about the volunteer initiative, including service project ideas and a memorial certificate, will be posted at www.facebook.com/KMNBP beginning May 22.  

For a complete schedule of 2020 National Park Service Virtual Memorial Day Tribute activities, visit https://www.nps.gov/subjects/npscelebrates/memorial-day.htm or follow https://www.facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS/ and #VirtualMemorialDay on Facebook.

 
 

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.
 

 
 

Take care and stay safe,

 

Jody Mays

Chief, Interpretation and Resource Management

Andersonville National Historic Site

National Prisoner of War Museum

Andersonville National Cemetery

 


 

From: Mays, Jody L <Jody_Mays@nps.gov>
Sent: 20 May, 2020 13:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Virtual Memorial Day

 

Hi, Andersonville National Historic Site is co-hosting an online commemoration of Memorial Day that involves 30 parks in 12 states! Programming will include videos and other content about military history, national cemeteries, volunteering in memory of a fallen service member, a National Moment of Remembrance, and more! 

 

Here's an informational flyer about it for our partners. Please help spread the word!

 

Take care and stay safe,

 

Jody Mays

Chief, Interpretation and Resource Management

Andersonville National Historic Site

National Prisoner of War Museum

Andersonville National Cemetery

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8315497/VA-refuses-remove-Nazi-symbols-graves-German-POWs-protected-history.html

05/13/2020

 

The Veterans Affairs has refused to remove swastikas from the graves of German prisoners of war, stating they are to 'preserve these headstones' to 'protect historic resources'....


 
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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8316839/Boy-Scouts-banned-annual-Memorial-Day-tradition-planting-flags-veteran-graves.html

 

 

The Department of Veteran's Affairs has cancelled all public Memorial Day events this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the Boy Scout flag-planting tradition....

 

May 13, 2020
 
Newt Heisley, the designer of the POW/MIA flag adopted by Congress in 1990 as a symbol of the nation's concern for those missing during military ...

 
... several decades' worth of family and government ephemera to tell the story of her uncle, her family and the POW-MIA movement after Vietnam.

 
Mike Bernskoetter's SCR 32 “urges the Missouri Congressional delegation to support legislation for the declassification of POW/MIA records.

 

From: Mays, Jody L <Jody_Mays@nps.gov>
Sent: 12 May, 2020 18:54
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Andersonville National Historic Site increasing access

 

National Park Service News Release

 

Release Date: May 13, 2020

 

Andersonville National Historic Site is beginning to increase recreational access to park grounds

 

Andersonville, Georgia – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Andersonville National Historic Site is increasing recreational access. The National Park Service (NPS) is working servicewide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.  

 

Beginning May 13, 2020, Andersonville National Historic Site will reopen access to all park grounds daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Limited brochures and information will be available outside in front of the visitor center doors. Direct burial services for eligible veterans and their families will continue with restrictions.

 

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:

  • The National Prisoner of War Museum and all other park buildings remain closed to public access.
  • All public restrooms remain closed.
  • No public programs or events will be offered or conducted.
  • No committal services or rendering of military honors will be permitted in Andersonville National Cemetery. No more than ten (10) immediate family members may be present to witness burials. The family may request to conduct a proper committal service when conditions permit.

The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Andersonville National Historic Site, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.   

 

While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.

 

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.  

 

We have an amazing virtual tour of Andersonville National Historic Site, done in partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting, so for people who are still home schooling or not traveling at this time check out https://www.gpb.org/education/virtual/andersonville.

 

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website (https://www.nps.gov/ande) and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.

 

 

www.nps.gov

 

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 419 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

 

 

Take care and stay safe,

 

Jody Mays

Chief, Interpretation and Resource Management

Andersonville National Historic Site

National Prisoner of War Museum

Andersonville National Cemetery

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8308361/USS-Nevada-survived-two-world-wars-15-400ft-water-Pearl-Harbor.html

05/11/2020

 

Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Andrews, C.)

Release No: 20-064 May 8, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt. Charles Andrews, 25, killed during World War II, was accounted for May 6, 2020.

In December 1944, Andrews was assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Brandenburg, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was declared missing in action on Dec. 4. Andrews could not be recovered because of the on-going fighting, and his status was changed to killed in action on Jan. 29, 1945.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Marine Accounted For From World War II (Johnson, T.)

Release No: 20-065 May 8, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Thomas F. Johnson, 18, killed during World War II, was accounted for on May 6, 2020.

In November 1943, Johnson was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Johnson died on the fourth day of battle, Nov. 23, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Johnson’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdjkEAC.

 
Scientists from the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency announced the positive DNA identification of 11 sets of American remains last month, ...

 

 
This information was being collected under the POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action) program of VVA. He spent a lot of time gathering clues ...

Marine Accounted For From World War II (Jenks, R.)

Release No: 20-063 May 5, 2020
 
WASHINGTON —The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Robert D. Jenks, 20, of Sutherland, Iowa, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 4, 2020.

In November 1943, Jenks was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Jenks died on either the third or fourth day of battle, Nov. 22-23, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

Jenks’ personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XlCHEA0.

USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Steiner, S.)

Release No: 20-060 May 1, 2020 
 
WASHINGTON —