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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: 

www.kpows.com

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

2020

Member Rank

First and Last Name

Service

Unit

Lost

Location

Date AnnouncedSorted By Date Announced In Descending Order

Funeral Date

Funeral Location

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

 

 

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 03/13/2020

 
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

 

03/31/2020

 

The prisoner, who used the pseudonym Kim Il-soon, exposed the monstrous practice after surviving the hell of Kaechon concentration camp, which is located north of Pyongyang....


He was later awarded the Silver Star Medal of Honor in recognition of his valor. Related coverage. March 25, 2020 4:28 pm. 0. Israeli Envoy Wishes ...


According to the federal Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, rescuers recovered the remains of five. Three identified sets of remains and two ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has announced that Navy Seaman 1st Class Orval A. Tranbarger, 20, of Mountain View,.
 
March 25, 2020
 
A pilot killed during World War II has been identified and is coming home, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Army Air Forces ...

 
March 20, 2020
 
The flag should fly on holidays including Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day, according to the ..

 
March 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC (WDBJ7) - Burial has been scheduled for a US Army corporal from Covington who was missing in action. The Defense POW/MIA ...

 

 
WASHINGTON – Today the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announcing that U.S. Army Major Harvey H. Storms has been accounted ...

 

 
(WFXR) — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPPA) has identified the remains of a Covington service member killed during the Korean War ...

 

From the desk of Jody Mays, Supervisor, Andersonville National Historical Site.

 

From: Mays, Jody L <Jody_Mays@nps.gov> On Behalf Of ANDE Information, NPS
Sent: 24 March, 2020 12:49
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: News Release: Andersonville National Historic Site Implements Additional Modifications to Operations

 

National Park Service News Release

Release Date: March 24, 2020
Contact: NewsMedia@nps.gov

 

Andersonville National Historic Site Is Modifying Operations To 

Implement Local Health Guidance

 

Andersonville, GeorgiaAndersonville National Historic Site, in response to Executive Order 03.23.20.01 issued by the Governor of the State of Georgia, is announcing additional modifications to operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  

As of March 24, 2020, Andersonville National Historic Site will offer limited services outside those that support visitor or resource protection. At Andersonville National Historic Site, the following services and operations will be suspended in order to comply with the state order: 

 

  • The National Prisoner of War Museum and the historic site of Camp Sumter military prison will be closed to public access.
  • The park will not operate or provide public restrooms.
  • No visitor information services, 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 at Andersonville National Historic Site is our number one priority. The National Park Service (NPS) is working with federal, state, and local authorities to closely monitor COVID-19. We will notify the public when we resume full operations and provide updates on our website (https://www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm) and social media channels (http://facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS and http://www.twitter.com/andeNHS).  

Andersonville National Cemetery remains accessible to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. daily in accordance with the latest federal, state, and local health guidance. Burial services for eligible veterans and family members continue to be offered.    

The NPS encourages people who choose to visit Andersonville National Historic Site during this pandemic to adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, the NPS urges visitors to continue to practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.  

The NPS encourages people to take advantage of the many digital tools already available to explore Andersonville National Historic Site, including:  

Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Please check with individual parks for specific details about park operations.

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.

 

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 https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/03/24/military-suspends-recovery-of-fallen-troops-from-overseas-battlefields-amid-coronavirus-concerns/

Coronavirus | COVID-19 Updates

Military suspends recovery of fallen troops from overseas battlefields amid coronavirus concerns

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 24 March, 2020 10:08
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: South Dakota Pilot Acccounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 24, 2020

 

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

that U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Earl F. Ferguson, 26, of Philip, South

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

 

In the summer of 1943, Ferguson was a pilot assigned to the 329th

Bombardment Squadron, 93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force. On Aug.

1, 1943, the B-24 aircraft on which Ferguson was the co-pilot crashed as a

result of enemy anti-aircraft fire during Operation Tidal Wave, the largest

bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, north of

Bucharest, Romania. His remains were not identified following the war. The

remains that could not be identified were buried as Unknowns in the Hero

Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova,

Romania. 

 

Following the war, the American Graves Registration Command, the

organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel,

disinterred all American remains from the Bolovan Cemetery for

identification. One set that could not be identified was designated Unknown

X-5300 Neuville, and reinterred into the American Military Cemetery at

Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium.

 

In 2017, DPAA began exhuming unknowns believed to be associated with

unaccounted for airmen from Operation Tidal Wave losses.  On Aug. 28, 2017,

Unknown X-5300 Neuville was disinterred and sent to the laboratory for

analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Ferguson's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence

American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in

Impruneta, Italy, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will

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

 

Ferguson will be buried in his hometown. The date has yet to be decided.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420.

 

Ferguson's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004pNoEAI.

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA)
Sent: 23 March, 2020 15:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA Release: DPAA Impacted by COVID-19

Good afternoon,

March 23, 2020

WASHINGTON- Like much of the world, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a
significant impact on the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), and in
particular, its operations.

Ultimately, the Agency's highest priority is the health, safety, and
physical well-being of the assigned service members, civilians, and
contractors, as well as the personnel of our partner organizations, all of
whom contribute to the accomplishment of its worldwide mission. To this,
DPAA is adhering to the Department of Defense (DoD) mandate of limiting all
travel of personnel.

All field missions this month have completed or terminated earlier than
planned, and personnel have returned home. Future missions are currently
postponed or canceled, at least through early June.

"COVID-19 dynamics have forced us to radically alter our operations, but
keeping our team safe, here at home and abroad, is paramount," said Kelly
McKeague, DPAA Director.  "At the same time, we are continuing to take
actions with which our personnel can remain productive in their duties while
maintaining the required distancing."

Both the Miami, Florida, and Little Rock, Arkansas, Family Member Updates
(FMU), scheduled for March 21 and April 18, respectively, have been
canceled. Family members will still receive their respective loss briefings
provided by their service casualty officers and DPAA historians and analysts
by telephone. This is the first time DPAA has ever canceled an FMU, and did
so to protect attending families and other FMU participants.

The agency terminated several missions earlier than planned: DPAA's four
recovery teams (RT) and two investigation teams (IT) and partners' two RTs
and two ITs, affecting missions in Kiribati, the Philippines, Poland, and
Vietnam. All personnel are home and in 14-day self-isolation. Other than a
privately-funded underwater investigation off the coast of Latvia, there are
no other field missions across the globe.

DPAA had to cancel six RTs and one IT affecting missions in Austria,
Belgium, Italy, Laos, and the United Kingdom.

The agency postponed nine RTs and five ITs and partners' five RTs and nine
ITs affecting missions in Austria, Cambodia, Germany, Guam, Italy, Kuwait,
Laos, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Poland, Solomon Islands,
South Korea, Sweden, and Vietnam.

The majority of the DPAA workforce in Washington, D.C., Joint Base Pearl
Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, are teleworking
when possible so as to limit the gathering of people in offices and to limit
how often they need to take public transportation. DPAA leaders are
continually monitoring the situation and following guidance from the
respective DoD leadership.

The DPAA Laboratory System has entered into a lab work/telework balanced
plan designed to maintain progress on identifications while also mitigating
risks of spreading the virus.  The plan is appropriate for the current
health protection levels of the three bases with laboratory facilities and
will be evaluated weekly as to its overall effectiveness. 

"The ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic requires we take the
necessary precautions to prevent and mitigate the impacts of the virus,
while ensuring we remain mission ready," said Rear Adm. Darius Banaji,
DPAA's Deputy Director for Operations.  "We've postponed or canceled
missions for the next several months; are focused on bring our teams home
safely and concurrently, adjusting our daily operations to minimize possible
exposure to COVID-19 while keeping the health and safety of our personnel
and their families at the forefront."

DPAA officials encourage all family members to remain connected with their
casualty service officers and visit DPAA's website at WWW.DPAA.MIL for
updates as the COVID-19 situation develops.

Despite the challenges imposed in mitigating COVID-19, DPAA remains
committed to accomplish the solemn mission of accounting for our missing
service members and civilians from past conflicts, and provide answers to
their families.

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: 23 March, 2020 09:06
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Virginia Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 23, 2020

 

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

that U.S. Army Cpl. Ralph L. Cale, 19, of Covington, Virginia, killed during

the Korean War, was accounted for Aug. 7, 2019.

 

In December 1950, Cale was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 32nd

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

on Dec. 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces in the vicinity

of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. His remains could not be recovered

following the attack and he was not reported as a prisoner of war. 

 

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 Cale's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

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

 

Cale'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.

 

Cale will be buried Aug. 14, 2020, at Arlington National Cemetery in

Arlington, Virginia.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Cale's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000001UJwzEAG.

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 23 March, 2020 10:52
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 23, 2020

 

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

that Army Maj. Harvey H. Storms, 34, of McAllen, Texas, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for July 29, 2019.

             

In late 1950, Storms was a member of Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion,

31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, which was part of the 31st

Regimental Combat Team. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 1, 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 Storms' remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

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

 

Storms' 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.

 

Storms will be buried June 12, 2020, at Arlington National Cemetery in

Arlington, Virginia.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Storms' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000007WhzlEAC.

 

//////

 

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: McKeague, Kelly K SES DPAA FO (US)
Sent: 20 March, 2020 13:11
CSubject: Comprehensive Mission Update

Greetings to each of you.  We hope you and your families are healthy and
safe despite these increasingly uncertain times.  As you well know, COVID-19
impacts have been extremely significant throughout our nation and the world,
and in many cases, devastating.  The virus' effects to DPAA's mission
continue to expand, but to date, and fortunately, none of our personnel are
COVID-19 positive.  With apologies in advance for this email's length, the
below updates are provided for your awareness and interest.

- PRIORITIES:  First and foremost, protecting the health and safety of all
our personnel, to include our myriad partners, has been paramount.
Preserving our mission, while complying with Federal, State, and Local
directives, is our next priority.

- FAMILY MEMBER UPDATES:  We cancelled both the Miami (March 21) and Little
Rock (April 18) FMUs.  This action is unprecedented; even immediately
following 9/11 we were able to hold a limited FMU.  For now, planning for
the Chicago FMU (May 16) continues.

- FIELD MISSIONS:

-- We terminated missions earlier than planned:  DPAA's 4 recovery
teams (RT) and 2 investigation teams (IT); and Partners' 2 RTs and 2 ITs,
affecting missions in Kiribati, the Philippines, Poland, and Vietnam.  Once
the Vietnam teams return (expected tomorrow), all personnel will be home and
in 14-day self-isolation.  Other than a privately-funded underwater
investigation off the coast of Latvia, there are no other field missions
across the globe.

-- We had to cancel DPAA's 6 RTs and 1 IT, affecting missions in
Austria, Belgium, Italy, Laos, and the United Kingdom.

-- We have had to postpone DPAA's 9 RTs and 5 ITs; and Partners' 5
RTs and 9 ITs, affecting missions in Austria, Cambodia, Germany, Guam,
Italy, Kuwait, Laos, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Poland,
Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sweden, and Vietnam.

DISINTERMENTS:  We had to postpone (at least through June) 34 disinterments
in Europe and 45 from Manila.  In addition, 12 transfer cases with remains
that had been previously disinterred as well as recovered were unable to be
transported from the Army Mortuary in Germany to our NE lab.

LABORATORY OPERATIONS:   The DPAA Laboratory System has entered into a lab
work/telework balanced plan designed to maintain progress on identifications
while also mitigating risks of spreading the virus.  The plan is appropriate
for the current health protection levels of the three bases where our labs
are located and will be evaluated weekly as to its overall effectiveness.
Lab visits and tours are suspended.

KEY MEETINGS:  The Annual Accounting Community Meeting, and DPAA's Strategic
Off-site and FY2021-2022 Operations Symposium have all been postponed until
travel restrictions are removed.  We will continue to develop the underlying
plans via electronic collaboration.  DPAA's Scientific Summit, hosting 11
partner nations, is postponed until August.  Pending concurrence from the
National Security Council, the US-Russia Joint Commission on POWs/MIAs 2020
Plenum (May 7) will be postponed until May 2021. 

STAFF MANNING:  For our DC office, 63% of the team is in telework.  Our HI
team is finalizing its teleworking split as the base reached a higher health
protection condition earlier this week.  Our NE lab is following the
balanced plan noted above and our OH lab is at work given their ability to
maintain proper social distancing.  Our Europe detachment is 100%
teleworking while our SE Asia detachments are being minimally manned.

MORTUARY AFFAIRS:  Although not formally promulgated, we understand the
following changes are forthcoming -- family travel for funerals, in-flight
military escorts for remains, and funerals at Arlington National Cemetery
will be suspended
; and in-person notification for the Primary Next-of-Kin
and other casualty assistance are to be accomplished telephonically.

Wishing you continued good health and safety,
Kelly McKeague


Director, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency


Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 19 March, 2020 08:18
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Pilot Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 19, 2020

 

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

U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Ernest L. Roth, 20, of Los Angeles, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 4, 2020.

 

In May 1944, Roth was assigned as a pilot with the 359th Bombardment

Squadron, 303rd Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force in Europe. On May 19, he

was piloting a B-17G bomber while on a bombing run over Berlin when the

plane was hit by flak and crashed. Six of the 10 crewmembers, including

Roth, were killed in the incident. They were recovered by German forces and

reportedly buried in the Döberitz cemetery.

 

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

(AGRC) was tasked with investigating and recovering missing Americans. The

AGRC did not find Roth in the grave in which he was reportedly buried, but

instead recovered two other American service members whose plane had gone

down on the same day. They did find a set of unknown remains designated

X-4801 Neuville in a grave nearby that was thought to either be Roth or one

other American. However, the AGRC was unable to determine which person it

definitively was, and so concluded X-4801 Neuville was unidentifiable.

 

In 2016, DPAA historians began focused research on eight sets of unknown

remains recovered from Döberitz. One historian reconstructed the cemetery

plot map with data from several sources, and concluded there were four

possible casualties that could be associated with X-4801 Neuville. In June

2018, the Department of Defense and the American Battle Monuments Commission

(ABMC) exhumed X-4801 and transferred the remains to the DPAA Laboratory at

Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.

 

To identify Roth’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, along with circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from

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

analysis.

 

Roth’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Henri-Chapelle

American Cemetery, an ABMC site in Hombourg, Belgium, along with others who

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

DPAA is grateful to ABMC 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.

 

Roth’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001edMwSEAU.

 

//////

 

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: 18 March, 2020 13:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Delaware Pilot Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 18, 2020

 

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

that U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. George M. Johnson, 23, of Seaford,

Delaware, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 12, 2019.

 

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

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

Atoll, Gilbert Islands, when the B-24J bomber he was co-piloting crashed

into Tarawa lagoon shortly after takeoff. Johnson and the nine other

servicemen aboard the aircraft were killed. 

 

Rescue crews recovered the remains of five individuals. However, Johnson was

reportedly not among those recovered. The three identified sets of remains

and two unidentified sets were interred in Cemetery 33 on Betio Island, one

of several cemeteries established after the U.S. seized the island from the

Japanese in November 1943.

 

The U.S. Army's 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and 1947. They attempted

to consolidate all the remains from isolated burial sites into a single

cemetery called Lone Palm Cemetery. The remains of the B-24J crew were

believed to be among those moved. However, Johnson's remains were not

identified and he was later declared non-recoverable.

 

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

DPAA, recovered several coffin burials from Cemetery 33. These remains were

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

identification.

 

In April 2019, DPAA identified a set of remains as U.S. Army Air Forces

Staff Sgt. Jack R. Busch, Jr. He had reportedly been accounted for in 1946

and buried near Niagara, New York. Permission was granted by Busch's family

to exhume the remains in New York for testing. The New York remains were

determined to be associated with a set of remains from the History Flight

coffin burials. The two sets of remains were consolidated for further

testing.

 

To identify Johnson'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.

 

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

Cemetery of the Pacific along with 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 May 8, 2020, in his hometown.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

DPAA is grateful to Busch's family for allowing the exhumation of the New

York remains, and the U.S. Army for their assistance in this mission.

Additionally, DPAA is 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) 699-1420/1169.

 

To view Johnson's personnel profile, visit

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xdk2EAC.

 

//////

 

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: 18 March, 2020 11:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Missouri Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 18, 2020

 

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

that Navy Seaman 1st Class Orval A. Tranbarger, 20, of Mountain View,

Missouri, killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 18, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Tranbarger 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 Tranbarger. 

 

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 Tranbarger.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA

(Y-STR) analysis.

 

Tranbarger'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.

 

Tranbarger will be buried in his hometown. The date has yet to be decided.

 

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.

 

Tranbarger's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgBWEA0.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 


 

 

 
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... that the US Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) found possible remains in the same region and returned this year to continue the search.

 

 
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March 12, 2020

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, more than 72,000 Americans in all remain unaccounted for from World War II, more than ...

 
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 From: Ann Mills-Griffiths <powmiafam@aol.com>
Sent: 17 March, 2020 08:12
To: powmiafam@aol.com
Subject: POW/MIA UPDATE: 3-17-20

 

UPDATE:  March 17, 2020 

AMERICANS ACCOUNTED FOR:  The number missing (POW/MIA) and otherwise unaccounted-for (KIA/BNR) from the Vietnam War is still 1,587 Of that number 90% were lost in Vietnam or in areas of Cambodia or Laos under Vietnam’s wartime control: Vietnam-1,246 (VN-443, VS-803); Laos-286; Cambodia-48; PRC territorial waters-7. Since chartered in 1970, the League has sought the return of all POWs, the fullest possible accounting for the missing, and repatriation of all recoverable remains.  The total accounted for since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 is 996.   A breakdown by country of these 996 Americans is:  Vietnam – 672, Laos – 279, Cambodia – 42, and the PRC – 3.  In addition, 63 US personnel were accounted for between 1973 and 1975, the formal end of the Vietnam War, for a grand total of 1,059.  These 63 Americans, were accounted for by US-only efforts in accessible areas, not due to cooperation by post-war governments in Vietnam, Laos or Cambodia.  A total of 287 have been accounted for from Laos, 727 from Vietnam, 42 from Cambodia and 3 from the PRC. NO IDs have been announced since July 26, 2019. 

 

VIETNAM WAR ACCOUNTING OPERATIONS DPAA Deputy Director for Operations Rear Admiral Darius Banaji, USN, recently visited Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  His first visit included time with DPAA teams conducting field operations in Laos and Vietnam and personnel assigned to Detachment 2 in Hanoi and Detachment 3 in Vientiane.  In addition, he met with US Embassy staff, as well as counterpart government officials in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand. 

 ..... 

OPPORTUNITIES LOST DUE TO COVID 19 CORONA VIRUS:   Along with further field operations in Laos and a DPAA-hosted Family Member Update (FMU), the US-ASEAN Special Summit, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on March 14th, was cancelled.  League Chairman/CEO Ann Mills-Griffiths was scheduled to meet with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on March 13th, and was awaiting confirmation from the Lao and Vietnamese Prime Ministers when the cancellation was announced. 

LEAGUE’S 51st ANNUAL MEETING:  Pending possible  COVID 19 requirements to cancel, registration for the 51st Annual Meeting is now open. Visit www.pow-miafamilies.org/annual-meeting to register online or download the form to mail with your check to the League office. Registrations must be postmarked no later than June 1st. The form must be returned with payment, to obtain credentials required for entrance to all sessions and special events. Those choosing to attend only USG briefings must contact their Service Casualty Office by June 1stPick up credentials at the Virginia Ballroom Foyer, Plaza Level, on Wednesday, June 24th5:00-8:00 PM or Thursday, June 25th, 8:00-9:00 AM. On Wednesday, June 24th, attend Newcomer Orientation, 6:30-7:30 PM, followed by a Welcome Reception, 7:30-9:00 PM. 

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:  Reserve rooms at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel by calling 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667). Note affiliation with the League’s 51st Annual Meeting, or go online to www.hilton.com, and enter Group Code MIA to get the special rate of $160.00 + tax, per room night, single or double. (+$20 per night for each added adult in a room.) To get the special rate, the cutoff date is June 1stThe number of rooms is limited, so register early to assure your choice. If you intend to visit Capitol Hill on Wednesday, June 24th, plan to arrive on Tuesday, June 23rdOpening Session is Thursday, June 25thas is the 51st Annual Meeting Dinner. Official briefings are all day on Friday, June 26th. Saturday morning, June 27th, is the critical Q&A Panel, followed by the very important League Business Session, open to all registered attendees. A League-hosted Farewell Reception will take place that evening. Customary departure is on Sunday, this year June 28th.                      

Chairman’s Comment:  Despite many challenges, including continuing structural dysfunction within DPAA, there is reason for cautious optimism.  With sustained support from the families and our nation’s veterans, the League is determined to press for priority and answers on Vietnam War accounting, as pledged by DPAA Director Kelly McKeague.  The League also supports field investigation and recovery of unaccounted-for personnel from WWII, the Korean War and the Cold War as a priority over disinterment and ID of remains buried as “unknowns” in US cemeteries at home and abroad, so long as Vietnam War accounting efforts remain DPAA’s operational priority.  

 

2020 MEMBERSHIP DUES: To those who have not yet renewed their League membership for 2020, the cost is only $25/year for a family member, associate member (concerned citizens/veterans) or organization. Mail a check for dues to the League office, or pay online at www.pow-miafamilies.org/membership. The more dues received, the better chance the League has to stay on top of USG efforts to account for our missing.  Help the League save on postage by sending an email address to admin@pow-miafamilies.org to receive future updates electronically; we greatly appreciate your assistance in this cost-saving effort.

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 16 March, 2020 13:54
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Illinois Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 16, 2020

 

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

that Navy Fireman 3rd Class Herbert B. Jacobson, 21, of Grayslake, Illinois,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on Oct. 17, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Jacobson 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 Jacobson.

 

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 Jacobson.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosomal

(Y-STR) analysis.

 

Jacobson'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.

 

Jacobson will be buried May 15, 2020, at Arlington National Cemetery in

Arlington, Virginia.

 

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) 699-1420/1193.

 

Jacobson's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdzXEAS.

 

//////

 

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: 16 March, 2020 08:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 16, 2020

 

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

that U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jerome B. Morris, 22, of East St. Louis,

Illinois, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 27, 2019.

 

In November 1943, Morris was a member of Company B, 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.

Morris was killed on the third day of the battle, Nov. 22, 1943. His remains

were reportedly buried in East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33,

on Betio Island.

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 Morris, and in October 1949, a

Board of Review declared him "non-recoverable." 

 

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, located Cemetery

33. Excavations of the site over the past 10 years have uncovered multiple

sets of remains. In mid-2019, a set of remains later identified to be Morris

was recovered and turned over to DPAA for possible identification.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as material evidence.

 

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

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

to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Morris will be buried in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. 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 United States Marine Corps for their assistance in

this mission.  Additionally, DPAA is 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) 699-1420/1169.

 

Morris's personnel profile can be views at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LlWcEAK.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 March, 2020 09:22
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Oklahoma Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 12, 2020

 

WASHINGTON— The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced
today that Army Pvt. Ballard McCurley, 34, of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, killed

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

 

In November 1944, McCurley was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 12th

Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, during the Battle of the Hürtgen

Forest in Germany. On Nov. 29, 1944, his battalion went to a reserve

position in the woods west of the town of Hürtgen. He and other Soldiers in

his unit were ordered to clear a field of tree stumps so vehicles could drop

off rations and supplies. According to witnesses, while clearing out a tree

stump, McCurley inadvertently set off an enemy anti-personnel mine and was

killed instantly. His remains were not recovered or identified immediately

after his loss.

 

After the war, McCurley’s remains were still missing. The American Graves

Registration Command (AGRC) extensively searched the Hürtgen Forest for him.

Unable to make a correlation among the dozens of unknown remains found in

the area, the Army declared him non-recoverable. 

 

While studying unresolved American losses in and unidentified remains

recovered from the Hürtgen Forest, DPAA personnel analyzed historical

documentation regarding X-7359 Neuville, a set of unidentified remains

recovered in March 1948 from District #196 of the Hürtgen Forest by the

AGRC.  The remains had originally been found by a German civilian walking

along a forest trail who later led an AGRC team to the site. The AGRC team

found the remains lying on the ground, surrounded by U.S. Army infantry

equipment. The remains, designated X-7359, could not be identified, and were

interred at the United States Military Cemetery Neuville (present day

Ardennes American Cemetery).

 

Based upon the original recovery location of X-7359, a DPAA historian

determined that there was a likely association between the remains and

McCurley. In August 2018, the Department of Defense and American Battle

Monuments Commission disinterred X-7359 and accessioned the remains to the

DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify McCurley’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.

 

McCurley will be buried April 25, 2020, in his hometown.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

McCurley’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission

(ABMC) site in Hombourg, Belgium, along with the others missing from WWII.

Although interred as an Unknown, McCurley’s grave was meticulously cared for

by ABMC for 70 years. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate

he has been accounted for.

 

DPAA is grateful to ABMC and to the U.S. Army Regional

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

McCurley’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LlMDEA0.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

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From the desk of RDML Banaji, Deputy Director of Operations of DPAA.

March 2020 Recovery & Investigation Missions

 

 

Indo-Pacific Directorate

 

Current Organic Operations:  There are a total of three Organic Missions deployed

§  (20-1MM) 15 personnel in Myanmar comprising 1 Recovery Team

§  (20-1KH/53rd JFA) 19 personnel in Cambodia comprising 1 Recovery Team

§  (20-2VN/138th JFA) 91 personnel in Vietnam comprising 2 Recovery Teams, 1 Underwater Recovery Team, and 1 Investigation Team

 

Current Partnership Operations:  There are a total of six Partnership Missions deployed

§  (20-1KI) 1 Recovery Team, partnered with History Flight Group in Kiribati (Tarawa)

§  (20-2PH) 1 Investigation Team, partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the Philippines

§  (20-3PH) 1 Recovery Team, partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago, in the Philippines

§  (20-2VN) 1 Investigation Team, partnered with the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, in Vietnam

§  (20-3LA) 1 Investigation Team, partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago, in Laos

§  (20-3LA) 1 Limited Joint Investigation Element (to include a member from Stony Beach), in Laos

Future Partnership Operations:  There is one Partnership Mission set to deploy

§  (20-2KH) 1 Survey Team, partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago, in Cambodia

 

Disinterment Operations:  We plan to disinter 20 World War II Unknowns from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Cancelled/Postponed Operations:

  • (20-3LA/158th) A 67-person team, comprising 3 Recovery Teams, set to deploy to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in early March is cancelled due to developing COVID-19 concerns

§  (20-1KR) A 24-person team, comprising 1 Survey Team, set to deploy for the Republic of Korea in late-March is postponed until further notice due to developing COVID-19 concerns


 

 

 

Euro-Mediterranean Directorate

 

Current Organic Operations:  There is one Organic Mission deployed

§  (20-3PA) 11 personnel in Panama comprising 1 Recovery Team

 

Future Organic Operations:  There is one Organic Mission set to deploy

§  (20-2PL) 7 personnel in Poland comprising 1 Research Investigation Team

 

Cancelled/Postponed Operations:

§  (20-1IT) A 7-person team, comprising 1 Investigation Team, set to deploy to Italy in early March is postponed until further notice due to developing COVID-19 concerns


 

 

 

March 2020 Mission Executive Summaries

 

Panama, 20-2PA:  From January 23rd to February 4th 2020, 5 personnel deployed on one organic Investigation Team to Panama.  Team members surveyed a potential loss site and returned with new information to set conditions for the recovery operation.

 

Great Britain, 20-1GB:  From January 20th to February 8th 2020, two organic researchers completed investigation operations in Great Britain, where they accessed archival records pertaining to American Missing in Action (MIA) cases from World War II.  Primarily, these records concern American MIA involved in ground losses, crash sites, and underwater losses, who participated in joint operations with the Royal Air Force and Army during WWII.  Investigation efforts were conducted at Royal Air Force Norholt, the Great Britain National Archives, and the British Casualty Files of World War II and will aid in future DPAA recovery operations.

 

Laos, 20-2LA (157th JFA):  From January 10th to February 18th 2020, 64 personnel deployed on three organic Recovery Teams and one Limited Joint Investigation Element (LJIE) to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.  Efforts were aimed to advance potential loss sites towards resolution and set conditions for follow-on DPAA operations.  One recovery team carried out excavation operations at one site while two teams were placed on one relatively large site making significant progress, excavating over 1,000 square meters.  The LJIE (to include members from Stony Beach) conducted investigation and survey operations associated with nine incidents.

 

 


 

NWAOnline 03/06/2020

I'm in Honolulu to learn about the organization devoted to finding them, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). When remains of U.S. ...


 

Walker Pilot Independent 03/05/2020

WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Feb. 25 that Army Sgt. David C. Sewell, 30, of Walker, killed during ...

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 2 March, 2020 12:40
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Texas Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 2, 2020

 

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

that U.S. Navy Fireman 1st Class Dan E. Reagan, 20, of Haslet, Texas, killed

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Reagan 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 Reagan. 

 

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 Reagan.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

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

 

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

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

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

 

Reagan will be buried April 14, 2020, in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

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.

 

Reagan's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgXjEAK.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 3 March, 2020 07:22
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 3, 2020

 

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

U.S. Army Pvt. James J. Cansler, 21, of Bolivar, Missouri, killed during

World War II, was accounted for Jan. 29, 2020.

 

In December 1944, Cansler was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 28th

Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle

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

was reported as missing in action on Dec. 19. A year later, Army officials

had received no evidence he had been captured or otherwise survived combat,

and so released a presumptive finding of death.

 

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 Cansler’s 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-2505

Neuville, recovered from a minefield north of Vossenack in 1946 possibly

belonged to Cansler. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American

Cemetery in 1950, were disinterred in June 2018 and sent to the DPAA

laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as material and circumstantial evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Cansler’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.

 

Cansler will be buried April 15, 2020 in Springfield, Missouri.

 

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) 699-1420/1169.

 

Cansler’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000QrrPEAS.

 

//////

 

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: 2 March, 2020 12:40
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Texas Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

March 2, 2020

 

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

that U.S. Navy Fireman 1st Class Dan E. Reagan, 20, of Haslet, Texas, killed

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Reagan 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 Reagan. 

 

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 Reagan.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

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

 

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

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

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

 

Reagan will be buried April 14, 2020, in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

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.

 

Reagan's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgXjEAK.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

 February 29, 2020


 

 

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A bipartisan delegation from the U.S. House visited the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory this week, led by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry ...


 

 

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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — An Iowa sailor who was killed in World War II is now accounted for, the Defense POW/MIA Account Agency announced.


 


 

February 28, 2020


 

kfor.com

After the war, no returned prisoners of war reported seeing him in any of the prison camps. Nearly 68 years after he disappeared, his family finally ...


 


 

Los Angeles Times

... the main facility along California Street, can usually be seen with the U.S., California and the National League of Families POW/MIA flags on display.


 


 

WBTV

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), Schmitz was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was attacked by ...


 


 

Stars and Stripes

The expedition team is now preparing detailed reports for the Micronesia government and the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which is ...

 


 

Smithsonian

Once the aircraft's debris fields have been archaeologically surveyed, the project team gives the data to the U.S. Defense P.O.W./M.I.A. Accounting ...


 


 

New York Daily News

... missing from past conflicts with about half believed to be lost at sea, according to data from the Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

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WCCO | CBS Minnesota

According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Army Sgt. David C. Sewell, 30, of Walker, Minnesota, was accounted for on Sept. 23, 2019.


 


 

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She and her husband Marvin became very involved with the National League of POW/MIA Families in Washington, D.C. shortly after Bobby became ...


 

February 24, 2020


 

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February 23, 2020

 

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According to members of the POW/MIA advocacy group The Ride Home, in November there were 1,527 service members from North Carolina who ...

 

 

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From: Ann Mills-Griffiths <powmiafam@aol.com>
Sent: 19 February, 2020 16:32
To:

Subject: Re: Interesting Video About the End of the Vietnam War

 

This is about 5 minutes long, about the ignominious end to the Vietnam War with the Paris Peace Accords of January 27, 1973, and US abrogation of commitments made to the South Vietnamese, i.e. the US Congress voted not to fund pledges made by the Nixon Administration and walked away........

 

It is a short, accurate reminder of what occurred when the US walked away from its commitments to our South Vietnamese allies.........and the entire country fell to the North Vietnamese on April 30, 1975.........and the rest is history........"reunification" of Vietnam (to use the North's terminology, and the long, long process of building the humanitarian channel of communication and cooperation on a humanitarian path, to be pursued as a matter separate from policy and political divisions.........

 

That was so long ago, but look at all that we've achieved since President Reagan came into office in 1981 with his inherent commitment and a staff of like-minded Vietnam Veterans got serious about developing a coherent policy that the POW/MIA Interagency Group (IAG) began to implement........thankfully!  And, onward.................. Ann

Ann Mills-Griffiths

Chairman of the Board & CEO

National League of POW/MIA Families

5673 Columbia Pike, Suite 100

Falls Church, VA  22041

703-465-7432

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 27 February, 2020 09:54
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Iowa Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 27, 2020

 

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

that U.S. Navy Fireman 1st Class Leo T. Keninger, 20, of Ackley, Iowa,

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Keninger 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 Keninger

 

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 Keninger.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA

(Y-STR) analysis.

 

Keninger'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.

 

The date and location of Keninger's funeral has yet to be determined.

 

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.

 

Keninger's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdznEAC.

 

//////

 

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 February, 2020 10:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Oklahoma Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 27, 2020

 

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

that Army Sgt. Kenneth E. Walker, 19, of Madill, Oklahoma, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for Nov. 12, 2019.

 

In late 1950, Walker was a member of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd

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

Dec. 2, 1950, in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, after

his unit was attacked by enemy forces. His remains could not be recovered

following the battle. After the war, no returned prisoners of war reported

seeing him in any camps.

 

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 Walker's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA), Y-chromosomal DNA (Y-STR) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) and

analysis.

 

Walker'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.

 

Walker will be buried April 18, 2020, in his hometown. (Madill, Oklahoma)

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Walker's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000002XQmdEAG.

 

//////

 

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 February, 2020 09:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Virginia Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 27, 2020

 

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

that Navy Fireman 1st Class Andrew J. Schmitz, 26, of Richmond, Virginia,

killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 18, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Schmitz 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 Schmitz. 

 

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 Schmitz.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA

(Y-STR) analysis.

 

Schmitz'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.

 

Schmitz will be buried March 6, 2020 in Amelia Court House, Virginia.

 

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.

 

Schmitz's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgQYEA0.

 

//////

 

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: 25 February, 2020 09:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Minnesota Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 25, 2020

 

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

that Army Sgt. David C. Sewell, 30, of Walker, Minnesota, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for Sept. 23, 2019.

 

In late 1950, Sewell was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry

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

28, 1950, in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when his

unit was attacked by enemy forces. 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 Sewell's remains, scientists from DPAA used circumstantial and

material evidence.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical

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

analysis.

 

Sewell'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.

 

Sewell will be buried in Anoka, Minnesota. The date has yet to be

determined.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Sewell's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000WDWvDEAX.

 

//////

 

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: 25 February, 2020 12:41
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From California Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 25, 2020

 

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

that U.S. Naval Reserve Machinist's Mate 1st Class Paul H. Gebser, 39, of

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Gebser 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 Gebser

 

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 Gebser.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA

(Y-STR) analysis.

 

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

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

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

 

The date and location of Gebser's funeral have yet to be determined.

 

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.

 

Gebser's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLKEA0.

 

//////

 

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: 24 February, 2020 15:12
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Michigan Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 24, 2020

 

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

that Marine Corps Sgt. Duane O. Cole, 23, of Niles, Michigan, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 3, 2019.

 

In November 1943, Cole was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th 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. Cole was killed on the first day of the battle, Nov.

20, 1943.  His remains were reportedly buried in either Division Cemetery 5

or Central Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 26.

 

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

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

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

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

Board of Review declared him "non-recoverable." 

 

In 2014, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, located Cemetery

26. Excavations uncovered multiple sets of remains, which were turned over

to DPAA.

 

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

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Cole's will be buried June 20, 2020, in Spooner, Wisconsin.

 

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

at (800) 847-1597.

 

DPAA is 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) 699-1420/1169.

 

Cole's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdjYEAS.

 

//////

 

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: 24 February, 2020 14:00
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Arkansas Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 24, 2020

 

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

that Navy Fireman 1st Class James C. Webb, 23, of Hobart, Arkansas, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on July 29, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Webb 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 Webb. 

 

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 Webb.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA

(Y-STR) analysis.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

Webb'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.

 

The date and location for Webb's funeral have yet to be determined.

 

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

(800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Webb's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xg9QEAS.

 

//////

 

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: 24 February, 2020 13:04
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Missouri Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 24, 2020

 

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

that U.S. Navy Seaman 2nd Class Everett G. Windle, 20, of Kansas City,

Missouri, killed during World War II, was accounted for Oct. 1, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Windle 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 Windle

 

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 Windle.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA

(Y-STR) analysis.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

Windle'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.

 

Windle will be buried at the Punchbowl. The date has yet to be determined.

 

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

(800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Windle's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeJAEA0.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420


 

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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 18 February, 2020 13:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor from New York Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 18, 2020

 

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

Navy Seaman 1st Class Lyal J. Savage, 19, of Dexter, New York, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on July 29, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Savage 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 Savage. 

 

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 Savage.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA,) Y-chromosome DNA

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

 

Savage's name is recorded on the Walls 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.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

Savage will be buried June 27, 2020, in his hometown. Dexter, New York

 

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

(800) 443-9298.

 

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.

 

Savage's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgTNEA0.

 

//////

 

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

 

 

 

02/18/2020  Wonderful work these organizations are doing. 

 

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 18 February, 2020 09:07
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: NEWS RELEASE: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to Speak with Families in Portland

 

Dear Editor,

  

DoD to Inform Families of POW/MIA in Portland

 

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

that personnel from their agency, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System,

and Service Casualty Offices will be in Portland, Oregon, Feb. 22, 2020, to

meet with families whose loved ones are unaccounted for from our modern

conflicts ranging from the Vietnam War and the Cold War to World War II.

 

Family members interested in attending can register at

www.dpaa.mil/Families/Family-Events or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Family members will be briefed on what DPAA and their partners are doing to

bring their loved ones home. Families will have the chance to honor their

missing loved one in a Remembrance Ceremony. There will also be the chance

for families to have two-way conversations with casualty officers from the

military services and other government specialists so they can ask specific

questions about their loved ones' loss.

 

The Department of Defense is committed to keeping families of the missing

and the public informed about the efforts being made to account for our U.S.

personnel. Throughout the year, DPAA specialists meet with hundreds of

family members in Washington, D.C.; Hawaii; Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska;

Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; and major metropolitan areas across the

country. These meetings are designed to address the individual needs of the

family members.

 

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.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 February, 2020 13:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Oregon Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 13, 2020

 

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

Navy Fire Controlman 1st Class Robert L. Corn, 24, of Baker City, Oregon,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on Jan. 29, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Corn 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 Corn. 

 

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 Corn.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

To identify Corn's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological and

dental analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis. 

 

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

(800) 443-9298.

 

Corn will be buried May 1, 2020, at the Punchbowl.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Corn's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKsEAK

 

//////

 

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: 13 February, 2020 12:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Michigan Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 13, 2020

 

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

Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward Wasielewski, 21, of Detroit, killed during

World War II, was accounted for May 15, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Wasielewski 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 Wasielewski

 

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 Wasielewski.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y-chromosome

STR DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

Wasielewski name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl

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

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

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

(800) 443-9298.

 

Wasielewski will be buried Feb. 21, 2020, in San Diego.

 

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.

 

Wasielewski's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xg9aEAC.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 


 

 February 11, 2020


 

 

WUSA9.com

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February 10, 2020


 

Task & Purpose

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Mash Viral (press release) (blog)

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Chicago Daily Herald

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The Daily Iberian

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WRCB-TV

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WDEF News 12

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Stars and Stripes

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Federal News Network

... Agency, Defense Human Resources Activity, Civil Military Programs, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and the Office of Economic Adjustment.


 


 

http://en.vietnamplus.vn/ (press release)

Chien made the remark while hosting a reception in Hanoi on February 7 for a VVA delegation led by POW/MIA (Prisoner of War/Missing in Action) ...


 

February 5, 2020


 

KSNF/KODE - FourStatesHomepage.com

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) says it has identified the remains of Navy Fireman 1st Class Rex Wise, 21, of South Haven, and ...


 


 

Herald Review

The exhibit also includes a somber “table of honor” informing the public about POW/MIA veterans. A specially designed kiosk allows visitors to see the ...

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 February, 2020 14:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kansas Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 7, 2020

 

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

that Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Raymond Warren, 21, of Silverdale, Kansas,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on June 10, 2019.

 

In November 1943, Warren was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th

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. Warren died between the first and second day of

battle, Nov. 20-21, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in the

Division Cemetery, which was eventually renamed to Cemetery #27.

 

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 Warren, and, in October 1949,

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

             

In 2015, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, notified DPAA that

they discovered a burial site on Betio Island and recovered the remains of

what they believed to be missing American service members who had been

buried in Cemetery #27. The remains were accessioned into the DPAA

laboratory.

 

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

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

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

Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others killed or lost in

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

accounted for.

 

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

The date has yet to be determined.

 

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

their partnership in this mission.

 

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

at (800) 847-1597.

 

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.

 

Warren's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000ECZ0GEAX.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 February, 2020 07:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 6, 2020

WASHINGTON— The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Master Sgt. Harold F. Drews, 21, of Elgin, Illinois, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Nov. 5, 2019.

 

In December 1950, Drews was assigned to King Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. For several days, his unit was engaged in intense fighting with the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces near the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. Drews went missing in action on Dec. 12, 1950.  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 Drews’ remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

 

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

 

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

 

Drews will be buried Feb. 19, 2020, in St. Charles, Illinois.

 

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.

 

Drews’s personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000egondEAA

//////

 

Respectfully,

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

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 February, 2020 07:06
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Tennessee Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 6, 2020

 

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

that Marine Corps Cpl. Thomas H. Cooper, 22, of Chattanooga, Tennessee,

killed during World War II, was accounted for Aug. 9, 2019.

 

In November 1943, Cooper was a member of Company A, 2nd Amphibious Tractor

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

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

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

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

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

virtually annihilated. Cooper died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20,

1943.  He was reportedly buried on Betio Island.

 

Despite the heavy casualties suffered by U.S. forces, military success in

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

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

launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

in 1947. 

 

In March 1980, the Central Identification Laboratory, a predecessor to DPAA,

sent officials to Betio Island to receive skeletal remains that had been

recovered during a construction project. Of the three sets recovered, two

were identified. The third was declared unidentifiable and was subsequently

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

Punchbowl, in Honolulu. 

 

In 2016, DPAA disinterred the remains of 94 Tarawa Unknowns from the NMCP

for identification. The remains were consolidated and sent to the laboratory

for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA

(Y-STR) analysis.

 

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

For family and funeral information, call the Marine Corps Casualty Office at

800-847-1597.

 

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

The date has yet to be determined.

 

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.

 

Cooper's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdjbEAC

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 


 

February 6, 2020

KVOA Tucson News

TUCSON- An Arizona soldier killed during the Korean War was accounted for, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Army Cpl.

 


 

 February 4, 2020


 

 

KWCH

WASHINGTON The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Tuesday that Navy Fireman 1st Class Rex E. Wise, 21, of South Haven ...


 

 

Wichita Eagle

Wise was assigned to the USS Oklahoma when torpedoes hit the ship, killing 429 people aboard, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 4 February, 2020 13:46
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS West Virginia Sailor from Kansas Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 4, 2020

 

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

that Navy Fireman 1st Class Hadley I. Heavin, 23, of Baxter Springs, Kansas,

killed during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 17, 2019.

 

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

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

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

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

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

the ship resulted in the deaths of 106 crewmen, including Heavin

 

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

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

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

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

Punchbowl, in Honolulu. 

 

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

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

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

laboratory.

 

To identify Heavin'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.

 

Heavin'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.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

For family and funeral information, call the Navy Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

Heavin will be buried May 23, 2020, in his hometown of Baxter Springs, Kansas.

 

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.

 

Heavin's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004mnkEAA.

 

//////

 

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: 4 February, 2020 13:05
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor from Kansas Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 4, 2020

 

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

that Navy Fireman 1st Class Rex E. Wise, 21, of South Haven, Kansas, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Oct. 17, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Wise 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 Wise.

 

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 Wise.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

¬

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

anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Wise’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.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

(800) 443-9298.

 

Wise will be buried April 22, 2020, in Braman, Oklahoma.

 

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.

 

Wise’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xg8SEAS.

 

//////

 

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 January, 2020 21:43
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Arizona Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Jan. 29, 2020

 

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

that Army Cpl. Arthur C. Ramirez, 19, of Pima, Arizona, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for Sept. 9, 2019.

 

In late 1950, Ramirez was a member of Battery B, 57th Field Artillery

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

6, 1950, when enemy forces attacked his unit near the Chosin Reservoir,

North Korea. His remains could not be recovered following the attack.

 

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 Ramirez's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

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

 

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

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

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Ramirez will be buried March 19, 2020 in Marana, Arizona.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Ramirez' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000004OWV7EAO.

 

//////

 

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

 

 


January 27, 2020


 

WGAL Lancaster

... old when he went missing in 1950 after his unit was attacked near Unsan, North Korea, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 


 

January 25, 2020


 

northernexpress.com

(The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) estimates that more than 7,800 Americans who served in the Korean War remain unaccounted for ...

https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20200118/ground-broken-for-national-powmia-memorial--museum-in-jacksonville?fbclid=IwAR34tOn1SDEt2grp0ksAxvFe1Vau90InssrgZ5EgxiQMr3kFNfgWYOKVfE8

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HonorReleaseReturn/permalink/2692472704173573/ 

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/RideHome/

 

 


 

 January 24, 2020


 


 

Omaha World-Herald

Since 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has disinterred 49 "unknown" sets of remains from the two cemeteries and shipped them to its ...


 


 

Missourinet.com

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has announced that that the remains have been identified of U.S. Army Sgt. John V. Phillips...
 


 


 

January 23, 2020


 

INQUIRER.net

11, 2019, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced. In 1941, Phillips was a member of Headquarters Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, ...


 


 

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Family members of missing in action service members who are seeking answers about their loved ones are invited to meet with the Defense POW/MIA ...

 


 

January 23, 2020


 

The Daily Cardinal

... of WisconsinñMadisonís Missing in Action (MIA) Recovery and Identification Project and the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).


 

January 22, 2020


 

Cassville Democrat

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has announced that U.S. Army Sgt. John V. Phillips, 25, of Cassville, who was captured and died ...


 


 

Sunbury Daily Item

A soldier from Northumberland who was killed during World War II has been positively identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), ...

 


 

January 22, 2020


 

CBS Philly

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Kocopy was killed on Nov. 20, 1943 during a battle on the small island of Betio — part of the Gilbert ...

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 21 January, 2020 10:07
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Jan. 21, 2020

 

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

that U.S. Army Sgt. John V. Phillips, 25, of Cassville, Misssouri, who was

captured and died as a prisoner of war during World War II, was accounted

for Dec. 11, 2019.

 

In 1941, Phillips was a member of Headquarters Company, 31st Infantry

Regiment, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands in December.

Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on

April 9, 1942, and of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942.

 

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were captured and interned at

POW camps.  Phillips was among those reported captured after the surrender

of Corregidor and held at the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500 POWs

perished in this camp during the war.

 

According to prison camp and other historical records, Phillips died July

27, 1942, and was buried along with other deceased prisoners in the local

Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery, in Common Grave 225. 

 

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

exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to

a temporary U.S. military mausoleum near Manila. In late 1947, the AGRS

examined the remains in an attempt to identify them. Due to the

circumstances of the POW deaths and burials, the extensive commingling, and

the limited identification technologies of the time, all of the remains

could not be individually identified. The unidentified remains were interred

as "unknowns" in the present-day Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

 

In March 2018, remains associated with Common Grave 225 were disinterred and

sent to the DPAA laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for

analysis.

             

To identify Phillips' 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.

 

Phillips' name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila

American Cemetery and Memorial, an American Battle Monuments Commission

(ABMC) site along with others missing from WWII. Although interred as an

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

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

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

 

DPAA is grateful to the ABMC and the United States Army for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

Phillips will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington,

Virginia. The date has yet to be determined.

 

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.

 

Phillips' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Lm0mEAC

 

//////

 

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


 

January 20, 2020


 

Task & Purpose

The little-known Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conducts similar ... A 2013 internal report was highly critical of the former Joint POW/MIA ...


 

Press Herald

The little-known Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conducts similar missions all the time as part of its charge to find the remains of approximately ...

 


 

January 19, 2020


 

The Florida Times-Union

Northeast Florida military veterans came together Saturday to honor comrades in arms who were prisoners of war or missing in action.


 

Ground broken for National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum

Task & Purpose

The first of its kind, the memorial and museum is being built at 6112 POW-MIA Memorial Parkway, at Cecil Commerce Center, which is the former ...


 


 

Minot Daily News

... Purple Heart in August, POW/MIA in September, N.D. Gold Star Mothers and Family Day, and Veterans Day at the Parker in November, Pearl Harbor ...


 

January 18, 2020


 


 

KXXV News Channel 25

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Mills died in the battle's first day. The remains were found in 2015 on the tiny island of Betio in the ...

 January 17, 2020

 


 

Action News Now

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Private Charlie Waid of Chico, killed during World War II, was accounted for July ...


 


 

Palladium-Item

21, 1943, during a battle in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in a news release.

 


 

KLTV

But Wednesday the Defense POW/MIA accounting agency confirmed that Evans remains had been positively identified. “Though most of his family is ...


 


 

Hawaii News Now

The Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency will decide whether recovery of remains is possible. The Avenger's three-man crew is listed ...

 


 

WPSD Local 6

... the Korean War have been accounted for and will eventually be brought home to southern Illinois, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says.


 


 

Jacksonville Daily Record

Cecil Field POW/MIA Memorial Inc. plans a groundbreaking at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 18 for the National POW/MIA Memorial and Museum at its Cecil ...


 


 

The Southern

Caraker, who is also the POW/MIA director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Illinois, intends to tell VFW and American Legion posts across the lower ...


 

 January 16, 2020


 


 

KETK | FOX51 | EastTexasMatters.com

... after he was reported missing from the Korean War on December 12, 1950, according to The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).


 


 

WSIL TV

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Thursday that the remains of Sesser native Army Cpl. William L. Brown were ...


 


 

Falls Church News Press

... for veterans seeking to connect with fellow members and to learn the status of a relevant topic, the Department of Defense POW/MIA program.


 

 


 

 

William McGowan of Benson, Minnesota, was killed on June 6, 1944, when his P-47 Thunderbolt (left in a file image) crashed during a mission near Moon-sur-Elle, Normandy, 13 miles from Omaha Beach. A previous survey failed to locate his body, but now his remains have been identified and will be buried alongside those of his comrades at the Normandy American Cemetery (bottom inset his name on a memorial in the village of Moon-sur-Elle). Lt McGowan (top inset and right during training) was on a low-level strafing and bombing mission south of the landing beaches when he crashed, according to the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford. As he pulled up from a bombing run, he was hit by anti-aircraft fire and went into a spin at low altitude. He was not yet 24. His family said that the news of the discovery of his remains 75 years later was their 'greatest joy'.

 


 

January 15, 2020


 

The Sun

More than 50 years later, in 2010, a team from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) returned to interview witnesses and survey the crash ...


 


 

KLTV

WASHINTGTON, D.C., Texas (News Release) - The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc. Junior C. Evans, ...

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 16 January, 2020 12:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Iowa Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Jan. 16, 2020

 

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

that Army Pvt. Roy Brown, Jr., 22, of Des Moines, Iowa, killed during World

War II, was accounted for on May 13, 2019.

 

On Dec. 2, 1942, Brown was a member of Company I, 126th Infantry Regiment,

32nd Infantry Division, when his unit was forced into intense engagement

with Japanese forces in the vicinity of Soputa-Sanananda Track in the

Australian Territory of Papua (present-day Papua New Guinea). Brown was

reported missing and presumed dead when he could not be accounted for by his

unit.

 

On Feb. 2, 1943, the remains of an unidentified American Soldier were

interred at the U.S. Temporary Cemetery Sanananda #2. On April 6, 1943, the

remains, designated Unknown X-72 were reinterred at Temporary Cemetery #1 at

Soputa, then moved them to U.S. Armed Forces Finschhafen #2, where they were

redesignated X-1086.

 

In 1947, the American Graves Registration service exhumed approximately

11,000 graves, including X-1086, and sent the remains to the Central

Identification Point at the Manila Mausoleum in the Philippines. X-1086

could not be identified and were interred at Fort McKinley (now the Manila

American Cemetery and Memorial).

 

In May 2017, Unknown X-1086 was disinterred, and the remains were sent to

the DPAA laboratory in Offutt, Nebraska, for analysis.

 

To identify Brown'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.

 

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

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

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

DPAA is grateful to the ABMC for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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.

 

Brown's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xg70EAC

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 16 January, 2020 10:58
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Jan. 16, 2020

 

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

that Army Pvt. Charlie M. Waid, 26, of Chico, California, killed during

World War II, was accounted for July 24, 2019.

 

In 1942, Waid was serving in the Medical Detachment of the 31st Infantry

Regiment when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands. Intense

fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9,

1942, and of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942.

 

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

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

surrender of Corregidor and held at the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500

POWs perished in this camp during the war.                                                                                                                                        

 

According to prison camp and other historical records, Waid died Nov. 19,

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

Camp Cemetery in grave number 717. 

 

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

exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to

a temporary U.S. military mausoleum near Manila. In late 1947, the AGRS

examined the remains in an attempt to identify them. Due to the

circumstances of the POW deaths and burials, the extensive commingling, and

the limited identification technologies of the time, all of the remains

could not be individually identified. The unidentified remains were interred

as "unknowns" in the present-day Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

 

In 2014, the "unknown" remains associated with Common Grave 717 were

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

designated X-4852 Manila Mausoleum.

             

To identify Waid'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.

 

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

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

along with others missing from WWII. Although interred as an "unknown" in

Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Waid's grave was meticulously cared

for over the past 70 years by the ABMC.  A rosette will be placed next to

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

DPAA is grateful to the ABMC for their partnership in this mission.

 

Waid will be buried in Hollywood Hills, California. The date has yet to be

determined.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Waid's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeyoEAC

 

//////

 

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: 16 January, 2020 10:18
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Jan. 16, 2020

 

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

that Army Cpl. William L. Brown, 18, of Sesser, Illinois, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for Oct. 17, 2019.

 

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

Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action Dec. 2,

1950, in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when his unit

was attacked by enemy forces. 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 Brown's remains, scientists from DPAA used circumstantial

evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

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

 

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

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

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Brown will be buried in Mound City, Illinois. The date has yet to be

determined.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Brown's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000bHu1fEAC

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 15 January, 2020 14:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

January 15, 2020

 

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

that Army Pfc. Junior C. Evans, 20, of Hall County, Texas, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for Aug. 7, 2019.

 

In late 1950, Evans was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry

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

12, 1950, in the vicinity of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. However,

accurate accountability of troops was often difficult due to the chaotic

environment and Evans likely went missing during a battle between Nov. 27

and Dec. 6, 1950. 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 Evans' remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

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

 

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

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

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

indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Evans will be buried in Gilmer, Texas. The date has yet to be determined.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Evans' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000001UwoAEAS

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420


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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA)
<sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 January, 2020 11:23
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Iowa Pilot Accounted For From World War II

Dear Editor,

Jan. 13, 2020

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that
U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Lowell S. Twedt, 27, of Le Grand, Iowa, killed
during World War II, was accounted for Dec. 11, 2019.

(This identification was initially published Dec. 13, 2019.)

In the fall of 1944, Twedt was a pilot assigned to the 71st Fighter
Squadron, 1st Fighter Group. On Oct. 20, he piloted a P-38J "Lightning"
aircraft as part of an escort for a B-17 "Flying Fortress" bombing mission
targeting oil storage tanks in Regensburg, Germany. The mission encountered
enemy anti-aircraft fire around Bolzano, Italy. Three P-38Js, including
Twedt's, went down as a result. An eyewitness account saw Twedt's aircraft
falling to the ground in flames, and did not see him eject. Twedt's remains
were never recovered.

In 2017, Roland Domanig, a retired physics professor from Austria who had
helped DPAA in the past, contacted the agency with news that he had found
wreckage of a P-38 he believed to be Twedt's. Over the course of the next
two years, DPAA investigated and excavated the site, recovering remains in
September 2019 that were sent to the DPAA laboratory in Offutt, Nebraska,
for identification.

To identify Twedt's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and
anthropological analysis, as well as material and circumstantial evidence.

DPAA is grateful to Roland Domanig, Armin and Lena Kanetscheider, the
Italian Carabinieri, the mayor and local government of Sarentino, Italy, and
the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this
mission.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000
died during the war. Currently there are 72,643 still unaccounted for from
World War II with approximately 30,000 assessed as possibly recoverable.
Twedt's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Florence American
Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Impruneta, Italy,
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.

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

Twedt will be buried in Fernly, Nevada. The date has yet to be determined.
For future funeral information, visit www.dpaa.mil

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.

Twedt's personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001EhLCAEA3

//////

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: 13 January, 2020 07:51
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: South Carolina Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

Dear Editor,

Jan. 13, 2020

WASHINGTON- The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today
that
Army Cpl. William J. McCollum, 19, of Anderson, South Carolina, killed
during the Korean War, was accounted for Sept. 11, 2019.

(This identification was initially published Sept. 16, 2019.)

In late 1950, McCollum was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd
Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team. He
was reported missing in action Dec. 2, 1950, in the vicinity of the Chosin
Reservoir, North Korea, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.
Following the war, 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 McCollum's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological
analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally,
scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial
DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

Today, 7,602 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using
modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that
were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by
American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves. McCollum's name
is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery
of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are missing from the
Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has
been accounted for.

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

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

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.

McCollum's personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000001zQP1EAM

//////

Respectfully,

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

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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA)
<sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 January, 2020 09:23
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Indiana Marine Accounted For From World War II

Dear Editor,

Jan. 10, 2020

WASHINGTON- The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today
that Marine Corps Pfc. Louis Wiesehan, Jr., 20, of Richmond, Indiana, killed
during World War II, was accounted for on Sep. 23, 2019.

(This identification was initially published Oct. 1, 2019.)

In November 1943, Wiesehan was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th
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.
Wiesehan was killed on the second day of the battle, Nov. 21, 1943. His
remains were reportedly buried in Division Cemetery on Betio Island.
 
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 Wiesehan, and in October 1949,
a Board of Review declared him "non-recoverable." 

In 2014, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, located Cemetery
27. Excavations of the site uncovered multiple sets of remains, which were
turned over to DPAA in 2015.

To identify Wiesehan's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological
analysis, as well as material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the
Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)
analysis.
DPAA is grateful to the United States Marine Corps for their assistance in
this mission.  Additionally, DPAA is appreciative to History Flight, Inc.,
for their partnership in this mission.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000
died during the war. Currently there are 72,639 service members still
unaccounted for from World War II with approximately 30,000 assessed as
possibly recoverable. Wiesehan's name is recorded on the Courts of the
Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others killed or lost in WWII. A
rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted
for.
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