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AMERICANS IDENTIFIED SINCE 1989
WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

Jan 2006 - May 2007

June 2007 - Dec 2008

Jan 2009 - June 2009

June 2009 -Dec 2010

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

Jan 2018 - Dec 2018

 

 

2019
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Stories and Press Releases below chart

Research sites: 

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

2019
 
Member Rank First and Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Accounted-ForSorted By Accounted-For In Descending Order Funeral Date Funeral Location
Pvt. Roy Brown, Jr. U.S. Army Company I, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division 12/2/1942 Papua New Guinea 5/14/2019    
Cpl. Charles S. Lawler U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 5/14/2019    
2nd Lt. Toney W. Gochnauer U.S. Army Air Forces 425th Bombardment Squadron, 308th Heavy Bombardment Group, 14th Air Force 1/25/1944   5/13/2019    
Staff Sgt. Wesley L. Kroenung U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters Company, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Fifth Amphibious Corps (assigned to 2nd Marine Division) 11/20/1943 Tarawa 5/7/2019    
Platoon Sgt. George E. Trotter U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 5/6/2019    
Fireman 3rd Class Jasper L. Pue U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/30/2019    
Cpl. Ralph L. Bennett U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 209th Engineer Combat Battalion 6/13/1944 Burma 4/30/2019    
Pfc. Sterling Geary, Jr. U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 11/27/1950 North Korea 4/25/2019    
Sgt. 1st Class Elden C. Justus U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division 12/6/1950 North Korea 4/25/2019    
Pfc. Dewey W. Harris U.S. Army COmpany C, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/14/1944 Gernany 4/22/2019    
Seaman 2nd Class Ray H. Myers U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/18/2019    
Fireman 3rd Class Harold K. Costill U.S. Navy USS West Virginia 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/18/2019    
Pfc. Dale W. Ross U.S. Army Company E, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division 1/14/1943 Solomon Islands 4/17/2019    
Pfc. John W. Hayes U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 335th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division 1/4/1945 Belgium 4/17/2019    
Pfc. Raymond H. Middlekauff U.S. Army Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 12/4/1944 Germany 4/12/2019    
Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa Atoll 3/28/2019    
Pfc. Herschel M. Riggs U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/16/1950 South Korea 3/25/2019    
Seaman 2nd Class Calvin H. Palmer U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/21/2019    
Seaman 2nd Class Wilferd D. Palmer U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/21/2019    
Seaman 2nd Class Richard J. Thomson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/19/2019 6/1/2019 League City, Texas
Seaman 1st Class Ernest R. West U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/6/2019    
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Victor P. Tumlinson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/4/2019    
Sgt. Cread E. Shuey U.S. Army Battery G, 60th Coast Artillery Regiment 9/27/1942 Philippines 3/4/2019 5/30/2019 Tucson, Arizona
Seaman 1st Class Oris V. Brandt U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/1/2019    
Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/28/2019    
Cpl. Benjamin W. Scott U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/12/1950 South Korea 2/25/2019 4/13/2019 Atwood, Tennessee
Capt. Rufus J. Hyman U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/30/1950 South Korea 2/21/2019    
2nd Lt. Walter B. Stone U.S. Army Air Forces 350th Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group, VIII U.S. Fighter Command 10/22/1943 France 2/21/2019 5/11/2019 Andalusia, Alabama
Journalist 3rd Class Raul A. Guerra U.S. Navy Reserve USS Oriskany 10/8/1967 Vietnam 2/21/2019 4/25/2019 Whittier, California
Cpl. Stephen P. Nemec U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 2/20/2019    
Cpl. James C. Rix U.S. Army Company E, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 2/13/2019 5/4/2019 Alamo, Georgia
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class William A. Klasing U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 2/13/2019 6/29/2019 Trenton, Illinois
Tech. Sgt. Alfred R. Sandini U.S. Army Air Forces 22nd Bombardment Squadron 341st Bombardment Group 2/15/1944 French Indochina 2/13/2019    
Cpl. Carlos E. Ferguson U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battlion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 5/18/1951 South Korea 2/7/2019 5/18/2019 Grassy Meadows, West Virginia
Master Sgt. Charlie J. Mares U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/31/1951 South Korea 2/6/2019 3/29/2019 Cistern, Texas
Pfc. Clifford M. Mills U.S. Army 319th Glider Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division 9/18/1944 Germany 2/4/2019 3/30/2019 Troy, Indiana
Sgt. George R. Schipani U.S. Army Company A, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 2/1/2019    
Seaman 1st Class Frank A. Hryniewicz U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/30/2019    
1st Lt. Howard T. Lurcott U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy,) 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa 1/30/2019 6/26/2019 Arlington National Cemetery
Pvt. Ted Hall U.S. Marine Corps Reserve USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/24/2019    
Pvt. Waldean Black U.S. Marine Corps USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/24/2019    
Baker 2nd Class David L. Kesler U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/23/2019    
Pvt. Winfred L. Reynolds U.S. Army Medical Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 4/26/1951 South Korea 1/23/2019    
Sgt. Frank J. Suliman U.S. Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 1/17/2019 4/30/2019 Wrightstown, New Jersey
Pfc. James C. Williams U.S. Army Medical Company, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/12/1950 South Korea 1/2/2019 7/19/2019 West Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer U.S. Army Air Forces 38th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bombardment Group 1/21/1944 Tarawa 12/27/2018 5/25/2019 Pottstown, Pennsy

List posted 05/18/19

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

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

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

 

03/222/19
These are being published with the full information, while the initial notification only contains basic information.  The updates are providing information on the loss, recovery and identification, as well as funeral information if it is available at the time.

I hope this helps,

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

 

 
  May 24, 2019

 
Emails and phone messages requesting comment were left Thursday and Friday with officials from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the ...

 
On August 27, 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified the remains of Seaman First Class Wesley Vernie Jordan. His remains had ...

 
In 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency developed evidence that the remains were likely those of Hayes. The remains were disinterred ...

 
Reynolds also directed that the National League of Families POW/MIA flag also be flown on Capitol grounds for the entire day. According to the ...

 

 
The ride calls for an accounting of all prisoners of war and those missing in action (POW/MIA), honors the memory of those killed in action (KIA) from ...

 

 
The bill would direct the Architect of the Capitol to display POW/MIA flags outside the entrance of the office of each Member of Congress, in recognition ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, a government organization responsible for recovering missing soldiers, suspected that an unidentified ...

 

 
Rolling Thunder seeks to bring full accountability for all U.S. prisoners of war and missing in action (POW/MIA) soldiers. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen).

 
... measures," including the discontinuation of nuclear and ballistic missile testing and steps toward the "repatriation of the American POW/MIA remains ...

 

 
The ministry will work with Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to recover remains in conflict zones. The report said that the step ...
... Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry signed a memorandum with the US Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency last month to speed up the effort.
 
Private Boegli was also awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star for his gallantry while serving. His funeral is set for Saturday in the Gallatin ...
05/23/19

 
Boegli has been awarded the Purple Heart, The Bronze Star and The Silver Star, something his family didn't know. His casket will arrive home to ...

 

 
... took out enemy and saved his Commanding Officer , First Sergeant and 9 other men and he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star,” Tainsh told ...

 

 
Bridger retired after 22 years of service in the Air Force, his awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star ...

 

 
... the likelihood of Martin's remains being mingled with others and the sheer number of similar cases facing the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

 

 

 
In 2018, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency developed evidence that the remains were likely those of Hayes. The remains were disinterred and ...
More than 7,600 American troops remain missing from the war, with 5,300 believed lost in the North, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 
Thanks to advances in technology and the dedication of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), many families have recently learned the ...

 

 
Pvt. Martin L. Kunik died in Cabanatuan POW Camp July 23, 1942. ... number of similar cases facing the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in ...

 

 
Frank Muth, commander of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command, patriotic music from the Ladies of Liberty and a special presentation of the POW/MIA ...
All are united in the cause to bring full accountability for the Prisoners Of War/Missing In Action (POW/MIA) of all wars, reminding the government, the ...
... Oklahoma, and personnel from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) later began exhuming the remains from the NMCP for analysis.

 
Then in 2017, the U.S. Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency dug up the remains and began DNA testing, based on indications in ...

 

 
The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred Boegli's remains in January 2016 and used DNA from relatives to identify him ...

 

 
Pleasanton Express

In late April, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Riggs, 18, of Rio Grande City, Texas, killed during the Korean War, was ...

In 2016, a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recovery team disinterred the remains. He was positively identified and accounted for on ...
 
On June 15, 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl for analysis, using mitochondrial DNA ...

 
As the Kentucky statute says, the POW/MIA flag symbolizes America's missing service members and our unwavering determination to account for them ...

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's spokeswoman, Sgt. 1st Class Kristen Duus said, “the policy is to find the remains of service members, ...

 
The next step was to work with John Zimmerlee, executive director of the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs. In February ...

 

 
The mission, for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), will include 10 FGCU students – six graduates, one undergraduate and three ...
Through genetic testing, the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) confirmed the remains to be Stone's in February. He was ...
 
In December 2018, a set of remains that had been found on Betio Island in 2017 were confirmed as Shaffer's by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ..

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 23 May, 2019 11:45
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

John W. Hayes, 24, of Estelline, Texas, killed during World War II, was

accounted for on April 17, 2019.

 

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

 

In early 1945, Hayes was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 335th

Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division, serving in the European Theater

during World War II.  On Jan. 4, 1945, Hayes was killed in action near

Mâgôster, Belgium, when, according to witnesses, an 88-millimeter shell from

a German tank struck his foxhole.  Following the war, American graves

registration teams had no record of Hayes’ remains being recovered.  On

Sept. 6, 1951, the War Department declared his remains non-recoverable.

 

Following the close of hostilities in Europe in 1945, an unidentified set of

remains, designated Unknown X-134 Fosse, were recovered near Soy, Belgium,

approximately three miles from Mâgôster.  The remains could not be

identified and were interred Nov. 4, 1948, at the Henri-Chapelle American

Cemetery and Memorial, in Hombourg, Belgium.

 

Following thorough analysis of military records and American Graves

Registration Command documentation by DPAA historians and scientists,

Unknown X-134 Fosse, was determined to have a likely association with Hayes.

Unknown X-134 Fosse was disinterred in July 2018 and sent to DPAA for

analysis.

 

To identify Hayes’ remains, scientists from DPAA anthropological analysis,

as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally, the Armed Forces Medical

Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

Army Regional Mortuary- Europe/Africa for their 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 72,719 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II. Hayes’ name is recorded on the Tablets of

the Missing at the Ardennes American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments

Commission site in Belgium, along with others who are missing from WWII.

Although interred as an "unknown," Hayes’ grave was meticulously cared for

over the past 70 years by the American Battle Monuments Commission. A

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

for.

 

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

 

Hayes will be buried June 19, 2019, in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

05/21/19

 
You've probably seen that black and white POW/MIA flag flying somewhere nearby. The stark banner, dedicated to American prisoners of war and ...

Then, out of the blue, a representative of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency called and asked if he would provide a DNA sample to help ...


 

The Defense POW MIA accounting agency is a group within the department of defense with a very important mission. They go to battlefields where ...

 


"When we found out there are 14 POW, MIA's from Vietnam here in Kentucky we started doing the research, started pulling their bios,” Todd Matonich ...


 

Then, out of the blue, a representative of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting .... The current roster of Nebraska MIAs includes 717 from World War II, ...
From: moehog@verizon.net
To: moehog@verizon.net

 

NOT POW/MIA, But beneficial information on Bill that has been introduced that will expand Benefits of KIA Family members (aka Gold Star Family)

 

Story was Written by Kevin Derby and Published in the FLORIDA Daily 19 May 2019.

 

https://www.floridadaily.com/mike-waltzs-bill-to-expand-benefits-for-gold-star-families-gains-steam-on-capitol-hill/?fbclid=IwAR37CAY0ibGK6UNIZDIUyA2zwQVzJV90cvs6PRR3u6aOUhu3XELBBCvCocw

 

 

Salute to Representative Mike Waltz!

Enjoy the read.

 

05/18/19
 
POW/MIA families updated on identification efforts at Omaha meeting ... Then, out of the blue, a representative of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...
 
His remains were identified last September by the U.S. Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency through DNA analysis. Funeral services ...
 
The AFMES is one component that works with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. All are bodies of the government that work together to ...
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reports of the 8,156 Korean War personnel missing in action, only 494 have been identified.

 

 


 

 
 
 
The families are meeting with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which is responsible for recovering and identifying the remains of service ...
 

 
The Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency reports of the 8,156 Korean War personnel missing in action, only 494 have been identified.

 

 
STERLING, Ill. (AP) -- A soldier who was killed during the Korean War has been returned to Illinois and will be buried next to his twin, who was killed ...

 
Like the Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross recognizes heroism of such a high degree that it supersedes all medals except the Medal of ...

 
He is still unaccounted for, according to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency records. Bobbie Jo Hodges-Lamb helped to reunite Ferguson, ...

 

 
A U.S. Department of Defense official spent time at the University of Nebraska Omaha Friday morning to learn about a program created at the school ...

 
STERLING, Ill. — A soldier who was killed during the Korean War has been returned to Illinois and will be buried next to his twin, who was killed ...

 
The Scott POW/MIA Council's 26th annual POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony honored living, deceased and missing military members Saturday, Sept.

 
 
 
Scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph evidence to identify his remains in ...

 
A motorcycle group will lead an afternoon procession from the Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling to the cemetery. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...
MINOT, N.D. | The niece of two Navy seamen from Minot who were killed in World War II hopes that the recent identification of their remains will bring ...

 
MANCHESTER — The Veterans Administration said it will remove items representing different religious faiths placed Thursday next to a Bible on a ...

 
“We will not tolerate interference with and/or alteration of approved displays – such as this Northeast POW/MIA Network-sponsored POW/MIA table ...

 
The Bible that remains on the table belonged to a World War II POW. ... such as this Northeast POW/MIA Network-sponsored POW/MIA table – and as ...

 

 
Korean War soldier, MIA since the conflict, to be buried ... The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reports of the 8,156 Korean War personnel ...

 
The table display, which has been up for several months, is sponsored by the Northeast POW/MIA Network, a group founded and organized to ...
 
Using DNA analysis as well as material and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the Armed ...
 
 
Scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as ...

 
Naegle's remains were identified last year through DNA and other methods of analysis, the U.S. Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

 
BOSTON (AP) — A soldier from Massachusetts who went missing during the Korean War has been accounted for. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...
 
Now 78 years later, the two brothers were accounted for on March 19, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). Helene Jensen ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that the ... had been captured and died in a POW camp in February or March 1951.

 
The remains of Army Sgt. George R. Schipani, of Somerville, Massachusetts, were identified in January, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

 
“There used to be one on every office, they all had POW/MIA flags,” said Rege Riley, National Commander for AMVETS. “Over the past several years ...

 
9, 1945 while a prisoner of war aboard a Japanese vessel during World War II. ... It wasn't until late 2017 that researchers from the Defense POW/MIA ...

 

 
It wasn't until late 2017 that researchers from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, a federal team of analysts who seek to account for all missing ...

 
They were among 58 fives and 98 children flown by Ross Perot to Paris on his “Spirit of Christmas” flight to seek news of the POW/MIAs and to raise ...

 

 
On Oct. 7, 1966, the Navy wives started meeting monthly to share news, and a year later, with other POW and MIA wives around the country, they ...

 

 
When her mother sent author Heath Hardage Lee the obituary of a friend, Lee could hardly have known it would eventually lead her on a five-year ...

From: Barr, Charles <charles_barr@nps.gov>
Sent: 14 May, 2019 15:34
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Memorial Day Program at Andersonville National Cemetery

 

Andersonville News Release

 

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Contacts:  Charles Barr, charles_barr@nps.gov, 229-924-0343, ext. 112

NR19-04         

 

 Memorial Day Programs and Events at Andersonville

Former Prisoner of War Captain William A. Robinson USAF (Retired) to speak at Andersonville Memorial Day Program

 

ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia – Former Prisoner of War Captain William A. Robinson USAF (Retired), will present the keynote address at the Memorial Day Observance Ceremony to be held in Andersonville National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. William A. Robinson was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He enlisted into the United States Air Force after graduating high school in 1961. After several assignments within the United States and a one year tour in Korea, Airman First Class William Robinson was transferred to Thailand to serve with an Air Rescue and Recovery unit in the spring of 1965.

In North Vietnam on September 20, 1965, flying aboard an HH43B helicopter during a rescue mission to save a downed F-105 pilot, A1C (E4) Robinson and his crew were shot down by enemy fire. He and his crew survived the crash but were soon captured by enemy forces on the ground. He spent the next seven and half years as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. After his release and return to the United States in 1973, he was one of three enlisted men to receive a direct commission to Lieutenant in the United States Air Force by the President of the United States, in recognition of his conduct while being held as a Prisoner of War. In addition, Cpt. Robinson was the first enlisted man to receive the Air Force Cross, a medal for valor, second only to the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military award. His Air Force Cross is currently on display at the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Hall, a museum located on Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

 

Cpt. Robinson earned a Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, POW Medal, and two Purple Hearts along with seventeen other awards and decorations. He is also honored at the Eglin Air Force Base Museum in the Vietnam Prisoner of War Display. He and Neal Black are listed in a book titled "Honor Bound, American Prisoners of War in Southeast Asia" as the longest held enlisted POWs in American History. A biography of his life has been released, "The Longest Rescue," written by Dr. Glenn Robins.

After serving in Vietnam, Captain Robinson completed Aircraft Maintenance Training and was assigned to the 33rd Fighter Wing Eglin Air Force Base as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer. He retired from the Air Force in 1984 after serving his country honorably for 23 years. His service includes 12 years enlisted service and 11 years as a commissioned officer. Captain William Robinson now resides in Lenoir City, Tennessee, with his wife Ora Mae.

 

Memorial Day commemoration activities at Andersonville National Historic Site begin on Friday, May 17. Volunteers from Robins Riders and park staff will raise the Avenue of Flags, lining the cemetery roads with over 200 full-sized American flags and the National Prisoner of War Museum parking area with all 50 state flags.

 

On Saturday, May 25, hundreds of scouts and other volunteers will add to the patriotic atmosphere by placing a small American flag on more than 21,000 gravesites in Andersonville National Cemetery. The dramatic and moving display of thousands of veterans’ graves decorated with American Flags, set against a backdrop of over 200 full-sized American Flags, will create a powerful and patriotic setting for our Memorial Day Observance Ceremony.

 

On Sunday, May 26, a Memorial Day Observance Ceremony will be held in Andersonville National Cemetery. The U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence Band will perform beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the formal program will begin at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will feature a keynote address from Cpt. William A. Robinson; wreath presentations by several military, civic, and patriotic organizations; presentation of military honors including a rifle salute; and more.

 

On Monday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. the Knights of Columbus will hold a special mass in the cemetery. The public is invited to attend.

 

Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. ­Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with the museum open from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS

 

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About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 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.             

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 May, 2019 07:57
Cc: Welcome HOME
Subject: North Dakota Brothers Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Calvin H. Palmer, 23, and Navy Seaman 2nd Class

Wilferd D. Palmer, 21, of Minot, North Dakota, killed during World War II,

were accounted for on March 19, 2019.

 

(These identifications were initially announced on March 25, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Palmers were 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 the Palmer brothers. 

 

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 the brothers.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify the Palmers' 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 analysis.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,729 (approximately 26,000 are

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

The Palmers' names are 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 their names to indicate they have been accounted for.

 

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

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1794148/uss-oklahoma-brothers-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-palmer-c-palmer-w/

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Calvin Palmer's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XhSaEAK

 

Wilferd Palmer's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XhSVEA0

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 May, 2019 08:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Massachusetts Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

George R. Schipani, 19, of Somerville, Massachusetts, was accounted for on

Jan. 30, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially announced on Feb. 13, 2019.)

 

In late 1950, Schipani was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry

Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, when his unit took part in the Battle of

Unsan, North Korea.  Early in the morning of Nov. 2, 1950, Schipani's

battalion was struck by enemy units of the Chinese People's Volunteer

Forces.  After several days of intense fighting, survivors escaped to

friendly lines.  Schipani was reported missing in action as of Nov. 2, 1950.

 

 

At the end of the war, returning American prisoners stated that Schipani had

been captured and marched to Pyoktong, Prisoner of War Camp 5, and died in

February or March 1951.  Based on this information, the Army declared

Schipani deceased as of March 31, 1951.

 

Although the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service planned to recover

American remains that remained north of the Korean Demilitarized Zone after

the war, administrative details between the United Nations Command and North

Korea complicated recovery efforts. An agreement was made and in September

and October 1954, in what was known as Operation Glory, remains were

returned. Remains that were unable to be identified were buried as Unknowns

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

Honolulu, including a set of remains designated Unknown X-13448 Op Glory.

 

In July 2018, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-13448 Op Glory from the Punchbowl,

and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

this mission.

 

Today, 7,662 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams.  Schipani'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 Service Casualty office at (800)

892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1845352/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-schipani-g/

 

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.

 

Schipani's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004nh6EAA

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 13 May, 2019 10:53
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Oregon Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Dale W. Ross, 22, of Ashland, Oregon, killed during World War II, was

accounted for on April 16, 2019.

 

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

 

In January 1943, Ross was a member of Company E, 35th Infantry Regiment,

25th Infantry Division, serving in the Pacific Theater.  He was reported

missing in action on Jan. 14, 1943, following a patrol in the vicinity of

Hill 27, Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.  A search was

conducted, but fellow Soldiers were unable to locate his remains.  On July

14, 1949, based on a lack of information, the U.S. Army determined Ross to

be non-recoverable.

 

In 2012, predecessor organizations to DPAA conducted investigations and

interviews in Mbarana Village, a village situated near the Gifu battlefield,

where Ross was believed to have died.  Between 2012 and 2015, several

investigation and recovery operations were conducted in Mbarana, and

possible human remains were located along the steep hillside surface of Hill

27.

 

In 2017, Pacific Wrecks, Inc., a partnership organization, contacted DPAA

regarding possible remains found along Hill 27.  DPAA excavated the site

with support from local civilians, recovering additional remains.  The

remains were consolidated with the remains found in 2015, and sent to the

laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Ross' remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally, the Armed

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

 

DPAA is grateful to the government of the Solomon Islands, Pacific Wrecks,

Inc., and the Ross family for their partnership in this recovery.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,722 service members

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

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

the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Taguig City,

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

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

 

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

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1817493/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-ross-d/

 

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

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

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

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

05/08/19   ....There is a lot of confusion, for a number of years in fact, about the POW/MIA (Missing Man - singular) table and the ceremony  itself.  Regarding the table, my late wife Margot Raven's research  (before we met) for a book she was writing about the table led her to the Air Force Historian's Office / Air Force Historical Agency where she discovered that the first table they had in their records was used at the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association (River Rats) Practice Reunions, which were initially at two bases in Thailand during the creation of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association. Bottom line - the written description in her book about the meaning and purpose of the items on the table (no bible, hats, number of chairs, etc.) is correct as ORIGINALLY instituted by the River Rats. ANY other items that well-intentioned people have added to either the table or the ceremony is historically inaccurate; but in the Author's Note of the book she acknowledges that those additions have been added.

GBU - Tom

America's White Table: Margot Theis Raven, Mike Benny - Amazon.com


 

 

 
He was accounted for on July 26, 2018, according to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Schade's service includes full Military Honors, facilitated ...

 

 
Kenneth Hoffman, a spokesman for the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), said in a statement to Reuters on Wednesday that it had ...

 

 
A recovery team with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency – which aims to missing prisoners of war or military members declared missing in ...

 

 
SHEPHERDSTOWN -- "The National League has always been nonpolitical, nonpartisan, but at the end of the war in 1972-1973, they started to ...

 
 May 9, 2019

 
“Here, the placement of the Christian Bible in a locked case on the POW/MIA table puts forth the Christian beliefs of some, at the expense of the beliefs ...

 

 
“That sectarian Christian Bible bolted down to that POW/MIA table at the Manchester NH VAMC is a grotesque gang sign of fundamentalist Christian ...

 

 

 

 
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is calling the display 'repugnant.' The First Liberty Institute's Mike Berry, who represents the group who ...

 

 
His body was discovered in 2017 when a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recovery team found the crash site and found his remains. DNA tests ...

 

 
The Pentagon's Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement that it has had no communication with North Korean authorities since the ...
First Liberty Institute, a non-profit organization that defends religious freedom, said in a statement that the Northeast POW/MIA Network “should be able ...

 
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the National POW/MIA Flag Act, a bill requiring that the POW/MIA flag be displayed whenever ...

 

 
The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency told CNN that the effort was suspended due to a lack of communication from North Korean officials ...

 

 
The Bible, which is bolted inside a Plexiglas case, decorates a POW/MIA memorial table at the Manchester VA Medical Center. It belonged to a POW ...
... to bring him back to Limestone County began in 2011 with a phone call to Stephen Gross from DeeDee King of the POW MIA accounting division.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 8 May, 2019 10:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Corps Reserve Pvt. Ted Hall, 24, of Kansas City, Missouri, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Jan. 16, 2019.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hall 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 Hall. 

 

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 Hall.

 

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 Hall's remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis and circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the

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

 

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,723 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Hall's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along

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

his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For family information, contact the Marine Corps Service Casualty office at

(800) 847-1597.

 

For future funeral information, visit www.dpaa.mil

 

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.

 

Hall's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XfJuEAK

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 


 

 

 
The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), which works to recover missing American troops around the world, said on Wednesday that it ...

 
In a statement provided to Reuters Wednesday, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency spokesman Lt. Col. Kenneth Hoffman said no talks on the work ...
 
 
... to bring him back to Limestone County began in 2011 with a phone call to Stephen Gross from DeeDee King of the POW MIA accounting division.

Last year's Singapore Agreement between Trump and Kim Jong Un stated that “the United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA ...
Frank Aleck, post commander of VFW Post 3117 in Edison, said last month the chairperson for District 8 VFW POW/MIA sent an email about Suliman ...
Austin was awarded the Navy Cross (posthumously) for his actions. The destroyer USS Austin, was named in his honor. Austin's remains were ...
May 7, 2019
He said his group has hired a plane to fly a banner over the medical center Tuesday urging the facility to “Honor all POW/MIA – Remove Bible.”...

 
MANCHESTER -- An Air Force veteran is going to court to get a Bible displayed on a POW/MIA table removed from the Veterans Administration ...

The Bible was carried by a World War II prisoner of war, USA Today ... that POW/MIA table and believed it to be an unlawful display,” the lawsuit says.

 
In 2017, a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recovery team excavated the crash site and recovered an identification tag for Stone along ...

 
Five U.S. officials of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency are expected to joint the team in Korea, including John E. Byrd, the director for DPAA ...

 

 
'It was for a good cause, for all of us to be free:' MIA Korean War veteran ... RELATED: 'It's the POW/MIA interchange, too:' Major Bobby Jones' sister ...

 
missing during the Korean War. Abby Kousouris spoke to his last living sister, who says she's touched that Bibb County commissioners could name an ...

 
Sgt. Alfred Sandini was ID'd earlier this year using a combination of dental and anthropological analysis, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency ...

 

 

 
Crouchley's remains were discovered in 2017 during a renewed effort to find him by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and positively ...
Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System, his remains were identified ...
In June 2017, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency began the process of identifying the remains and on February 8th, 2019, they were identified.

 

 

 
In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) dug up remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to try and identify the ...

 
In April and May 2017, a DPAA Recovery Team (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency) excavated a site based on information from a local resident.

 
In the funeral book, Chairwoman of the Board and CEO of the National League of POW/MIA Families Ann Mills-Griffiths affirmed that President Le Duc ...

 
World War II U.S. prisoner of war identified 7 decades after death ... The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency named Army Sgt. Cread E. Shuey, 23, ...

 

 
While Costa Mesa has traditionally raised city, California and American flags, as well as the POW-MIA flag, at municipal facilities, there is currently no ...

 
Karli's remains were recently identified through the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System.

 
Army vet, a Korean War POW, laid to rest in US after remains return from ... Korea, according to a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency statement.

MILITARY TIMES:
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In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) dug up remains from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to try and identify the ...

That all changed when the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), announced Jan. 15 that Suliman remains had been accounted for

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>

Sent: 3 May, 2019 09:17
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kansas Soldier Accounted For From World War II

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt.
Cread E. Shuey, 23, of Norton, Kansas
, killed during World War II, was
accounted for on Feb. 26, 2019.

(This identification was initially announced on March 5, 2019.)

On Dec. 8, 1941, Shuey was a member of Battery G, 60th Coast Artillery
Regiment, serving in the Philippines, when Japanese forces invaded the
Philippine Islands. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the
Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and of the Corregidor Island on May 6,
1942. 

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were taken prisoner and sent
to prisoner of war camps.  Shuey 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 remaining years of the war.

According to prison and historical records, Shuey died on Sept. 27, 1942,
and was buried along with fellow prisoners in the local Cabanatuan camp
cemetery. 

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 cemetery near Manila. In late 1947, the AGRS again
exhumed the remains at the Manila cemetery 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 reburied as unknowns in the present-day Manila American Cemetery and
Memorial.

In May 2016, the Secretary of the Army granted permission to exhume six
graves associated with the Cabanatuan Common Grave 439.  On May 11, 2016,
the remains were sent to DPAA for identification. 

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

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission for their
partnership in this mission.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000
died during the war. Currently there are 72,729 service members
(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still
unaccounted for from World War II. Shuey's name is recorded on the Walls of
the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, an American Battle
Monuments Commission site along with others missing from WWII. Although
interred as an "unknown" in Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Shuey's
grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the American
Battle Monuments Commission.  A rosette will be placed next to his name to
indicate he has been accounted for.

Shuey will be buried March 30, 2019, in Tucson, Arizona.  His family does
not wish to be contacted by media.

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

Shuey's personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Ll4TEAS

/////

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

The following advice from John Zimmerlee would apply to all family members regardless of the war.  Please share this with other organizations and POW/MIA family members.
Many thanks.

Kathy Shemeley

 

___________________________________________
 

Guide to Getting Answers on the Korean War Missing

By John Zimmerlee  4/25/2019

 

The Korean War has been over for 66 years, yet the families of the 7,667 still missing men have yet to get answers to their most obvious questions: 

 

 Did the MIAs actually die on the battlefield or were they captured and suffered in POW camps until they died of starvation?  If they died on the battlefield, were their remains collected and buried nearby? If remains couldn’t be identified, what happened to them? 

What is really surprising is that most of our questions already have answers!  Yes, the demise of most of the still missing men can be answered by reading through thousands of documents at the National Archives in College Park MD.  The only problem is . . . no one is committed enough to spend that much time reading old documents.

 

From my 25 years of research . . .  of the nearly 4,000 so-called MIAs, at least 156 are known to have died on the battlefield . . . and more than 910 are known to have been POWs . . . and the families were never told!  Of the 1730 still unaccounted-for supposed KIAs, more than 238 were known to have been POWs . . . and their families were never told as well!

 

So, as a family member, what should you be doing to learn more about your missing loved-one??

 

First, gather up all the info you already have . . . pictures, dental records, details on any prior injuries like traffic accidents or sports injuries, finger prints if he was ever arrested, time period in Korean, names of fellow soldiers or crew members, estimated height, facial structural appearance (Caucasian, Negroid, Mongoloid), Age when missing.

 

If you have ever attended a DPAA meeting, study the summary report you were given.  Note the field search case number or air loss case number at the end of the first paragraph. If he was MIA or KIA, note the area where he was last known to be in.  If an airman, note the area where his plane went down. If known or suspected a POW, note the prison camp where he was taken. Note the map attached to the summary. Study it carefully and compare to a current google map.

 

Next, call your casualty office:   Army 800-892-2490, Air Force 800-531-5501, Marines 800-847-1597, Navy 800-443-9298


Provide your loved-one’s name and service number. Ask if any other family members have been in contact? Ask which one of you is the primary next-of-kin? Request your loved-one’s IDPF file and all other info available.  Request the full field search case or full air loss case report.  Request his unit’s daily records beginning two days before his loss date and ending two weeks later.

 

Provide your case officer with all of the info you gathered: previous injuries, photos with a smile, dental records, etc.

 

Request a report with all of the men who went missing from his unit from the day before until the day after his supposed loss date. Loss dates are often the day after the incident, because he didn’t show up for role-call. If the battle was three days long, he may have been actually lost even earlier.

 

Once you get the report, note those who were captured and which of those men returned alive after the war. Then request their debriefing reports which identify other men also captured but often also men who died on the battlefield.  Sometimes, they mention someone like “Jones” from Montana . . . which often goes unnoticed . . . but would be very useful to that family!

 

I know you’re thinking that all of this has already been done . . . over and over again . . . and you probably won’t get any further with all of this effort.  

 

Recently, I’ve been working the case of Cpl Charles William Cook, who DPAA claims was “Killed-in-Action” on 8/8/1950.  In studying his case, I noted that he was among 9 men killed that day from 9th regiment. All were buried together locally and later exhumed and sent home to their families, yet Cook was the only remains that did not get sent home.

 

Other units were also fighting in that area and a number of them were captured, marched north to Seoul, and wound up in Moo Hak Girl’s school, where their names were written on chalkboards before they were moved on Pyonyang in September 1950.

 

Ironically, the name “Cook” showed up on this chalkboard. Yes, this is a common name, but this was early in the war . . . . and only one “Cook” went missing early enough to show up on this board.

 

Most cases are this simple to enlighten.  So. I urge you to get involved.  Ask your casualty officer to help you get in touch with other family members whose loved-ones were lost at the same time from the same unit.  You will be flabbergasted at what you learn.

 

By all means, call me at 770-565-4420 or email john.ziimerlee@gmail.com    I have details to share on more than 4,035 individual cases (maybe yours)  and can help you get started on your mission.

 

John Zimmerlee

05/01/19
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04/30/19
Karli's remains were only recently identified through the use of DNA samples tested by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the Armed ...

The number of unidentified remains has steadily declined due to the determined efforts of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). In 2015 ...
 

 
A flag-raising ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon after North Dakota lawmakers passed a bill requiring the POW/MIA flag to be displayed ...

 

 
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04/29/19
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Rogers, 21, of Snyder, New York was an assistant radio operator with the 38th Bombardment ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>

Sent: 29 April, 2019 08:41
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New York Airman Accounted For From World War II

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Air
Forces Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers, Jr., 21, of Snyder, New York
, killed
during World War II, was accounted for on March 21, 2019.

(This identification was initially announced on April 1, 2019.)

On Jan. 21, 1944, Rogers was an assistant radio operator for the 38th
Bombardment Squadron, (Heavy), 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins
Field, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, when his     B-24J
bomber crashed in shallow water shortly after take-off. 

The squadron's physician witnessed the crash and immediately waded into the
water. He was able to rescue three members of the 10-man crew. The other
seven crew members perished in the crash. Their remains were subsequently
recovered from the wreckage and buried on the island in a temporary
cemetery.

Following the war, the U.S. Army's 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration
Company (AGRC) conducted remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946
and 1947. Those efforts led to the recovery and identification of three of
the seven deceased crew members from the B-24J. The AGRC also consolidated
all the remains from isolated burial sites into a single cemetery called
Lone Palm Cemetery.  The remains of the other four crewmembers from the
B-24J bomber were believed to be among those moved, however Rogers' remains
were not identified and he was declared non-recoverable.  Those Tarawa
remains that could not be identified were interred in the National Memorial
Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

On April 3, 2017, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-012 from the Punchbowl.
Also in 2017, History Flight, Inc., through a partnership with DPAA
uncovered a series of coffin burials in Cemetery #33.
 Based on scientific
analysis, the X-012 remains were consolidated with remains recovered from
Cemetery #33.

To identify Rogers' remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and
anthropological analysis.  Additionally, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner
System used Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs and History Flight,
Inc. for their participation in this recovery mission.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000
died during the war.  Currently there are 72,729 service members
(approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable) still
unaccounted for from World War II. Rogers' name is recorded on the Courts of
the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, in Honolulu,
along with the others missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to
his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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

Rogers will be buried in Riverside, California, at a date to still 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.

Rogers' personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000cLlliEAC

/////

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

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>

Sent: 29 April, 2019 09:00
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc.
Herschel M. Riggs, 18, of Rio Grande City, Texas,
killed during the Korean
War, was accounted for on March 21, 2019.

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

In July 1950, Riggs was an infantryman with Headquarters Company, 19th
Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, involved in combat actions
against North Korean forces near Taejon, South Korea.  Riggs was declared
missing in action on July 16, 1950, when he could not be accounted for by
his unit.  Following numerous battlefield searches, the American Graves
Registration Service was unable to locate Riggs' remains and he was declared
deceased on July 31, 1953. 

In October 1950, a set of remains found at Choch'iwon, and designated X-155
Taejon, were sent to the Central Identification Unit in Kokura Japan for
possible identification.  The remains, unable to be identified, were
subsequently buried in the National Memorial of the Pacific, known as the
Punchbowl, in Honolulu. 

After thorough historical and scientific analysis, it was determined that
X-155 Taejon could likely be identified.  On Oct. 16, 2017, X-155 was
disinterred and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

To identify Riggs' remains, scientists from DPAA used dental,
anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as
circumstantial evidence.  Additionally, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner
System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis.

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

Today, 7,662 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using
modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that
were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North
Korea by American recovery teams.  Riggs' name is recorded on the Courts of
the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,
along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be
placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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

Riggs will be buried May 25, 2019, in Pearsall, Texas.

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

Riggs' personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000004OWUTEA4

/////

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

 

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He was declared dead. His remains were recovered in 2017 by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and positively identified last September.

But, earlier this month, Costill learned from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency — which is responsible for recovering prisoners of war or those ...
 
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency began exhuming remains. Using dental analysis, DNA, and circumstantial evidence, the government ...

 
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Remains of WWII soldier identified 76 years after going MIA ... The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has positively identified skeletal ...

 
Two prominent veterans organizations are asking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to put POW/MIA flags back up outside of every congressional office, ...

 

 
Guerra was MIA until 2007, when his remains were recovered, but it wasn't until two months ago that they were identfied by the Defense POW/MIA ...
 
 
Subject: Interview with Jean Roman, Sister of MIA Tarawa Marine PFC Michael L. Salerno
Date: Thu, 25 Apr 2019 23:55:30 -0400
From: Patrick ( 1 ) <patrick@patrickjhughes.org>
To: Patrick Hughes <patrick@patrickjhughes.org>

Interview with Jean Roman, Sister of MIA Tarawa Marine PFC Michael L. Salerno

https://youtu.be/UpRzkvyOVYo

 
#NeverForget #NeverQuit

Patrick
God Bless America

 


 
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Officials from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency say Lawson was positively identified last August and will be laid to rest in Madison, Indiana on ...

 

 
She has been a regular each September at the Pentagon's POW/MIA Day for those families inquiring about missing service members. Stephanie felt ...

 
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In 2007, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency located the remains, but it's taken tireless work by Valencia to bring his friend's body home.

 

 
The Department of POW/MIA Accounting Agency got to work, and it was indeed, Cpl. Frederick Eugene Coon. More than 60 years after his death, Cpl.
04/22/19 - 04/24/19 
In 2018, the remains of Cpl. Coon were exhumed from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, by the Department of the POW/MIA Accounting ...

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA agency says that more than 7,000 veterans have yet to be identified from the Korean War, but new technology is giving them ...

While Guerra's body was brought to Hawaii, it took the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency 12 years to make a positive ...

The release said that according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, 200 crewmen have been identified since exhumations began...
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Two Brothers, Both Priests and Chaplains, to be Buried Together at Arlington
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The Rev. Francis "Frank" Brett stood at the grave in Arlington National Cemetery to perform a priestly duty and an act of love for a military chaplain killed when an enemy rocket hit his bunker in Vietnam.
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Thune said, "POW-MIA families veterans in this country and their families deserve to be recognized that way. All too often they get overlooked.".
Anne Mills-Griffiths, the CEO of the National League of POW/MIA Families, said she supports the idea. She pointed out there are still 1,589 Americans ..
Lawmakers are exploring the idea of flying the flag honoring veterans year-round. Our Washington Bureau's David Ade has the story.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has announced that Army Cpl. Carlos E. Ferguson of Dawson, West Virginia, has been identified.

 
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The Franklin County Commission is urging all businesses and residences to proudly display the POW/MIA flag in honor of the tens of thousands of ...

 

In September 2018, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that they had identified 1st. Lt. Herman Falk remains. He was ...
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In 2015, The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency received a unilateral turnover from History Flight, Inc., a nongovernmental organization, ...
04/17/19
 
In 2015, The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency received remains from Betio Island, and three years later, made a positve identification of Freet.
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Tuesday that Army Cpl. Carlos E. Ferguson of Dawson, West Virginia, has been identified.
 
WASHINGTON — A U.S. soldier killed during the Korean War has been identified nearly 70 years after being buried as an unknown person.
04/16/19
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency on Tuesday announced Navy Seaman 2nd Class Richard J. Thomson of League City has been accounted ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used dental, anthropoligical and chest rediograph to identify the remains. The body was returned ...
 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>

Sent: 16 April, 2019 11:47
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Tennessee Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Capt.
Rufus J. Hyman, 23, of Memphis, killed during the Korean War, was accounted
for on Feb. 20, 2019.

(This identification was initially announced on Feb. 22, 2019.)

In July 1950, Hyman was an infantry officer with Company A, 1st Battalion,
34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, engaging in combat actions
against the North Korean People's Army in the vicinity of Kwonbin-ni, South
Korea.  Hyman was declared missing in action on July 30, 1950.

In July 1951, a Search and Recovery Team from the American Registration
Service Group recovered an isolated burial in the vicinity of where Hyman
was last seen.  The remains were designated X-1575 Tanggok and were sent to
the Central Identification Unit in Japan for identification.  Unable to be
identified, the remains were sent to the National Cemetery of the Pacific,
known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, and buried as an Unknown.

On Oct. 30, 2017, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-1575 from the Punchbowl for
identification.

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

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

Today, 7,662 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using
modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that
were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North
Korea by American recovery teams.  Hyman's name is recorded on the Courts of
the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,
along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be
placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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

Hyman's personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000BFeG0EAL


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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>

Sent: 16 April, 2019 11:18
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Iowa Sailor Accounted For From World War II

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy
Seaman 1st Class Ernest R. West, 22, of Runnells, Iowa, killed during World
War II, was accounted for on Feb. 8, 2019.

(This identification was initially announced on March 7, 2019.)


On Dec. 7, 1941, West 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 West. 

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 West.

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 West's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and
anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.
Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used
mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

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

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000
died during the war.  Currently there are 72,729 (approximately 26,000 are
assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.
West's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along
with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to
his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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

For future funeral information, visit www.dpaa.mil


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.

West's personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xg9GEAS

/////

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

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>

Sent: 16 April, 2019 10:33
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: West Virginia Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

Dear Editor,

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl.
Carlos E. Ferguson, 20, of Dawson, West Virginia, killed during the Korean
War, was accounted for on Feb. 4, 2019.

(This identification was initially announced on Feb. 8, 2019.)


In May 1951, Ferguson was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 23rd
Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, engaged in combat against the
Korean People's Army and the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces.  The battle,
fought near Kangye, South Korea, from May 16-20, was named the "Battle of
the Soyang River."  Ferguson was reported missing in action on May 18, 1951.

On June 16, 1951, a set of remains located in the vicinity of where Ferguson
was lost, arrived at the Central Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan.  The
remains, designated X-1356 Tanggok, could not be identified, and were
transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the
Punchbowl, in Honolulu, where they were buried as an Unknown.

In October 2018, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-1356 Tanggok from the Punchbowl,
and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

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

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

Today, 7,662 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using
modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that
were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North
Korea by American recovery teams.  Ferguson's name is recorded on the Courts
of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu,
along with the others who are missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be
placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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

Ferguson will be buried May 18, 2019, in Rocky Mount, Virginia.

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

Ferguson's personnel profile can be viewed at
https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004nuyEAA

/////

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

 

04/`6/119
 
An Army Captain from Memphis that was killed during the Korean War has been accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).
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The Delegation will conclude their trip in Hawai'i, where they will receive briefings at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and with the Defense POW/MIA ...
04/14/19
 
... were exhumed on March 12, 2018, from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, by the Department of POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).
04/10/19
 
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Citadel alumnus who was ruled as missing in action during the Korean War will reach his final resting place Thursday ...
 
Scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used a variety of methods such as analysis ...
 
Related: Pentagon: Remains of POW From Korean War Identified ... 2018 by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) using DNA analysis.
04/09/19
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified the remains of Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class George Hanson last December. Bob Gerard of ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency identified the remains of Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class George Hanson last December. Bob Gerard, of ...
 
 
“We also assist in missions like personnel recovery with Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency as well as morgue rotations at our home state at Fort ...
 
But several months ago, thanks to recent advances in DNA analysis technology, he was identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 8 April, 2019 11:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Alabama Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Forces 2nd Lt. Walter B. Stone, 24, of Andalusia, Alabama, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 20, 2019.

 

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

 

In October 1943, Stone served as a pilot in the 350th Fighter Squadron,

353rd Fighter Group, VIII U.S. Fighter Command.  On Oct. 22, 1943, Stone was

killed when his P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft crashed in northern France during

a bomber escort mission.  Because France was enemy-occupied territory at the

time of the crash, search and recovery operations were not possible. 

 

In 1990, a French excavation group, called Association Maurice Choron (AMC,)

carried out a limited excavation of the site in the forest near La Wattine,

France, where Stone was believed to have crashed.  Aircraft wreckage that

matched Stone’s aircraft was located and a field investigation was

recommended.

 

In April and May 2017, a DPAA Recovery Team excavated a site based on

information from a local resident.  During the excavation, an identification

tag for Stone was located, as well as remains.  The remains were sent to the

laboratory for identification.

 

In 2018, in a contract with the University of Wisconsin, the site excavation

was completed, with additional remains consolidated with the previously

located remains.

 

To identify Stone’s remains, scientists from DPAA used circumstantial and

material evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the University of Wisconsin, Mayor Jean-Pierre Leclerq,

Mayor Jean-Claude Hiraut, Mr. Marceau Goblet, Mr. Jocelyn Leclercq and the

Association Maurice Choron (now disbanded,) including Mr. Jean-Pierre

Duriez, and the government of France, including the Direction Régionale des

Affaires Culturelles, the Office National des Forets, the Gendarmerie

Nationale, and the townships of Mentque-Nortbécourt and Tournehem-sur-la-Hem

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 72,731 service members

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

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

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

Monuments Commission site in Neupré, Belgium, along with the others missing

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

accounted for.

 

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

892-2490.

 

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Stone’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000RcjWUEAZ

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

04/08/19
 
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04/06/19
 
... efforts and support in helping the American Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) missions to recover the wreckage of missing aircraft and ...
 
26, 2018, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. On Dec. 7, 1941, Mr. McCabe was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which ...
 
After more than a decade of research conducted in his free time, Hedel submitted his findings to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in 2017.
 
She spent five years and sorted through countless documents before the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency made a conclusive identification.
 
... Tinian Island, a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, on July 24, 1944, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency website.
04/05/19
 
More than 65 years following the end of the Korean War, a veteran returns home. Korean War POW/MIA PFC James P. 'Alvin' Shaw was laid to rest ...
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday, April 1, that Rogers had been found March 21 with the help of History Flight, Inc.
 
There are 72,737 still unaccounted for from World War II, according to a recent release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Approximately ...
04/04/19
 
Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, he was ... He was taken Prisoner of War while fighting the enemy in North Korea on ...
 
... can include DNA procedures, Sgt. First Class Kristen Duus, a spokeswoman for the Defense P.O.W./M.I.A. Accounting Agency, said on Thursday.
 
 
 
In June 2016, the then US president Barack Obama had thanked PM Narendra Modi for his government's support for the American Defense POW/MIA ...
 
 
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The Pentagon's Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on its website that the remains of Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers Jr.

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Navy Machinist's Mate 1st Class George Hanson was identified through DNA, dental and anthropological analyses, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...
04/02/19
 
The Pentagon's Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on its website that the remains of Army Air Forces Staff Sergeant Vincent Rogers ...
 
The POW and MIA wives ultimately realized that they knew more than anyone else about the situation. Many of the women were coding secret letters ...
 
 
The Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced on its website that the remains of Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Vincent J. Rogers Jr.
 
 
To identify the remains, scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency used dental and anthropological analysis as well as mitochondrial ...
 
 
... highlight the 15th annual event that includes a catered meal, presentation of colors, toasts to the branches of service, a POW/MIA ceremony, roll call, ...
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency confirmed Lt. Stone's identity on Feb. 20, 2019. The military initially has said it will do a funeral in about a ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 April, 2019 12:28
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Florida Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Seaman 1st Class Herbert J. Poindexter, Jr., 24, of Jacksonville, Florida,

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

 

(This identification was initially announced on Oct. 2, 2018.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Poindexter 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 Poindexter. 

 

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 Poindexter.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,731 (approximately 26,000 are

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

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

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

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

 

For family contact information, contact the Navy Service Casualty Office at

(800) 443-9298.

 

Poindexter will be buried June 21, 2019, in his hometown. Jacksonville Florida

 

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.

 

Poindexter's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgdSEAS

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 April, 2019 10:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Massachusetts Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Forces Tech. Sgt. Alfred R. Sandini, 25, of Marlborough, Massachusetts,

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

 

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

 

In February 1944, Sandini was a member of 22nd Bombardment Squadron, 341st

Bombardment Group, and served as a radio gunner aboard a B-25C aircraft. On

Feb. 15, 1944, the aircraft he was aboard crashed, most likely due to enemy

anti-aircraft fire, near the Do Len Bridge in Thanh Hoa Province, French

Indochina, now known as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

 

In November 2016, DPAA personnel began analyzing Unknown X-114 Schofield

Mausoleum #2 for possible disinterment.  The remains were initially

recovered in northern French Indochina and interred at the American Military

Cemetery in Kunming, China. 

 

In August 2018, Unknown X-114 Schofield Mausoleum #2 was disinterred and the

remains were sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,731 service members

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

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

of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments

Commission site in the Philippines, along with others who are missing from

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

accounted for.

 

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

892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1801520/
soldier-acco
unted-for-from-world-war-ii-sandini-a/

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Sandini's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000017uL3aEAE

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 April, 2019 10:02
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Wyoming Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Machinist's Mate 1st Class George Hanson, 32, of Laramie, Wyoming, killed

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

 

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hanson 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 Hanson. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Hanson.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,731 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Hanson's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

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

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

 

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

443-9298.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1801465/
uss-oklahoma
-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-hanson-g/

 

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.

 

Hanson's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLYEA0

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

04/01/19
 
Just more than a week earlier, Yaverski said she had been notified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that her brother's remains had been ...
 
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The U.S. Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced in September that it had identified Naegle's remains through DNA, dental ...
 
This circa 1940s photo released Monday, April 1, 2019, by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency shows Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Alfred R.
 
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As you may recall me talking about a project that I had been working on for quite sometime, making Piedmont a POW/MIA city in memory of my ...
 
Last September, the U.S. Defense Department's POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Naegle's remains have been identified through DNA ...
03/29/19
 
The American Legion is spitting mad that some members of Congress have removed the black POW/MIA flags from their office entrances and replaced ...
 
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03/28/19
 
John Zimmerlee, executive director of the Korean War POW/MIA network, said Rehm could be among several hundred sets of still unidentified remains ...
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency named Seaman 2nd Class Calvin H. Palmer, Seaman 2nd Class Wilferd D. Palmer and Marine Corps ...
 
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred the remains in 2017 as part of renewed effort to identify unknown service members killed in the ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 26 March, 2019 08:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Mississippi Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Benjamin W. Scott, 19, of Alamo, Mississippi, killed during the Korean War,

was accounted for on Feb. 20, 2019.

 

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

 

In July 1950, Scott was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry

Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, engaging in combat actions against the

North Korean forces in the vicinity of Choch'iwon, South KoreaScott was

declared missing in action on July 12, 1950.

 

In May 1952, remains were found in the vicinity of where Scott was last

seen.  The remains were designated X-5556 Tanggok and were sent to the

Central Identification Unit in Japan for identification.  Unable to be

identified, the remains were sent to the National Cemetery of the Pacific,

known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, and buried as an Unknown.

 

On Oct. 30, 2017, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-5556 from the Punchbowl for

identification.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

Today, 7,662 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

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

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

Scott will be buried April 13, 2019, in Atwood, Tennessee.

 

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.

 

Scott's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000095DNDEA2

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

 

03/25/19
 
Abbotsford (WAOW) — The remains of an Abbotsford Marine killed during World War II have been identified, according to the Defense POW/MIA ...
 
 
I had read about U.S. Reps. Bergman-MI01, and Pappas-NH01 introducing H.R.1579 The National POW/MIA Flag Act. It sounds to be a logical idea, ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 25 March, 2019 10:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Wisconsin Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Capt. Lester A. Schade, 27, of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, killed during World

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

 

In April 1942, Schade, a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine

Regiment, when he was captured by enemy forces and held as a prisoner of war

in the Philippine Islands.  On Dec. 14, 1944, more than 1,600 Allied

prisoners were loaded aboard a Japanese transport en route to Japan.  The

ship was attacked by American carrier planes, killing a number of American

prisoners.  Survivors were transported aboard two other ships to Formosa,

present day Taiwan, where they were loaded onto another ship, Enoura Maru,

which was also attacked by American carrier planes.  According to records

Schade was aboard the Enoura Maru when it was attacked Jan. 9, 1945, and was

listed as missing, presumed dead as a result of the incident.

 

While survivors of the Enoura Maru bombing reported that the bodies of the

men killed on the ship were cremated by the Japanese and buried at Takao

Harbor, historical evidence indicates that not all the remains were

cremated.  One survivor stated that the Japanese suspended the cremation

prior to completion. 

 

The American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) recovered remains from

graves and a cemetery around Takao in May and June 1946.  The remains, which

could not be identified were interred in the National Memorial Cemetery of

the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, including one set,

designated Formosa X-546A.

 

On Oct. 31, 2017, following thorough historical research and analysis by

DPAA historians, X-546A was disinterred from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as historical and material evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

died during the war.  Currently there are 72,917 service members still

unaccounted for from World War II (approximately 26,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable). Schade's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing

at the Manila American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission

site in the Philippines, along with the other MIAs from WWII. A rosette will

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

 

For family information, contact the Marine Corps Service Casualty office at

(800) 847-1597.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/Article/1794254/marine-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-schade-l/

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Schade's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000OlXjsEAF

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 
03/24/19
 
But the Defense POW/MIA is working actively to find as many of them as possible and bring them home, and on Saturday officials provided updates to ...
 
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... multiple torpedo hits before it came to rest on the shallow harbor floor near Ford Island, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
 
... Adolph Hagedorn found a crash site in a horse paddock in Hlsten-Reken, Germany, and reached out to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, ...
... found a crash site in a horse paddock in Hülsten-Reken, Germany, and reached out to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency , or DPAA.
03/23/19

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... of remains from the USS Oklahoma have been identified, according to Chuck Prichard, a spokesman for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said Friday that Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Roman Sadlowski, of Pittsfield, was identified. Sadlowski, 21 ...
 
 
... remains from the USS Oklahoma have been identified, according to Chuck Prichard, a spokesperson for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
 
 
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03/22/19
 
... DNA and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement.
 
 
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Friday that Sadlowski's body has finally been accounted for. Sadlowski was assigned to the ...
 
 
 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 March, 2019 09:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Massachusetts Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

2018.

 

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Sadlowski was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma,

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

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including Sadlowski. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Sadlowski.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

Sadlowski's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

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

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

 

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

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Sadlowski's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

03/21/19
 
The wreckage was identified in June 2016 in a horse paddock near Hülsten, Germany, according to U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...
 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 21 March, 2019 11:24
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: New Jersey Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1951.

 

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

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

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

Korea.

 

On July 27, 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the

remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The

remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018,

and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for

identification.

 

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

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

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

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

Korea by American recovery teams. Suliman's name is recorded on the Courts

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

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

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

 

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

892-2490.

 

For future information, visit

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Suliman's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, McCabe was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

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

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including McCabe.

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including McCabe.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

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

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

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

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

443-9298.

 

For future funeral details, visit

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

McCabe's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

03/20/19

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

moe

 

 

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

 

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

 

John Zimmerlee

Korean War POW/MIA Network

Serving more than 4,200 families

770-565-4420

John.zimmerlee@gmail.com

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

for on Feb. 8, 2019.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Pyongyang, on Dec. 2, 1950.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unknown.

 

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

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

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

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Rix's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

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

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

Dear Editor,

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

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

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

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

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the
deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu'uanu
Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S.
personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves
Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from
the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification
Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to
confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time.
The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in
Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not
be identified as non-recoverable, including Klasing.

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

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

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

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000
died during the war.  Currently there are 72,737 (approximately 26,000 are
assessed as possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.
Klasing's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl,
along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed
next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

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

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

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

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

/////

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

accounted for on July 13, 2018.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and those buried there could not be recovered.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Unit in Kokura, Japan.

 

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

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

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

Honolulu.

 

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

the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

circumstantial evidence.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

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

 

For family contact information, contact the Army Service Casualty office

(800) 892-2490.

 

For future burial information, visit

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Nemec's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

aboard the aircraft were killed.

 

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

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

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

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

the island from the Japanese in November 1943.

 

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

Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and

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

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

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

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

non-recoverable.

 

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

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

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

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

T. Lurcott, was accounted for.

 

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

for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit

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

 

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

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

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

(703) 699-1420/1169.

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

aboard the aircraft were killed.

 

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

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

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

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

the island from the Japanese in November 1943.

 

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

Company conducted remains recovery operations on Betio between 1946 and

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

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

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

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

non-recoverable.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

22, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, was accounted for.

 

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

for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

892-2490.

 

For future funeral information, visit

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

 

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

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

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

(703) 699-1420/1169.

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Maule was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

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

aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it

to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429

crewmen, including Maule.

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration

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

cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at

Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the

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

subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National

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

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

identified as non-recoverable, including Maule.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

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

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with

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

to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For information on funeral services, contact the Navy Service Casualty

office at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

 

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

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

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

call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Maule's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Lawson was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

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

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including Lawson. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Lawson.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

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

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

Lawson's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

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

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

 

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

443-9298.

 

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Lawson's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

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SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

was accounted for on Dec. 17, 2018.

 

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

 

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

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

massive firing demonstration against a large pocket of German defenders near

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

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

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

were not recovered at that time.

 

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

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

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

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

Various graves registration units recovered dozens of unidentified remains

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

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

remains proved unsuccessful, the War Department declared him

non-recoverable. 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(today’s Ardennes American Cemetery.)

 

Following thorough analysis of military records and AGRC documentation by

DPAA historians and scientists, which suggested a likely association between

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

the remains were sent to DPAA for analysis.

 

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

anthropological, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

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

mission.

 

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

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

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

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

of the Missing at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten,

Netherlands, an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with others

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

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

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

he has been accounted for.

 

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

892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Delaney’s personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

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SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

03/09/19
 
And in 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency exhumed all of the unknown USS Oklahoma remains that had been buried at Hawaii veterans ...
 
 
We caught up with Vietnam Vet Pat Fraizer at the Waynedale American Legion Post, where a POW/MIA display is set up, featuring an open Bible.
 
 
In 2015, the POW / MIA Defense Accounting Agency exhumed the unidentified remains of Oklahoma and used more sophisticated DNA tests to ...
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... of dental, anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a news release Thursday.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

accounted for on Dec. 17, 2018.

 

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

 

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

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

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

was declared missing in action.

 

In February 1951, the American Graves Registration Services recovered five

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

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

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

Pacific in Honolulu, known as the Punchbowl.

 

In December 1953, Krebs was declared deceased. 

 

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

and sent to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological and chest radiograph comparison analysis, as well as and

circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

this mission.

 

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

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered from North

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

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

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

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

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Krebs' personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

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SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

day in Cemetery #33.

 

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

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

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

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

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

remains non-recoverable.

              

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

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

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

remains were turned over to DPAA in 2018.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

 

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

mission.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

accounted for.

 

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

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

03/06/19
 
The letter was sent by First Liberty on behalf of its client, the Northeast POW/MIA Network, the veterans service organization that originally included the ...
 
Charles M. Stern Jr., 26, was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7. 1941, when the Japanese bombed Hawaii, the Defense POW/MIA ...
 
It's a way for forensic anthropologists with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to more quickly inventory, analyze and match thousands of bones ...
 
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred 35 caskets from the cemetery and used various methods of identification, including dental ...

 

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Armoured Warfare in the Battle of the Bulge' by Anthony Tucker-Jones includes a devastating photo gallery (pictured) showing the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, when a Nazi counterattack overwhelmed allied forces in the Ardennes region in eastern Belgium, northeast France, and Luxembourg. Although they eventually claimed victory, US forces suffered 75,000 casualties including about 20,000 dead.

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Punchbowl, in Honolulu. 

 

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

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

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

remains to the laboratory for identification.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

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

 

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

in this mission.

 

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

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

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

Gabriele's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl,

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

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

 

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

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Gabriele's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Stern was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which

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

Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which

caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths

of 429 crewmen, including Stern. 

 

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

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

Cemeteries.

 

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

personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves

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

the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification

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

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

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

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

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

be identified as non-recoverable, including Stern.

 

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

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

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

for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

443-9298.

 

For future funeral information, visit

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

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Stern's personnel profile can be viewed at

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

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

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

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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