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WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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Jan 2006 - May 2007

June 2007 - Dec 2008

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June 2009 -Dec 2010

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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

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2019
Maj. Harvey H. Storms U.S. Army Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 7/30/2019    
Pfc. Daniel W. Gerrity U.S. Army Headquarters Battery, 2nd Infantry Division 11/30/1950 North Korea 7/30/2019    
Cpl. Harold Pearce U.S. Army 1st Platoon, 24th Military Police Company, 24th Infantry Division 7/20/1950 South Korea 7/30/2019    
Cpl. Herman R. Phy U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 7/6/1953 North Korea 7/29/2019    
Pvt. Charlie M. Waid U.S. Army Medical Detachment, 31st Infantry Regiment 11/19/1942 Philippines 7/26/2019    
Pfc. Eugene E. Lochowicz U.S. Army Company A, 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division 2/23/1945 Germany 7/26/2019    
Maj. Neal C. Ward U.S. Air Force 602nd Special Operations Squadron 6/13/1969 Laos 7/25/2019    
Pvt Connie Cagle U.S. Army Company K, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division 11/22/1942 Papua New Guinea 7/16/2019    
Mess Attendant 1st Class Johnnie C. Laurie U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 7/15/2019    
Fire Controlman 3rd Class Adolph J. Loebach U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 7/15/2019    
Pvt. William E. Rambo U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company H. 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/20/1943 Tarawa 7/13/2019    
Sgt. Robert W. McCarville U.S. Army Company L, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division 12/5/1942 Papua New Guinea 7/12/2019    
Pvt. James I. Trick U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/4/1944 Germany 7/10/2019    
Pfc. Grady J. Crawford U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Battery M, 4th Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division 12/1/1950 North Korea 7/10/2019    
Staff Sgt. Paul Cybowski U.S. Army Air Forces 373rd Bombardment Squadron, 308th Bombardment Group 9/15/1943 French Indochina 7/9/2019    
Pvt. Laurel W. Ebert U.S. Army Company I, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division 11/26/1942 Papua New Guinea 7/8/2019    
Cpl. Donald E. Angle U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 7/25/1950 South Korea 7/3/2019    
Radioman 2nd Class Floyd A. Wells U.S. Navy USS Arizona 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 7/2/2019    
Pfc. David C. Wilkes U.S. Army Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division 12/2/1950 North Korea 6/28/2019    
Sgt. Vernon R. Judd U.S. Army Company D, 89th Medium Tank Battalion, 25th Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 6/26/2019    
Pfc. Kenneth W. Likens U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force 11/22/1943 Tarawa 6/26/2019    
Pvt. Penn Franks, Jr. U.S. Army Company G, 371st Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division 2/10/1945 Italy 6/26/2019    
Sgt. Howard F. Gotts U.S. Army Air Forces 66th Bombardment Squadron, 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 8/1/1943 Romania 6/25/2019    
Tech 5 John E. Bainbridge U.S. Army Company C, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division 12/2/1943 Papua New Guinea 6/25/2019    
Pvt. Jacob W. Givens U.S. Army Company K, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division 10/20/1944 Germany 6/19/2019    
Seaman 2nd Classs Moyses A. Martinez U.S. Navy Reserve USS Colorado 7/24/1944 Tinian Islands 6/14/2019    
Cpl. Robert L. Bray U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/20/1950 South Korea 6/7/2019    
Pvt. Ballard McCurley U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 11/29/1944 Germany 6/7/2019    
Col. Roy A. Knight, Jr. U.S. Air Force 602nd Tactical Fighter Squadron 5/19/1967 Laos 6/6/2019    
Cpl. William S. Smith U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division 9/1/1950 South Korea 6/5/2019    
Signalman 3rd Class William J. Shanahan U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 6/5/2019    
Master Sgt. James G. Cates U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/3/1950 North Korea 6/3/2019    
Pvt. Edward M. Morrison U.S. Army 1st Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/6/1950 South Korea 6/3/2019    
Tech. Sgt. Charles G. Ruble U.S. Army Air Forces 99th Troop Carrier Squadron, 441st Troup Carrier Group 9/17/1944 Netherlands 6/3/2019    
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Harold L. Dick U.S. Navy USS Colorado 7/24/1944 Tinian Islands 5/31/2019    
Pfc. Hulett A. Thompson U.S. Army 2nd Battalion, 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) 6/30/1944 Burma 5/31/2019 11/30/2019 Carrollton, Georgia
Seaman 1st Class Ralph H. Keil U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/31/2019    
Pfc. John T. Burke U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division 11/20/1943 Tarawa 5/27/2019    
Cpl. Earl H. Markle U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division 11/2/1950 North Korea 5/24/2019    
Seaman 1st Class Edward Wasielewski U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/23/2019    
Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Leo Blitz U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 USS Oklahoma 5/23/2019 8/10/2019 Lincoln, Nebraska
Fireman 1st Class Rudolph Blitz U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 5/23/2019 8/10/2019 Lincoln, Nebraska
Pfc. Roger L. Woods U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/29/1950 South Korea 5/22/2019 7/11/2019 Goshen, Ohio
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 7/27/2019 Traverse City, Michigan
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 8/14/2019 Miramar National Cemetery
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 8/9/2019 Santa Fe, New Mexico
Cpl. Billy J. Butler U.S. Army Company C, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division 11/28/1950 North Korea 5/3/2019 7/26/2019 Kerrville, Texas
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 8/3/2019 Ames, Iowa
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 8/15/2018 Dallas, Texas
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 7/11/2019 Arcata, California
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 7/7/2019 Central City, Iowa
Fireman 3rd Class Harold K. Costill U.S. Navy USS West Virginia 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 4/18/2019 9/14/2019 Clayton, New Jersey
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 6/19/2019 Memphis, Texas
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 6/5/2019 Riverside, California
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 8/9/2019 Portland, Oregon
Seaman 2nd Class Wilferd D. Palmer U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 3/21/2019 8/9/2019 Portland, Oregon
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 10/9/2019 Arlington National Cemetery
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 7/2/2019 New Born, North Carolina
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 7/20/2019 Marlborough, Massachusetts
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 6/22/2019 Sommerville, Massachusetts
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 10/18/2019 Arlington National Cemetery
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 10/10/2019 Arlington National Cemetery
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, Pennsylvania
1st Lt. Burleigh E. Curtis U.S. Army Air Forces 377th Fighter Squadron, 362nd Fighter Group 6/13/1944 France 12/20/2018 6/25/2019 Windham Center, Maine
Steward 2nd Class Felicismo Florese U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 12/20/2018    
Mr. Roy F. Townley Civilian Air America Incorporated 12/27/1971 Laos 12/20/2018    
Mr. Edward J. Weissenback Civilian Air America Incorporated 12/27/1971 Laos 12/20/2018    
Cpl. John G. Krebs U.S. Army Company L, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division 7/11/1950 South Korea 12/19/2018 5/17/2019 Sterling, Illinois
Machinst's Mate 1st Class George Hanson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 12/19/2018 6/29/2019 Laramie, Wyoming
Pfc. William F. Delaney U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division 11/22/1944 Germany 12/17/2018 5/27/2019 Lawnville, Tennessee
Sgt. Vernon L. Hamilton U.S. Army Air Forces 642nd Bombardment Squadron, 409th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Division, 9th Air Force 3/21/1945 Germany 12/14/2018 4/13/2019 Monongahela, Pennsylvania
Sgt. John Kalausich U.S. Army Air Forces 642nd Bombardment Squadron, 409th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Division, 9th Air Force 3/21/1945 Germany 12/14/2018 2/23/2019 Charleston, West Virginia
2nd Lt. Lynn W. Hadfield U.S. Army Air Forces 642nd Bombardment Squadron, 409th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Division, 9th Air Force 3/21/1945 Germany 12/13/2018 3/21/2019 Bluffdale, Utah
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Roman W. Sadlowski U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 12/11/2018    
Water Tender 1st Class Edwin B. McCabe U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 12/10/2018    
Seaman 2nd Class John C. Auld U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 12/7/2018    
Pfc. Karl L. Dye U.S. Army Battery B, 52nd Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division 7/16/1950 South Korea 12/6/2018    
Seaman 2nd Class George A. Thompson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 12/5/2018    
Pvt. Harry W. Wilder U.S. Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/14/1944 Germany 11/27/2018    
Pvt. Floyd A. Fulmer U.S. Army Company A, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division 11/14/1944 Germany 11/27/2018 7/18/2019 Arlington National Cemetery
Seaman 1st Class Kenneth H. Sampson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 11/26/2018 6/18/2019 Honolulu, Hawaii
Fireman 3rd Class Willard I. Lawson U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 11/23/2018 4/27/2019 Madison, Indiana
Pfc. Nicholas J. Gojmerac U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Company Q, 4th Raider Battalion, 1st Marine Raider Regiment 7/20/1943 Solomon Islands 11/14/2018 4/12/2019 Leavenworth, Kansas
Machinist's Mate 1st Class Ulis C. Steely U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 11/14/2018    
Aviation Machinist's Mate 1st Class John O. Morris U.S. Navy Reserve Carrier Aircraft Service Unit (CASU) 17 12/16/1943 Tarawa 11/13/2018 8/1/2019 Seattle, Washington

 

List posted 07/31/19

 
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

 
08/09/10

 
The cases were then transferred to another aircraft destined for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, where the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 
 
The federal government has begun its own recovery effort, but officials at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) said its still working to ...
08/08/19
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency unearthed the remains in 2015 and shipped them to a laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base south of Omaha ...
"A signing ceremony of the memorandum of understanding between the Defense Ministry of Ukraine and the U.S. Defense POW/MIA (prisoner of ...
 
The UW team has helped the Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency find and identify three missing World War II veterans in Europe ...
From: DR.DAVE THOMPSON <dr.dave.psam@gmail.com>
Sent: Mon, Aug 5, 2019 9:11 am
Subject: NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY INVITATION PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM
 
 
The annual National POW/MIA Recognition Day (observed the third Friday in September each year) will be September 20 this year (2019).
On that day the Palm Springs Air Museum is hosting an evening Prayer Service followed by a presentation by Heath Lee, the author of “The League of Wives”
 
a book about the courageous POW/MIA wives and their actions to help secure the release of their husbands during Vietnam.
The author will then conduct a book signing during a social gathering of POWs, POW/MIA family members and bracelet donors.
Wine and Light Hors d’Oeuvres served by LULU of Palm Springs.
 
  Check In – 5:00 pm – Friday - September 20
  Prayer Service – 5:30  
  POW/MIA Wives Program - 5:45   
   Social Gathering & Book Signing – 6:30
 
POWs and POW/MIA Family Members are invited compliments of the Museum. Cost for all guests and Bracelet Donors is $10.00.
 
A block of rooms has been set aside for Thurs Sep 19, Fri Sep 20, and Sat Sep 21 - Thurs $75.00 - Fri $159.00 - Sat $159.00 - Prices effective until Sep 1 - For reservations: call 760-325-1301 - Palm Mountain Resort and Spa - 155 S. Belardo Road - Palm Springs Ca. 92262 -
 
Please let me know if you:
 
(a) Plan to attend (number of guests)
(b) Might attend
(c) Unable to attend
 
Dr. Dave Thompson 
Lt. Cdr. U.S. Navy  (1964-1970)
10-103 Lakeview Dr. Rancho Mirage, Ca 92270 
760-328-0859
 
Here are links to last year’s  highlight video and the book promo video:
 
 

 
August 4, 2019

 
In July 2018, the remains were identified by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency thanks to improving technology and new evidence. A memorial ...

 
August 3, 2019

 
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) – Despite a major legal setback in a federal lawsuit, former State Representative John Patterson is no less ...

 

 
Brandenburg was killed in 1943 on the island of Betio during the Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific theater, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting ...

 
August 2, 2019
 

 
... set route in Washington, D.C. from the Pentagon, over the Memorial Bridge and ending at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for POW/MIA awareness.

 
... Pence on Thursday afternoon and later confirmed by officials at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency during their annual briefing to families of ...

 
... remains had been identified by American military researchers from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in Hawaii, ABC News reports.

 

 

 
VIVA members and POW/MIA family members sought positive methods to involve college students to support U.S. soldiers without becoming ...

 

 
... according to the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)," according to a release from the Iowa National Guard ...
 

From the desk of Tony C., USMC Combat Veteran, Vietnam, Florida’s Top Veteran’s Advocate and POW/MIA Advocate.

 

moe note; Tony gives us a copy of Roger Hall’s Update Notice from the Federal Courts on the case he (Roger) and his team of Advocates have been fighting for over 15 years in an attempt to get the CIA to release any and all documents they posses reference to POW’s and MIA’s.   Far from over, but a Smart  Salute to Judge Royce Lamberth and Specifically to ROGER and his team and their tenacity, commitment to uncovering the TRUTH  on our POW/MIA’s.

 

From: Tony C <USMC-Vietnam-Grunt@att.net>
Sent: 2 August, 2019
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Activity in Case 1:04-cv-00814-RCL HALL et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Order on Motion for Summary Judgment

 

From: Roger Hall

On Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 3:48 PM Jim Lesar wrote:


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Subject: Activity in Case 1:04-cv-00814-RCL HALL et al v. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY Order on Motion for Summary Judgment
To: <DCD_ECFNotice@dcd.uscourts.gov>

 

Judge Royce Lamberth has taken the rare step of order the CIA to search operational files regarding missing POWs and MIAs after adecade and a half of litigating against it on the basis of the "refuse to confirm or deny" GLOMAR defense.? This is a great victory.? Possing some problems is the specification that the parties can have no further extensions of time in circumstances where Hall's counsel, Jim Lesar-s health greatly deteriorated during his July 10-July 23 trip to the Baltic region, he is under doctor's and wife's orders to stop working, and he has a Pacemaker implant scheduled for Monday, August 5th.


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The engagement started as a surprise attack by the Chinese forces, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said. Lindquist was reported missing in ...

 
A color guard from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) helps conduct Military Funeral Honors with Funeral Escort for U.S. Army Private 1st ...

 

 
On Saturday, August 3, Rolling Thunder KY 5 will hold a remembrance and wreath-laying ceremony at the POW-MIA memorial, 8028 Veterans ...

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is doing impressive work to ... and China, have cooperated with the agency to search for American MIAs.
 
July 29, 2019

 
22, 1943, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. On Saturday, he finally returned to his native Ohio to be laid to rest at the Hickory ...

 

 
Afendoulis says there is an exemption in the bill for military flags, and says special consideration could be made for the POW-MIA flag as well.

 
Nguyen recently returned to his duties after completing a joint field activity in Vietnam, where he served as a linguist for the Defense POW/MIA ...

 

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the 17-year-old soldier died in November 1943 in a battle against the Japanese on the island of Betio ...

 
Rolling Thunder KY 5 will lay the wreath as part of a short ceremony to honor Captain Joseph Ross at the Boone County Veterans and POW/MIA ...

 

 
July 28, 2019

 
The president vowed more efforts to account for American soldiers who were killed or missing in action in cooperation with the Defense POW/MIA ...
  July 27, 2019

 
To identify Taylor's remains, scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) used as dental and anthropological analysis, as well as ...

 
WATERBURY – The city is preparing to celebrate a state-designated day honoring the victims of the ill-fated U.S.S. Indianapolis, while there is ...

 
... the nine Australians with their unit, rank and service numbers alongside British, Canadian and South African MIAs “believed” to be prisoners of war.
 
 

 July 26, 2019

 

Elmore's Sgt. Hasselkus: World War II POW's relatives sought for DNA samples

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is seeking relatives of U.S. Army Sergeant Howard L. Hasselkus from Elmore, who died in a World War II ...

From: Prichard, Charles L CIV DPAA OC (US) <charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil>
Sent: 26 July, 2019 15:39
To: Prichard, Charles L CIV DPAA OC (US) <charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil>
Subject: DoD to Conduct Annual Korean/Cold War Briefings in Arlington, Virginia

 

Dear Editor,

 

The Department of Defense (DoD), Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA),

the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) and Service Casualty

Offices (SCO) will conduct their Korean/Cold War Annual Government Briefings

in Arlington, Virginia, August 1, 2019, beginning at 9am.

 

The DoD is committed to keeping families of the missing and the public

informed about the efforts being made to account for our unaccounted for

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

family members of missing personnel in Washington, D.C. and major

metropolitan areas across the country.  These meetings are designed to

address the individual needs of the family members.

 

Media representatives are welcome to video, photograph and record all

presentations and discussions in the open forum.

 

Requests for interviews with specific family members or DoD personnel must

go through a DPAA Public Affairs Office representative, who will facilitate

the request.

 

For additional information on the DPAA's mission to account for unaccounted

for Americans from past conflicts, visit the DPAA web site at www.dpaa.mil,

find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dodpaa/ or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

DPAA will broadcast the session live via Facebook Live, at

www.facebook.com/dodpaa

 

For more information, contact:

 

 

Chuck Prichard, APR

Division Chief

Public Affairs

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, DC 20301-2300

Office: (703) 699-1169

Mobile: (703) 946-6213

charles.l.prichard.civ@mail.mil

www.dpaa.mil

"Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise"


 

 

 
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency positively identified Guerra's remains and returned them to California, ...

 
According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, despite the heavy casualties suffered by U.S. forces, military success in the battle of Tarawa ...

 
In 2015, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency personnel began exhuming the remains from the Punchbowl for analysis after the Secretary of ...
Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Butler's remains were identified and returned to the United States last year. Today ...
  July 24, 2019

 
Flying the POW/MIA flag is a way to help remind people of their sacrifice and remind the next generation. Potter Post will donate the first flag to each ...
The event is scheduled for September 21st, the day after “National POW-MIA Awareness Day.” About 500 motorcycles and other vehicles are ...
 

 

 

 
One of the fallen soldiers, 1st Lt. Alexander Nininger, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Another, Brigadier Gen. Guy O. Fort, was a ...

 

 
Thanks to POW son John Zimmerlee, Korean War POW/MIA family members had requested the disinterment of specific graves which could possibly ...

 

 
The Japanese “were virtually annihilated,” according to a news release about Brandenburg from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).

 

 
... of Korea," according to his obituary. Lawler's remains were identified in May, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's website.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) aid Lawler was reported missing in action on November 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by ...

 


 

The diesel and electric-powered Minerve submarine was lost off France's southern coast 30 miles off the southern port of Toulon with 52 sailors on board on January 17, 1968.


 

 

 
The suit, filed in 2017, said the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is refusing to exhume the remains. The Pentagon agency has argued it is ...

 

 
... the project will help the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) in its mission to make the fullest possible accounting of American personnel.

 

 
The project is being sponsored by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (Award No. HQ0761-18-2-0001); however, the information or content ...

 
July 22, 2019
 

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Butler was killed during the Korean War in Pukchin-Tarigol, North Korea, also ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency lists 165 men from Wisconsin unaccounted for in the Korean War. According to the agency, more than ...

 

 

 
And when the Northeast POW-MIA Network asked to put up a missing man table in the lobby of the medical center, Streitburger contributed his family ...

 
July 20, 2019

 
His body went unidentified until earier this year when the Defense POW/MIA found a positive match using dental, anthropological and DNA analysis.

 

 
His body went unidentified for 75 years until the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced in February a positive match using dental, ...
To identify Stern's remains, scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency used dental records, anthropological analysis and circumstantial ...
“Forensic archaeologists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) are now working to identify the remains and notify the next of kin, the ...
       
I was stunned to read the assertion in the Last Word column that “No soldier ever got the Medal of Honor for being a POW.” There were 248 Medals of ...

 
Both should Google Vice Admiral James Stockdale and learn about a great American hero who was awarded the Medal of Honor "For conspicuous ...
 

 

 
He was successfully identified due to scientific analysis by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Private 1st Class James Cletuis Williams of ...

 
While not mentioned specifically in its press release, the directives would enshrine the right for Bibles to be included in POW/MIA “Missing Man” tables.

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Washington, D.C., announced in late June that U.S. Army Corporal Billy Joe Butler, 19, of Kerrville, who ...

 

 
A POW/MIA flag hangs over transfer cases carrying the possible remains of unidentified service members lost in the Battle of Tarawa during World War ...
By the end of 1969, he had funded the POW/MIA awareness group United We Stand, funded further flights for the women to travel to Paris, and even ...

 
Later, forensic archaeologists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency will work to positively identify the remains and notify next of kin.

 

 
“It's out of respect and patriotism more than anything … we want to make sure cities and families are aware if they have a POW/MIA.” Godsey ...

 

 
Advanced scientific and circumstantial analysis by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recently resulted in his successful identification.

 

 
In 2016 analysts from the POW/MIA Accounting Agency reviewed files regarding remains that were initially recovered in 1949 from a burial site in ...

 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 18 July, 2019 21:48
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Pilot Accounted For From Vietnam War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Col. Roy A. Knight, Jr., 36, of Millsap, Texas, killed during the Vietnam

War, was accounted for June 4, 2019.

 

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

 

In May 1967, Knight was a pilot with the 602nd Tactical Fighter Squadron,

assigned to Udorn Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand.  On May 19, 1967, Knight

was

leading a flight of two A-1E aircraft on a strike mission in northern Laos,

when his aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire.  No parachute was observed

prior to the aircraft crashing and bursting into flames.  Additionally, no

beeper signals were heard.  While search and rescue efforts were initiated,

an

organized search could not be conducted due to intensity of hostile ground

fire in the area.  The Air Force declared Knight deceased in September 1974.

 

In 1991 and 1992, Joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.)

teams

investigated a crash site allegedly associated with Knight's loss,

recommending it for excavation.  In March 1994, the site was excavated and

life support items were recovered.  The crash site was investigated four

additional times in subsequent years.

 

In January and February 2019, a joint team recovered possible human remains

and additional life support items.  The remains were accessioned to the DPAA

 

laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Knight's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental analysis, as

well as material and circumstantial evidence.

 

DPAA is grateful to the government and people of Laos for their partnership

in

this mission.

 

Today there are 1,588 Department of Defense personnel who are still

unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.  Knight's name is recorded on the

Courts

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

 

along with others unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.  A rosette will be

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

 

For family information, contact the Air Force Casualty Assistance Office at

(800) 831-5501.

 

Knight will be buried Aug. 10, 2019 in Weatherford, 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.

 

Knight's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000BTNbEAO

 

/////

 

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 July, 2019 10:27
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Maryland Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Raymond H. Middlekauff, 31, of Baltimore, killed during World War II, was

accounted for on April 8, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on April 16, 2019.)

 

In late 1944, Middlekauff was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 22nd

Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, which was engaged in battle

against German forces near the town of Grosshau, in the Hürtgen Forest in

Germany.  He was reported missing in action as of Dec. 4, 1944, when his

company reorganized after a severe counterattack and he could not be

accounted for.

 

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

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

On Dec. 5, 1945, after no information on his whereabouts, the War Department

declared him deceased and non-recoverable. 

 

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

investigative teams traveled to Grosshau to search for Middlekauff’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 and buried in American cemeteries in Europe.

 

Following thorough analysis of military records and AGRC documentation by

DPAA historians and scientists, one set of remains, Unknown X-2773 Neuville,

which was buried at present day Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium, was

determined to have a likely association with Middlekauff.  Unknown X-2773

Neuville was disinterred in April 2018 and sent to DPAA for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally,

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

Y-chromosome STR DNA (Y-STR) 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 72,692 service members still

unaccounted for from World War II, of which approximately 30,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable.  Middlekauff’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.

 

If you wish to contact Middlekauff’s family, call the Army Casualty Office

at (800) 892-2490.

 

For future funeral details, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Arti

cle/1815430/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-middlekauff-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.

 

Middlekauff’s personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Lm79EAC

 

/////

 

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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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the remains of Navy Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson, of Caney, have been positively identified.
 
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Subject: FW: U.S. Servicemen Killed During Battle of Tarawa To Be Returned to United States
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 08:38:09 -0400
From: moehog@verizon.net
To: moehog@verizon.net

WELCOME HOME, Brothers!

At least Twenty-two (22) Marines/Sailors have been repatriated from Tarawa.

A special Salute to the HISTORY FLIGHT -  http://historyflight.com/ - team for their continued commitment of 'never leaving a fallen comrade behind'.

"History Flight has also been responsible for the recovery of over 250 additional sets of remains that have been turned over to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that are currently in the process of identification."

U.S. service members with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency take part in a repatriation ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, ...

... Japanese-controlled island during World War II are to be repatriated to the United States Thursday, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said.
 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency transferred the remains from Tarawa in 22 cases to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, though ...

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced yesterday the remains of at least 22 servicemen, killed during the battle of Tarawa in ...

... on a Japanese-controlled island during World War II were repatriated to the United States Thursday, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said.
07/17/2019 07:44 PM EDT
 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-188-19
July 17, 2019

Fulfilling Our Nation’s Promise U.S. Servicemen Killed During Battle of Tarawa To Be Returned to United States

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today the remains of at least 22 servicemen, killed during the battle of Tarawa in World War II, are being returned to the United States in an Honorable Carry Ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 17, 2019.

The Battle for Tarawa was part of a larger U.S. invasion (Operation GALVANIC) to capture Japanese-held territory within the Gilbert Islands. The operation commenced on November 20, 1943, with simultaneous attacks at Betio Island (within the Tarawa Atoll) and Makin Island (more than 100 miles north of Tarawa Atoll). While lighter Japanese defenses at Makin Island meant fewer losses for U.S. forces, firmly entrenched Japanese defenders on Betio Island turned the fight for Tarawa Atoll into a costly 76-hour battle.

Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated.   Servicemen killed in action were buried where they fell, or placed in large trench burials constructed during and after the battle.  These graves were typically marked with improvised markers, such as crosses made from sticks, or an up-turned rifle.  Grave sites ranged in size from single isolated burials to large trench burials of more than 100 individuals.

Postwar Graves Registration recovery efforts were complicated by incomplete record keeping and by the alterations to the cemeteries shortly after the battle.  The locations of multiple cemeteries were lost. The alternations to other cemeteries resulted in the relocation of grave markers without relocating the remains beneath.  These sites became known as memorial graves.  As a result, many of the Tarawa dead were not recovered.

"Today we welcome home more than 20 American servicemen still unaccounted for from the battle of Tarawa during World War II," said Acting Secretary of Defense Richard V. Spencer. "We do not forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and it is our duty and obligation to return our missing home to their families and the nation. Thank you to everyone who took part in this repatriation."

DPAA is grateful to History Flight, Inc. for their continued partnership and dedicated support.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war.  Currently there are 72,692 service members still unaccounted for from World War II, of which approximately 30,000 are assessed as possibly-recoverable.

For a live stream of today’s Honorable Carry visit:

https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/20886

For more information on the battle of Tarawa, casualties and recovery efforts, visit https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Fact-Sheets/Article-View/Article/569615/tarawa/.

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.

 

 
Between June and November 2015, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknown remains from ...

 

 
In May, the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was forced to suspend its efforts to recover the remains of American troops killed in North ...

 

 
Flying the POW/MIA flag on county property is getting a second look by the Franklin County Board of Supervisors. Hardy resident Salvatore Monastra ...
“To date the POW/MIA Accounting Agency has identified 216 of those sailors and Marines,” said Rear Adm. Jon Kreitz of the Defense POW/MIA ...
“I was contacted by a genealogist from the Office of Navy Pow-MIA,” said Butch Smith, a Dallas real estate developer. “She hadn't been able to locate ...
Today, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) shared that Navy fireman 3rd Class Jasper L. Pue, Jr. from San Antonio Texas was ...
Scientific Recovery Expert, Heidi Miller, shared her story and experiences subcontracting with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA.
“I remember seeing the flags on TV and the military people wearing these POW/MIA shirts, and I would say that I hope one day he would come home.
VIDALIA, Ga. (WTGS) — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Monday that Army Cpl. William S. Smith, 19, of Vidalia, Ga.
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 16 July, 2019 11:44
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

Signalman 3rd Class William J. Shanahan, Jr., 23, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa,

killed during World War II, was accounted for May 31, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on June 6, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Shanahan 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 Shanahan. 

 

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 Shanahan.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Shanahan'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 72,692 still unaccounted for from

World War II, of which approximately 30,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable.  Shanahan'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.

 

Shanahan will be buried Sept. 3, 2019, in his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

 

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.

 

Shanahan's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeJLEA0

 

/////

 

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 July, 2019 11:42
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Fireman 3rd Class Jasper L. Pue, Jr., 21, of San Antonio, killed during

World War II, was accounted for April 16, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 1, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pue 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 Pue. 

 

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 Pue.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Pue'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 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 72,692 still unaccounted for from

World War II, of which approximately 30,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable.  Pue'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.

 

Pue will be buried Aug. 25, 2019, in Houston.

 

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.

 

Pue's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgYNEA0

 

/////

 

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 July, 2019 11:01
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kentucky Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Fireman 1st Class Billy J. Johnson, 22, of Caney, Kentucky, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 26, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on March 1, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Johnson 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 Johnson. 

 

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 Johnson.

 

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

Unknown remains from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Johnson'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 72,692 still unaccounted for from

World War II, of which approximately 30,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable.  Johnson'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.

 

Johnson will be buried Aug. 19, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

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.

 

Johnson's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XdzbEAC

 

/////

 

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: 15 July, 2019 15:06
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Georgia Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

William S. Smith, 19, of Vidalia, Georgia, killed during the Korean War, was

accounted for on June 4, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on June 6, 2019.)

 

In the summer of 1950, Smith was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 9th

Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting against members of the

Korean People's Army.  On Sept. 1, 1950, he was reported missing in action

after an enemy assault on his unit's position along the Naktong River, near

Yongsan, South Korea.  Absent evidence of continued survival, the Department

of the Army declared him deceased as of Dec, 31, 1953.

 

On Sept. 23, 1950, personnel from the United Nations Military Cemetery

(UNMC) at Miryang, South Korea, examined a set of unknown remains that had

been recovered in the vicinity of Changyang, South Korea, approximately 5.5

miles northeast of Yongsan.  The remains could not be identified and were

designated ass X-193, and buried at UNMC Miryang.  After identification

attempts failed, the remains were transferred to the National Memorial

Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP,) known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu and were

interred as Unknown.

 

On Oct. 30, 2017, following thorough historical and scientific analysis,

X-193 was disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent to the laboratory for

analysis.

 

To identify Smith' 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, 7,649 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves.  Smith's name is

recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl 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 information, contact the Army Service Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

Smith will be buried Aug. 17, 2019, in his hometown. Vidalia, Georgia

 

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.

 

Smith's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000012HhWREA0

 

/////

 

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

 

 

 

A Brooklyn-born Israeli soldier went MIA 37 years ago.
International intrigue and DNA testing finally brought him home - Loveday
Morris


http://jewishworldreview.com/0719/baumel.php3 

 
07/13/19
 

 
Direct DoD to raise priority of recovering remains of POW/MIA remains. Authorize DoD to give preference to contractors who employ veterans full time.

 
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... suit against the director of the Manchester (New Hampshire) VA Medical Center, seeking the removal of a Bible from a POW/MIA table at that facility.
 
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In May, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) identified Georgia World War II veteran Hulett Allen Thompson, after 75 years of searching.

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 8 July, 2019 11:59
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 Platoon Sgt. George E. Trotter, 38, of Kansas City, Missouri, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on April 16, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 8, 2019.)

 

In November 1943, Trotter was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th

Marines, 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance

on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in

an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at

Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than

2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Trotter

died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.

 

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

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

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

launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, including one set, designated as Tarawa Unknown

X-055.

 

On March 13, 2017, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-055 from the NMCP for

identification.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  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 72,698 service members still

unaccounted for from World War II, of which approximately 26,000 are

assessed as possibly-recoverable. Trotter's name is recorded on the Courts

of the Missing at the NMCP, 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 Marine Corps Service Casualty Office at

800-847-1597.

 

Trotter will be buried Aug. 9, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

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.

 

Trotter's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XkvuEAC

 

/////

 

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 8 July, 2019 09:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Georgia Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Hulett A. Thompson, 23, of Carrollton, Georgia, killed during World War II,

was accounted for on May 29, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on June 3, 2019.)

 

In June 1944, Thompson served as an infantryman assigned to the 2nd

Battalion,

5307th Combat Unit (Provisional,) also referred to as Task Force Galahad, or

Merrill's Marauders, in the China-Burma-India region. On June 30, 1944,

Thompson's unit fought in the siege of Myitkyina, Burma. He was reportedly

killed in action and his remains could not be recovered following the

battle.

 

On Jan. 9, 1948, his remains were declared non-recoverable.

 

The remains of servicemen killed during the battle were buried in at least

eight different temporary cemeteries and numerous isolated burial locations.

Eventually, all known burials were concentrated into the U.S. Military

Cemetery at Myitkyina, including the remains of those who were not

identified.

 

In January and February 1946, all of the remains at the U.S. Military

Cemetery were disinterred and transferred to the U.S. Military Cemetery at

Kalaikunda, India.  The exhumation of the U.S. Military Cemetery at Kalaikunda was

conducted in September and October 1947.

 

One set of remains, designated Unknown X-386, Kalaikunda, was reportedly

disinterred on Nov. 13, 1947, and transferred to Schofield Barracks in

Hawaii, where they were unable to be identified.  They were subsequently buried in

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

Honolulu, in June 1949.

 

On July 16, 2018, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-386 Kalaikunda from the

Punchbowl and accessioned the remains into the laboratory.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally,

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

analysis.

 

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

in this recovery.

 

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

Died during the war.  Currently there are 72,698 service members (approximately

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

World War II.  Thompson's name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the

Manila merican 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.

 

Thompson will be buried Nov. 30, 2019, in his hometown. Carrollton, Georgia

 

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.

 

Thompson's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000cePXEAY

 

/////

 

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

07/08/19
 
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She thanked the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and the Navy for identifying Clayton “and bringing him home after nearly 78 years. And we ...

 

 
... Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu all this time, according to a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) news release last week.

 

 
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  July 5, 2019

 

 
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The Vietnam Veterans of America, Big Bend Chapter 96 is creating a 7-foot tall replica of the POW stainless steel bracelet worn by millions in the ...

 

 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 27 June, 2019 10:13
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Nebraska Twins Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

brothers, Navy Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Leo Blitz, and Navy Fireman 1st

Class Rudolph Blitz, both 20, of Lincoln, Nebraska, killed during World War

II, were accounted for on May 21, 2019.

 

(These identifications were initially published on May 24, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, the Blitz twins 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 Blitz twins. 

 

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 Blitzes' 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 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 72,700 still unaccounted for from

World War II, of which approximately 26,000 are assessed as possibly

recoverable.  The Blitz's 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.

 

The Blitz twins will be buried Aug. 10, 2019, in their hometown. Lincoln Nebraska.

 

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.

 

Leo Blitz's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeJBEA0

 

Rudolph Blitz's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKOEA0

 

/////

 

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: 27 June, 2019 12:12
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Pennsylvania Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Earl H. Markle, 19, of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, killed during the Korean

War, was accounted for on May 17, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 28, 2019.)

 

In November 1950, Markle was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th

Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.  He was reported missing in action

on Nov. 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near Unsan,

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

he was not reported as a prisoner of war.  The U.S. Army declared him

deceased as of Dec. 31, 1953.

 

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

Korean Chairman Kim in June 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes,

purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during

the Korean War.  The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,

Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA

laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Markle'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.

 

Today, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams, or disinterred from unknown graves.  Markle's name

is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery

of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are missing from the

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

been accounted for.

 

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

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1858242/soldier-accounted-for-from-korean-war-markle-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.

 

Markle's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004mFbEAI

 

/////

 

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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Dr. John Byrd of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says the remains will be flown to Hawaii next month and experts will try to identify them ...

 
 
 
The remains of Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38; Maj. James M. Brophy, 36; and Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27; have been identified after being recovered from the accident site, Marine officials said in a Wednesday release.
 
The remains of two other Marines in that plane, Cpls. Daniel E. Baker, 21, and Cpl. William C. Ross, 21, were not recovered, according to Marine officials.
 

 
Here's a look at US POW/MIA's in Iraq and Afghanistan from 1991 to present. ... April 13, 2003 – US Marines rescue the five POWs from the 507th ...

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Toney W. Gochnauer, 24, of Amarillo, Texas, killed during ...

 

 
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The Farrington High School graduate just completed a two-year stint as Recovery Team Leader and Section Chief for the Defense POW/MIA ...

 

 
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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred 35 caskets, including Gabriele, from the cemetery between June and October 2017. Thanks to ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 27 June, 2019 10:55
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Corps Staff Sgt. Wesley L. Kroenung, Jr., 25, of South Pasadena, California,

killed during World War II, was accounted for April 16, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 8, 2019.)

 

In November 1943, Kroenung was a photographer with Headquarters Company,

Headquarters and Service Battalion, Fifth Amphibious Corps, temporarily

assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, which landed against stiff Japanese

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

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

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

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

Kroenung died on the first day of the battle, Nov. 20, 1943.  He was

reportedly buried in the 2nd Marine Division Cemetery #4.

 

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

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

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

launch assaults on the Marshall and Caroline Islands to advance their

Central Pacific Campaign against Japan.

 

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

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

the island. The 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company conducted

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

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

the Schofield Barracks Central Identification Laboratory for identification

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

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

the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, including one set, designated as Tarawa Unknown

X-103.

 

On November 7, 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-103 from the NMCP for

identification.  Shortly thereafter, DPAA disinterred one set of remains,

designated Tarawa Unknown X-104B from Cemetery #33, in conjunction with

recovery efforts being conducted by History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit

organization in partnership with DPAA.  The remains were consolidated and

sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs, History Flight,

Inc., and the Republic of Kiribati 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 72,700 service members still

unaccounted for from WWII, of which approximately 26,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable.  Kroenung's name is recorded on the Courts of the

Missing at the NMCP, 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 Marine Corps Casualty Office at

800-847-1597.

 

For future funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/
Arti
cle/1841388/marine-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-kroenung-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.

 

Kroenung's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XkHLEA0

 

/////

 

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: 26 June, 2019 12:25
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Marine Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Corps Pvt. Waldean Black, 20, of Perryton, Texas, killed during World War

II,  was accounted for on Dec. 13, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially published on Feb. 7, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Black 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 Black. 

 

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 Black.

 

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 NMCP for

analysis.

 

To identify Black remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological

analysis as well as circumstantial and material evidence.  Additionally,

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

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 72,700 still unaccounted for from

World War II, of which approximately 26,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable.  Black'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 Casualty Office at (800)

847-1597.

 

For funeral information, visit

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/News-Releases/PressReleaseArticleView/Arti

cle/1887861/uss-oklahoma-marine-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-black-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.

 

Black's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xm7cEAC

 

/////

 

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 the desk Of Ed Huffine.

 

moe note: HISTORY FLIGHT - http://historyflight.com/ - is a non-profit organization out of Key West Florida operated by Mark Noah who has dedicated the corporations efforts to finding our Missing in Action/Unaccounted for military men and women. He was once informed by a (then) DPMO employee NOT to concern himself with Tarawa – not worth the effort. As you will see from the FOX NEWS story below HISTORY FLIGHT has repatriated over 270 sets of remains from Tarawa since 2015 and they just located more than 30 sets of remains.  

Our Salute to the HISTORY FLIGHT team for their commitment to finding ALL the Marines we left behind on Tarawa since 20-23 November 1943.

 

Please, Share this story with all on your communications list.

 

 

From: Edwin Huffine  
Sent: 26 June, 2019 09:15
To: Moe Moyer <moehog@verizon.net>
Subject: HF

 

Several graves containing what are likely the remains of more than 30 U.S. Marines and sailors killed during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II were discovered on a remote Pacific Island, officials said.


 

 

 
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Vietnamese workers perform excavation operations as part of a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recovery mission in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam, ...

 

 
FORT KNOX, Ky. — A burial service with full military honors is set for a U.S. servicemember killed in action during World War II. The identity of his ...
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NEW BERN, NC — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) says another Korean War soldier killed in action has been accounted for and ...

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 20 June, 2019 08:30
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Airman Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Forces 2nd Lt. Toney W. Gochnauer, 24, of Amarillo, Texas, killed during

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

 

(This identification was initially published on May 15, 2019.)

 

On Jan. 25, 1944, Gochnauer was a member of 425th Bombardment Squadron,

308th Heavy Bombardment Group, 14th Air Force, as the co-pilot aboard a

B-24J Liberator aircraft, departing Kunming, China on a supply mission to

Chabua, India.  Despite initially favorable weather, conditions deteriorated

rapidly and the aircraft failed to arrive at its destination.  Four other

aircraft were also lost during their approach to Chabua.  Due to inability

to pinpoint a loss location, no search efforts were initiated, and none of

the eight crewmembers or four passengers on board were recovered. 

 

In June 2017, DPAA contractor Abor Country was tasked to perform a

reconnaissance of a site near Kese Bagang Village, East Kameng District,

State of Arunachal Pradesh, based on information provided by Mr. Clayton

Kuhles.  Abor Country reported they had located an aircraft crash site with

a significant amount of debris, including wreckage that resembled an

aircraft wing.  The contractor turned possible human remains over to the

U.S. Consulate in Kolkata. 

 

In December 2017, during a Joint Field Activity, a DPAA investigation team

visited the crash site and recovered human remains.  The remains were

consolidated into the laboratory for analysis.

 

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

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

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

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

 

DPAA is grateful to government and people of India, Abor Country and Mr.

Clayton Kuhles 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 72,704 service members

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

unaccounted for from World War II.  Gochnauer's 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 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 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: 21 June, 2019 08:16
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Roger L. Woods, 18, of Cincinnati, Ohio, killed during the Korean War, was

accounted for on May 21, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 23, 2019.)

 

In the summer of 1950, Woods was a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 34th

Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Regiment, fighting against members of the

Korean People's Army.  On July 29, 1950, he was reported missing in action

in the vicinity of Kochang, South Korea Absent of evidence of continued

survival, the Department of the Army declared him deceased as of Dec. 31,

1953.

 

According to historical reports, the 565th Quartermaster Graves Registration

Company recovered a set of remains initially designated as Unknown X-274

Miryang and later as Unknown X-274 Tanggok from an isolated grave in the

vicinity of Kochang Town, South Korea.  A tag that accompanied the remains

claimed that the remains had been removed from a single grave on Oct. 29,

1950.  On April 20, 1955, the remains were declared unidentifiable and were

subsequently transferred to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

(NMCP,) known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu and were interred as an Unknown.

 

In August 2018, following thorough historical and scientific analysis, X-274

was disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

 

To identify Woods' 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, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves.  Woods' name is

recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl 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.

 

Woods will be buried July 11, 2019, in Goshen, Ohio.

 

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.

 

Woods' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000kZ2IDEA0

 

/////

 

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

 

One of the sets of Remains returned to the US last summer. 

We still need identification for at least 48 more out of the original 55.

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 21 June, 2019 16:02
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Texas Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Billy J.

Butler, 19, of Kerrville, Texas, killed during the Korean War, was accounted

for on April 29, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 23, 2019.)

 

In late 1950, Butler was a member of Company C, 2nd Engineer Combat

Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, engaged in combat operations against the

enemy near Kujang, North Korea.  On Nov. 28, 1950, his unit's defensive

positions were attacked and he was captured by the Chinese People's

Volunteer Force (CPVF.) 

 

Following the war, returning American prisoners reported that Butler died in

January 1951, at the prisoner of war camp in Pukchin-Tarigol, North Korea,

known by some as Hofong Camp.  On March 15, 1954, the U.S. Army declared

Butler deceased as of Jan. 27, 1951.

 

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

Korean Chairman Kim in June 2018, North Korea turned over 55 boxes,

purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during

the Korean War.  The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,

Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA

laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Butler'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.

 

Today, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams, or disinterred from unknown graves.  Butler'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.

 

Butler will be buried July 27, 2019, in his hometown. Kerrville, 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.

 

Butler's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000Bpz0sEAB

 

/////

 

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 June, 2019 16:34
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.

Sterling Geary, Jr., 24, of Cooper, Texas, killed during the Korean War, was

accounted for on April 8, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on April 26, 2019.)

 

In November 1950, Geary was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th

Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, which was engaged in battle with

the Chinese People's Volunteer Forces in North Korea.  He was declared

missing in action on Nov. 27, 1951 when he could not be accounted for by

his unit following fighting at Hill 234, and Tong-dong Village, North Korea.

 

Following the war, one returning American prisoner of war reported that

Geary had been captured by the CPVF and died in March 1951 while being held

at prisoner of war Camp 5.  Based on this information, the U.S. Army

declared him deceased as of March 31, 1951.

 

On Dec. 21, 1993, North Korea unilaterally turned over 34 boxes of remains,

believed to be unaccounted-for U.S. servicemen from the Korean War.  The

remains in Box 17 were reportedly recovered from Tonju-ri, Pyokdong County,

North P'yongan Province, North Korea. 

 

In October 2000, two joint Korean and U.S. Central Identification Laboratory

Hawaii (a predecessor to DPAA) Recovery Operations excavated sites in Kujang

County, North Korea, which is near Unsan County, and an area associated with

individuals captured and sent to prisoner of war Camp 5, where Geary was

reported to have died.  The remains recovered were accessioned to the

laboratory and consolidated with remains returned in 1993.

 

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

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

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

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

 

Today, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams, or disinterred from unknown graves.  Geary'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.

 

Geary will be buried Aug. 15, 2019, in Dallas, 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.

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 
 
 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 17 June, 2019 16:20
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Michigan Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Charles S. Lawler, 19, of Traverse City, Michigan, killed during the Korean

War, was accounted for on May 13, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on May 15, 2019.)

 

In November 1950, Lawler was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th

Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.  He was reported missing in action

on Nov. 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near Unsan,

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

was not reported as a prisoner of war.  The U.S. Army declared him deceased

as of Dec. 31, 1953.

 

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

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

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

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

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

into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Lawler'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, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves.  Lawler's name

is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery

of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are missing from the

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

been accounted for.

 

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

 

Lawler will be buried July 27, 2019, in his hometown. Traverse City, Michigan

 

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.

 

Lawler's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004mDzEAI

 

/////

 

SFC Kristen Duus

Chief of External Communications

Public Affairs NCOIC- D.C. Directorate

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

2300 Defense Pentagon

Washington, D.C 20301-2300

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 17 June, 2019 13:56
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 3rd Class Harold K. Costill, 18, of Clayton, New Jersey, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on April 16, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on April 19, 2019.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Costill 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 Costill. 

 

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 Costill, 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 Costill'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 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 72,704 still unaccounted for from

World War II, of which approximately 26,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable.  Costill'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, call the Navy Service Casualty office at (800)

443-9298.

 

Costill will be buried Sept. 14, 2019, in his hometown. Clayton, New Jersey

 

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.

 

Costill's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe1DEAS

 

/////

 

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


 

 

 
... Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu alongside other fallen soldiers, the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said.

 
PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that it accounted for a Pikeville Navy Seaman killed in WWII.
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Remains of Somerville Veteran/POW finally identified, to be buried in ... According to the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA):.
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Ukraine's Ministry for Veterans and the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense's department for searching for ...
 

From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 14 June, 2019 15:36
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: California Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

1st Class Elden C. Justus, 23, of Eureka, California, killed during the

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

 

(This identification was initially published on April 26, 2019.)

 

In late November 1950, Justus was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th

Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division.  Approximately 2,500 U.S.

and 700 South Korean soldiers assembled into the 31st Regimental Combat Team

(RCT), which was deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea, when it

was engaged by overwhelming numbers of Chinese forces. By December 6, the

U.S. Army evacuated approximately 1,500 wounded service members; the

remaining soldiers had been either captured or killed in enemy territory.

When Justus could not be accounted for by his unit at the end of the battle;

he was reported missing in action as of Dec. 6, 1950.

 

From April 28 to May 10, 2004, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a

predecessor to DPAA, conducted joint recovery operations with the North

Korean People's Army (KPA,) in the vicinity of the Chosin River.  The

recovery team excavated two sites, recovering the remains of at least five

individuals.  The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea,)

unilaterally turned over the remains to the UNC Military Armistice

Commissioned, where they were subsequently accessioned to the laboratory.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as material evidence.  Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used

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

 

Today, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using

modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that

were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by

American recovery teams or disinterred from unknown graves.  Justus' 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, call the Army Service Casualty Office at (800)

892-2490.

 

Justus will be buried July 11, 2019, in Arcata, California.

 

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.

 

Justus' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000004OWUOEA4

 

/////

 

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 June, 2019 08:25
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

Seaman 1st Class Frank A. Hryniewicz, 20, of Three Rivers, Massachusetts,

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

 

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hryniewicz 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 Hryniewicz. 

 

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 Hryniewicz.

 

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 Hryniewicz' remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis.  Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

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

 

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 72,704 still unaccounted for from

World War II, of which approximately 26,000 are assessed as

possibly-recoverable.  Hryniewicz' 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/PressReleaseArticleView/Article/1874361/uss-oklahoma-sailor-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-hryniewicz-f

/

 

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.

 

Hryniewicz' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLsEAK

 

/////

 

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 June, 2019 13:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Kentucky Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

Seaman 1st Class Millard Burk, Jr., 19, of Pikeville, Kentucky, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on July 25, 2018.

 

(This identification was initially published on Sept. 21, 2018.)

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Burk 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 Burk. 

 

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 Burk.

 

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 Burk's remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally,

scicentists 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 72,708 (approximately 26,000 are

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

Burk'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.

 

Burk will be buried July 19, 2019, at the Punchbowl.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Burk's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKaEAK

 

/////

 

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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Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 23:07:53 -0500

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7126125/9-11-victims-remains-identified-nearly-18-years-later.html

 
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From: Duus, Kristen L SFC USARMY DPAA EC (USA) <kristen.l.duus.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 10 June, 2019 09:37
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Missouri Soldier Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

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

W. Harris, 23, of Cherryville, Missouri, killed during World War II, was

accounted for on April 16, 2019.

 

(This identification was initially published on April 23, 2019.)

 

In November 1944, Harris was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 110th

Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division.  He was reported missing in

action on Nov. 14, 1944, after fierce combat in the Hürtgen Forest, near the

village of Simonskall, in Germany.  Due to ongoing combat operations and

extensive land mines throughout the forest, American forces were unable to

search for him.  On Nov. 15, 1945, the War Department declared him deceased.

 

 

After the war, the American Graves Registration Command extensively searched

the Hürtgen Forest for Harris’ remains.  Unable to make a correlation with

any remains found in the area, his remains were declared non-recoverable. 

 

In 1946, following demining operations, a set of remains was recovered from

near where Harris was last seen alive.  The remains, unable to be

identified, were designated Unknown X-2702, and buried at United States

Military Cemetery Neuville, present day Ardennes American Cemetery, in

Belgium.

 

Based upon the original recovery location of X-2702, DPAA analysts

determined that there was a likely association between the remains and

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

Monuments Commission disinterred X-2702 and accessioned the remains to the

DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

To identify Harris’ remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.  Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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 72,704 service members

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

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

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

Monuments Commission site in Margraten, Netherlands, along with the others

missing from WWII. Although interred as an Unknown, Harris’ grave was

meticulously cared for by ABMC for 70 years.  A rosette will be placed next

to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

For family 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/1821247/soldier-killed-during-world-war-ii-accounted-for-harris-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

 


 
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