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AMERICANS IDENTIFIED SINCE 1989
WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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Jan 2005 - Dec 2005

Jan 2006 - May 2007

June 2007 - Dec 2008


Jan 2009 - June 2009

June 2009 -Dec 2010

Jan 2011 - Dec 2012

Jan 2013 - Dec 2013

Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Jan 2017 - Dec 2017

Jan 2018 - Dec 2018

Jan 2019 - Dec 2019

Jan 2020-Dec 2020
 

 

2021
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Stories and Press Releases below chart

Research sites: 

www.kpows.com

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

2021

Member Rank First and Last Name Service Unit Lost Location Date AnnouncedSorted By Date Announced In Descending Order Funeral Date Funeral Location
Radioman 3rd Class Earl M. Ellis U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Shipfitter 3rd Class Robert E. Bailey U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Seaman 1st Class Gerald J. Bailey U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Fireman 1st Class Beoin H. Corzatt U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Fireman 1st Class Wesley J. Brown U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Water Tender 1st Class Oliver K. Burger U.S. Navy USS Oklahoma 12/7/1941 Pearl Harbor 1/27/2021    
Tech. Sgt. Frank A. Norris U.S. Army Air Forces 345th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force 8/1/1943 Ploiesti, Romania 1/22/2021    
Pvt. Alevin A. Hathaway U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division 11/6/1944 Hürtgen, Germany 1/22/2021    
Tech. Sgt. Alfred F. Turgeon U.S. Army Air Forces 344th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force 8/1/1943 Ploiesti, Romania 1/14/2021    
Pfc. William J. Sharp U.S. Army Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. 7/24/1950 Hwanggon, South Korea 12/23/2020    
Cpl. Roy H. Thomas U.S. Army Company M, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division 12/12/1950 North Korea 12/23/2020    

List posted 01/23/2021

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

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

 

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

 

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

I hope this helps,

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

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 March, 2021 11:18
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: South Carolina Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Greetings,

March 1, 2021

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

Army Cpl. Ralph S. Boughman, 21, of Union, South Carolina, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for April 20, 2020.

             

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

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

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

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

recovered.

 

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

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

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

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

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

into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

 

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

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

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

analysis.

 

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

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

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

to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Boughman will be buried May 15, 2021, in his hometown.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Boughman's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000RcjctEAB.

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 1 March, 2021 10:52
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Illinois Soldier Accounted For From Korean War 

Greetings,

March 1, 2021

 

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

Army Cpl. David B. Milano, 17, of Chicago, killed during the Korean War, was

accounted for April 14, 2020.

             

In late 1950, Milano was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry

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

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

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

recovered.

 

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 Milano'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) and

Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

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

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

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

to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Milano will be buried in Ogden, Utah. The date has yet to be determined.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Milano's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000S2qmsEAB

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 25 February, 2021 10:04
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor From Indiana Accounted For From World War II
 

Greetings,
 

Feb. 25, 2021

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

Navy Bandmaster James B. Booe, 42, of Veedersburg, Indiana, killed during

World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 29, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Booe 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 Booe. 

 

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 Booe.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

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

anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

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

 

Booe'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.

 

Booe will be buried on June 1, 2021, at the Punchbowl.

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

 

Booe's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeKREA0

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA)
<sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 19 February, 2021 12:40
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA News Release - DPAA Releases First Videos in New World War II
Series

Greetings,

Feb. 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced the
release of the first videos in a series covering World War II Battles and
Operations on Feb. 19, 2021.

These first three videos highlight and give historical perspective on DPAA’s
Hürtgen Forest Project, Enoura Maru Project, and World War II
European-Mediterranean Disinterments. They are meant to facilitate
conversations with families as well as help them understand what is being
done to locate and identify their missing loved one.

The videos can be found at https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Briefing-Videos/.
As new videos are produced, they will be added to this page and announced on
DPAA’s homepage and social media.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account
for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA
website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa
or https://www.linkedin.com/company/dodpaa/.

Respectfully,

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

 

 
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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 11 February, 2021 10:32
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Pennsylvania Soldier Accounted For From Korean War

 

Dear Editor,

 

Feb. 11, 2021

 

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

Army Cpl. Paul W. Wilkins, 19, of Bellwood, Pennsylvania, killed during the

Korean War, was accounted for Oct. 30, 2020.

 

In July 1950, Wilkins was a member of B Company, 1st Battalion, 21st

Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action

on July 11 when his unit was fighting enemy forces near Choch'iwan, South

Korea. He was never found, nor were any remains recovered that could be

identified as Wilkins. The Army declared a presumptive finding of death for

Wilkins on Dec. 31, 1953, and he was declared non-recoverable on Jan. 16,

1956.

 

On Oct. 4, 1950, U.S. forces buried an unidentified set of remains,

designated Unknown X-113 Taejon, in United Nations Military Cemetery Taejon.

There was no record or information as to the recovery location or identity

of these remains. After multiple attempts to identify X-113, the remains

were deemed unidentifiable, and were sent to Hawaii where they were buried

at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl.

 

In July 2018, DPAA historians and anthropologists proposed a plan to

disinter and identify the 652 Korean War unknown burials from the Punchbowl,

including 53 recovered from the Taejon area. X-113 was disinterred July 1,

2019, as part of the Korean War Identification Project, and transferred to

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

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as chest radiograph comparison.

Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used

mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

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

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

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

 

Wilkins will be buried in his hometown. The date is yet to be determined.

 

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

(800) 892-2490.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Wilkins' personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000009JHvMEAW.

 

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Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

February 5, 2021
WASHINGTON—The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced the 300th identification of a previously unaccounted-for service ...
 
 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA)
<sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 February, 2021 09:12
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA News Story - 300th USS Oklahoma Service Member Identified

Good morning,

Below and attached is the DPAA news story about our 300th USS Oklahoma
identification. Also attached is an audio file of Carrie LeGarde, the USS
Oklahoma Project lead, talking about the 300th ID and her feelings on it.

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Feb. 4, 2021

WASHINGTON-The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced the 300th
identification of a previously unaccounted-for service member from the USS
Oklahoma was made at the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska
on Jan. 28.

Marine Pfc. John F. Middleswart was the milestone identification for an
effort that began 18 years earlier in 2003, but has seen the majority of its
work in the past five and a half years with the USS Oklahoma Project.

"When his identification came through, it was really exciting because I knew
this was number 300," said Carrie LeGarde, the USS Oklahoma Project lead.
"It shows everyone's hard work and I knew everyone would be really excited
about it, because this is a really huge milestone for the project."

Hattie Johnson, the head of the Repatriation branch of the Marine Corps
Casualty Office, said her office was also excited, but that they were not
the only ones.

"When I notified the nephew, who is 80 years old, he was not only excited
that his uncle had been identified, he was also excited that he was the
300th service member of 429 unaccounted-for Sailors and Marines to be
identified," said Johnson. "He stated that his mother, he, and his brother
provided DNA in 2009 to assist in the identification of his uncle if remains
were recovered, although he was skeptical that an identification would
happen in his lifetime. His mother always hoped that her brother would be
recovered and identified. She passed away in 2015 at 98 years old. The
Marine Corps is very excited and looking forward to working with the family
to bring Pfc. Middleswart home!"

In 2015, Department of Defense officials approved the phased disinterment of
all the USS Oklahoma caskets from the National Memorial Cemetery of the
Pacific in Honolulu, where 394 unidentified Sailors and Marines had been
buried as Unknowns since being consolidated there from other Hawaiian
cemeteries in the 1950s. Since then, only six USS Oklahoma crewmen had been
accounted for, leaving 388 left to identify.

On November 10, 2015, the last caskets were removed from the cemetery thanks
to a partnership between DPAA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the
Department of the Navy. All of the USS Oklahoma remains were transferred to
the Offutt lab.

While this accomplishment signifies that the project will soon end, LeGarde
said her team isn't finished yet. She expects a conservative estimate of 42
more identifications will be made, but is pushing for more.

"I am very optimistic that we will hit 350," she said. "We're really
shooting for that next milestone."

For additional information on the USS Oklahoma Project or the Defense
Department's mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving
our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social
media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa.

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Respectfully,

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


 
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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA)
<sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 25 January, 2021 14:58
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: DPAA News Article: Trying to Bring Home WWII Soldiers of the 92nd
Infantry Division

Dear Editor,

...below is a DPAA article about the 92nd Infantry Division, the
only African-American infantry division in Europe during World War II. The
photos attached are public domain and courtesy of the National Archive.

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Trying to Bring Home WWII Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division
By Sgt. 1st Class Sean Everette

Jan. 25, 2021

WASHINGTON-The 92nd Infantry Division, "Buffalo Soldiers," began to deploy
to Italy in July 1944. They had spent more than a year training together at
Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and were deemed ready to enter World War II. What
made them unique was that they were only African American infantry unit
operating in Europe at that time.

 



The segregated division, made up of primarily white officers and African
American enlisted, was sent to the Gothic Line in the northern Apennine
Mountains in Italy, Germany's last major line of defense against the Allied
forces pushing north. They remained there throughout the winter with their
one major operation - Operation FOURTH TERM - taking place in February 1945.
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) historians estimate the 92nd lost
approximately 700 men during their time on the Line.

After the war, 53 men from the 92nd were still unaccounted for. In an effort
to account for them, DPAA started the 92nd Infantry Project in 2014, but up
to this point, have only been able to account for three of those men.

The greatest challenge in accounting for these men isn't lack of information
or the ability to correlate remains buried as unknowns with the
unaccounted-for, but not having the necessary DNA family reference samples
(FRS) for comparison in order to make an identification.


"This is primarily a disinterment project," said Dr. Sarah Barksdale, a DPAA
European-Mediterranean Directorate historian. "There are 51 unknowns buried
in Florence American Cemetery that are most likely associated with
casualties of the 92nd Infantry Division. We're trying to piece together the
details of battle to make associations between those members of the division
that are missing and the unknowns."

Barksdale is working with Dr. Traci Van Deest, the DPAA Laboratory 92nd
Infantry Division Project Lead and forensic anthropologist, to review the
records of the unknowns to create short lists of likely matches with the
92nd unaccounted-for to be able to propose disinterment and to compare to
remains already in the laboratory.

"We know how many unaccounted-for or unresolved cases there are from the
92nd," said Army Col. Jon Lust, the DPAA European-Mediterranean Director.
"We suspect all but two of them are unknowns in a cemetery. The problem we
have is, by the rules we have to follow, if we don't have enough FRS, we're
going to run the risk of knowing they're there, but we're not going to be
able to either A) get the approval for the disinterment because we don't
meet the threshold of FRS needed, or B) we will get the approval and the
remains will end up in the lab and we won't be able to make the
identification."

DNA analysis is one of the primary tools used by DPAA scientists to account
for missing Americans. However, DPAA doesn't perform the analysis of
collected DNA samples. That's handled by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner
System's (AFMES) Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory located at Dover
Air Force Base, Delaware.

"DNA testing performed by AFMES is one of the primary tools used in the
identification of our fallen heroes from World War II, the Korean War, and
the Vietnam War, and, although AFMES is highly successful in generating
mitochondrial and nuclear DNA results, those results mean nothing without an
appropriate Family Member DNA Reference to compare it to," said Dr. Tim
McMahon, AFMES Director of DNA Operations.

The Army Casualty Office is the organization charged with connecting with
the families of the 92nd and asking them to submit DNA, but tracking down
families of World War II-era service members can be difficult.

"There was a lot of relocation in the African American community after the
war," said Lust.

Lust also said records are limited when it comes to family and individual
movement.

Even when families are found, there can sometimes be a distrust of what the
government is going to do with the DNA given because of past issues.
However, there are now laws in place to prevent any kind of misconduct, and
AFMES can only use DNA for the purpose intended by the donor.

"Family references collected and submitted to AFMES are protected under the
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Privacy
Act, and the donor informed consent form," said McMahon. "The DNA profile
that is added to the secure AFMES database can only be utilized to assist in
the identification of our fallen heroes and is only accessible by AFMES
forensic scientists."

Family DNA was a vital part of accounting for Army Pfc. William H. Jones, an
African American Soldier who was reported missing in action during the
Korean War and whose remains were part of the 55 boxes turned over to the
U.S. by North Korea in 2018. Jones' brother and sister gave reference
samples.

"My mother, Mrs. Elizabeth J. Ohree, always believed that it was very vital
that we had a DNA sample to help identify the remains of her brother so he
could be returned to the family," said Gregory Ohree, Jones' nephew.

Ohree said his mother started the process when she saw in the news how
missing service members were being identified with DNA.

"It's important that families keep in contact with the military to get this
information," he said. "I would strongly encourage family members,
specifically African American families, to make the effort to give a DNA
sample."

Ohree hopes other families can find the same kind of closure his family
found.

"My mother never gave up hope because she knew that, after almost 70 years,
one day her brother would be coming home."

Ultimately, DPAA's goal with the 92nd Infantry Project is the same as it is
with all unaccounted-for Americans, to provide the fullest possible
accounting of our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

"This is an outfit that faced the enemy in Italy, but also faced segregation
from the War Department and their own countrymen," said Barksdale. "Bringing
them home and honoring their service doesn't correct those injustices.
However, the opportunity to return them to their families and tell their
stories in an honest and open way I think is a really important part of our
mission."

If you are family of someone unaccounted for from the 92nd Infantry
Division, please contact the Army Casualty Office at (800) 892-2490 to
arrange giving a DNA sample. If you know of such a family, please pass on
the Army Casualty phone number and encourage them to help DPAA account for
their loved one.

"The 92nd Infantry, along with all the other missing, are not forgotten,"
said Van Deest. "We're still working on the cases already received at the
laboratory. We're still looking for FRS. We're still looking for ways to
bring these remains into the laboratory in order to do the scientific work
to identify them and bring them home."

//////

Respectfully,

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


 
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From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 January, 2021 13:53
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS West Virginia Sailor from Kentucky Accounted For From World War II

 

Jan. 22, 2021

 

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

Navy Fireman 3rd Class Welborn L. Ashby, 24, of Centertown, Kentucky, killed

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

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ashby 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 Ashby. 

 

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 Ashby, were interred as

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

Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

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

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

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

laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

 

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

anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally,

scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial

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

 

Ashby'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.

 

Ashby will be buried May 31, 2021, in his hometown.

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Ashby's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe1AEAS.

 

///////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 22 January, 2021 15:19
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS Oklahoma Sailor from Ohio Accounted For From World War II

 

Jan. 22, 2021

 

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

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Thomas E. Griffith, 20, of Dayton, Ohio, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on April 21, 2020.

 

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

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

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

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

of 429 crewmen, including Griffith. 

 

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 Griffith.

 

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

Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

 

To identify Griffith's remains, scientists from DPAA anthropological

analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner

System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

 

Griffith'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.

 

Griffith will be buried May 22, 2021 at Arlington National Cemetery in

Arlington, Virginia.

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1169.

 

Griffith's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeLPEA0.

 

///////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

From: Everette, Sean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 19 January, 2021 11:23
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: Ohio Sailor Accounted For From World War II

 

Jan. 19, 2021

 

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

Navy Chief Machinist's Mate Class Lada Smisek, 42, of Cleveland, Ohio,

killed during World War II, was accounted for Aug. 19, 2019.

 

In 1942, Smisek served at the Naval Ammunition Depot and Submarine Base in

Cavite, Philippine Islands, when Japanese forces invaded. Intense fighting

continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and

of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942.

 

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

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

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

2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the war.

 

According to prison camp and other historical records, Smisek died Sept. 28,

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

Camp Cemetery, in grave number 437.

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

exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery examined the remains in an

attempt to identify them. Due to the circumstances of the deaths and

burials, the extensive commingling, and the limited identification

technologies of the time, all of the remains could not be identified. The

unidentified remains were interred as "unknowns" in the present-day Manila

American Cemetery and Memorial.

 

In 2016, the "unknown" remains associated with Common Grave 437 were

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

designated X-1473 Manila #2.

To identify Smisek'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.

 

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

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

along with others missing from World War II. Although interred as an

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

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

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

 

Smisek will be buried on Jan. 29, 2021, at the National Memorial Cemetery of

the Pacific in Honolulu.

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

DPAA is grateful to the ABMC and the Department of the Navy for their

partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Smisek's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LlrkEAC

 

///////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

https://www.stripes.com/news/unaccountable-a-vietnam-veteran-s-10-year-quest-to-bring-his-soldier-home-1.610889

Saw this link while reading the article on the WWII MOH recipient. I found the above article very emblematic of the issues with DPAA and the predecessor organizations.  B

  

 January 15, 2021

In DOD reversal, agency will analyze remains thought to be WWII's first Medal of Honor recipient

Stars and Stripes

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HOT off the Stars and Stripes Press!

 

From the desk Jed Henry, POW/MIA Advocate Extraordinaire!

 

By WYATT OLSON | STARS AND STRIPES 12 January 2021

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/family-of-still-missing-wwii-medal-of-honor-recipient-asks-dod-to-stop-using-his-name-1.658303?fbclid=IwAR1a7rvrqKkbIEfjPqn-1yhrSX6VvO5inEGvWVxx_ME5mqB_Er2LAi9Jfco#.X_5-utOQKoZ.facebook

 

 

Until they ALL come home!

moe

 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 

Good Thursday Evening Everyone!

Earlier today I shared a STARS and STRIPE’s story by Wyatt Olson which I received from Jed Henry, with all of You. Not long after the share was distributed, Jed Henry, received a memo from the Acting DOD Under Secretary of Defense for  Policy, Anthony Tata. For those who don’t know, Mr. Tata has oversight of the world renown DPAA, which is under the Direction of Mr. Kelly McKeague.

Not specifically noted in either the story or the memo (below) is Mr. Henry’s ‘never say die’ persistence to get this Family’s story in front of the right person, aka – Mr. Tata.    

The reason I share both pieces with you tonight is two-fold;

  1. Great News, that needs to be shared ( if you know Mr. Henry – consider congratulatory communication)
  2. A Reminder – that by engaging and communicating ‘persistently’ YOU , too, can make a difference in the “end date” of this Mission.

 

Until they ALL come home……….

moe

 

  

Mr. Henry,

 Thank you for your emails.  I returned from international government travel late last night and reviewed your email yesterday and the full case summary for 1LT Nininger this morning.

 We have no more sacred duty than caring for our fallen and their families. I have directed DPAA to immediately generate the necessary exception to policy in order to expeditiously execute scientific analysis of the remains to confirm or deny identification.  

 Mr. McKeague remains my primary point of contact for this action.

 

V/R,

Tony

 

 

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From: Everette, SWean P SFC USARMY DPAA OC (USA) <sean.p.everette.mil@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 January, 2021 14:23
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: USS West Virginia Sailor From Kansas Accounted For From World War II

 

Dear Editor,

 

Jan. 5, 2021

 

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

Navy Fireman 3rd Class William L. Barnett, 21, of Fort Scott, Kansas, killed

during World War II, was accounted for on Sept. 14, 2020.

 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Barnett 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 Barnett. 

 

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 Barnett, were interred as

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

Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

 

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

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

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

laboratory.

 

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

anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces

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

 

Barnett'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.

 

Barnett will be buried May 29, 2021 in his hometown.

 

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

at (800) 443-9298.

 

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

the Navy for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

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

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

or call (703) 699-1420/1193.

 

Barnett's personnel profile can be viewed at

https://dpaa.secure.force.com/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Xe18EAC.

 

//////

 

Respectfully,

 

Sean P. Everette

SFC, USA

Public Affairs NCOIC

Outreach and Communications

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

241 18th St. South, Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22202

(703) 699-1420

 

 

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recently conducted an ... 20 graves of unidentified prisoners of war killed in the Cabanatuan POW Camp.

 
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January 1, 2021, 7:03 PM

...  At least three other Americans are still being held, one of which Xiyue said he met in prison.

 

Xiyue is urging Mr. Biden to make the release of Americans held hostage his first priority. 

"Without their return: no deal with Iran," he said....

 

 

American POWs were abandoned in North Korea.  Some may still be alive.

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