AMERICANS IDENTIFIED SINCE 1989
WWII, KOREA, COLD WAR

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RECENTLY ACCOUNTED FOR

 

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List posted 01/13/2024 (none)

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.

 
03/03/2024
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) – part of the US Department of Defense – recovers American military personnel who are prisoners of ..
The People's Network · Login · Bookmarks · My Profile · Log Out. Breaking News ... Colonel Henry Fowler, a Vietnam War POW turned legal educator, was ...
... POW/MIA Accounting Agency. ... Clifford H. Strickland. © Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency/Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency/TNS.
Email. US-NEWS-COLO-MISSINGPOW-IDENTIFIED-MCT. Clifford H. Strickland. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency/TNS ... POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Clifford H.

 
The remains of a Fowler, Colorado soldier have been identified, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced this week. U.S. Army Technician ...
In 2022, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that it had positively identified Ward's remains.
March 1, 2024
... POW/MIA Accounting Agency in August 2019 for laboratory analysis, as part of Phase Two of the Korean War Disinterment Plan De Anda was accounted ...

 
... POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Clifford H. Strickland, 25, was a Fifth Grade U.S. Army Technician and member of Company C, 803rd Engineer Battalion .
... POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Clifford H. Strickland. Prisoners endured the 65-mile Baatan Death March before being held at the Cabanatuan POW camp.

 
Ministry spokesman Senior Colonel Zhang Xiaogang told a news conference that a delegation from the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency visited ...
BEIJING, Feb. 29 — In a recent press conference, Chinese Defense Spokesperson Senior Colonel Zhang Xiaogang highlighted the ongoing cooperation ...

 
During a press briefing, Ministry spokesperson Senior Colonel Zhang Xiaogang revealed that the delegation, representing the US Defence POW/MIA ...

 
Prime Minister Hun Sen suspended the POW/MIA program when Washington stopped issuing some visas after Cambodia refused to accept citizens deported ...

 
WHEREAS, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reported the remains of 24-year-old Marine Corps Sergeant Harold Hammett of Hattiesburg ...
February 28, 2024
The POW/MIA Accounting Agency positively identified the remains of Seaman 2nd Class Cecil Thornton.

 
The recent identification of Seaman 2nd Class Cecil Thornton's remains by the POW/MIA Accounting Agency marks a poignant chapter in the ongoing ...

 
The remains from Common Grave 215 were once again exhumed in 2018 and sent to a laboratory. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency used dental, ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced this month that U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Dan W. Corson, 27, of Middletown, Ohio, ...

 
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Joshua Alexander, left, and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Weber, of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, ...

 
... POW camp and relocated them to a U.S. military mausoleum near Manila, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said. In 1947, Hurt's body and other ...
From: Amy Waters Yarsinske 
Sent: 2 March, 2024 11:39
To: moehog@verizon.net
Subject: WORLD WAR II DISCOVERY

Moe:

Didn't know you'd seen this yet. 'Missing WWII U.S. Marines' plane is FOUND 80 years after vanishing during daring divebombing mission against Japanese forces: Human remains are discovered alongside wreck in Papua, New Guinea jungle.' 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13136921/Missing-WWII-Marines-plane-80-years-vanishing-daring-divebombing-mission-against-Japanese-forces-Human-remains-discovered-alongside-wreck-Papua-New-Guinea-jungle.html 


Interesting story.

Amy

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 28 February, 2024 11:46
Subject: DPAA News Release - Colorado Soldier Accounted for from WWII

Greetings,

Tec5 Strickland was accounted for in December, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Technician Fifth Grade Clifford H. Strickland, 25, of Fowler, Colorado, who was captured and died as a prisoner of war during World War II, was accounted for December 20, 2023.

 

In summer 1942, Strickland was a member of Company C, 803rd Engineer Battalion (Aviation), U.S. Army, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands in December. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942.

 

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were captured and interned at POW camps. Strickland was among those reported captured when U.S. forces in Bataan surrendered to the Japanese. They were subjected to the 65-mile Bataan Death March and then 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, Strickland died July 29, 1942, and was buried along with other deceased prisoners in the local Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery in Common Grave 215.

 

Following the war, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to a temporary U.S. military mausoleum near Manila. In 1947, the AGRS examined the remains in an attempt to identify them. Five sets of remains from Common Grave 215 were identified, but the remaining seven were declared unidentifiable, including those of Tec 5 Strickland. The unidentified remains were buried at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial (MACM) as Unknowns.

 

In early 2018, the remains associated with Common Grave 215 were disinterred and sent to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

           

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

 

Although interred as an Unknown in MACM, Strickland’s grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

 

Strickland will be buried in Florence, Colorado, on June 29, 2024.

 

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

 

DPAA is grateful to the ABMC and the United States Army 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.

 

Strickland’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeuKEAS

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Wayne Crowl was killed in France in 1944. In September 2021, Joyce Evans, of Johnstown, received a call from the Defense POW/MIA ...
It was a long-standing mission that took unwavering dedication and collaboration with the Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). As WPTV ...
February 24, 2024

 
 

 
The family teamed up with the POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), which works to account for every missing servicemember, identify them and bring ...
February 23, 2024
United Cigars announced the debut of the one-size, Gold Star Limited-Edition cigar in honor of the Navy SEALs, set to release at the PCA trade ...

 
Two Navy SEALS died during the mission. U.S. officials said that Navy Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Christopher J. Chambers was boarding the boat ...
February 22, 2024
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Harold Hammett was born in Avery ... Using mitochondrial DNA analysis and anthropological analysis (for example, ...


From:
Fred Ingley <fritzy39@gmail.com>
Sent: 22 February, 2024 07:31
To: Jim 'moe' Moyer
<moehog@verizon.net>

Subject: World War II sergeant laid to rest 80 years after his death in battle

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Moe,

Here's a story that appeared on WCTV.TV in Tallahassee.  Thought you'd like to see it.

Fred

SOURCE: WDAM)

Published: Feb. 20, 2024 at 8:16 PM EST

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM/Gray News) - A sergeant from Mississippi was finally laid to rest 80 years after his death in World War II.

Sergeant Harold Hammett left Hattiesburg for San Francisco in 1940.

Hammett later enlisted in the Marine Corps and became one among thousands who were sent to the South Pacific during World War II.

By 1943, Hammett was a member of the 2nd Marine Division when U.S. forces landed on the Island of Betio, according to Hammett’s cousin, Roger White....
Imagine his surprise when a couple years ago he was contacted by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and asked for a DNA sample. “I didn ...
It should establish a national day for prisoners of war," he said, adding that the government in the U.S. designated its National POW/MIA Recognition ...
It will now be up to the experts of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to examine and identify these remains in a process that could take years.

Two U.S. Navy SEALs lost in nighttime seas during a raid on a small boat off Somalia were declared dead Sunday.
February 21, 2024
Kelly McKeague, who leads the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, said ...

 
... POW/MIA Accounting Agency, July 7, 2023. During the ceremony, Harris was buried in Pleyto Cemetery, a small cemetery where most of Harris' family ...
DNA has long been used to identify human remains. Such is the case at the identification lab operated by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

 
In the quest to bring closure to families of missing service members, a groundbreaking partnership between the Defense POW MIA Accounting Agency ...
POW and MIA stand for prisoners of war and missing in action, respectively. "When I met with the PRC senior official when they visited the Pentagon in ...

 
In a revealing virtual press meeting, Kelly McKeague, the head of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), disclosed the initiation of dialogues ...

 
Speaking in a virtual press meeting, Kelly McKeague, the director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), said that he asked a visiting ...
February 20, 2024
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Subject: WWII veteran's remains returned home 82 years after death in Philippines
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2024 02:01:08 +0000
From: John Pagel <tfosoca@msn.com>
Subject: WWII veteran's remains returned home 82 years after death in Philippines

 
I thought you would be interested in this story I found on MSN: WWII veteran's remains returned home 82 years after death in Philippines -

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/wwii-veteran-s-remains-returned-home-82-years-after-death-in-philippines/ss-BB1iwtrY?ocid=socialshare&cvid=4cc2cf3c1e6f451e979f3536e4ab1fd0&ei=78 


 
People who never knew Robert Lee Hurst, a Wabasso soldier who died as a POW ... In 2023, the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, after six years of ...

 
The recent confirmation of his remains by the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has not only provided closure but also reignited a sense of ...

 
... POW camp. February 20 ... In 2018, the remains from that common grave were disinterred and sent to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for analysis.
February 20, 2024
A Lincoln County student recently held a dedication of a POW/MIA table with settings for one at Lincoln County High School Library.

 
... POW/MIA, environment, clearance of unexploded ordnance and landmines and food security. He does acknowledge David Whitehouse's rights, the author ...
https://nypost.com/2024/02/20/world-news/russia-detains-dual-us-russian-citizen-for-treason-tass-citing-fsb-as-source/
 

Russia detains dual US-Russian citizen on suspicion of treason: report

Russia’s Federal Security Service has detained a woman with dual Russian-US citizenship in the Urals mountain city of Yekaterinburg on suspicion of treason for providing “financial assistance” to Ukraine’s armed forces, the TASS news agency reported.

The 33-year-old resident of Los Angeles had been collecting funds for a Ukrainian organization whose ultimate beneficiary was the Ukrainian army, the FSB said, according to TASS.

“The Federal Security Service in Yekaterinburg suppressed the illegal activities of a 33-year-old resident of Los Angeles, who has dual citizenship of Russia and the United States,” TASS quoted the FSB as saying.

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Vladimir Putin's secret security force the FSB has arrested a dual Russian-American citizen on treason charges, officials said Tuesday. Video posted by a Russian news agency shows 32-year-old Ksenia Karelina being led into a courtroom in handcuffs with her face blurred. According to the agency, Karelina is a resident of Los Angeles. She's accused of fundraising for a Ukrainian cause. At least one report suggests that her fundraising efforts have so far garnered just $...

...Karelina is the latest American behind bars in Russia, in addition to Gershkovich, former US Marine Paul Whelan and Texas dad David Barnes, 65, who last week was sentenced to 21 years in prison in Moscow on child abuse charges. ...

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2024/02/18/solemn-monument-japanese-american-wwii-detainees-lists-more-125000-names.html?ESRC=eb_240219.nl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb&utm_campaign=20240219

Solemn Monument to Japanese American WWII Detainees Lists More Than 125,000 Names

February 17, 2024
OREGON, Ohio — A young soldier's journey home is nearly complete, 80 years after he was killed in World War II. On Feb. 12, the Defense POW/MIA ...

 
February 16, 2024
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced this week it had identified the remains of Staff Sgt. Jack Coy, and that he will be buried in ...

 
The remains of Marine Corps Sgt. Harold Hammett, 24, were finally accounted for on Sept. 23, 2023, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
... Matt Maupin. On April ...

 
Then, in 2019 the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency disinterred a set of remains listed as “Unknown X-945” from the National Memorial Cemetery of the ...

 
So prior to identification, we work with the families, we work with the Defense POW/MIA Army Accounting Agency, the Armed Forces medical examiner.

 

 
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2024/02/13/va-plan-issue-urns-memorial-plaques-sparks-concerns-veterans-will-be-barred-burial-spouses.html?ESRC=eb_240214.nl&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb&utm_campaign=20240214
 

VA Plan to Issue Urns, Memorial Plaques Sparks Concerns Veterans Will Be Barred from Burial with Spouses

Harold Hammett of Hattiesburg have been accounted for and will be returned to Mississippi for burial, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced.
"That's what they said.” Department of Defense POW-MIA accounting agency senior historian Dr. Gregory Kupsky described the process of officially ...
United Cigars announced the debut of the one-size, Gold Star Limited-Edition cigar in honor of the Navy SEALs, set to release at the PCA trade ...
POW/MIA Recognition Day · USS Cole Sinking · Veterans Day · VJ Day · Women's History Month. Daily Military Trivia. 1) Of the 527 U.S. Army Air Forces ...

 
Robert Lee Hurst went missing in the Philippines in 1942 while serving in the Army. The mystery was solved decades later, and now he is coming ...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-13084457/Shocking-pictures-Ukrainian-soldier-looking-painfully-freed-Russian-captivity.html


 
Shocking before and after pictures show Ukrainian soldier looking painfully thin after



When Volodymyr Tsema-Bursov, 41, was taken prisoner by invading Russian troops 20 months ago he weighed a healthy 95kg (insets). But horrifying photos (left and right) taken after his release last month as part of a prisoner exchange show what could be mistaken for pictures from a World War II Nazi death camp. Volodymyr, who is 6.2ft, has lost nearly half his body weight and now weighs just 57kg. His skeletal body is so thin that every rib can be counted and his painfully fleshless arms hang down like pipe cleaners. He is being treated for multiple medical problems caused by his starvation. Volodymyr said: 'My health is much worse than I expected.'

 

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February 14, 2024
... MIA pal and located the foxhole that had kept him safe that day. ... James Cloninger, an archivist and historian with the department's POW/MIA ...
February 13, 2024
And, the scientists and the Defense POW/MIA Accountability Agency, or DPAA, are using a relatively new method to try to find remains in Cambodia.

 
WASHINGTON – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced Monday that U.S. Army Cpl. Charles R. Patten, 24, of Lebanon, killed during ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), a U.S. military agency that identifies the remains of prisoners of war and soldiers missing in ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that 24-year-old U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Harold Hammett, of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, ...
Additionally, he was awarded the Rome Historical Society's 1777 Medal of Honor. The Tuskegee Airman dedicated his time to bettering the lives of ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Force Staff Sgt. Jack W. Coy, 20, of Toledo, Ohio, killed during ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reported the remains of 24-year-old Marine Corps Sgt. Harold Hammett of Hattiesburg have been accounted for ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that U.S. Army Pfc. Richard G. Pitsor, 18, of Ft. Bayard, New Mexico, who was captured and ...

 
In late February 2020, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency sent the remains to the DPAA's laboratory for analysis. The laboratory was able to ...

 
The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency reports that U.S. Army Corporal Charles R. Patten, who was 24 at the time, was actually accounted for back in ...
February 12, 2024
... (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency). Facebook Share Icon · Twitter Share Icon · Email Share Icon. Comment bubble.

 
Patten, 24, of Lebanon, was killed in action during the Korean War. According to a press release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in ...

 
TOLEDO, Ohio — A Toledo native killed during World War II has been accounted for nearly 80 years after his death, according to the Defense POW/MIA ...
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From: Coalition of Families <coalitionoffamilies2@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 13, 2024 at 1:31 PM
Subject: DPAA’s Phase 5 Korean War Punch Bowl Disinterments - Set to Resume
To: <coalitionoffamilies@gmail.com>
 

Hello Everyone,

 

There is good news. Phase 5 of DPAA’s Korean War Punch Bowl cemetery disinterment project has been cleared to restart. Disinterments are scheduled to resume ‘mid-March’. Three months will have been lost but at least it will be underway. Phase 5 is expected to be completed by October.

 

The delay was ordered in December by a DoD counterpart agency, Personnel & Readiness. The short term issues raised were resolved last week. The broader issue is tied to which agency within DoD has authority over past conflicts disinterment projects – should P&R even have had the authority to halt the project. This issue still needs to be resolved.

 

An upcoming Coalition newsletter will present the ins-and-outs of the entire saga.  Crazy.

 

Until then,


 

Rick
 

Richard Downes, President

Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs
 

25th Anniversary (1998-2023)

 

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

www.coalitionoffamilies.org

 

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


 

P.O. Box 4194

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www.coalitionoffamilies.org

Welcome HOME TECH4 Hartwick!

 

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 February, 2024 13:20
Subject: DPAA News Release - Kansas Soldier Accounted for from WWII

 

Greetings,

TECH4 Hartwick was accounted for in August 2023, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Tech. 4th Grade (TECH4) Elmo F. Hartwick, 38, of Onaga, Kansas, killed during World War II, was accounted for Aug. 21, 2023.

In June 1944, Hartwick was assigned to Company C, 149th Engineer Combat Battalion in the European Theater. On June 6, Hartwick was aboard Landing Craft Infantry (Large) 92, along with roughly 200 other servicemembers, enroute to land on Omaha Beach, in Normandy, France. As LCI-92 steamed toward the shore, it struck an underwater mine which caused the craft to burst into flames. The craft was also hit by enemy artillery fire, causing an explosion that ignited the ships fuel stores and instantly killed everyone in the troop compartment. Due to the urgency of the situation, it was impossible for others to search for survivors. Hartwick’s remains were not accounted for after the war.

Around June 10, members of the 500th Medical Collecting Company examined the wreckage of LCI-92 and noted the burnt remains of servicemen in the troop compartment, where Hartwick and others were last seen. American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel in the European Theater, removed small amounts of remains from LCI-92 and buried them in the United States Military Cemetery (USMC) St. Laurent-sur-Mer.

Beginning in 1946, AGRC analyzed the remains found in LCI-92, segregating them into four separate Unknowns (X-53, X-83, X-83B, and X-83C). Despite their efforts, AGRC were unable to identify the Unknowns at the time and they were interred in Normandy American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Normandy, France.

In June and August 2021, the Department of Defense and ABMC officials exhumed the comingled remains of the four Unknowns and transferred them to the DPAA Laboratory for analysis.

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

Hartwick’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Hartwick will be buried in Onaga, Kansas, on a date 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 or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

Hartwick’s personnel profile can be viewed at  https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XmAbEAK

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 12 February, 2024 08:59
Subject: DPAA News Release - Missouri Soldier Accounted for from Korean War

Greetings,

CPL Patten was accounted for in June 2023, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Cpl. Charles R. Patten, 24, of Lebanon, Missouri, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for June 7, 2023.

In July 1950, Patten was a member of Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He went missing in action after his unit was forced to retreat from the vicinity of Taejon, South Korea, on July 20. Due to the fighting, his body could not be recovered at that time, and there was never any evidence that he was a prisoner of war. The Army issued a presumptive finding of death on Dec. 31, 1953.

After regaining control of Taejon in the fall of 1950, the Army began recovering remains from the area and temporarily interring them at the United Nations Military Cemetery (UNMC) Taejon. One set of remains recovered during this period was designated Unknown X-2 Taejon. A tentative association was made between X-2 and Patten, but definitive proof could not be found, and X-2 was determined to be unidentifiable. The remains were sent to Hawaii where they were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

In July 2018, the DPAA proposed a plan to disinter 652 Korean War Unknowns from the Punchbowl. On February 24, 2020, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-2 as part of Phase Two of the Korean War Disinterment Project and sent the remains to the DPAA laboratory, for analysis.

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

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

Cpl. Patten will be buried in Lawson, Missouri, on a date to be determined.

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

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War Accounting page on the DPAA website at: https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaFamWebKorean.

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.

Patten’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000ildUNEA

... POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). According to the DPAA, 24-year-old U.S. Army Cpl. Charles R. Patten went missing in action in July 1950 after ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Tech. 4th Grade (TECH4) Elmo F. Hartwick, 38, of Onaga, Kansas, ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced on Monday, Feb.12 that the remains of Elmo F. Hartwick, 38, of Onaga, Kansas have been ...
The missions were undertaken by a team from the US Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), who spent several weeks surveying sites in southern China ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Cpl. Charles R. Patten, 24, of Lebanon, Missouri, killed during the ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced that a Missouri soldier has been accounted for from the Korean War.

 
Improved and expanded DNA testing and other analyses have allowed the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to identify some of the 71,180 ...
February 11, 2024
PalaeoWest for US POW/MIA Accounting Agency uncovered wreckage of a World War II B26-B aircraft, long rumored in the dense rugged terrain.
February 10, 2024
Harold Hammett (photo courtesy of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency). The remains of a fallen World War II soldier hailing from the state of ...
February 9, 2024

 
 

 
A team with the US Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) “spent several weeks surveying sites in southern China in order to provide vital ...
February 9, 2024
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Sgt. Harold Hammett, 24, killed during World War II, was accounted ...

 
Hurst was accounted for by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency July 10, 2023, after his remains were identified using circumstantial evidence as ...

 
“It's representing the community,” he said. The mayor also said the POW/MIA flag, recognizing U.S. service members who are prisoners of war or missing ...

 
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Marine Corps Sgt. Harold Hammett, killed during World War II, was accounted for on September 25 ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is the agency responsible for upholding that promise and performing that sacred duty. Facebook · X ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. ... pow-mia-accounting-agency. Deeds' personnel profile can be viewed at ...

 
 

 
Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Larry Taylor laid to rest at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

 
 

 
Chattanooga Medal of Honor recipient Larry Taylor was laid to rest Wednesday. Taylor was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the ...

 
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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 6 February, 2024 10:32
Subject: DPAA News Release - Missouri Soldier Accounted for from WWII

 

Greetings,

CPL Norris was accounted for in December 2022, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army CPL Adin C. Norris Jr., 21, of Kansas City, Missouri, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Dec. 5, 2022.

In July 1950, Norris was a member of K Company, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on July 20 after his unit sustained heavy casualties while withdrawing from Taejon, South Korea. Due to the fighting, his body could not be recovered at that time, and there was never any evidence that he was a prisoner of war. The Army issued a presumptive finding of death on Dec. 31, 1953.

After regaining control of Taejon in the fall of 1950, the Army began recovering remains from the area and temporarily interring them at the United Nations Military Cemetery (UNMC) Taejon. One set of remains recovered during this period was designated Unknown X-266 Taejon. After extensive analysis by the Central Identification Unit-Kokura in Japan was unable to identify X-266, the remains were declared unidentifiable. They were later sent to Hawaii where they were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, with other Korean War Unknowns.

In July 2018, the DPAA proposed a plan to disinter 652 Korean War Unknowns from the Punchbowl. On July 15, 2019, DPAA disinterred Unknown X-266 as part of Phase Two of the Korean War Disinterment Project and sent the remains to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

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

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

Norris will be buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific on a date to be determined.

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

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War Accounting page on the DPAA website at: https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaFamWebKorean.

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

Norris’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000E0tpDEAR

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 February, 2024 10:05
Subject: DPAA News Release - Ohio Pilot Accounted for from WWII

Greetings,

2Lt. Marrah was accounted for in August 2023, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

--------------

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. James H. Marrah, 22, of London, Ohio, killed during World War II was accounted for August 3, 2023.

In the summer of 1943, Marrah served with the 415th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force. On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 Liberator aircraft on which Marrah was serving as a co-pilot, crashed as a result of enemy anti-aircraft fire during Operation TIDAL WAVE, the largest bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, north of Bucharest, Romania. His remains were not identified following the war. The remains that could not be identified were buried as Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania. 

Following the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel, disinterred all American remains from the Bolovan Cemetery for identification. The AGRC was unable to identify more than 80 unknowns from Bolovan Cemetery, and those remains were permanently interred at Ardennes American Cemetery and Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, both in Belgium.

In 2017, DPAA began exhuming unknowns believed to be associated with unaccounted-for airmen from Operation TIDAL WAVE losses. These remains were sent to the DPAA Laboratory for examination and identification.

To identify Marrah’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 and autosomal DNA (auSTR).

Marrah’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Impruneta, Italy, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Marrah will be buried in London, Ohio, on a date to be determined.

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

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission.

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

Marrah’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004pUUEA

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 7 February, 2024 13:25
Subject: DPAA News Release - Ohio Pilot Accounted for from WWII

 

Greetings,

1Lt. Corson was accounted for in September 2023, and his family received their full briefing on his identification in October 2023, but they requested we hold his release, which is why this is going out now.

-----------

 

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Dan W. Corson, 27, of Middletown, Ohio, killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 22, 2023.

 

In December of 1942, Corson was assigned to the 401st Bombardment Squadron, 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy), Eighth Air Force. On December 20, Corson was co-piloting a B-17F “Flying Fortress,” nicknamed Danellen, when it was struck by anti-aircraft fire after a bombing raid on a German aircraft factory at Romilly-sur-Seine, France. Corson’s aircraft was last seen spinning towards the ground, crashing near the village of Bernières-sur-Seine, France. Only one airman parachuted successfully, while the other eight crew members, including Corson, were still on board. A villager witnessed the crash and confirmed there was only one survivor. The War Department issued a finding of death for 1st Lt. Corson on Dec. 20, 1943.

 

Beginning in 1946, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), Army Quartermaster Corps, was the organization tasked with recovering missing American personnel in the European Theater. Following the war, the AGRC disinterred four sets of remains later designated as X-83, X-84, X-85, and X-86 St. Andre from Evreux cemetery. They were unable to identify the remains and were interred at the Normandy American Cemetery.

 

In 2011, a family member of one of the Danellen crew contacted the Department of Defense after visiting the crash site and interviewing a witness who had artifacts belonging to the Danellen. In April 2011, DPAA historians re-analyzed the unknowns associated with the crew and determined there was enough evidence to pursue the case. In October that year, a DPAA Investigation Team traveled to Bernières-sur-Seine to interview the witness and learned the crash site was completely destroyed. In March 2019, the Department of Defense and the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) exhumed the unknown remains designated X-83, X-85, and X-86 St. Andre believed to be associated with the crew of the Danellen, including 1st Lt. Corson, from Normandy American Cemetery.

 

To identify Corson’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y-chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

Corson’s name is recorded on the memorialized on the Wall of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Cambridge, England, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Corson will be buried in Middletown, Ohio, on a date 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 or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

 

Corson’s personnel profile can be viewed at: https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XeyrEAC

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 February, 2024 14:56
Subject: DPAA News Release - California Pilot Accounted for from WWII

Greetings,

1Lt. Deeds was accounted for in January 2023, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

----------

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. James A. Deeds, 23 of Oakland, California, killed during World War II, was accounted for Jan. 3, 2023.

In the summer of 1943, Deeds was assigned to the 345th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force. On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 “Liberator” bomber Kate Smith piloted by Deeds was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed during Operation TIDAL WAVE, the largest bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, north of Bucharest, Romania. His remains were not identified following the war. The remains that could not be identified were buried as Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania. 

Following the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel, disinterred all American remains from the Bolovan Cemetery for identification. The AGRC was unable to identify more than 80 unknowns from Bolovan Cemetery, and those remains were permanently interred at Ardennes American Cemetery and Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, both in Belgium.

In 2017, DPAA began exhuming unknowns believed to be associated with unaccounted-for airmen from Operation TIDAL WAVE losses. These remains were sent to the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for examination and identification.

To identify Deeds’ remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

Deeds name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Impruneta, Italy, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Deeds will be buried in San Diego, California, on a date to be determined.

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

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission.

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

Deeds’ personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000000cLlnKEAS.

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 5 February, 2024 14:35
Subject: DPAA News Release - USS Oklahoma Sailor from Ohio Accounted for from WWII

Greetings,

F1c Schleiter was accounted for in May 2018, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

---------

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Fireman First Class (F1c) Walter F. Schleiter, 22, of Massillon, Ohio, killed during World War II, was accounted for on May 18, 2018.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Schleiter 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 Schleiter.

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 Schleiter.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Schleiter’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Schleiter’s name is recorded in 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.

Schleiter will be buried on April 11, 2024, in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania.

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

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

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

Schleiter’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000XgTcEAK

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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 2 February, 2024 14:49
Subject: DPAA News Release - New Mexico Soldier Accounted for from WWII

Greetings,

PFC Pistor was accounted for in March 2023, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

----------------

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pfc. Richard G. Pitsor, 18, of Ft. Bayard, New Mexico, who was captured and died as a prisoner of war during World War II, was accounted for March 20, 2023.

In late 1941, Pitsor was a member of G Company of the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands in December. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942.

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were captured and interned at POW camps.  Pitsor was among those reported captured when U.S. forces in Bataan surrendered to the Japanese. They were subjected to the 65-mile Bataan Death March and then 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, Pitsor died Aug. 28,1942, and was buried along with other deceased prisoners in the local Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery in Common Grave 305.

Following the war, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to a temporary U.S. military mausoleum near Manila. In 1947, the AGRS examined the remains in an attempt to identify them. Three of the sets of remains were recovered from Common Grave 305 but were declared unidentifiable. The unidentified remains were buried at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial (MACM) as Unknowns. 

In January 2019, the remains associated with Common Grave 305 were disinterred and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for analysis.           

To identify Pitsor’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

Although interred as an Unknown in MACM, Pistor’s grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

Pitsor will be buried in Ft. Bayard, New Mexico, on a date to be determined.

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

DPAA is grateful to the ABMC and the United States Army 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.

Pitsor’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000Llo2EAC.

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Fwd: Disinterment of Korean War Unknowns - Phase 5 Delay / Update
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2024 17:59:30 -0500
From: Kathleen Shemeley <pow.mia.ctfmn@gmail.com>
To: Kathleen Shemeley <pow.mia.ctfmn@gmail.com>

 
Hi folks,
It doesn't make sense for the Personnel & Readiness agency to be able to interfere with a plan to disinter the Korean War Unknowns from the Punchbowl by DPAA which has reached Phase 5.   How did P & R justify this determination?  We'll forward the updates from the Coalition of Families as we receive them.  
Kathy

 

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Coalition of Families <coalitionoffamilies2@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 31, 2024 at 3:09 PM
Subject: Disinterment of Korean War Unknowns - Phase 5 Delay / Update
To: <coalitionoffamilies@gmail.com>
 

Hello All,

 

Hopefully, your winter is going well. We are sending this brief update on the recent interruption of DPAA’s disinterments of Korean War Unknowns from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl/Hawaii). The Coalition is finalizing a newsletter edition that will cover the broader aspects of the issue. Look for that soon.

 

In mid-December, a DoD agency counterpart to DPAA, Personnel & Readiness, halted the phase 5 disinterments of the Punch Bowl’s Korean War Unknowns. P&R has claimed  authority over disinterments of all U.S. servicemen’s remains buried in American cemeteries, which is the ongoing broader issue to be addressed. DPAA was compelled to present a case for continuing the disinterments in an early January meeting. Family member statements were included in DPAA's presentation. A determination on the phase 5 project is expected to come in a follow up meeting between DPAA and P&R set for February 6th. We’ll keep you posted on that outcome.

 

The Coalition has reached out to a Congressional office, requesting an inquiry into the matter. More Congressional involvement will likely be needed to resolve the larger issues.

 

The Coalition’s upcoming newsletter will cover all the issues involved in this and other aspects of the recovery mission. Hold good thoughts on Phase 5. The families are represented. DPAA has added to their presentations a comment sent by the Coalition in a recent message:

 

‘It is not enough that the families/DPAA cannot access remains buried inside North Korea. We must now contend with further issues accessing remains buried in American soil.’


 

Rick
 

Richard Downes, President

Coalition of Families of Korean & Cold War POW/MIAs

 

25th Anniversary (1998-2023)
 

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

www.coalitionoffamilies.org

 

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

 

P.O. Box 4194

Pomouth, NH 0380218.259.9950

 

www.coalitionoffamilies.org

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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 30 January, 2024 09:58
Subject: DPAA News Release - Texas Soldier Accounted for from WWII

 

Greetings,

MSG Crayton was accounted for in September, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Master Sgt. Thomas Crayton, 28, of Austin, Texas, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Sep. 26, 2023.

In Nov. 1950, Crayton was a member of Alpha Battery, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth U.S. Army. He went missing in action and captured by enemy forces after his unit engaged combat actions in the vicinity of Somindong, North Korea, on Dec. 1, 1950. Shortly after he went missing, Chinese forces announced MSG Crayton had been captured as a Prisoner of War. In 1953, several POWs returned during Operation Big Switch reported Crayton had been a prisoner of war and died on Feb. 11, 1951, at Prisoner of War Camp #5. His remains were not immediately recovered or identified after the war.

In 1954, during Operation Glory, North Korea unilaterally turned over remains to the United States, including one set, designated Unknown X-14240. The remains were reportedly recovered from prisoner of war camps, United Nations cemeteries and isolated burial sites. None of the remains could be identified as Crayton and he was declared non-recoverable on Aug. 24, 1953. The remains were subsequently buried as an unknown in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

Chinese prison camp administrators moved many of their prisoners between POW Camps 1 and 5, and historical records and contemporary analysis have shown that the Chinese and North Korean recovery data has frequently proven inaccurate. In February 2020, scientists from the DPAA laboratory disinterred Unknown X-14240 from the NMCP for scientific analysis.

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

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

Crayton will be buried in Austin, Texas, on a date to be determined.

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

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War Accounting page on the DPAA website at: https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaFamWebKorean.

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.

Crayton’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt00000004qT3EAI.

From the desk of Fred Ingley,  veteran & POW/MIA advocate.

Fro

Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified, laid to rest more than 80 years later

Merle Hillman has been finally laid to rest after dying at Pearl Harbor more than 80 years ago. (Source: WGGB)

Published: Jan. 27, 2024 at 5:20 PM EST
 

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB/Gray News) - A Massachusetts native who died in the Pearl Harbor attack during World War II was finally laid to rest on Saturday.

WGGB reports it was a salute to service and sacrifice more than 80 years in the making.

Merle Hillman lost his life at 25 during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, when the USS California was struck by multiple torpedoes and bombs.

While that day lives in infamy for so many, it was the start of a decades-long hunt for answers for Hillman’s family, as his remains were left unidentified....

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 29 January, 2024 12:29
Subject: DPAA News Release - Pennsylvania Soldier Accounted for from WWII

Greetings,

PVT Seibert was accounted for in August, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pvt. Earl E.R. Seibert, 23, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, who was captured and died as a prisoner of war during World War II, was accounted for Aug. 10, 2023.

In late 1941, Seibert was a member of Headquarters Company, 803rd Engineer Battalion (Aviation), when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands in December. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan peninsula on April 9, 1942, and of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942.

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were captured and interned at POW camps.  Seibert was among those reported captured when U.S. forces in Bataan surrendered to the Japanese. They were subjected to the 65-mile Bataan Death Seibert and then held at the Cabanatuan POW Camp #1. More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the war.

According to prison camp and other historical records, Seibert died July 27, 1942, and was buried along with other deceased prisoners in the local Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery in Common Grave 225.

Following the war, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to a temporary U.S. military mausoleum near Manila. In 1947, the AGRS examined the remains in an attempt to identify them. Three of the sets of remains from Common Grave 225 were identified, but the rest were declared unidentifiable. The unidentified remains were buried at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial (MACM) as Unknowns.

In Seibert 2018, the remains associated with Common Grave 225 were disinterred and sent to the DPAA laboratory for analysis.

To identify Seibert’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 DNA (Y-STR) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

Although interred as an Unknown in MACM, Seibert’s grave was meticulously cared for over the past 70 years by the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC).

Seibert will be buried on a date and location to be determined by the family.

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

DPAA is grateful to the ABMC and the United States Army 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.

Seibert’ personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000000LlxnEAC.


 
 

 
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Subject: Korean War veteran, missing 74 years, to be laid to rest | Stars and Stripes
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2024 00:30:11 +0000
From: John Pagel <tfosoca@msn.com>
 
 
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From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 23 January, 2024 14:48
Subject: DPAA News Release - Iowa Pilot Accounted for from WWII

Greetings,

Maj. Willhite was accounted for in September, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces Major Theodore Willhite, 26, of Muscatine, Iowa, killed during World War II, was accounted for Sept. 19, 2023.

In March of 1944, Willhite was assigned to the 724th Bombardment Squadron, 451st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force in the Mediterranean and European Theater of Operations. On Mar 11, Willhite was piloting a B-24 “Liberator,” when it was struck by anti-aircraft fire after a bombing raid on a German position near Toulon, France. Eyewitnesses on another B-24 reported seeing Willhite’s aircraft spinning out of control at approximately 3000 feet before breaking apart and crashing into the sea. All 11 crewmembers aboard the aircraft were lost in the incident and not identified following the war.

Beginning in 1945, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC), Army Quartermaster Corps, was the organization tasked with recovering missing American personnel in the European Theater. Following the war, the AGRC disinterred and identified seven sets of remains recovered from the Lagoubran Cemetery, at Toulon, France. At the time they were unable to identify Willhite and other crewmembers, and they were interred in the Rhône American Cemetery.

In 2019, DPAA investigators and American Battle Monuments Commission personnel exhumed the remains of X-84 Luynes, X-85 Luynes, X-86 Luynes, and X-92 Luynes and sent them to the DPAA laboratory for analysis and identification.

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

Willhite’s name is memorialized on the Walls of the Missing at Rhône American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Draguignan, France, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Willhite will be buried at a place and time to be determined by the family.

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

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

Willhite’s personnel profile can be viewed at: https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001kgHrgEAE.

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From: DR.DAVE THOMPSON <dr.dave.psam@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, January 19, 2024 at 02:43:20 PM PST
 
Subject: AIR MUSEUM POW/MIA EVENT SAT SEPT 21, 2024

 

Happy New Year......

The third Friday in September is National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

This year the Palm Springs Air Museum will be holding its sixth annual POW/MIA event on that Saturday evening.

 SATURDAY EVENING - SEPTEMBER 21, 2024

 

5:30 - Check-in (enter Miles Hangar south parking lot entrance)

6:00 - National Anthem and Prayer Service

6:15 – Introductions – Steve Frank (Co-founder of the ViVA

          POW/MIA Bracelet Program)

6:30 – Program-

          Featured Speaker:

Colonel Lee Ellis – Former USAF POW and Author of “Captured by Love”.

Inspiring True Romance Stories from Vietnam POWs.

           https://www.powromance.com/                                                                                                              

7:30 - Social Gathering (wine and appetizers served by LULU of Palm Springs) and Book Signing.


Here is the link to a five-minute highlight edit of the 2023 Event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tvFN3EPltQ  
                                                                                                                

 POWs, POW/MIA/KIA family members and bracelet donors will be in attendance. Cost: 20.00

Attire - Evening Casual (Men – shirt & slacks) (Ladies – something cool)

 
Please let me know if you:

(a) Plan to attend (number of guests)

(b) Might attend

(c) Unable to attend

(d) Need a hotel room

 

Dr. Dave Thompson 

Palm Springs Air Museum

POW/MIA Bracelet Display Curator

Lt. Commander U.S. Navy (1964-1970)

DR.DAVE.PSAM@GMAIL.COM  

760-328-0859  760-408-7660

10-103 Lakeview Dr. Rancho Mirage, Ca 92270 

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 18 January, 2024 14:07
Subject: DPAA News Release - Texas Tanker Accounted for from WWII

 

Greetings,

SSG Could was accounted for in August, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Leroy C. Cloud, 24, of Thrall, Texas, killed during World War II, was accounted for Aug 29, 2023.

 

In July 1944, Cloud was assigned to Company A, 744th Tank Battalion, as a crew member of an M5A1 Stuart light tank. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces at Saint-Germain-d’Elle, France, on July 26 when his tank was struck by an enemy shoulder-fired rocket. Two crewmembers were able to escape the vehicle, but Cloud and another Soldier were never seen or heard from again. Due to strong enemy artillery fire and intense combat, surviving crewmembers were unable to recover Could’s remains. He was declared missing in action, but the Germans never reported him as a prisoner of war. On Aug 16, with no evidence Cloud survived the fighting, the War Department issued a report of death.

 

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. On July 30, 1944, AGRC personnel recovered two sets of remains from an M5A1 destroyed in the vicinity of Saint-Lô. Ultimately, they could not identify the remains, designated X-141 and X-142 St. Laurent, and they were interred in the Normandy American Cemetery, France.

 

While studying unresolved American losses in the Saint-Germain-d’Elle area, a DPAA historian determined that the M5A1 Stuart tank recovered from the area belonged to Company A, where Cloud was assigned. This correlation led DPAA and American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) personnel to exhume the remains of X-141 and X-142 in April 2018 and sent to the DPAA laboratory for analysis and identification.

 

To identify Cloud’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 Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

 

Cloud’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, along with the others still missing from World War II. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

 

Cloud will be buried in Taylor, Texas, on a date to be determined.

 

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

 

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary-Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission.

 

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

 

Cloud’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt000001eAuLZEA0.

 
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Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2024 00:46:56 +0000
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Subject: Remains of soldier from Bataan Death March identified as Army technician from Washington state | Stars and Stripes
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After Weeks of Searching, Military Says Remains of 8th Airman Killed in Japan Osprey Crash Can't Be Found
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 Inside a POW Camp for Russian Soldiers in Ukraine

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Jan 14, 2024

'Light bulb moment' New DNA method solves century-old ‘mystery’ disappearance of WWI veteran
 

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Subject: FW: DPAA News Release - Georgia Soldier Accounted for from Korean War
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2024 11:48:24 -0500
From: moehog@verizon.net
To: moehog@verizon.net
 

Master Sargent Burrow – father of Gloria Johnson, of Valdosta Georgia and RIDE HOME participant is planning services later this month. We will pass along information as we receive it.

 

From: DPAA NCR OC Mailbox Public Affairs <dpaa.ncr.oc.mbx.public-affairs@mail.mil>
Sent: 17 January, 2024 10:46
Subject: DPAA News Release - Georgia Soldier Accounted for from Korean War

Greetings,

MSG Barrow was accounted for in September, but his family only recently received their full briefing on his identification, which is why this release is going out now.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Master Sgt. Roy E. Barrow, 39 of Valdosta, Georgia, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Sept. 22, 2023.

In the winter of 1950, MSG Barrow was a member of King Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 12 after his unit was attacked by enemy forces as they attempted to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.

In 1954, during Operation Glory, North Korea unilaterally turned over remains to the United States, including one set, designated Unknown X-15869 Operation Glory. The remains were reportedly recovered from prisoner of war camps, United Nations cemeteries and isolated burial sites. None of the remains could be identified as Barrow and he was declared non-recoverable on Jan. 16, 1956. The remains were subsequently buried as an unknown in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu. 

In 2013, DPAA disinterred X-15869, and after a decade of scientific advances and increased historical research, DPAA was able to positively associate X-15869 to Barrow.

To identify Barrow’s remains, scientists from DPAA used chest radiograph comparison, dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis.

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

MSG Barrow will be buried in Valdosta, Georgia, on January 27, 2024.

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

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War fact sheet on the DPAA website at: https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Fact-Sheets/Article-View/Article/569610/progress-on-korean-war-personnel-accounting/.

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.

MSG Barrow’s personnel profile can be viewed at https://dpaa-mil.sites.crmforce.mil/dpaaProfile?id=a0Jt0000003tGKQEA2.

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CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF
MASTER SERGEANT ROY EDWARD BARROW JULY 16, 1911- DEC 12, 1950

SERVICE TO BE HELD AT
RIVERVIEW MEMORIAL GARDENS
SATURDAY• JANUARY 27, 2024 •
2 PM PROCESSION WILL PROCEED FROM CARSON
McLANE FUNERAL HOME 2215 N. PATTERSON ST. VALDOSTA.GEORGIA 31602 AT 1:00PM

FOLLOWED BY A RECEPTION TO BE HELD AT
PARK PLACE
108 WEST PARK AVE. VALDOSTA, GEORGIA 31602

PLEASE CONTACT: GLORIA JOHNSON AT
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