RECENTLY FOUND HEROES

 

from ALL PAST WARS

 

 

HONOR THE DEAD BY HELPING THE LIVING”

Today, the DPAA is focused on the research, investigation, recovery, and identification
of the approximately 34,000 (out of approximately 83,000 missing DoD personnel)
believed to be recoverable, who were lost in conflicts from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

"Returning with Honor"
 

KHAMMOUANE, Laos --

With 1,586 service members missing in action from the Vietnam War, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) deploys hundreds of service members,
DoD civilians, and contractors all over the world in hopes of returning our nation’s fallen heroes.

Recently a team of 59 personnel completed DPAA’s second Laos mission of fiscal year 2017, covering the Central East region of Laos. From rice patties to mountainsides,
the teams excavated thousands of square meters of land recovering important evidence relating to missing servicemen lost during the war.

“I’m very honored to have been part of this initiative to bring our missing home,” said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Walgenbach,
recovery non-commissioned officer. “This mission has been the most unique part of my 13 year career in the military and I know others feel the same way.”

Every team member plays an important role in mission success. Whether that is the recovery non-commissioned officer setting up the sites,
or the recovery leader collecting scientific data, working together ensures nothing is overlooked and the safety of the team remains number one priority.

Due to the efforts of the teams, Laos representatives handed over possible remains to the U.S. to be repatriated and welcomed back on American soil after 48 years.
Upon arrival the possible remains will be transported to DPAA’s laboratory for examination and possible identification.

“During this mission I have worked along side some of the greatest men and women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting,
and being chosen for the repatriation ceremony was a perfect way to end such a great mission,” said U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew Brod,
recovery non-commissioned officer. “It is truly an honor to be bringing closure to the families of our fallen service members.”

The hard work and continued dedication of these teams makes it possible for DPAA to fulfill our nations promise and
provide fullest possible accounting for our missing service members to their families and the nation.

 

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ameil Fredeluces, edic, and U.S. Marine Corps. Staff Sgt. Eddie Ludwig, explosive ordinance disposal technician,
remove dirt from units during excavation operations as part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s mission in the Khammouane Province, Laos,
  Recovery Team Three executed excavation operations in search of two missing U.S. Air Force pilots who crashed while on a visual
reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War over 48 years ago. DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting
for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

 

Members of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency dig units during excavation operations as part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s
mission in the Khammouane Province, Laos. Recovery Team Three executed excavation operations in search of two missing
U.S. Air Force pilots who crashed while on a visual reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War over 48 years ago. DPAA’s mission is to provide the
fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

 

Jack Kenkeo, life support investigator, shovels dirt from the screening stations during excavation operations as part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s
mission in the Khammouane Province, Laos. Recovery Team Three executed excavation operations in search of two missing U.S. Air Force pilots
who crashed while on a visual reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War over 48 years ago.
DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

 

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Francis Sangiamvongse, linguist, screens soil with local villagers during excavation operations as part of the Defense POW/MIA
Accounting Agency’s mission in the Khammouane Province, Laos. Recovery Team Three executed excavation operations in search
of two missing U.S. Air Force pilots who crashed while on a visual reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War over 48 years ago.
DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

 

Lynn Rakos, scientific recovery expert, waters hard soil to help with excavation operations as part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s mission
in the Khammovan Province, Laos. Recovery Team three executed excavation operations in search of two missing U.S. Air Force pilots
who crashed while on a visual reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War over 48 years ago.
DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

 

 Making the effort to thank the troops for what they do out in the field means everything.
With a DPAA recovery team in Quang Nam Province, two hours west of Da Nang, Vietnam.

 

 

Disappearance of two Madison airmen in 1953 remains a mystery

The unsolved case called "one of the most enduring mysteries of the Great Lakes"
has been the subject of numerous articles and a film on Canadian television.

The UW-Madison story involved a group of six students and staff members who were part of a team that unearthed a World War II U.S. fighter aircraft—
and possibly remains of its pilot—in the ground under a farm field in France this summer.

The team used ground-penetrating radar and a photo taken by a British reconnaissance plane two days after the May, 1944
crash of the P-47 Thunderbolt flown by 1st Lt. Frank Fazekas.

 

 

 

Search underway for Lakewood, Ohio airman of World War II

Search underway for Lakewood, Ohio airman of World War II.
Divers of the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and Civil Defense of Grado, Italy,
prepare for an exploratory dive on the sunken B-24 bomber. 

This B-24 Liberator is the same type of airplane that
Lakewood, Ohio airman Thomas McGraw was flying in when it was shot down and crashed off the coast of Italy during World War II.

A Missing Air Crew Report details the last flight of the B-24 and nose gunner Thomas McGraw of Lakewood, Ohio.
B-24 located in Adriatic; Crewmanis bones sought Ught Lakewood Manis remains crewman Omber crew,am2-2k-28 bold Header from A1.
 

A skull fragment was recovered at the site of a wrecked B-24 bomber
off the coast of Italy that may contain the remains of
Thomas McGraw, of Lakewood, Ohio.

An underwater view of the crash site of a B-24 off Grado, Italy.

 

 

 

FINDING ENSIGN HAROLD P. DeMOSS IN THE MUCK AND MIRE

“Seeing those photos was so overwhelming that I cried like a baby”
said DeMoss’ niece, Judy Ivey. “To see this actually taking place
is not anything I ever really expected.”

Anine-person military team has been digging up mud four days a week
in the Koolau range in search of a missing World War II pilot whose
fighter crashed in cloud cover during a night training flight.

A bucket-and-pulley system was set up to move excavated
material to a spot where it can be bundled in tarps for
helicopter transport to Wheeler Army Airfield.

NOTE: The Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery said in a 1948 letter
to the family that “an attempt to recover the remains was
considered impracticable” because the site was 7 miles
from a traveled highway in the mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

On Feb. 25, 1944, Duran wasn’t supposed to be on the doomed B-24H Liberator, nicknamed “Knock it Off.”
Normally a nose turret gunner, Duran was the substitute tail turret gunner on the flight, replacing the usual tail gunner who had frostbite.

 

The earth by the headstone next to the church in this tiny mountain village was full of rocks.

 

Two days of digging under a hot sun had yielded buckets of gravel, stones the size of men’s fists and many piles of dirt – but no bones.
After 73 years, Sgt. Alfonso O. Duran was still missing.

The family feels a sense of closure regardless of the outcome, Duran said.
“What a difference it would have made to my father and to my aunt,”
she said, “to know he had died and somebody had buried him and tended the grave.”

 

 

 

Members of the recovery team attach a POW flag to the wreckage of the
Tulsamerican, a B-24 Liberator piloted by, Lt. Eugene P. Ford, a Derry Township, Pa. native,
when it crashed into the Adriatic Sea in 1944.

 

 


USS Arizona BB-39

USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship built for and by the United States Navy in the mid-1910s. Named in honor of the 48th state's recent admission into the union, the ship was the second and last of the Pennsylvania class of "super-dreadnought" battleships. Although commissioned in 1916, the ship remained stateside during World War I. Shortly after the end of the war, Arizona was one of a number of American ships that briefly escorted President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference. The ship was sent to Turkey in 1919 at the beginning of the Greco-Turkish War to represent American interests for several months. Several years later, she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet and remained there for the rest of her career.

Aside from a comprehensive modernization in 1929–31, 
Arizona was regularly used for training exercises between the wars, including the annual Fleet Problems (training exercises). When an earthquake struck Long Beach, California, in 1933, Arizona's crew provided aid to the survivors. Two years later, the ship was featured in a Jimmy Cagney film, Here Comes the Navy, about the romantic troubles of a sailor. In April 1940, she and the rest of the Pacific Fleet were transferred from California to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a deterrent to Japanese imperialism.

During the 
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Arizona was bombed. After a bomb detonated in a powder magazine, the battleship exploded violently and sank, killing 1,177 officers and crewmen. Unlike many of the other ships sunk or damaged that day, Arizona was irreparably damaged by the force of the magazine explosion, though the Navy removed parts of the ship for reuse. The wreck still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated on 30 May 1962 to all those who died during the attack, straddles the ship's hull.

 

 

 

 

USS California BB-44

A number of other boats were sunk in the attack, but later recovered and repaired.
The USS 
California (BB-44) lost 100 crew members that morning, after the ship suffered extensive flooding damage when hit by two torpedoes on the port side.
Both torpedoes detonated below the armor belt causing virtually identical damage each time.
A 250 kg bomb also entered the starboard upper deck level, which passed through the main deck and exploded on the armored second deck,
setting off an anti-aircraft ammunition magazine and killing about 50 men.

After three days of flooding, the California settled into the mud with only her superstructure remaining above the surface.
She was later re-floated and dry-docked at Pearl Harbor for repairs. USS 
California served many missions throughout the war,
and was eventually decommissioned in February, 1947.

 

 

 

USS Cassin DD-372

On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese bombs fell and torpedoes slashed through the waters of Pearl Harbor,
causing a devastating amount of damage to the vessels lined up in Battleship Row in in the dry docks nearby.
Each of the seven battleships moored there suffered some degree of damage, some far worse than others.
The USS 
Arizona (BB-39) and the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) were completely destroyed. Though the Maryland (BB-46) was believed by Japan to also have been sunk, she ultimately survived and became one of the first ships to return to the war.
During the attack on Pearl Harbor, ships like the USS 
Cassin (DD-372), a Mahan-class destroyer, suffered what was originally thought to be fatal damage.
While she was extensively damaged during the attack, she was resurrected and went on to return to service during the remainder of World War II.

 

 

 

USS West Virginia BB-48

The sunken battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48) at Pearl Harbor after her fires were out, possibly on 8 December 1941.
USS Tennessee (BB-43) is inboard. A Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplane (marked “4-O-3”) is upside down on West Virginia’s main deck.
A second OS2U is partially burned out atop the Turret No. 3 catapult. 

In the aftermath of the attacks on Pearl Harbor during World War Two stories emerged of sailors who were trapped in the sunken battleships, some even survived for weeks.

Those who were trapped underwater banged continuously on the side of the ship so that anyone would hear them and come to their rescue.
When the noises were first heard many thought it was just loose wreckage or part of the clean-up operation for the destroyed harbor.

However the day after the attack, crewmen realized that there was an eerie banging noise coming from the forward hull of the USS West Virginia, which had sunk in the harbor.

t didn’t take long for the crew and Marines based at the harbor to realize that there was nothing they could do. They could not get to these trapped sailors in time.
Months later rescue and salvage men who raised the USS West Virginia found the bodies of three men who had found an airlock in a storeroom but had eventually run out of air.

Survivors say that no one wanted to go on guard duty anywhere near the USS West Virginia since they would hear the banging of trapped survivors all night long,
but with nothing that could be done.

When salvage crews raised the battleship West Virginia six months after the Pearl Harbor attacks,
they found the bodies of three sailors huddled in an airtight storeroom —
and a calendar on which 16 days had been crossed off in
red pencil.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma BB-37 

The USS Oklahoma was on Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That was the morning that the Japanese Empire attacked the United States by surprise.

The Japanese used dive–bombers, fighter–bombers, and torpedo planes to sink nine ships, including five battleships, and severely damage 21 ships.
There were 2,402 US deaths from the attack. 1,177 of those deaths were from the USS Arizona, while 429 of the deaths were from the USS Oklahoma.

The crew of the USS Oklahoma did everything they could to fight back. In the first ten minutes of the battle, though, eight torpedoes hit the Oklahoma, and she began to capsize.  A ninth torpedo would hit her as she sunk in the mud.  14 Marines, and 415 sailors would give their lives. 32 men were cut out through the hull while the others were beneath the waterline.  Banging could be heard for over 3 days and then there was silence.

After the battle, the Navy decided that they could not salvage the Oklahoma due to how much damage she had received.  The difficult savage job began in March 1943, and Oklahoma entered dry dock 28 December. Decommissioning  September 1, 1944, Oklahoma was stripped of guns and superstructure, and sold December 5, 1946 to Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, Calif. Oklahoma parted her tow line and sank May 17, 1947.  540 miles out, bound from Pearl Harbor to San Francisco.  Today, there is a memorial to the USS Oklahoma and the 429 sailors and marines lost on December 7, 1941, located on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

USS Oglala CM-4

The minelayer Oglala technically didn't suffer a hit on December 7, but a torpedo passed under it and hit the USS Helena
The blast from that crippled the old 
Oglala which had been built as a civilian vessel in 1906.
The crewmembers took their guns to the Navy Yard Dock and set them up to provide more defenses.
They also set up a first aid station that saved the lives of West Virginia crewmembers.

The ship suffered horribly, eventually capsizing and sinking until just a few feet of the ship's starboard side remained above water.
It was declared lost, and the Navy even considered blowing it up with dynamite to clear the dock it had sunk next to.
But the decision was made that it could destroy the dock, so the Navy had to refloat it. At that point, it made sense to dry dock and repair it.

None of the crew of Oglala were killed in the attack, although three received injuries. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

DPAA Makes 200th Identification from USS Oklahoma Unknown Remains.
Arlington, Virginia.

 


Sean Patterson, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System Department of Defense DNA Quality Management Section DNA Analyst,
replaces U. S. Navy Fireman 1st Class Billy James Johnson's picture background, signifying him as an identified service member who was previously missing in action.
Johnson marks the 200th service member to be identified following the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor
attack where 429 U.S. Sailors and Marines were killed on the USS Oklahoma (BB-37). 

A series of large posters hang in the conference room of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory located at Offutt Air Base, Nebraska.
The heading on each of the posters states “USS OKLAHOMA.” Underneath the headings are neat rows of printed rectangular frames. 
Each one represents a person who was unaccounted for when the USS Oklahoma was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Thanks to the work of Dr. Brown’s team, the remains of 200 previously unknown crewmen from the USS Oklahoma
have now been returned to their families for proper burial and their families have those long-awaited answers.

The story of the USS Oklahoma’s lost crewmen is an evolving history lesson that began on what
President Franklin D. Roosevelt called

“a date that will live in infamy.”

 

LIST OF USS OKLAHOMA IDENTIFICATIONS FROM MICHIGAN:
(Please note that in some USS Oklahoma identifications,
the primary next of kin has yet to be notified,
and therefore the names will not be released at this time.)

*Ensign William M. Finnegan, 44, of Bessmer, Mich.

*Seaman 1st Class Robert W. Headington, 19, of Bay City, Michigan

*Machinist's Mate 1st Class Fred M. Jones, 31, of North Lake, Michigan

*Fireman 3rd Class Gerald G. Lehman, 18, of Hancock, Michigan

*Fireman 2nd Class Lowell E. Valley, 19, of Ontonagon, Michigan

It is through this effort that the accounting community
has been able to honor the sacrifices of the USS Oklahoma Sailors and Marines
and their families who pushed for the fullest possible accounting of their loved ones.

 

 

 

Ford Island is seen in this aerial view during the Japanese attack on Pearl harbor December 7, 1941 in Hawaii.
(The photo was taken from a Japanese plane.)

 

 

Remember the fallen: In all, 429 people on board the battleship were killed in the attack.
Only 35 were identified in the years immediately after.

 

 

Battleship USS Oklahoma unturned hull at the bottom of Pearl Harbor
after the devastating Japanese bombing attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

 

                                                                                                                      

 

 

                                                                                                   The North Texans of Pearl Harbor
                                                                                                      

                                                                                       Their obituaries tell of lives cut short – and of lives well lived.

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor

 

 

 

 

 

THE KOREAN WAR, 1950-1957

 

 


 

Breakdown by War - Still Unaccounted for/Unreturned Veterans:

WW II      72,579
Korea        7,578
Vietnam     1,586
Cold War      126
Gulf/Other        6
Total         81,775

 

 

 

 

 

Service Personnel Not Recovered Following WWII from MICHIGAN - 2455
 

Service Personnel Not Recovered Following Korea from MICHIGAN - 333
 

Service Personnel Not Recovered Following Cold War from MICHIGAN - 4
 

Service Personnel Not Recovered Following Viet Nam from MICHIGAN - 48
 

 


 

RECENTLY FOUND
 HEROES in 2021

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
April 30
, 2021

Army Cpl. Henry L. Helms, 24

Army Cpl. Henry L. Helms, 24, of Collbran, Alabama, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Helms 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.

 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.

Helms’ 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.

Helms will be buried May 22, 2021, in Ringgold, Georgia.

 

Today, 7,544 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 30, 2021

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Russell O. Ufford, 17

 Navy Seaman 2nd Class Russell O. Ufford, 17, Kansas City, MO killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)


On Dec. 7, 1941, Ufford 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 Ufford.

Ufford is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

Currently there are 72,556 service members still unaccounted for from World War II.

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 28, 2021

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Ralph C. Battles, 25

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Ralph C. Battles, 25, BoazMarshall CountyAlabama killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Battles 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 Battles.

Battles is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Has memorial stones at Hillcrest cemetery in Boaz, Marshall Co. AL

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 28, 2021

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Charles L. Saunders, 18

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Charles L. Saunders, 18, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Saunders 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 Saunders.

Saunders is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 27, 2021

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Hugh R. Alexander, 43

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Hugh R. Alexander, 43, Potters Mills, Centre County, Pennsylvania killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Alexander 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 Alexander.

He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions in saving the lives of several fellow crew members.

Alexander is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 27, 2021

Navy Fireman 3rd Class Harry R. Holmes, 19

Navy Fireman 3rd Class Harry R. Holmes, 19, Kingsbury Washington County New York killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Holmes 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 Holmes.

Holmes is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 26, 2021

Navy Seaman 1st Class Wallace G. Mitchell, 19

Navy Seaman 1st Class Wallace G. Mitchell, 19, of Los Angeles, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Mitchell 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 Mitchell.

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 Mitchell.

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

Mitchell’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

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

Mitchell will be buried on May 28, 2021, in San Diego.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
April 23
, 2021

Army Cpl. Clifford S. Johnson, 20

Army Cpl. Clifford S. Johnson, 20, of Valatie, New York, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Johnson was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

 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.


Johnson’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.

Johnson will be buried May 19, 2021, in Schuylerville, New York.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 23, 2021

Navy Boilermaker 1st Class William E. Blanchard, 24

Navy Boilermaker 1st Class William E. Blanchard, 24, of Tignall, Georgia, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Blanchard 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 Blanchard.

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 Blanchard.

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

Blanchard’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

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

Blanchard will be buried on June 7, 2021, in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 23, 2021

Navy Musician 2nd Class Lloyd P. Wiegand, 19

Navy Musician 2nd Class Lloyd P. Wiegand, 19, from Scribner, Nebraska was killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Wiegand 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 Wiegand.

Wiegand is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
April 22
, 2021

Army Pfc. Bobbie Ray Daniels, 17

Army Pfc. Bobbie Ray Daniels, 17, of Bedford, Virginia, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In August 1950, Daniels was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was reported missing in action on Aug. 16 during battle near Waegwan, South Korea.
 His remains could not be immediately recovered. He was officially declared dead on May 1, 1953.


During a search of Korean War battlefields in February 1951, a partial set of remains was recovered from the area where Daniels went missing. After a preliminary examination at Tanggok United Nations Military Cemetery, an identification could not be made and the remains were buried as Unknown X-412 Tanggok. In March 1951, another partial set of remains was found in the same area. After an identification could not be made, the remains were buried as Unknown X-817 Tanggok. Further attempts were made to identify both sets of remains, but were unsuccessful. The remains were later transported with all of the unidentified Korean War remains and buried as Unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In 2017, the family of an unresolved Soldier associated with the same area where Daniels went missing requested both X-412 and X-817 be disinterred for comparison with their Soldier. Further research by a DPAA historian and forensic anthropologist determined both sets of remains could possibly be associated with Daniels, among others. X-412 and X-817 were disinterred Aug. 20, 2018, and sent to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam, Hawaii, for analysis.

Daniels’ 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.

Daniels will be buried May 22, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 22, 2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates, 27

Navy Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates, 27, of Rush Center, Kansas, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Bates 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 Bates.

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 Bates.

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

Bates’ name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

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

Bates will be buried on May 29, 2021, in Larned, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

Pilot killed From World War II Accounted For
April 22, 2021

U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert Parker, 23

U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert Parker, 23, of Lansing, Michigan, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In November 1943, Parker was a pilot assigned to the 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group. On Nov. 15, he was piloting a P-40N Warhawk fighter on a patrol mission with seven other P-40s over the Markham River Valley, New Guinea, when his formation encountered a swarm of enemy aircraft on the southern edge of the Finisterre Range. After shooting down one enemy aircraft, Parker collided with another, the impact shearing a wing off of each. The P-40 crashed near Sagarak, and it was reported that he did not bail out. After an aerial search of the area found nothing, Parker was declared missing in action. In November 1944, the War Department issued a presumptive finding of death.

Following the war, the American Graves Registration Service, the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel, conducted exhaustive searches of battle areas and crash sites in northeastern New Guinea, concluding their search in April 1948. Investigators could not find any evidence of Parker or his aircraft. He was declared non-recoverable Sept. 14, 1949.

In 2010, a team of third-party investigators visited an aircraft crash site in Morobe Province where they found a portion of a P-40N tail assembly and part of a possible tail number, both of which matched Parker’s aircraft.

In September 2018, DPAA investigators visited Warom village in the Markham district. Residents said the alleged aircraft wreckage was within half a day’s walk from the village. The team also observed several pieces of P-40 wreckage in the village. An attempt was made to reach the wreckage site, but inclement weather, hazardous terrain, and time constraints prevented the team from reaching the site. They did, however, observe a propeller blade and landing strut located “downstream” from the reported site, and a local guide was able to get pictures of additional wreckage.

In May 2019, DPAA investigators returned to Warom after receiving information that residents had possible human remains reportedly recovered from the crash site. After extensive negotiations, local officials turned over the possible remains and a piece of the P-40 aircraft to the team, who then took them to DPAA’s laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for analysis.

Parker’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines, along with others still missing from WWII.

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

Parker’s funeral date and location has yet to be decided.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 21, 2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Kenneth E. Doernenburg, 23

Navy Fireman 1st Class Kenneth E. Doernenburg, 23, from Antigo, Langlade County, Wisconsin killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Doernenburg 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 Doernenburg.

Kenneth E. Doernenburg is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 21, 2021

Navy Seaman 1st Class Walter C. Stein, 20

Navy Seaman 1st Class Walter C. Stein, 20, Laramie County, Wyoming killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Stein 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 Stein.

Walter Claude Stein is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 20, 2021

Navy Water Tender 1st Class Charles E. Hudson, 39

Navy Water Tender 1st Class Charles E. Hudson, 39, Los Angeles County, California killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hudson 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 Hudson.

Charles Eugene Hudson is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii. 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilot killed From World War II Accounted For
April 20, 2021

U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Ernest N. Vienneau, 25

U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Ernest N. Vienneau, 25, Millinocket, Penobscot County, Maine killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In the fall of 1944, Vienneau was a pilot assigned to the 340th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force, based out of Amendola, Italy. On Nov. 6, the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber on which he was serving as co-pilot came under heavy anti-aircraft fire while on a mission over Maribor, Yugoslavia, in present-day Slovenia.

During the barrage, a piece of flak penetrated the cockpit and struck Vienneau in the head, mortally wounding him. While the crew treated Vienneau, the pilot attempted to fly the damaged B-17 back to base. However, the aircraft could not make it and the pilot was forced to ditch off the coast of Vis Island, Croatia.

The surviving 10 crew made it out of the aircraft, but Vienneau’s body could not be recovered from the rapidly sinking B-17. Following the war, his remains could not be found and recovered.

DPAA is grateful to the Croatian divers who discovered the underwater crash site, as well as the Croatian Ministries of Veterans Affairs, Culture, and Defense, the Croatian Conservation Institute, the University of Zadar, and the team from Lund University whose divers operated at a depth of 72 meters during the recovery, for their steadfast partnership in this successful mission.

Vienneau’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.

Vienneau is buried at FlorenceCittà Metropolitana di FirenzeToscanaItaly.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
April 19
, 2021

 

Army Pfc. Philip T. Hoogacker, 23

Army Pfc. Philip T. Hoogacker, 23, Wayne, Mi. killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In July 1950, Hoogacker was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment. He was reported missing in action on July 27 after his unit was attacked near Anui, South Korea.

He was last seen after receiving first aid for a minor shrapnel wound.

DPAA historians believe Hoogacker was captured by the Korean People’s Army and forcibly marched to Seoul and then on to Pyongyang.

Hoogacker was captured by the Korean People’s Army and forcibly marched to Seoul and then on to Pyongyang, where he died as a prisoner of war.

Army Pfc. Philip T. Hoogacker died as a prisoner of war.

 

 

 

 

Pilot killed From World War II Accounted For
April 19, 2021

U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William H. Melville, 20

U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William H. Melville, 20, of Minneapolis, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In the fall of 1943, Melville was a pilot assigned to the 36th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group. On Oct. 28, he was piloting a P-39Q Airacobra fighter on a combat mission over the island of New Guinea, Australian Territory of Papua (current day Papua New Guinea), when his aircraft and two others disappeared after encountering severe weather. Search and recovery efforts in the days following were unable to find any of the aircraft.

Following the war, the American Graves Registration Service, the organization that searched for and recovered fallen American personnel, conducted exhaustive searches of battle areas and crash sites in New Guinea, concluding their search on Dec. 18, 1948. Investigators could not find any evidence of Melville or his aircraft, and he was officially reported as killed in action as of April 4, 1949. He was declared non-recoverable June 27, 1949.

Between 1987 and 2019, DPAA and its predecessor organizations conducted several investigation and recovery missions in Papua New Guinea related to Melville and the two other pilots. A recovery team in 2019 found possible human remains and a .50 caliber machine gun with a serial number matching one of the guns on Melville’s fighter, as well as other material evidence.

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

Melville’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines, along with others still missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Melville will be buried July 16, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 15, 2021

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Theodore Q. Jensen, 22

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Theodore Q. Jensen, 22, of Delta, Utah, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Jensen 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 Jensen.

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 Jensen.

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

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

Jensen’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

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

Jensen will be buried on June 2, 2021, in his hometown at Salt Lake CitySalt Lake CountyUtahUSA.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 15, 2021

 Navy Ship’s Cook 3rd Class Robert Goodwin, 20

 Navy Ship’s Cook 3rd Class Robert Goodwin, 20, of Wichita, Kansas, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Goodwin 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 Goodwin.

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 Goodwin.

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

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

Goodwin’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.

Goodwin will be buried on May 14, 2021, in Topeka, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 14, 2021

Navy Patternmaker 1st Class Stanislaw F. Drwall, 25

Navy Patternmaker 1st Class Stanislaw F. Drwall, 25, Tucker County, West Virginia killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Drwall 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 Drwall.

His younger brother Walter Casimir Drwall would go on to join the Navy and was killed in action during the sinking of the SS Coamo a year later on December 2, 1942.

Stanislaw Frank Drwall is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
April 12
, 2021

Army Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas J. Valentine, 22

Army Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas J. Valentine, 22, of Cassville, Wisconsin, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Valentine was a member of Battery B, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, after his unit was attacked by enemy forces as they attempted to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

 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.

Valentine’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.

Valentine will be buried in his hometown in May 2021.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 9, 2021

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Charles A. Montgomery, 21

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Charles A. Montgomery, 21, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Montgomery 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 Montgomery.

Charles Andrew Montgomery is buried or memorialized at Courts of the Missing, Court 1 Honolulu Memorial National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 5, 2021

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Howard S. Magers, 18

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Howard S. Magers, 18, of Merry Oaks, Kentucky, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Magers 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 Magers.

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 Magers.


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

Magers’ 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.

Magers will be buried on May 29, 2021, at Park CityBarren CountyKentucky.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 5, 2021

Navy Mess Attendant 1st Class Octavius Mabine, 21

Navy Mess Attendant 1st Class Octavius Mabine, 21, Portsmouth County, Virginia killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Mabine 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 Mabine.

Octavius Mabine is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
April 1, 2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Neal K. Todd, 22

Navy Fireman 1st Class Neal K. Todd, 22, Hubbard County, Minnesota killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Todd 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 Todd.

Neal Kenneth Todd is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
April 1
, 2021

Army Pfc. Raymond A. Smith, 18

Army Pfc. Raymond A. Smith, 18, Brooklyn, New York killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In late 1950, Smith was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

He was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, after his unit was attacked by enemy forces as they attempted to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.

 Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

Raymond A. Smith burial Location to be determined by family.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 30
, 2021

Navy Water Tender 1st Class Milo E. Phillips, 26

Navy Water Tender 1st Class Milo E. Phillips, 26, Weld County, Colorado killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Phillips 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 Phillips.

Phillips's remains were USS Oklahoma that have been buried in mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 24
, 2021

Navy Signalman 1st Class Eugene M. Skaggs, 33

Navy Signalman 1st Class Eugene M. Skaggs, 33, Ansted, West Virginia killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

Signalman First Class Eugene Mitchell Skaggs was born February 11, 1909, to coal miner Grover Cleveland Skaggs and his wife Minnie Mae Wood Skaggs in the town of Ansted,
 located in central West Virginia.


On Dec. 7, 1941, Skaggs 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 Skaggs.

Eugene memorial was placed in Restlawn Memory Gardens in Ansted, West Virginia and Skaggs is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial, National Cemetery of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 24
, 2021

Navy Seaman 1st Class Elmer P. Lawrence, 25

Navy Seaman 1st Class Elmer P. Lawrence, 25, of Barren County, Kentucky, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Lawrence 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 Lawrence.

Lawrence's remains were USS Oklahoma that have been buried in mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 24
, 2021

Navy Seaman 1st Class Wilbur F. Ballance, 20

Navy Seaman 1st Class Wilbur F. Ballance, 20, Paw Paw, Michigan killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ballance 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 Ballance.

Ballance's remains were USS Oklahoma that have been buried in mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 24
, 2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates, 27

Navy Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates, 27, Rush Center, KS killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Bates 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 Bates

Bates's remains were USS Oklahoma that have been buried in mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 22
, 2021

Marine Corps Pfc. John F. Middleswart, 19

Marine Corps Pfc. John F. Middleswart, 19, San Diego, Ca. was killed during World War II, was accounted for.

After boot camp in San Diego, Middleswart was sent to Sea School and then to the Marine detachment aboard the USS Oklahoma.

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.”

On Dec. 7, 1941, Middleswart 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 Middleswart.

 Middleswart is memorialized at Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii.

Middleswart will be buried on June 8, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 22
, 2021

Navy Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class George L. Paradis, 23

Navy Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class George L. Paradis, 23, Fort Benton, Montana killed during World War II, was accounted for. 

 

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)
 

On Dec. 7, 1941, Paradis 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 Paradis.

Paradis's remains were USS Oklahoma that have been buried in mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
March 22
, 2021

Army Pvt. Lyle W. Reab, 22

Army Pvt. Lyle W. Reab, 22, of Phillips, Nebraska, killed during World War II, was accounted for. 

In November 1944, Reab was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action as of Nov. 9,
after his unit engaged German forces at Vossenack, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest. His body was not recovered. 

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. Several AGRC investigation teams searched for and recovered remains in the Hürtgen Forest following World War II, but none were identified as Reab. He was declared non-recoverable in December 1950. 

While studying unresolved American losses in the Vossenack area, a DPAA historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-7388 Neuville, recovered from a foxhole on the southeastern end of town in March 1948 possibly belonged to Reab. The remains, which had been buried as an unknown soldier in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1949, were disinterred in June 2018 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification. 

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

Reab will be buried June 8, 2021, in Aurora, Nebraska.

 

 

 

 

Marine killed From World War II Accounted For
March 18
, 2021

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Jack E. Hill, 21

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Jack E. Hill, 21, Casper, WY. was killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In November 1943, Hill was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio
in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island.

Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated.

Hill died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943.

He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 18
, 2021

Navy Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Everett R. Stewart, 22

Navy Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Everett R. Stewart, 22, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Stewart 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 Stewart.

Stewart's remains were USS Oklahoma that have been buried in mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 17
, 2021

Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Leslie P. Delles, 21

Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Leslie P. Delles, 21, Reinbeck, Iowa killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

He was one of five children, one of the twin sons of Michael Phillip Delles and Ida Mae Peterson. Delles was 21 years of age when killed.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Delles 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 Delles.

Delles remains were never Identified but is listed as one of the approximately 390 unknowns from the USS Oklahoma that have been buried in mass graves at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
March 17
, 2021

Army Cpl. Walter A. Smead, 24

Army Cpl. Walter A. Smead, 24, Saratoga County, New York killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In late 1950, Smead was a member of Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division.

He was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, after his unit was attacked by enemy forces as they attempted to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.

 Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

Walter is remembered at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.

Walter Alvin Smead is buried or memorialized at Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 16
, 2021

Navy Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Shelby Treadway, 25

Navy Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Shelby Treadway, 25, of Manchester, Kentucky, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Treadway 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 Treadway.

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 Treadway.

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

Treadway’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.

Treadway will be buried on June 2, 2021, at the Punchbowl.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 16
, 2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Denis H. Hiskett, 20

Navy Fireman 1st Class Denis H. Hiskett, 20, Pocasset Grady County Oklahoma killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hiskett 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 Hiskett.

Hiskett is buried or memorialized at Court 1 Honolulu Memorial National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 16
, 2021

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Carl M. Bradley, 19

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Carl M. Bradley, 19, Shelley Bingham County Idaho killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Bradley 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 Bradley.

Bradley is buried or memorialized at Court 1 Honolulu Memorial National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

Airman killed From World War II Accounted For
March 15
, 2021

 

 U.S. Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Alfred F. Turgeon, 23

U.S. Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Alfred F. Turgeon, 23, of Ketchikan, Alaska, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In the summer of 1943, Turgeon was a pilot assigned to the 344th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force. On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 Liberator aircraft on which Turgeon was serving as a radio operator 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 at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for examination and identification.

Turgeon’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.

Turgeon will be buried in Shoreline, Washington. The date has yet to be determined.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 15
, 2021

Navy Seaman 1st Class Gerald J. Bailey, 24

Navy Seaman 1st Class Gerald J. Bailey, 24, of Seattle, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Bailey 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 Bailey.

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 Bailey.

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

Bailey’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.

Bailey will be buried on June 29, 2021, in Kent, Washington.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 10
, 2021

Navy Signalman 3rd Class Austin H. Hesler, 21

Navy Signalman 3rd Class Austin H. Hesler, 21, Phillips County, Kansas killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hesler 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. he attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Hesler.

Hesler is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
March 10
, 2021

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Michael Malek, 17

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Michael Malek, 17, Cook County, Illinois killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Malek 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 Malek.

Malek is buried or memorialized at Court 1 Honolulu Memorial National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

Army Chaplain Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
March 5
, 2021

   

Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun

Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun, of Pilsen, Kansas, who died as a prisoner of war during the Korean War, was accounted for.

Kapaun was a Roman Catholic priest and United States Army captain who served as a United States Army chaplain during World War II and the Korean War. Kapaun was a chaplain in the Burma Theater of World War II, then served again as a chaplain with the U.S. Army in Korea, where he was captured. He died in a prisoner of war camp.

Weakened as the months passed, he managed to lead Easter sunrise service on Sunday, March 25, 1951.

After serving in World War II, Kapaun returned to active duty in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War with the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.

He was captured while tending to wounded Soldiers on Nov. 2, 1950, near Unsan, North Korea. Using information provided by returned POWs after the war, it was determined that Kapaun had been a POW in Camp 5 where he continued in minister to other POWs until he died of pneumonia on May 23, 1951.

US Army Chaplain Emil Kapaun Advancing Toward Sainthood,  Kapaun's spiritual heroism was also noted by those he served.  A preliminary evaluation of his sanctity, or "cause" for canonization,
was 
accepted by Pope John Paul II in 1993, and he was proclaimed "Servant of God." It is not unusual for decades to pass before this approval;
in fact, a 
mandatory five-year waiting period has become a first step in the formal process of becoming a saint.

 His remains were reportedly buried in a cemetery near the camp and were not recovered during the war.

Kapaun was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Unsan, and is being considered for sainthood by the Catholic church.

Kapaun was Buried at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Cemetery in Pilsen, Ks.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
March 4
, 2021

Army Master Sgt. James Hart, Jr., 25

Army Master Sgt. James Hart, Jr., 25, of Hopkins, Texas, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Hart was a member of Company C, 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.

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 Hart’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.

Hart’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.

Hart will be buried June 8, 2021, in Winterfield, Texas.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
March 3
, 2021

Army Pfc. Juan F. Gutierrez, 26

Army Pfc. Juan F. Gutierrez, 26, Del Norte, Rio Grande County, Colorado who was captured and died as a prisoner of war during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In late 1941, Gutierrez was a member of 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.

Captured by the Japanese after the surrender of American forces on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philippines in the spring of 1942, Gutierrez died the following November in a prisoner-of-war camp at Cabanatuan.

Gutierrez was buried with 13 other men in a mass grave in the area before his remains eventually were recovered and moved to the Santa Fe cemetery in April 1950.

Gutierrez is buried at Santa FeSanta Fe CountyNew Mexico

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed  During the Korean War Accounted For
March
1, 2021

Army Cpl. Ralph S. Boughman, 21

Army Cpl. Ralph S. Boughman, 21, of Union, South Carolina, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

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.

 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.

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed  During the Korean War Accounted For
March
1, 2021

Army Cpl. David B. Milano, 17

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

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.

 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.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
February 25, 2021

Navy Bandmaster James B. Booe, 42

Navy Bandmaster James B. Booe, 42, of Veedersburg, Indiana, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

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.

 

 

 

 

Marine killed From World War II Accounted For
February 24, 2021

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. J.L. Hancock, 21

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. J.L. Hancock, 21, McLean, Gray County, Texas killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In November 1943, Hancock was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance
on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island.

Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated.

Hancock died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943.

He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

His family had this memorial marker placed in McLean Cemetery, in McLean, Texas

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
February 17, 2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class William D. Tucker, 19

Navy Fireman 1st Class William D. Tucker, 19, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Tucker 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 Tucker.

Tucker is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed  During the Korean War Accounted For
February 17, 2021

Army Cpl. Paul Mitchem, 20,

Army Cpl. Paul Mitchem, 20, McDowell County, West Virginia killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In July 1950, Mitchem was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.

He was reported missing in action on July 7 after his unit sustained heavy casualties while defending against the North Korean army’s advance near Ch’onan, South Korea.

His body was not recovered because his unit was forced to retreat, nor were any remains found that could be identified as Mitchem.

The Army issued a presumptive finding of death in December 1953, and he was declared non-recoverable in January 1956.

Mitchem name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed  During the Korean War Accounted For
February 17, 2021

Army Pfc. Michaux Turbeville, 31

Army Pfc. Michaux Turbeville, 31, Dillon County, South Carolina killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In late 1950, Turbeville was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

The cold weather was accompanied by frozen ground, resulting in frostbite casualties, icy roads, and weapon malfunctions.
In the end over 17,000 UN forces were killed or wounded or missing in action, or died of wounds.

He was reported missing in action on Dec. 1, 1950, after his unit was attacked by enemy forces as they attempted to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.

Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

Michaux Turbeville is buried or memorialized at Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed  During the Korean War Accounted For
February 11, 2021

Army Cpl. Paul W. Wilkins, 19

Army Cpl. Paul W. Wilkins, 19, of Bellwood, Pennsylvania, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

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

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
February 10, 2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class James W. Davenport, Jr., 21

Navy Fireman 1st Class James W. Davenport, Jr., 21, Mississippi killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Davenport 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 Davenport.

Davenport is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
February 10, 2021

Navy Seaman 2nd Class David Clark, Jr., 18

 

Navy Seaman 2nd Class David Clark, Jr., 18, Henderson County, Texas killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Clark 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 Clark.

David Clark Jr is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
February 9, 2021

Navy Boilermaker 1st Class William E. Blanchard, 24

Navy Boilermaker 1st Class William E. Blanchard, 24, Albany, Georgia killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Blanchard 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 Blanchard.

Blanchard is memorialized at Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
January 27, 2021

Navy Water Tender 1st Class Oliver K. Burger, 26

Navy Water Tender 1st Class Oliver K. Burger, 26, Athens, Tennessee killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Burger 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 Burger.

Burger was reported "Missing in action or lost at sea". at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
January 27, 2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Wesley J. Brown, 25

Navy Fireman 1st Class Wesley J. Brown, 25, from Iowa was killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Brown 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 Brown.

Brown was reported "Missing in action or lost at sea". at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
January 27, 2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Beoin H. Corzatt, 24,

 Navy Fireman 1st Class Beoin H. Corzatt, 24, Arcanum, Ohio was killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Corzatt 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 Corzatt.

Corzatt was reported "Missing in action or lost at sea". at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
January 27, 2021

Navy Shipfitter 3rd Class Robert E. Bailey, 21

Navy Shipfitter 3rd Class Robert E. Bailey, 21, Mercer County, Ohio killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Bailey 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 Bailey.

Petty Officer Bailey is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
January 27, 2021

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Earl M. Ellis, 23

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Earl M. Ellis, 23, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ellis 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 Ellis.

Recorded circumstances attributed to: "Missing in action, Lost at sea".

Earl Maurice Ellis is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS West Virginia Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
January 22, 2021

Navy Fireman 3rd Class Welborn L. Ashby, 24

Navy Fireman 3rd Class Welborn L. Ashby, 24, of Louisville, Kentucky, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ashby was assigned to the battleship USS West Virginia, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The ship 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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
January 22, 2021

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Thomas E. Griffith, 20

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Thomas E. Griffith, 20, of Dayton, Ohio, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Soldier From World War II Accounted For
January 22, 2021

Army Pvt. Alevin A. Hathaway, 20

Army Pvt. Alevin A. Hathaway, 20, Chittenden County, Vermont killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In November 1944, Hathaway was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division.

His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Hürtgen, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was killed in action on Nov. 6, though details of his loss are sparse and contradictory.

Hathaway was reported missing and ultimately declared dead on November 7, 1945. Recorded circumstances attributed to: "Missing in action or lost at sea".

Hathaway could not be recovered because of the on-going fighting, and his status was officially recorded on Nov. 7, 1945.

Alevin A Hathaway is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.
This is an American Battle Monuments Commission location.

 

 

 

 

 

Airmen killed From World War II Accounted For
January 22, 2021

U.S. Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Frank A. Norris, 23

 U.S. Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Frank A. Norris, 23, Hunt County, Texas killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In the summer of 1943, Norris was a pilot assigned to the 345th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force.

On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 Liberator aircraft on which Norris was serving as an engineer 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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Sailor From World War II Accounted For
January 19, 2021

Navy Chief Machinist’s Mate Class Lada Smisek, 42

 

Navy Chief Machinist’s Mate Class Lada Smisek, 42, of Cleveland, Ohio, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

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.


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.

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

USS West Virginia Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
January 5, 2021

Navy Fireman 3rd Class William L. Barnett, 21

Navy Fireman 3rd Class William L. Barnett, 21, Ft. Scott, Bourbon, Kansas killed during World War II, was accounted for.

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today there are 1,585 American servicemen and civilians that are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

 


POW/MIA's from 2020

 

 

Soldier Killed  During the Korean War Accounted For
December 23, 2020

Army Cpl. Roy H. Thomas, 22

Army Cpl. Roy H. Thomas, 22, Saint Charles, Virginia killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In late 1950, Thomas was a member of Company M, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

He was reported missing in action on Dec. 12, 1950, after his unit was attacked by enemy forces as they attempted to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.

Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed  During the Korean War Accounted For
December 23, 2020

Army Pfc. William J. Sharp, 18

Army Pfc. William J. Sharp, 18, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In July 1950, Sharp was a member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.

He was reported killed in action on July 24 after his unit sustained heavy casualties while defending against the North Korean army’s advance near Hwanggon, South Korea.

His body was not recovered because his unit for forced to retreat, nor were any remains found that could be identified as Sharp.

He was declared non-recoverable in January 1956.

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
December 22, 2020

Navy Mess Attendant 3rd Class Isaac Parker, 17

Navy Mess Attendant 3rd Class Isaac Parker, 17, of Woodson, Arkansas, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Parker 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 Parker.

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

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

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

Parker’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.

Parker will be buried June 8, 2021 in St. Louis.
 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
December 17, 2020

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Charles A. Jones, 21

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Charles A. Jones, 21, of Harvard, Nebraska, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Jones 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 Jones.

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.