The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is a U.S. Department of Defense agency tasked to account for all Americans missing as a result of the nation's past conflicts (World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the first Gulf War). Eighty-eight thousand Americans are still missing. DPAA is manned by approximately 400 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians.

Each year, DPAA teams travel throughout the world to locate and excavate sites where the remains of missing Americans are believed to be located. These locations are usually ground burials or Aircraft crash sites. After remains are recovered, they are transported to DPAA's Central Identification Laboratory (CIL), the largest forensic anthropology laboratory in the world.

Here, DPAA staff of forensic anthropologists attempt to identify all recovered remains. Once an American has been identified, their remains are returned to their family with full military honors. If you know the possible location of a missing American, please help us by sending your information and contact details using our online site reporting form.

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