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Virtual Family Member Update - Miami
We held our Virtual Family Member Update for Miami, Florida, on Saturday, Jan. 22.
The program included overviews of all aspects of remains recovery operations, which take place around the world, and the agenda was tailored for family members attending. This included information and presentations about the U.S. government’s work to account for Americans still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, the Korean War, the Cold War and World War II. Presentations included details about the forensic identification work done at our laboratories in Hawaii and Nebraska, as well as details about the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) in Delaware, including DNA analysis, one of the high-technology tools used by our scientists to identify the remains we recover.
You can watch the archived video of the presentations by clicking one of the links below.
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Contributed photo by USAF Lt. Col. Trevor Gersten
DPAA thanks Danish Navy Personnel
U.S. Navy Captain Justin Orlich, Senior Defense Official and Defense Attaché to Denmark, presents Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency medals to Danish Navy personnel, Jan. 18, 2022 on HDMS Soloven in Denmark. The agency recognized members of the Royal Danish Navy for their efforts to support an underwater survey of a U.S. B-24 Liberator aircraft wreckage, which might help to account for missing World War II Airmen and provide information to their families.
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Photo by Tech. Sgt. Rusty Frank
U.S./Vietnam Repatriation Ceremony
DPAA Detachment Two and the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) helding a remains turnover ceremony Dec. 14, 2021, in Da Nang, Vietnam. Two sets of possible remains and material evidence are being returned to the DPAA Laboratory in Hawaii for further analysis. The repatriated remains were recovered by unilateral and joint excavation teams during the 144th and 145th Joint Field Activity (JFA).
DPAA seeks families’ help for WWII Soldiers lost in Market Garden
DPAA historian Dr. Ian Spurgeon interviews Maj Moffatt Burriss (Ret), former commander of Company I, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, at Den Heuvel, Netherlands, in September 2014. Three soldiers from Major Burriss’ company are still missing from combat at Den Heuvel during Operation Market Garden. The agency is currently tracking 52 soldiers still missing in the Netherlands and some neighboring German communities from Operation Market Garden.
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USS Oklahoma Reinterment Ceremony
On the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy, in partnership with DPAA, hosted a reinterment ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific for the 33 remaining Sailors of the USS Oklahoma who were unable to be individually identified. Through all modern efforts, 361 of the 394 Sailors and Marines originally buried as Unknowns were individually identified.
You can watch the ceremony at either of the links below.
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DPAA Year in Review
The FY 2021 Year in Review magazine is here!
Our annual magazine chronicles our efforts throughout the previous fiscal year to fulfill our sacred mission to bring home those still unaccounted for from our past wars and conflicts.
You can view or download it by clicking on the link below or going to the Year In Review website page.
FY 2021 Year in Review
Year in Review website page
U.S. Servicemembers and Civilians Missing from Past Conflicts
STORIES & RELEASES
Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Delauter, R.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. Roy C. Delauter, 21, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Jan. 18,
USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Perdue, C.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Shipfitter 1st Class Charles F. Perdue, 32, of Salisbury, Maryland, killed during World
Pilot Accounted For From Vietnam War (Charvet, P.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Naval Reserve Cmdr. Paul C. Charvet, 26, of Grandview, Washington, killed during the
USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Casola, B.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class Biacio Casola, 26, of The Bronx, New York, killed during World War II,
Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Cherry, R.B.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. R.B. Cherry, 19, of Dallas, who died as a prisoner of war during the Korean War, was
USS West Virginia Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Melton, J.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class John R. Melton, 23, killed during World War II, was accounted for on
AFCLC and DPAA: A Partnership for Mission Success
Since 2012, Language Enabled Airman Program Scholars and Foreign Area Officers from the Air Force Culture and Language Center have helped to support the Defense POW/MIA Agency’s mission. What started as linguistic support for DPAA’s Short-term Individual Augmentee Sourcing Conference has now developed into life-changing language, cultural and tactical support in helping DPAA connect with families of missing personnel.
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DPAA IN THE NEWS
How scientist/detectives work to identify missing service members (via Nebraska Public Media)
How scientist/detectives work to identify missing service members inside the DPAA lab at Offutt Air
80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor brings end to victim-identification program (via the Washington Post)
Twin brothers Leo and Rudolph Blitz were 16 when they applied to join the Navy. They were so young
A Noble Calling (via UMass Boston Magazine)
Colonel (Retired) Fern Sumpter Winbush ’89 enjoyed a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Army,
How DNA Solved One of the Final Mysteries of Pearl Harbor (via Politico)
On Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, Mess Attendant 2nd Class Jesus Garcia, stationed aboard the USS
Inside the 80-Year Quest to Name Pearl Harbor's Unknown Victims (via Time Magazine)
The seven sailors point their rifles skyward and fire three times in unison, shattering the silence
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