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We're excited to announce the release of the first videos in a series covering World War II Battles and Operations.
These first three videos highlight and give historical perspective on our Hürtgen Forest Project, Enoura Maru Project, and World War II European-Mediterranean Disinterments. They are meant to facilitate conversations with families as well as help them understand what is being done to locate and identify their missing loved one.
The videos can be found at https://www.dpaa.mil/Resources/Briefing-Videos/. As new videos are produced, they will be added to this page and announced here and on our social media.
WWII Battles and Operations Briefings
On this Valentine's Day, we at DPAA want to share with you love letters those we search for and those we have accounted for wrote to their loved ones. Our noble mission is ultimately for them.
Please take a couple of minutes and click the link below to listen to their words.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Love Letters Stand the Test of Time
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced the 300th identification of a previously unaccounted-for service member from the USS Oklahoma was made at the DPAA Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska on Jan. 28.
Marine Pfc. John F. Middleswart was the milestone identification for an effort that began 18 years earlier in 2003, but has seen the majority of its work in the past five and a half years with the USS Oklahoma Project.
To read more, click the link below.
300th USS Oklahoma Service Member Identified
Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives
The 92nd Infantry Division, “Buffalo Soldiers,” began to deploy to Italy in July 1944. They had spent more than a year training together at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and were deemed ready to enter World War II. What made them unique was that they were only African American infantry unit operating in Europe at that time.
The segregated division, made up of primarily white officers and African American enlisted, was sent to the Gothic Line in the northern Apennine Mountains in Italy, Germany’s last major line of defense against the Allied forces pushing north. They remained there throughout the winter with their one major operation – Operation FOURTH TERM – taking place in February 1945. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) historians estimate the 92nd lost approximately 700 men during their time on the Line.
Read about them and DPAA's need for DNA family reference samples to identify their unaccounted-for by clicking the link below.
Trying to Bring Home 92nd Inf. Div. Soldiers
U.S. Servicemembers and Civilians Missing from Past Conflicts
STORIES & RELEASES
Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Gutierrez, J.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc. Juan F. Gutierrez, 26, who was captured and died as a prisoner of war during World
Defense Health Agency Director tours DPAA facility, highlighting unique, enduring partnership
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) hosted the Defense Health Agency (DHA) Director, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, and the Senior Enlisted Leader of
Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Boughman, R.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. Ralph S. Boughman, 21, of Union, South Carolina, killed during the Korean War, was
Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Milano, D.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. David B. Milano, 17, of Chicago, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for
DPAA Officially Launches 142nd JFA with Vietnam
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), in partnership with the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP), officially launched the 142nd Joint
Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Reab, L.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt. Lyle W. Reab, 22, killed during World War II, was accounted for Feb. 24, 2021.In
USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Booe, J.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Bandmaster James B. Booe, 42, of Veedersburg, Indiana, killed during World War II, was
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DPAA IN THE NEWS
An unwavering commitment to bring home missing servicemembers (via The American Legion)
The efforts to bring home men and women missing in action are a sacred obligation, according to
Offutt lab seeks to identify soldiers who fought and died in segregated unit in WWII (via the Omaha World-Herald)
Vernon Joseph Baker couldn’t help but shed a tear on his day in the spotlight as President Bill
Remains of Oto sailor who died in Japanese attack on USS Oklahoma identified (via the Sioux City Journal)
SMITHLAND, Iowa -- Gaylyn Beckner never knew her uncle Wesley Brown, never was told much about
Hawaii families take part in Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency's update on missing loved ones (via KITV-4 Island News)
DPAA director Kelly McKeague joined Good Morning Hawaii from Arlington, Virginia, to talk about
Remains of 5 Vietnam War photojournalists killed in copter crash wait at Offutt for permanent burial (via Omaha World-Herald)
Fifty years ago this week, five international photojournalists covering the Vietnam War hopped a
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