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Two members of the “Seth E. Perry” American Legion Post 84 and a Russian Defense Attache render honors while Taps is played during a ceremony in which a wreath was released into the Pasquotank River in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on Jan. 11, 2020, to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of five Russian, Ukrainian, and Canadian military personnel who were conducting a PBN-1 Nomad seaplane transport mission under Project Zebra, a top-secret WWII lend-lease effort that trained and equipped over 300 Soviet aviators with PBN-1 and PBY-6 seaplanes. Elizabeth City and the Museum of Albemarle invited Russian officials and the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission (USRJC) on POW/MIAs to commemorate Project Zebra, an enabling factor in the victory of the Allied forces over the Axis in World War II. DPAA supports the work of the USRJC, which has a humanitarian mission to collect and analyze the fate of Soviet/Russian and American POW/MIA service members as well as inform the public through official presentations and publications.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Angelica Vasquez
Katsunobu Kato, Japanese Minister of Health, Labor, and Welfare, pays his respects to a wreath laid in honor of the missing as part of a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Jan. 10, 2020. He was accompanied by U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Darius Banaji, DPAA's Deputy Director for Operations (left), and Jim Horton, Director of the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (right). The ceremony honored the losses of U.S. service members incurred in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Dr. Piotr Bojakowski, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Scientific Analysis, and Kara Davis, DPAA Partnerships & Innovation, view Unexploded Ordinance clearing operations conducted by the Dutch company BODAC in the Bay of Szczecin, Poland, in December 2019. Representatives from multiple DPAA directorates, including Scientific Analysis, Partnerships and Innovations, and European-Mediterranean Regional Operations, conducted a combined Investigation Team mission with the Polish Maritime Office and the Institute of National Remembrance [Instytutu Pamieci Narodowej (IPN)] to review potential cases for recovery. In September 2019, DPAA and the IPN signed an agreement to cooperate in the search and identification of missing U.S. personnel from World War II lost in Poland. DPAA experts such as historians, scientific recovery experts, and underwater archeologists continue their work with Polish authorities and partners to identify sites of missing WWII air crews.
U.S. Navy photo
The USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) renders honors during the 78th Commemoration of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 2019. The ship is named for Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence (1930-2005), naval aviator, Mercury astronaut finalist, and Vietnam War prisoner of war. Lawrence is a recipient of the Silver Star and the Distinguished Service Medal, the nation's third highest military award, for his inspirational leadership while in captivity. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Cmdr. Dawn C. Allen is the commanding officer aboard William P. Lawrence.
The U.S.-Russia Joint Commission (USRJC) on POW/MIAs met in Moscow on December 12, 2019, to conduct Technical Talks regarding POW/MIA cases from the Cold War and Korean War. The U.S. delegation was led by Timothy Shea, Defense Intelligence Officer for Europe and Eurasia, and U.S. Army Col. Frank F. Tank, Director, European-Mediterranean Directorate, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). DPAA supports the USRJC through the Joint Commission Support Division, which provides administrative and analytic support to conduct annual Technical Talks focused on POW/MIA cases from World War II, Korean War, Cold War, and the Vietnam War; as well as support to an annual Plenum. At the Cold War and Korean War Technical Talks, both sides exchanged research queries and information and expressed a desire to continue their work to account for POW/MIAs. The USRJC was established in 1992 by U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin as a forum through which both nations seek to determine the fates of their missing service personnel.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Rusty Frank
Members of a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recovery team pose for a group photo with local workers after finishing a recovery mission in Lang Son Province, Vietnam, Nov. 29, 2019. The local workers helped the team dig and sift through dirt in an attempt to find a missing U.S. service member lost during the Vietnam War.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Everette
Army Cpl. Earl H. Markle, 19, of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, killed during the Korean War, was buried Dec 10, 2019 at Arlington National Cemetery. Markle was reported missing in action on Nov. 2, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near Unsan, North Korea. His remains could not be recovered following the attack, and he was not reported as a prisoner of war. The U.S. Army declared him deceased as of Dec. 31, 1953. On July 27, 2018, following the summit between President Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim 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. To identify Markle’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial and material evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis. Today, 7,652 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously returned by Korean officials, recovered from Korea by American recovery teams, or disinterred from unknown graves. Markle’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 missing from the Korean War. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
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STORIES & RELEASES
Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Brown, R.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt. Roy Brown, Jr., 22, of Des Moines, Iowa, killed during World War II, was accounted
Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Waid, C.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt. Charlie M. Waid, 26, of Chico, California, killed during World War II, was accounted
Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Brown, W.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. William L. Brown, 18, of Sesser, Illinois, killed during the Korean War, was
Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Barrow, P.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pvt. Pearl F. Barrow, 36, of Wichita, Kansas, killed during World War II, was
Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Evans, J.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc. Junior C. Evans, 20, of Hall County, Texas, killed during the Korean War, was
Pilot Accounted For From World War II (Twedt, L.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Lowell S. Twedt, 27, of Le Grand, Iowa, killed during World War
Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (McCollum, W.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Cpl. William J. McCollum, 19, of Anderson, South Carolina, killed during the Korean War,
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Countless hours of painstaking work over decades brought scientific sleuths to a sign they were on
Remains of WWII soldier returned to Milwaukee nearly 75 years later (Via WGN)
Decades of uncertainty are over for one family after the remains of a missing World War II veteran
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