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POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremonies
Today, Sept. 17, is POW/MIA Recognition Day!
The U.S. Department of Defense conducted a POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony at the Pentagon this morning that can be viewed on our Facebook page and Livestreams page of our website.
The DPAA ceremony will be live in Hawaii at 10 a.m. HST/4 p.m. EDT, and can also be seen on our webpage and on our Facebook page, which can be reached from the following links.
Virtual Vietnam War Government Briefings
DPAA hosted our Annual Government Briefings virtually for families whose loved ones are unaccounted from the Vietnam War Sept. 15 -16, 2021.
During the event, U.S. government officials updated family members on current and future accounting efforts through various briefings that provide strategic, operational, and scientific overviews as well as fielded questions from those viewing.
You can still watch recordings of the briefings on our website's livestreams page or on our Facebook page at the following links.
DPAA Facebook Page
DPAA Livestreams Page
Laos Repatriation Ceremony
Members of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency completed the second Joint Field Activity of the year in Laos with a ceremony honoring the repatriation of possible remains of U.S. service members lost during the Vietnam War. Dr. Peter Haymond, United States Ambassador to Laos, and Mr. Bounleua Phandanouvong, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, served as the guest speakers for the ceremony on September 10th, 2021. The U.S. has conducted POW/MIA operations in Laos since 1985, the longest enduring example of bilateral cooperation between the two countries (photos courtesy of Phonesavanh Sangsomboun, U.S. Embassy).”
Vietnam Tech Talks
Senior leaders with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the Vietnam Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) meet virtually during the annual technical talks at the DPAA facilities on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, Sep. 9, 2021. The annual meeting is an opportunity for DPAA and the VNOSMP to reflect on the previous year’s personnel accounting activities and look for ways to improve recovery operations in the coming year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan McElderry)
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Slater
Service Before Self
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Tremel, Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency independent medical technician, examines an evacuee’s mouth at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 31, 2021. Ramstein provides safe, temporary lodging for evacuees from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge operations over the course of the next several weeks. Medical technicians from various units within the European theater aided with providing medical care to evacuees.
Photo by Ashley M. Wright
DPAA Director Kelly McKeague comforts the family of Naval Reserve Seaman 1st Class James C. Williams, 20, of Portland, Oregon, killed December 7, 1941 on the USS Oklahoma. Williams was buried September 9, 2021 at Arlington National Cemetery. The U.S. Navy sailor is one of the 352 identifications of Unknowns of USS Oklahoma that DPAA has accounted for since 2015.
Ambassador visits Laos Joint Field Activity Sites
Dr. Peter Haymond, United States Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, visited two DPAA Joint Field Activity sites in Northern Laos on Aug. 23, 2021. The Provincial Vice Governor along with senior representatives from the Lao Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs joined the Ambassador for the visit. Ambassador Haymond thanked the Lao government for its continued support to the DPAA mission, and highlighted how DPAA’s activities in Laos are the longest-enduring example of U.S.-Lao cooperation.
U.S. Servicemembers and Civilians Missing from Past Conflicts
STORIES & RELEASES
Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (DeWitt, S.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. Stanley L. DeWitt, 18, of Royal City, Indiana, killed during the Korean War, was
USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Graham, W.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class Wesley E. Graham, 21, of Watervliet, Michigan, killed during World War
USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Nightingale, J.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 1st Class Joe R. Nightingale, 20, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, killed during World War
USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Connolly, K.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Hospital Apprentice 1st Class Keefe R. Connolly, 19, killed during World War II, was
Marine Accounted For From World War II (Pellerito, A.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew Pellerito, 22, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Aug.
USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted For From World War II (Bock, J.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Navy Seaman 2nd Class John G. Bock, Jr., 18, killed during World War II, was accounted for on
Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Mason, S.)
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pvt. Stephen C. Mason, 21, of Jersey City, New Jersey, killed during World War II,
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DPAA IN THE NEWS
A Proclamation on National POW/MIA Recognition Day, 2021 (via WhiteHouse.gov)
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It’s a hazy summer day in southern England, not far from the medieval market town of Arundel, and
Sister grateful to bury Michigan Korean War veteran whose remains were missing for 70 years (via MLive.com)
After missing for 70 years, the remains of Korean War Veteran Dale W. Wright were interred at the
CSU center works to recover remains of American WWII pilot in France (via Colorado State University)
This year marks the 77th anniversary of the crash of an American bomber in Northern France that
Pearl Harbor Hero, Missing in Action for Decades, Gets Patriotic Homecoming in Kentucky
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