DPAA In The News

March 9, 2021

New exhibit opens at Pearl Harbor National Memorial (via KITV4 Island News)

Rear Adm. Darius Banaji, DPAA's Deputy Director for Operations, spoke with KITV4 Island News at the opening of a new DPAA display at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.Click here to watch the video.

March 8, 2021

70 years later, a US Army chaplain's remains are found (via CNN)

Seventy years after renowned Army Chaplain Capt. Emil Kapaun died as a prisoner in the Korean War, his remains have been identified by the Defense Department.Kapaun's remains were identified in Hawaii, his nephew Ray Emil Kapaun told CNN. The family received a call from the US Army with the news on Thursday."I almost started thinking it was a prank

March 3, 2021

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 Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Director Kelly McKeague.“This mission serves as a marker for those currently in uniform today that their nation will never forget them should they go missing,” McKeague told the National Security Commission at The

Feb. 23, 2021

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 Clinton draped the blue-ribboned Medal of Honor around his neck.Baker had earned the medal more than half a century before as a young lieutenant in Italy on April 5, 1945, when he led an all-Black platoon against German troops entrenched on an Italian

Feb. 22, 2021

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 him.What he was like as a young man, his personality, those details weren't discussed very often. Buckner's mother, Ida Bainbridge, said little about her older brother in their Smithland home."I really didn't know anything. My mother didn't really talk

Feb. 22, 2021

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 fulfilling the agency's mission during the pandemic.The Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) holds events called Family Member Updates (FMU) across the country to keep thousands of families informed of efforts to locate and identify the remains of

Feb. 16, 2021

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 ride aboard a South Vietnamese army UH-1 helicopter. Their mission: to get a firsthand view of the Lam Son 719 campaign across the border into neighboring Laos, intended to cut off North Vietnamese supply lines on the Ho Chi Minh. The helicopter was

Feb. 9, 2021

300th service member killed aboard USS Oklahoma identified

The DefensePOW/MIA Accounting Agency says the 300th service member killed while serving aboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, has been identified.Marine Corps Pfc. John F. Middleswart, 19, was accounted for on Jan. 28. His identification comes as a result of the ongoing USS Oklahoma Project.“When his identification came through,

Feb. 1, 2021

70 Korean War MIAs have been identified from remains released after 2018 Kim-Trump summit (via the Omaha World-Herald)

At an air base in Wonsan, Dr. Jennie Jin carefully examined each of the 55 cases, making sure each was secured and matched the paperwork she had been handed by North Korean authorities.Each case contained the bones of soldiers who died long ago in the Korean War, during a counterattack by U.S., South Korean and allied forces after Communist North

Jan. 29, 2021

Hundreds died on World War II ‘hell ships’. Now there’s an effort to identify the dead. (via the Washington Post)

On May 14, 1941, Manila’s Pier 7 was teeming with military family members saying goodbye to husbands and fathers and waiting to board the ocean liner that would take them away from the war looming in the Pacific.Three-year-old Nancy White and her pregnant mother, Chrystal, 31, were saying farewell to her father, Maj. Clarence H. White, 39, an Army