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Jan. 27, 2021

Remains of Cleveland sailor killed in WWII identified, returned to the U.S.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – Cleveland sailor, Navy Chief Machinist’s Mate Class Lada Smisek, will soon be laid to rest in America.The 42-year-old was serving at the Naval Ammunition Depot and Submarine Base in Cavite, Philippine Islands, when Japanese forces invaded in 1942. Smisek was taken prisoner in May and sent to a prisoner of war camp in the

Jan. 22, 2021

Phoenix sailor who died in Pearl Harbor attack brought home after remains identified

Nearly 80 years after he died in the Pearl Harbor attack, Phoenix sailor Carl Johnson was brought home on Tuesday so he could be buried in his hometown. A small group of Johnson's relatives gathered next to a plane at Sky Harbor International Airport as his remains, in a coffin adorned with an American flag, were carried by four Navy sailors from

Jan. 19, 2021

Unidentified GIs Who Died in Philippines Returned to Hawaii (via U.S. News & World Report)

The remains of some U.S. military personnel who died during World War II and were buried anonymously in the Philippines have been returned to Hawaii to try to determine their identities.The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recently conducted an “honorable carry” ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for about 40 sets of unidentified remains,

Jan. 11, 2021

A sailor returns to Clay County, nearly 80 years later

Charles Alan Jones never made it back to Clay County.The 21-year-old was aboard the USS Oklahoma when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, and he was among the 429 crewmen who were killed when it capsized.His remains went unidentified for generations, but his name lived on in his hometown in Harvard.It lived on in his nephew, born 15 years later.

Dec. 16, 2020

Bringing Soldiers Home (via the Cal State Fullerton Titan)

When Nicole Rhoton's investigation team removed the top layer of dirt from a crash site in former East Germany, they immediately saw evidence of a full skeleton.The team decided to continue excavation until the remains were fully exposed, digging until 4 o’clock in the morning. The nearby town was overwhelmingly supportive, with the mayor and

Dec. 15, 2020

Editorial: Offutt lab uses science to show reverence for fallen service personnel (via the Omaha World-Herald)

"The scientific skill demonstrated at Offutt by Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency personnel is of the highest order. Just as important, Offutt staff members have won praise for their outreach to families in carrying out the complicated process of returning remains from far-flung locations." For the full story, visit the link below.

Dec. 7, 2020

79 years after Pearl Harbor attack, Offutt lab working to bring families closure (via the Omaha World-Herald)

World War II ended practically as soon as it started for Fireman 1st Class Louis Tushla and Seaman 2nd Class Charles Alan Jones, two Nebraskans serving in the Navy aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma.The ship rolled over at its berth along Pearl Harbor’s Battleship Row in the first minutes of the Japanese attack on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941,

Dec. 7, 2020

79 years after Pearl Harbor sinking, project to identify USS Oklahoma's dead nearing its end (via the Tulsa World)

The name “Pearl Harbor” didn’t mean anything to most Americans when it crackled over their radios for the first time in December 1941.Before the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, few had ever heard of it.But for Oklahomans at least, one name in the news reports that followed rang a definite bell.Word that the battleship USS Oklahoma was among the vessels

Oct. 23, 2020

Joint Statement Regarding Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper's Meeting With Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto

Today, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper met with Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto at the Pentagon to discuss regional security, bilateral defense priorities, and defense acquisitions. Secretary Esper communicated the importance of upholding human rights, the rule of law, and professionalization as the two countries expand their

Aug. 17, 2020

Sunny Lee, who ensured Utah remembered the Korean War, dies at 67 (via The Salt Lake Tribune)

Sunny Lee, who from her home in Springdale worked with the South Korean government to celebrate American soldiers who fought in what’s been called The Forgotten War, died Friday at Dixie Regional Medical Center. She was 67.Her husband, John Lee, said his wife had a meeting in her home Aug. 4 with a representative of the South Korean government to