DPAA In The News

June 1, 2021

Pearl Harbor: A love story finds its end 79 years later (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

On November 29, 1941, lonesome Boilermaker 1st Class Eugene Blanchard, from tiny Tignall, Georgia, wrote his wife Laura Ann from the battleship USS Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor.“Miss you and the baby more and more each day that goes by. I will be so glad when my time is up. Well, I have 5 months and 19 day left to go now.... I don’t think there was

May 25, 2021

80 years later, brothers killed in Pearl Harbor attack will finally get their military funeral (via Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Harold Trapp and his younger brother, William, were born in Chicago and raised in La Porte, Indiana.They did everything together, including joining the U.S. Navy in 1939.“When they joined and enlisted, they enlisted on the same day ― together,” said their niece, Carol Sowar. Her mother, Irene, was their only other sibling.“I know

May 24, 2021

DoD IDs Dayton sailor killed at Pearl Harbor, gives him final home at Arlington (via the Dayton Daily News)

After nearly 80 years, U.S. Navy Radioman 3rd Class Thomas E. Griffith has been laid to rest.Griffith, 20, is a Daytonian who was killed during World War II. No longer unknown, he was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery Friday, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) said.On Dec. 7, 1941 — the day of the surprise attack against

May 10, 2021

Austin Says POW/MIA Agency's Mission Gives Confidence to Service Members in War (via Navy.mil)

During a Friday visit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, the secretary of defense visited the agency charged with attempting to locate, identify and return to families the remains of service members who were lost in combat.Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III told the civilian and military personnel at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting

May 10, 2021

Testing identifies remains of sailor from Kansas who died in Pearl Harbor attack (via American Military News)

Testing has identified the remains of a sailor from Rush Center in Rush County who died during the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941.The remains of Navy Fireman 1st Class Harold E. Bates will be buried May 29 in Larned, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced in late April.Bates was accounted for on Feb. 5, that agency said in a news

April 30, 2021

Missing for 77 years, remains World War II pilot from Lansing found in Papua New Guinea (via Fox47 News Lansing)

U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Robert Parker of Lansing, Michigan was declared missing during World War II at the age of 23.In November of 1943, Parker was on a patrol mission in Papua New Guinea, when he encountered an enemy aircraft on the southern edge of Finisterre Range.He shot down one plane, but collided with another and the impact tore off

April 20, 2021

Lost for decades, a World War II hero finally comes home (via the Los Angeles Times)

The word came in the morning, as Grace Cruz and her children gathered at the family home in Boyle Heights on Christmas Eve, 1943.Her oldest son, Jacob, was dead.A telegram from the United States Marines said the 18-year-old private was killed in action but divulged little else. The ongoing Pacific campaign meant Jacob would be buried in a temporary

April 13, 2021

Kansas Marine Killed During Island Battle in WWII Identified (via Military.com)

The DNA of a niece and nephew, who never met their uncle, has helped identify the remains of the Kansas Marine who died in WWII.The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 21-year-old U.S. Marines Corps Reserve Pfc Raymond Warren was identified using DNA and circumstantial evidence. Warren had been buried in a cemetery in the Gilbert

April 12, 2021

Remains of Nebraska soldier who disappeared in Germany in WWII are finally coming home (via The Omaha World-Herald)

Harry and Daisy Reab must have felt grateful as they prepared Thanksgiving Day dinner at their home in rural Giltner, Nebraska, back in 1944.True, their son and only child, Pvt. Lyle Reab, was far from home, serving with the First Army in Europe during World War II. But he had been blessed to take part in the joyous liberation of Paris a few weeks

April 12, 2021

Remains of New York Man Killed in Korean War Identified After 70 Years (via Military.com)

CORINTH, N.Y. -- Douglas Smead has spent 70 years wondering about the fate of his oldest brother, a U.S. Army private who went missing during savage fighting in bitter cold weather around the Chosin Reservoir, in what is now North Korea, in the early months of the Korean War.Pvt. Walter A. Smead disappeared while his artillery unit was holding a