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Press Release | Sept. 22, 2022

Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Whatley, I.)

WASHINGTON  –   The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Pfc. Ithiel E. Whatley, 19, who died as a prisoner of war during the Korean War, was accounted for Sept. 7, 2022.

In the summer of 1950, Whatley was a member of M Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on July 12 after this unit was engaged in a fighting withdrawal south of Chochi’won, South Korea, towards the Kum River. While it is possible Whatley was captured, there was no record or eyewitness accounts of him being held as a prisoner of war, and no recovered remains were ever identified as him. The Army issued a presumptive finding of death on Jan. 4, 1954 and declared Whatley non-recoverable in January 1956.

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Whatley’s personnel profile can be viewed at