The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the
remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and returned to
his family for burial with full military honors.
He is Pfc. Billy M. MacLeod, U.S. Army, of Cheboygan, Mich. He was buried Saturday
Representatives from the Army met with MacLeod’s next-of-kin to explain the recovery
and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the
Secretary of the Army.
MacLeod was a member of Company B, 32nd Infantry Regiment, then making up part of
the 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, operating along the eastern banks of the
Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. From Nov. 27-Dec. 1, 1950, the Chinese People’s Volunteer
Forces overran the U.S. positions, forcing their southward withdrawal. Regimental records
compiled after the battle indicate that MacLeod was killed in action on Nov. 28, 1950.
Between 2002 and 2005, three joint U.S.-Democratic People’s Republic of Korea teams,
led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), excavated an area with two mass
graves on the eastern shore of the Chosin Reservoir. They were believed to be burial sites of U.S.
soldiers from the 31st RCT. The teams found human remains and other material evidence.
Analysis of the remains subsequently led to the identifications of eight individuals, including
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from
JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA and
dental comparisons in the identification of MacLeod’s remains.
For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing
Americans, visit the DPMO web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.