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Press Release | June 17, 2024

Soldier Accounted for from Korean War (Pierce, C.)

Washington  –  

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Sgt. Clayton M. Pierce, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for June 7, 2024.

In late 1950, Pierce was a member of D Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported killed in action on Dec. 1, 1950, after his unit was engaged with enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered. The exact circumstances of his loss are not historically available, and there was never a record he was held captive as a POW.

To see the most up-to-date statistics on DPAA recovery efforts for those unaccounted for from the Korean War, go to the Korean War fact sheet on the DPAA website at:

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at, or find us on social media at  or