DPAA In The News

Feb. 12, 2024

As China ties warm, US military resumes search to bring fallen heroes home

The US military has completed two site surveys to recover World War II remains in China, the first in the country in nearly five years, in the latest effort to honour the legacy of Sino-American military cooperation eight decades ago.A team with the US Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) "spent several weeks surveying sites in southern China

Feb. 8, 2024

Middletown Air Force Lt. killed in WWII returning home

The body of a Middletown Air Force Lieutenant killed when his plane was shot down in World War II will return home to be buried after being identified through DNA testing.The U.S. Department of Defense's POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that 27-year-old Dan Corson was officially accounted for on Sept. 22. His family was notified in October,

Jan. 29, 2024

Digging into the facts and field

In June 1945, 2nd Lt. Hulen A. Leinweber was shot down and killed while piloting a plane in the Philippines just months before World War II ended. Military personnel searched the area where the 21-year-old’s plane crashed but discovered no remains; in 1947, Leinweber was named one of tens of thousands of non-recoverable WWII soldiers.But over 70

Jan. 29, 2024

DPAA completes first mission in the PRC since pandemic began

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) completed a site survey in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Jan. 19, investigating two previously surveyed sites related to World War II aircraft losses.  The mission aimed to locate a C-47 Skytrain and a P-40 Warhawk that went missing. The team, consisting of seven members, visited the provinces

Dec. 27, 2023

Fallen hero identified, returned home

Fallen World War II hero and Little Rock son 2nd Lt. Kenyon Brindley is home nearly 80 years after he and six other crew members on a B-24 Liberator lost their lives in the sky over Gotha, Germany, on Feb. 24, 1944.Laid to rest on Monday in a private service at a cemetery in Conway following a public visitation and funeral, the story of Kenyon’s

Dec. 27, 2023

Navy Medal of Honor Recipient from Pearl Harbor Is Honored with Arlington Funeral

As the bugle fell silent on the fields of Arlington National Cemetery on a gray December Thursday, a heroic sailor was finally laid to rest 82 years after his story and that of one of the most defining moments of American history became intertwined.The sailor was Seaman 1st Class James Ward. He was stationed aboard the battleship USS Oklahoma when

Dec. 21, 2023

US historians ID a New Mexico soldier killed during WWII, but work remains on thousands of cases

After years of combing through military records and making some key deductions, a team of U.S. government historians and researchers has finally put a name to case file X-3212, identifying an Army private from eastern New Mexico named Homer Mitchell who died during World War II.The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency this week announced the findings,

Dec. 12, 2023

80 years after his death at Pearl Harbor, a sailor’s remains are returned home

Every December, Deb Conti’s grandmother would pull out the wrinkled letter and faded photograph she received from her brother just weeks before he was killed in Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor over 80 years ago.“Dear ‘little’ Eve,” the letter reads. “I am thinking of the family, every day.”The sailor, Stanley Galaszewski was a family man. Raised by

Nov. 29, 2023

Missing WWII Airman Officially Accounted for Nearly 80 Years After Plane Shot Down

A missing United States airman is finally accounted for nearly 80 years after his death during World War II, according to defense officials.U.S. Army Air Force Staff Sgt. Franklin P. Hall, of Leesburg, Fla., was killed during World War II at the age of 21, according to a news release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.Hall was a left waist

Nov. 29, 2023

U.S. airman missing in France since 1944 now accounted-for after remains analyzed

The remains of an American airman who was listed as unaccounted-for after his plane was shot down over France during World War II have been found and identified almost 80 years later.Army Air Force Staff Sgt. Franklin P. Hall, from Leesburg, Florida, was killed on Jan. 21, 1944, when the German Luftwaffe shot down his B-24D Liberator, called the