DPAA In The News

May 23, 2019

'So much effort is going to find our loved ones': POW/MIA families updated on identification efforts (Via Omaha World Herald)

Until a few months ago, Jay Banta of Omaha knew next to nothing about his father’s cousin, Don Banta, who died at age 22 during World War II.Then, out of the blue, a representative of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency called and asked if he would provide a DNA sample to help identify his missing relative.“I was thrilled, I was surprised,” said

May 23, 2019

Pearl Harbor Sailor’s Remains To Be Returned To Virginia, MN After 77 Years (Via CBS Minnesota)

The remains of a Minnesota sailor killed in action are coming home to Virginia, Minnesota, after 77 years of being unidentified, said the Navy Operational Support Center. When Dante S. Tini was 19, he served as a radioman on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor during the attack that thrust the U.S into World War II, the center says.Tini’s body was

May 6, 2019

They vowed to be friends for life. When one died at war, the other fought years to bring him home (Via LA Times)

As kids, Ruben and Raul thought they had life all figured out.They would grow up and live minutes from one another, be best men in each other’s weddings, godfathers to each other’s children. They would sit side by side at Dodger stadium, two old men in a sea of blue.The friends never imagined that after high school both would be sent to Vietnam —

April 11, 2019

Citadel graduate’s body went missing during Korean War. Now, he’ll be buried at Arlington (Via The Post and Courier)

It had been less than a year since 1st Lt. Herman Falk had graduated from The Citadel, and the newly commissioned officer was on the front lines of the Korean War fighting for his life.The 1950 graduate would never return to Charleston and was declared missing in action on Feb. 12, 1951, along with half of his platoon.Nearly 70 years later, Falk’s

April 9, 2019

Lansdale looking to update memorial for Korean War serviceman (Via Montgomery Media)

A local landmark could have a new look as soon as the end of next month, to honor a local resident who gave his life for his country more than half a century ago.Borough Manager John Ernst reported this week that staff are working on updating a marker in Memorial Park to reflect the name of a local man recently found to have been killed in the

March 20, 2019

Pentagon Officials to Meet With Hundreds of S.A.-area POW/MIA Families (Via WOAI News Radio)

Hundreds of San Antonio-area relatives of military personnel listed as prisoners of war or missing in action this weekend meet with Pentagon officials to receive updates on the search for remains or other information related to the service members' disappearance, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.Saturday's meeting between the next of kin and

March 19, 2019

75 years after his death, a lost Philadelphia airman is returned to his family (Via The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Janice Hechler can’t remember the first time she learned that her Uncle Howard was lost.She was not yet 4 when the bomber plane he had piloted crashed in a lagoon off the Pacific in World War II. Janice didn’t know much about her uncle. As the years went on, the family drifted apart, as families sometimes do.When she thought of it, she imagined

March 15, 2019

Remains of World War II Pottstown airman identified (Via The Mercury)

Seventy-four years after his bomber crashed in a Pacific lagoon, the remains of a Pottstown airman who died serving his country have been identified.U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer, 22, was accounted for on Dec. 20, 2018.According to a release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Shaffer's B-24J bomber, often called a

March 14, 2019

Identified Middletown sailor killed in Pearl Harbor ‘coming home’ (Via Dayton Daily News)

The niece of a Middletown sailor killed on Pearl Harbor Day said she’s thankful he’s finally “coming home.”The remains of Navy Fireman 3rd Class Willard Irvin Lawson, 25, were identified after they were buried in a mass grave, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency that made the announced Monday.(For the full story, follow the link

March 12, 2019

Sailor Killed During Pearl Harbor Attack Identified 77 Years Later (Via Time Magazine)

The body of an Ohio sailor killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II has been identified.The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said in a statement Monday that Navy Fireman 3rd Class Willard Lawson was accounted for on Aug. 27, 2018.(For the full story, follow the link below)