DPAA In The News

July 22, 2021

‘Welcome home’: Powell Butte soldier, MIA for 70 years, finally laid to rest at Arlington (via KTVZ News Channel 21)

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- A somber ceremony Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery brought tears, salutes and the scenes we've seen so often, along with grateful closure for the family of a fallen Korean War soldier from Powell Butte who had been listed as missing in action for nearly seven decades, until his remains were returned and identified.The

July 14, 2021

The hunt for Johnny Reb: American veterans dig up wreckage of WW2 B-24 Liberator that crashed in Sussex field after 1944 bombing raid in search for three crew who didn't make it - Via The Daily Mail

The search for the remains of US soldiers who were killed after a Second World War bomber plane which was gunned down by enemy fire near Paris crashed in a farmer's field in Sussex has begun, as American veterans dig up the area to finally take their fallen compatriots home. A B-24 Liberator with the 489th Bombardment Group dubbed 'Johnny Reb' was

July 8, 2021

After 77 years, Bolivar soldier killed in WW II returned to the Ozarks for honors, military funeral (via KY3 Springfield)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - U.S. Army Pvt. James J. Cansler was 21 years-old when he died during World War II while fighting in Germany. The Bolivar native had joined the Army on May 31, 1944 and was reported missing in action just over five months later on Dec. 19, 1944 after his unit was involved in the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in Vossenack,

July 6, 2021

UNL professor: Marine killed in Frozen Chosin battle was starving, too (via the Omaha World-Herald)

It’s no secret soldiers and Marines who perished in the Korean War battle called “Frozen Chosin” died cold.Now, research by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln archaeology professor who studies mummified remains tells us at least some of them died hungry.Karl Reinhard examined a small and extremely rare chunk of coprolite — a scientific term for

July 1, 2021

Finally Home: More than 70 years after he left rural Pa., Cpl. Paul Wilkins’ remains were identified and returned to his family (via the Philadelphia Inquirer)

When Walter Wilkins roots through his memories, the decades between boyhood and old age, one lasting image of his older brother appears. He sees Paul walking away, up a mountain road in rural Pennsylvania.Walter, 86, doesn’t remember if that’s the day Paul left Bellwood, Blair County, to go fight in the forgotten war in Korea. He can’t recall if

June 29, 2021

Remains from the USS Oklahoma that could not be ID'd will be reinterred at Punchbowl (via Yahoo! News)

At least 51 unidentified crew members of the USS Oklahoma were returned to Hickam Field on Thursday—and while no families were there to rejoice over the identification of a relative, as has been the case for 343 other crew mainly in recent years—the U.S. military gave the Dec. 7, 1941, heroes full honors.An Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft transported

June 29, 2021

Nebraska helps bring unidentified WWII casualties home (via KLKN Nebraska ABC 8)

A ceremony at Lincoln Airport started the journey of still-unidentified remains back to their place of rest in Hawaii.LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – In 2015, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) started the difficult task of identifying the remains of 388 Sailors and Marines who lost their lives aboard the USS Oklahoma on December 7, 1941.The DPAA

June 22, 2021

Study reveals food scarcity, desperate diet of Marine killed in Korean War (via Nebraska Today)

In the subzero twilight of Nov. 27, 1950, embedded next to the Chosin Reservoir and surrounded by the slopes of treacherous terrain, the 1st Battalion, 7th Regiment of the 1st Marine Division found itself at the center of a closing circle — and an early but crucial battle in the Korean War.Over the following 17 days, roughly 120,000 Chinese troops

June 22, 2021

US Navy brothers killed during Pearl Harbor attack laid to rest (via Fox News)

Harold and William Trapp identified, now buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu with full military honors.To watch the Fox News video, click here.

June 10, 2021

80 years after Pearl Harbor, a family’s uncertainty ends as a Marine is laid to rest (via The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The remains of 19-year-old John Franklin Middleswart were the 300th identified from the wreck of the USS Oklahoma---A promise the military makes to its fighting forces — no person left behind — was kept Tuesday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, where the long-unidentified remains of a San Diego Marine were buried almost 80 years after he died in