DPAA In The News

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

By Steve Liewer

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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 Banta, 77. “I didn’t even know him.”

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