RECENTLY FOUND HEROES

 

from ALL PAST WARS

 

 

HONOR THE DEAD BY HELPING THE LIVING”

Today, the DPAA is focused on the research, investigation, recovery, and identification
of the approximately 34,000 (out of approximately 83,000 missing DoD personnel)
believed to be recoverable, who were lost in conflicts from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

"Returning with Honor"
 

KHAMMOUANE, Laos --

With 1,586 service members missing in action from the Vietnam War, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) deploys hundreds of service members,
DoD civilians, and contractors all over the world in hopes of returning our nation’s fallen heroes.

Recently a team of 59 personnel completed DPAA’s second Laos mission of fiscal year 2017, covering the Central East region of Laos. From rice patties to mountainsides,
the teams excavated thousands of square meters of land recovering important evidence relating to missing servicemen lost during the war.

“I’m very honored to have been part of this initiative to bring our missing home,” said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Walgenbach,
recovery non-commissioned officer. “This mission has been the most unique part of my 13 year career in the military and I know others feel the same way.”

Every team member plays an important role in mission success. Whether that is the recovery non-commissioned officer setting up the sites,
or the recovery leader collecting scientific data, working together ensures nothing is overlooked and the safety of the team remains number one priority.

Due to the efforts of the teams, Laos representatives handed over possible remains to the U.S. to be repatriated and welcomed back on American soil after 48 years.
Upon arrival the possible remains will be transported to DPAA’s laboratory for examination and possible identification.

“During this mission I have worked along side some of the greatest men and women I’ve had the pleasure of meeting,
and being chosen for the repatriation ceremony was a perfect way to end such a great mission,” said U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew Brod,
recovery non-commissioned officer. “It is truly an honor to be bringing closure to the families of our fallen service members.”

The hard work and continued dedication of these teams makes it possible for DPAA to fulfill our nations promise and
provide fullest possible accounting for our missing service members to their families and the nation.

 

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ameil Fredeluces, edic, and U.S. Marine Corps. Staff Sgt. Eddie Ludwig, explosive ordinance disposal technician,
remove dirt from units during excavation operations as part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s mission in the Khammouane Province, Laos,
  Recovery Team Three executed excavation operations in search of two missing U.S. Air Force pilots who crashed while on a visual
reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War over 48 years ago. DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting
for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

 

Members of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency dig units during excavation operations as part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s
mission in the Khammouane Province, Laos. Recovery Team Three executed excavation operations in search of two missing
U.S. Air Force pilots who crashed while on a visual reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War over 48 years ago. DPAA’s mission is to provide the
fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

 

Jack Kenkeo, life support investigator, shovels dirt from the screening stations during excavation operations as part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s
mission in the Khammouane Province, Laos. Recovery Team Three executed excavation operations in search of two missing U.S. Air Force pilots
who crashed while on a visual reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War over 48 years ago.
DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

 

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Francis Sangiamvongse, linguist, screens soil with local villagers during excavation operations as part of the Defense POW/MIA
Accounting Agency’s mission in the Khammouane Province, Laos. Recovery Team Three executed excavation operations in search
of two missing U.S. Air Force pilots who crashed while on a visual reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War over 48 years ago.
DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

 

Lynn Rakos, scientific recovery expert, waters hard soil to help with excavation operations as part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s mission
in the Khammovan Province, Laos. Recovery Team three executed excavation operations in search of two missing U.S. Air Force pilots
who crashed while on a visual reconnaissance mission during the Vietnam War over 48 years ago.
DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

 

 Making the effort to thank the troops for what they do out in the field means everything.
With a DPAA recovery team in Quang Nam Province, two hours west of Da Nang, Vietnam.

 

 

Disappearance of two Madison airmen in 1953 remains a mystery

The unsolved case called "one of the most enduring mysteries of the Great Lakes"
has been the subject of numerous articles and a film on Canadian television.

The UW-Madison story involved a group of six students and staff members who were part of a team that unearthed a World War II U.S. fighter aircraft—
and possibly remains of its pilot—in the ground under a farm field in France this summer.

The team used ground-penetrating radar and a photo taken by a British reconnaissance plane two days after the May, 1944
crash of the P-47 Thunderbolt flown by 1st Lt. Frank Fazekas.

 

 

 

Search underway for Lakewood, Ohio airman of World War II

Search underway for Lakewood, Ohio airman of World War II.
Divers of the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and Civil Defense of Grado, Italy,
prepare for an exploratory dive on the sunken B-24 bomber. 

This B-24 Liberator is the same type of airplane that
Lakewood, Ohio airman Thomas McGraw was flying in when it was shot down and crashed off the coast of Italy during World War II.

A Missing Air Crew Report details the last flight of the B-24 and nose gunner Thomas McGraw of Lakewood, Ohio.
B-24 located in Adriatic; Crewmanis bones sought Ught Lakewood Manis remains crewman Omber crew,am2-2k-28 bold Header from A1.
 

A skull fragment was recovered at the site of a wrecked B-24 bomber
off the coast of Italy that may contain the remains of
Thomas McGraw, of Lakewood, Ohio.

An underwater view of the crash site of a B-24 off Grado, Italy.

 

 

 

FINDING ENSIGN HAROLD P. DeMOSS IN THE MUCK AND MIRE

“Seeing those photos was so overwhelming that I cried like a baby”
said DeMoss’ niece, Judy Ivey. “To see this actually taking place
is not anything I ever really expected.”

Anine-person military team has been digging up mud four days a week
in the Koolau range in search of a missing World War II pilot whose
fighter crashed in cloud cover during a night training flight.

A bucket-and-pulley system was set up to move excavated
material to a spot where it can be bundled in tarps for
helicopter transport to Wheeler Army Airfield.

NOTE: The Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery said in a 1948 letter
to the family that “an attempt to recover the remains was
considered impracticable” because the site was 7 miles
from a traveled highway in the mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

On Feb. 25, 1944, Duran wasn’t supposed to be on the doomed B-24H Liberator, nicknamed “Knock it Off.”
Normally a nose turret gunner, Duran was the substitute tail turret gunner on the flight, replacing the usual tail gunner who had frostbite.

 

The earth by the headstone next to the church in this tiny mountain village was full of rocks.

 

Two days of digging under a hot sun had yielded buckets of gravel, stones the size of men’s fists and many piles of dirt – but no bones.
After 73 years, Sgt. Alfonso O. Duran was still missing.

The family feels a sense of closure regardless of the outcome, Duran said.
“What a difference it would have made to my father and to my aunt,”
she said, “to know he had died and somebody had buried him and tended the grave.”

 

 

 

Members of the recovery team attach a POW flag to the wreckage of the
Tulsamerican, a B-24 Liberator piloted by, Lt. Eugene P. Ford, a Derry Township, Pa. native,
when it crashed into the Adriatic Sea in 1944.

 

 

 

 

FIELD OPERATIONS IN LAOS AND CAMBODIA, JANUARY/FEBRUARY, 2020

 

 

US Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy,
prepares to screen dirt during a DPAA recovery mission in Ratanakiri Province,
Cambodia, February 1, 2020.

Mr. Alexander Garcia-Putnam, right, a senior recovery expert assigned to DPAA,
speaks to US service members and Lao officials during a joint field activity
(JFA) in Khammouan Province, Laos, February 2, 2020

SG Carter Caraker, USA, a DPAA supply non-commissioned officer,
passes buckets to local workers during a JFA in Khammouan Province, Laos, February 10, 2020.
During the JFA, a group of more than 70 personnel, assigned to DPAA and augmented from military units around the globe,
worked together to help fulfill our nation's promise to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel.

 

 

2021 Recoveries

Underwater Recovery Mission - Vietnam:
U.S. Coast Guard underwater recovery mission in
Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, May 27 2021.

 

 

Vietnam Recovery Mission:
U.S. Army DPAA recovery team member, swings a pick axe to loosen dirt during
a recovery mission in Quang Binh province, Vietnam, July 3, 2021.

 

 

Vietnam Repatriation Ceremony:
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Detachment 2 and the Vietnam Office for Seeking
Missing Persons (VNOSMP) held the 155th Repatriation
Ceremony on 9 July 2021 at Gia Lam Airport outside Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

 

Repatriation Ceremony – Laos:
Detachment Three-Laos, pause for a photo during the signing of remains turnover documents
 at a Repatriation Ceremony June 22, 2021 in Vientiane, Laos.

 

 

Honorable Carry from Laos:
DPAA members conducted an Honorable Carry ceremony on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, June 23, 2021.
The remains were recently repatriated to the U.S. during a ceremony in Vientiane, Laos.

 

 

 

 


USS Arizona BB-39

USS Arizona was a Pennsylvania-class battleship built for and by the United States Navy in the mid-1910s. Named in honor of the 48th state's recent admission into the union, the ship was the second and last of the Pennsylvania class of "super-dreadnought" battleships. Although commissioned in 1916, the ship remained stateside during World War I. Shortly after the end of the war, Arizona was one of a number of American ships that briefly escorted President Woodrow Wilson to the Paris Peace Conference. The ship was sent to Turkey in 1919 at the beginning of the Greco-Turkish War to represent American interests for several months. Several years later, she was transferred to the Pacific Fleet and remained there for the rest of her career.

Aside from a comprehensive modernization in 1929–31, 
Arizona was regularly used for training exercises between the wars, including the annual Fleet Problems (training exercises). When an earthquake struck Long Beach, California, in 1933, Arizona's crew provided aid to the survivors. Two years later, the ship was featured in a Jimmy Cagney film, Here Comes the Navy, about the romantic troubles of a sailor. In April 1940, she and the rest of the Pacific Fleet were transferred from California to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as a deterrent to Japanese imperialism.

During the 
Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, Arizona was bombed. After a bomb detonated in a powder magazine, the battleship exploded violently and sank, killing 1,177 officers and crewmen. Unlike many of the other ships sunk or damaged that day, Arizona was irreparably damaged by the force of the magazine explosion, though the Navy removed parts of the ship for reuse. The wreck still lies at the bottom of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial, dedicated on 30 May 1962 to all those who died during the attack, straddles the ship's hull.

 

 

 

 

USS California BB-44

A number of other boats were sunk in the attack, but later recovered and repaired.
The USS 
California (BB-44) lost 100 crew members that morning, after the ship suffered extensive flooding damage when hit by two torpedoes on the port side.
Both torpedoes detonated below the armor belt causing virtually identical damage each time.
A 250 kg bomb also entered the starboard upper deck level, which passed through the main deck and exploded on the armored second deck,
setting off an anti-aircraft ammunition magazine and killing about 50 men.

After three days of flooding, the California settled into the mud with only her superstructure remaining above the surface.
She was later re-floated and dry-docked at Pearl Harbor for repairs. USS 
California served many missions throughout the war,
and was eventually decommissioned in February, 1947.

 

 

 

USS Cassin DD-372

On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japanese bombs fell and torpedoes slashed through the waters of Pearl Harbor,
causing a devastating amount of damage to the vessels lined up in Battleship Row in in the dry docks nearby.
Each of the seven battleships moored there suffered some degree of damage, some far worse than others.
The USS 
Arizona (BB-39) and the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) were completely destroyed. Though the Maryland (BB-46) was believed by Japan to also have been sunk, she ultimately survived and became one of the first ships to return to the war.
During the attack on Pearl Harbor, ships like the USS 
Cassin (DD-372), a Mahan-class destroyer, suffered what was originally thought to be fatal damage.
While she was extensively damaged during the attack, she was resurrected and went on to return to service during the remainder of World War II.

 

 

 

USS West Virginia BB-48

The sunken battleship USS West Virginia (BB-48) at Pearl Harbor after her fires were out, possibly on 8 December 1941.
USS Tennessee (BB-43) is inboard. A Vought OS2U Kingfisher floatplane (marked “4-O-3”) is upside down on West Virginia’s main deck.
A second OS2U is partially burned out atop the Turret No. 3 catapult. 

In the aftermath of the attacks on Pearl Harbor during World War Two stories emerged of sailors who were trapped in the sunken battleships, some even survived for weeks.

Those who were trapped underwater banged continuously on the side of the ship so that anyone would hear them and come to their rescue.
When the noises were first heard many thought it was just loose wreckage or part of the clean-up operation for the destroyed harbor.

However the day after the attack, crewmen realized that there was an eerie banging noise coming from the forward hull of the USS West Virginia, which had sunk in the harbor.

t didn’t take long for the crew and Marines based at the harbor to realize that there was nothing they could do. They could not get to these trapped sailors in time.
Months later rescue and salvage men who raised the USS West Virginia found the bodies of three men who had found an airlock in a storeroom but had eventually run out of air.

Survivors say that no one wanted to go on guard duty anywhere near the USS West Virginia since they would hear the banging of trapped survivors all night long,
but with nothing that could be done.

When salvage crews raised the battleship West Virginia six months after the Pearl Harbor attacks,
they found the bodies of three sailors huddled in an airtight storeroom —
and a calendar on which 16 days had been crossed off in
red pencil.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma BB-37 

The USS Oklahoma was on Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That was the morning that the Japanese Empire attacked the United States by surprise.

The Japanese used dive–bombers, fighter–bombers, and torpedo planes to sink nine ships, including five battleships, and severely damage 21 ships.
There were 2,402 US deaths from the attack. 1,177 of those deaths were from the USS Arizona, while 429 of the deaths were from the USS Oklahoma.

The crew of the USS Oklahoma did everything they could to fight back. In the first ten minutes of the battle, though, eight torpedoes hit the Oklahoma, and she began to capsize.  A ninth torpedo would hit her as she sunk in the mud.  14 Marines, and 415 sailors would give their lives. 32 men were cut out through the hull while the others were beneath the waterline.  Banging could be heard for over 3 days and then there was silence.

After the battle, the Navy decided that they could not salvage the Oklahoma due to how much damage she had received.  The difficult savage job began in March 1943, and Oklahoma entered dry dock 28 December. Decommissioning  September 1, 1944, Oklahoma was stripped of guns and superstructure, and sold December 5, 1946 to Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, Calif. Oklahoma parted her tow line and sank May 17, 1947.  540 miles out, bound from Pearl Harbor to San Francisco.  Today, there is a memorial to the USS Oklahoma and the 429 sailors and marines lost on December 7, 1941, located on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

USS Oglala CM-4

The minelayer Oglala technically didn't suffer a hit on December 7, but a torpedo passed under it and hit the USS Helena
The blast from that crippled the old 
Oglala which had been built as a civilian vessel in 1906.
The crewmembers took their guns to the Navy Yard Dock and set them up to provide more defenses.
They also set up a first aid station that saved the lives of West Virginia crewmembers.

The ship suffered horribly, eventually capsizing and sinking until just a few feet of the ship's starboard side remained above water.
It was declared lost, and the Navy even considered blowing it up with dynamite to clear the dock it had sunk next to.
But the decision was made that it could destroy the dock, so the Navy had to refloat it. At that point, it made sense to dry dock and repair it.

None of the crew of Oglala were killed in the attack, although three received injuries. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

DPAA Makes 200th Identification from USS Oklahoma Unknown Remains.
Arlington, Virginia.

 


Sean Patterson, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System Department of Defense DNA Quality Management Section DNA Analyst,
replaces U. S. Navy Fireman 1st Class Billy James Johnson's picture background, signifying him as an identified service member who was previously missing in action.
Johnson marks the 200th service member to be identified following the December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor
attack where 429 U.S. Sailors and Marines were killed on the USS Oklahoma (BB-37). 

A series of large posters hang in the conference room of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency laboratory located at Offutt Air Base, Nebraska.
The heading on each of the posters states “USS OKLAHOMA.” Underneath the headings are neat rows of printed rectangular frames. 
Each one represents a person who was unaccounted for when the USS Oklahoma was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Thanks to the work of Dr. Brown’s team, the remains of 200 previously unknown crewmen from the USS Oklahoma
have now been returned to their families for proper burial and their families have those long-awaited answers.

The story of the USS Oklahoma’s lost crewmen is an evolving history lesson that began on what
President Franklin D. Roosevelt called

“a date that will live in infamy.”

 

LIST OF USS OKLAHOMA IDENTIFICATIONS FROM MICHIGAN:
(Please note that in some USS Oklahoma identifications,
the primary next of kin has yet to be notified,
and therefore the names will not be released at this time.)

Seaman Second Class Warren P. Hickok of Kalamazoo, Mich.

Staff Sgt. Joseph M. King, of Detroit, Mich.

Fireman Third Class Gerald G. Lehman, of Hancock, Mich.

Machinist Mate First Class Fred M. Jones, 30 of Port Huron, Michigan

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Lowell E. Valley, 19, of Ontonagon, Michigan,

Navy Seaman 1st Class Robert W. Headington, 19, Bay City, Michigan

Navy Seaman 2nd Class John C. Auld, 23, Grosse Park, Michigan,

Navy Ensign William M. Finnegan, 44, of Bessemer, Michigan,

Navy Machinist’s Mate 1st Class Fred M. Jones, 31, of Otter Lake, Michigan,

Navy Seaman 1st Class Robert W. Headington, 19, of Bay City, Michigan,

Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward Wasielewski, Plymouth, MI

U.S. Naval Reserve Ensign Frances C. Flaherty, 22, of CharlotteMichigan.

Navy Seaman 1st Class Joe R. Nightingale, 20, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Navy Seaman 1st Class Edward Wasielewski, 21, of Detroit,

U.S. Naval Reserve Ensign Francis C. Flaherty, 22, of Charlotte, Michigan,

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Raymond D. Boynton, 19, Grand Rapids, MI

Navy Seaman 1st Class Wilbur F. Ballance, 20, Paw Paw, Michigan

 

It is through this effort that the accounting community
has been able to honor the sacrifices of the USS Oklahoma Sailors and Marines
and their families who pushed for the fullest possible accounting of their loved ones.

 

 

 

Ford Island is seen in this aerial view during the Japanese attack on Pearl harbor December 7, 1941 in Hawaii.
(The photo was taken from a Japanese plane.)

 

 

Remember the fallen: In all, 429 people on board the battleship were killed in the attack.
Only 35 were identified in the years immediately after.

 

 

Battleship USS Oklahoma unturned hull at the bottom of Pearl Harbor
after the devastating Japanese bombing attack on Dec. 7, 1941.

 

                                                                                                                      

 

 

                                                                                                   The North Texans of Pearl Harbor
                                                                                                      

                                                                                       Their obituaries tell of lives cut short – and of lives well lived.

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Memorial at Pearl Harbor

 

 

 

 

 

THE KOREAN WAR, 1950-1957

 

 


 

Breakdown by War - Still Unaccounted for/Unreturned Veterans:

WW I         3,343
WW II      72,784
Korea        7,676
Vietnam     1,592
Cold War      126
Gulf/Other        6
Total         85,527
*As of June 2021

 

 

 

 

 

Service Personnel Not Recovered Following WWII from MICHIGAN - 2452
 

Service Personnel Not Recovered Following Korea from MICHIGAN - 333
 

Service Personnel Not Recovered Following Cold War from MICHIGAN - 4
 

Service Personnel Not Recovered Following Viet Nam from MICHIGAN - 48
 

 


 

RECENTLY FOUND
 HEROES in 2021

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
July 23,
2021

Army Tech. Sgt. Arthur W. Countryman, 37

Army Tech. Sgt. Arthur W. Countryman, 37, of Plainfield, Illinois, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In November 1944, Countryman was assigned to Company F, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Hürtgen, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was reported killed in action on Nov. 20. His body was not recovered.

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Hürtgen area between 1946 and 1950, but were unable to recover or identify Countryman’s remains. He was declared non-recoverable in September 1951.

While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a DPAA historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-5430 Neuville, originally discovered by a German woodcutter and recovered by the AGRC in 1947, possibly belonged to Countryman. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1950, were disinterred in April 2019 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification.

Countryman’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margarten, Netherlands, along with the others still missing from World War II.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Countryman will be buried Aug. 6, 2021, in his hometown.

 

Currently there are 72,500 service members still unaccounted for from World War II.

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 23,
2021

Navy Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Leaman R. Dill, 25

Navy Electrician’s Mate 2nd Class Leaman R. Dill, 25, of Huron, South Dakota, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Dill was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Dill.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Dill.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Dill’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Dill will be buried on Aug. 23, 2021, in Sturgis, South Dakota.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 23,
2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Kenneth E. Doernenburg, 23

Navy Fireman 1st Class Kenneth E. Doernenburg, 23, of Antigo, Wisconsin, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Doernenburg was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Doernenburg.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Doernenburg.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Doernenburg’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Doernenburg will be buried on Sept. 25, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 23,
2021

Navy Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jack A. Breedlove, 19

Navy Fire Controlman 3rd Class Jack A. Breedlove, 19, Woodbury County, Iowa killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Breedlove was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize.

The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Breedlove.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Jack Asbury Breedlove is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 23,
2021

Navy Water Tender 1st Class Charles E. Hudson, 39

Navy Water Tender 1st Class Charles E. Hudson, 39, of Stockton, California, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Hudson was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Hudson.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Hudson.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Hudson’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Hudson will be buried on Sept. 10, 2021, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 23,
2021

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Irvin F. Rice, 22

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Irvin F. Rice, 22, of Detroit, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Rice was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Rice.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Rice.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Rice’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Rice will be buried Oct. 2, 2021, in Berkley, Michigan.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
July 23, 2021

U.S. Army Pvt. Andrew J. Ladner, 30

U.S. Army Pvt. Andrew J. Ladner, 30, Harrison, Mississippi killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In the fall of 1942, Ladner was assigned to the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division.

On Nov. 30, his unit was part of the effort to cut off the Japanese supply and communications line coming from their beachhead at Sanananda Village, Territory of Papua,
on the island of New Guinea.

Ultimately, the effort was successful as the unit established the blockade, called the Huggin Roadblock, and held for 22 days until relieved by Australian forces. However,
Ladner was killed in the initial assault.

He was reportedly buried 26 yards west of the road the unit was blockading.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Andrew J Ladner is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
July 23, 2021

Army Pfc. William L. Groh, Jr., 22

Army Pfc. William L. Groh, Jr., 22, Lucas County, Ohio killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In November 1944, Groh was assigned to Company F, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His unit was part of the Hürtgen Forest offensive, near Hürtgen, Germany, when he was reported wounded in action on Nov. 13.

This was also the last day his unit saw him. German forces never listed him as a prisoner of war.

The War Department issued a presumptive finding of death on Nov. 14, 1945.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

William L Groh Jr is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
July 22, 2021

U.S. Army Pfc. Berton J. McQueen, 20

U.S. Army Pfc. Berton J. McQueen, 20, Jackson County, Kentucky, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In the fall of 1944, McQueen was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division.

In August, his unit landed on the southern coast of France as part of Operation DRAGOON. After securing the coastal ports, the 36th ID drove north, meeting with the D-Day
 invasion force before turning towards Germany.
On Nov. 22, 1st Battalion engaged in a battle with enemy troops in in Clefcy, a town in the Alsace region. McQueen’s company moved into the town to support the battle,
but was pursued by German infantry.
He was mortally wounded by German artillery shrapnel and taken to an aid station where he died Nov. 23 after 1st Battalion had been forced to abandon Clefcy.

German troops withdrew from the area several days later, but McQueen’s body was not found.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

McQueen's body was never recovered in France during WWII. His name is also on the Wall of Missing in Epinal American Cemetery in Lorraine, France.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
July 22, 2021

U.S. Army Pvt. Stephen C. Mason, 21

U.S. Army Pvt. Stephen C. Mason, 21, Hudson County, New Jersey killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In the fall of 1944, Mason was assigned to Headquarters Co., 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.

He was reported missing in action during Operation MARKET GARDEN after his patrol failed to return from a mission to the enemy lines near Beek, Netherlands on Nov. 3.

His body was unable to be recovered.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Stephen C Mason is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.

 

 

 

 

Airmen killed From World War II Accounted For
July 22, 2021

 U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Alan E. Petersen, 23

 U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Alan E. Petersen, 23, Minnesota, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In the summer of 1943, Petersen was assigned to the 345th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force.

On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 Liberator aircraft on which Petersen was serving as a bombardier crashed as a result of enemy anti-aircraft fire during Operation TIDAL WAVE, the largest bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, north of Bucharest, Romania.

His remains were not identified following the war.

Petersen remains that could not be identified were buried as Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
July 20, 2021

Army Pfc. Bill Morrison, 29

 Army Pfc. Bill Morrison, 29, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In November 1944, Morrison was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division.

His unit was engaged in battle with German forces in the Raffelsbrand sector of the Hürtgen Forest, near Hürtgen, Germany.

 Morrison was reported killed in action on Nov. 8, 1944.

His body was not able to be recovered.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Morrison was buried at the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial Florencein Città Metropolitana di FirenzeToscanaItaly

 

 

 

 

 

Airmen Killed  From Vietnam War Accounted For
July 20, 2021

U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul A. Avolese, 35

U.S. Air Force Maj. Paul A. Avolese, 35, of Jamaica, New York, killed during the Vietnam War, was accounted for.

On July 7, 1967, Avolese was a radar navigator assigned to the 4133rd Bombardment Wing. That day, he was part of the crew of a B-52D Stratofortress bomber conducting a bombing mission from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, to a target in Vietnam. During a maneuver over the South China Sea, Avolese’s bomber collided with another B-52, causing both aircraft to fall into the sea.

Four of the crew members from his aircraft were rescued, but Avolese was never recovered. He was declared dead on July 24.

Between 1993 and 2020, several investigation and recovery efforts were made to find Avolese’s crash site. During the 138th U.S.-Vietnam Joint Field Activity conducted between Feb. 19, 2020, and March 5, 2020, DPAA partnered with Project Recover, who, with a team from Scripps Institute of Oceanography, conducted hydrographic surveys and diving operations on a previously identified site. Divers observed life support equipment consistent with a Vietnam-era B-52, and found possible remains. The findings were turned over to DPAA’s laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, on March 23, 2020.

DPAA is grateful to the government of Vietnam and appreciative of Project Recover and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography for their partnership in this mission.

Avolese’s name is recorded on the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with others who are unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Avolese will be buried July 24, 2021, in Springfield, Oregon.

 

 

Today there are 1,583 American servicemen and civilians that are still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

 

 

Pilot  Killed  From Vietnam War Accounted For
July 20, 2021

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Alva R. “Ray” Krogman, 25

 U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Alva R. “Ray” Krogman, 25, of Worland, Wyoming, killed during the Vietnam War, was accounted for.

On Jan. 17, 1967, Krogman was a pilot assigned to the 504th Tactical Air Support Group, 7th Air Force, on temporary duty with the 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron operating out of Nakhon Royal Phanom Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. That morning, he was flying an O1-F Birddog aircraft as part of a flight of two planes conducting a visual reconnaissance mission in Savannakhet Province, Laos. At approximately 8:55 a.m. local time, Krogman’s aircraft was hit by enemy fire in the left wing and went down. Search and rescue operations began immediately, but were shut down within a few hours after one of the search and rescue aircraft was also shot down. Krogman was never recovered and was declared killed in action on Jan. 31.

Between 1993 and 2019, several investigation and recovery efforts were made to find Krogman’s crash site. Between December 2018 and February 2019, Milsearch, a DPAA-contracted explosive ordnance disposal company, cleared a site believed to be where Krogman’s aircraft crashed, and reported the recovery of Krogman’s ID tag and human remains as well as other material evidence, which was turned over to DPAA. In October and November 2019 during a DPAA Joint Field Activity archaeological survey and excavation of the same area, another of Krogman’s ID tags was recovered along with more human remains, possible aircraft life support equipment, and other possible material evidence.

To identify Krogman’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis, as well as material evidence.

DPAA is grateful to the government of Laos for their partnership in this mission.

Krogman’s name is recorded on the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with others who are unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Krogman will be buried July 21, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

Solider killed From World War II Accounted For
July 20, 2021



U.S. Army 1st Lt. James E. Wright, 25

U.S. Army 1st Lt. James E. Wright, 25, Robeson County, North Carolina killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In September 1944, Wright was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. They were part of Lt. Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army and had been fighting across France that summer before being stopped by fierce German opposition at the Moselle River near Dornot.

 On the morning of Sept. 8, Wright’s unit was part of a larger force ordered to cross the river and take up a position in the woods on the east side. They dug their defensive positions in a curved line at the edge of the forest they called Horseshoe Woods.

The force held their position against relentless German attack, taking heavy losses, until Sept. 10, when another crossing of the Moselle was made. Only then were they allowed to retreat. That night and into the morning of Sept. 11 most of the Soldiers able to retreat across the river, though some officers stayed behind to search the woods for the wounded or missing before recrossing the river.

Wright was among the Soldiers reported missing that night. His body was unable to be recovered because of the fighting and German presence on east side of the river.

The American Graves Registration Command (AGRC) was charged with recovering the remains of fallen service members in the European Theater following the war. Although some unknown remains were found in and around Horseshoe Woods, none were associated with Wright. AGRC continued operations along the banks of the Moselle until 1951. At that point, Wright was declared non-recoverable.

DPAA is grateful to the American Battle Monuments Commission and to the U.S. Army Regional Mortuary- Europe/Africa for their partnership in this mission.

Wright, was buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 9,
2021

Navy Metalsmith 1st Class Leonard F. Smith, 29

Navy Metalsmith 1st Class Leonard F. Smith, 29, of Albany, New York, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Smith was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Smith.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Smith.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Smith’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Smith will be cremated on Sept. 1, 2021. The family has elected to not hold a funeral service.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
July 8, 2021

Army Pvt. Warren G.H. DeVault, 24

Army Pvt. Warren G.H. DeVault, 24, of Rhea, Tennessee, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In November 1944, DeVault was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Hürtgen, Germany, when he was reportedly killed in action on Nov. 20. DeVault could not be recovered because of the on-going fighting, and his remains were not recovered or identified.

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Hürtgen area between 1946 and 1950, but were unable to recover or identify DeVault’s remains. He was declared non-recoverable in January 1952.

While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a DPAA historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-5429 Neuville, recovered from the Hürtgen Forest in 1947 possibly belonged to DeVault. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1951, were disinterred in April 2019 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification.

DeVault’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margarten, Netherlands, along with the others still missing from World War II.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

DeVault will be buried Aug. 14, 2021, in Dayton, Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
July 8, 2021

Army Pfc. Louis N. Crosby, 18

Army Pfc. Louis N. Crosby, 18, of Orangeburg, South Carolina, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Crosby was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 1, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

Crosby’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War.

 A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Crosby will be buried Aug. 18, 2021, in his hometown.

Today, 7,533 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 8,
2021

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Ralph C. Battles, 25

Navy Fireman 2nd Class Ralph C. Battles, 25, of Boaz, Alabama, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Battles was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Battles.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Battles.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Battles’ name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Battles will be buried on Aug. 28, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
July 7, 2021

Army Cpl. Pete Conley, 19

Army Cpl. Pete Conley, 19, of Chapmanville, West Virginia, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Conley was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 12, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

To identify Conley’s remains, scientists from DPAA used anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (auSTR) analysis.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Conley’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War. 

Conley will be buried in Pecks Hill, West Virginia. The date has yet to be determined.

 

 

 

 

Marine killed From World War II Accounted For
July 7, 2021

Marine Corps Pfc. Glenn F. White, 19

Marine Corps Pfc. Glenn F. White, 19, Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In November 1943, White was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance
on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island.

Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated.

White died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943.

He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33, Main Marine Cemetery, on Betio Island. 

 

 

 

 

Marine Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
July 7, 2021

Marine Pfc. Henry E. Ellis, 22

Marine Pfc. Henry E. Ellis, 22, of Roanoke, Virginia, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Ellis was a member of Headquarters Company, 1st Service Battalion, 1st Marine Division. He was killed in action on Nov. 30, 1950, while defending the convoy of which he was a member near Koto-ri, North Korea. His body was not immediately recovered, though many deceased Marines were later recovered and buried in the United Nations Cemetery at Koto-ri as UN forces withdrew from the area.

During Operation GLORY in 1954, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea returned the remains of just over 4,200 individuals, of which nearly 3,000 were determined to be American. During the subsequent processing and identification of these remains, none were associated with Ellis, and he was declared non-recoverable Jan. 16, 1956. At the end of the identification process, 848 unidentified remains, including one designated X-13631 Operation GLORY, were interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In March 2012, historians, anthropologists, and odontologists at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a predecessor to DPAA, conducted in-depth research to support the exhumation of X-13631, narrowing down the possibility of who that unknown might be to two Marines, one of which was Ellis. On Nov. 5, 2018, DPAA disinterred X-13631 and seven other unknowns as part of the Korean War Identification Project. These remains were transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for analysis.

Ellis’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Ellis will be buried Aug. 23, 2021 in Salisbury, North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

Airman killed From World War II Accounted For
July 6, 2021

U.S. Army Pfc. Morris E. Swackhammer, 20

U.S. Army Pfc. Morris E. Swackhammer, 20, Morris County, New Jersey killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In the latter half of 1944, Swackhammer was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 143d Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division. In August, his unit landed on the southern coast of France as part of Operation DRAGOON.

After securing the coastal ports, the 36th ID drove north, meeting with the D-Day invasion force before turning towards Germany. On Nov. 22, Swackhammer’s unit engaged in a heavy firefight with enemy troops in a wooded area northwest of Fraize, a village in the Alsace region.

He was hit by a spray of bullets from a German machine gun. His squad recovered his body, but had to leave it behind due to the strength of the enemy attack.

After Fraize was liberated, Swackhammer’s body could not be found, and it is likely either German troops or residents of Fraize removed it.

Morris E. Swackhammer, is buried at in Departement des VosgesLorraineFrance.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 6,
2021

Navy Storekeeper 1st Class Harry E. Walker, 36

Navy Storekeeper 1st Class Harry E. Walker, 36, Obion County, Tennessee, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Walker was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize.

The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Walker.

Harry E Walker is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 6,
2021

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Arthur R. Thinnes, 17

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Arthur R. Thinnes, 17, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Thinnes was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize.

The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Thinnes.

Thinnes’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 1,
2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Robert J. Harr, 25

Navy Fireman 1st Class Robert J. Harr, 25, of Dallas City, Illinois, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Harr was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Harr.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Harr.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Harr’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Harr will be buried on Aug. 14, 2021, in Rutledge, Missouri.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 1, 2021

Navy Signalman 1st Class Eugene M. Skaggs, 33

Navy Signalman 1st Class Eugene M. Skaggs, 33, of Ansted, West Virginia, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Skaggs was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Skaggs.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Skaggs.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Skaggs’ name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Skaggs will be buried on Aug. 18, 2021, in Riverside, California.

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
July 1, 2021

Army Cpl. Richard L. Henderson, Jr., 18

Army Cpl. Richard L. Henderson, Jr., 18, of Lansing, New York, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Henderson was a member of Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

Henderson’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Henderson will be buried July 23, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

Airman killed From World War II Accounted For
July 1, 2021

U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Anel B. Shay, Jr., 26

U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Anel B. Shay, Jr., 26, King County, Washington killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In the summer of 1943, Shay was assigned to the 345th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force.

On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 Liberator aircraft on which Shay was serving as a bombardier crashed as a result of enemy anti-aircraft fire during Operation TIDAL WAVE,
the largest bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, north of Bucharest, Romania.

His remains were not identified following the war.

The remains that could not be identified were buried as Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
July 1, 2021

Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class George M. Gooch, 22

Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class George M. Gooch, 22, of Laclede, Missouri, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Gooch was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Gooch.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Gooch.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Gooch’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Gooch will be buried Oct. 9, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

Marine killed From World War II Accounted For
June 30,
2021

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. J.L. Hancock, 21

Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. J.L. Hancock, 21, of McLean, Texas, killed during World War II, was accounted for on.

In November 1943, Hancock was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Hancock died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all of the American remains found on Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later repatriation. However, almost half of the known casualties were never found. No recovered remains could be associated with Hancock, and, in October 1949, a Board of Review declared him “non-recoverable.”

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial site on Betio Island believed to be Cemetery 33, which has been the site of numerous excavations ever since. In March 2019, excavations west of Cemetery 33 revealed a previously undiscovered burial site that has since been identified as Row D. The remains recovered at this site were transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Hancock’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others still missing from World War II.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Hancock will be buried on Aug. 4, 2021 in San Antonio.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 30,
2021

Navy Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class George L. Paradis, 23

Navy Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class George L. Paradis, 23, of Yelm, Washington, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Paradis was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Paradis.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Paradis.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Paradis’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Paradis will be buried on Oct. 7, 2021, at the NMCP.

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
June 30
, 2021

Army Cpl. Walter A. Smead, 24

Army Cpl. Walter A. Smead, 24, of Hadley, New York, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Smead was a member of Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Dec. 6, 1950, after his unit was attacked by enemy forces as they attempted to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

Smead’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Smead will be buried Sept. 20, 2021, in Schuylerville, New York.

 

 

 

 

Marine killed From World War II Accounted For
June 30,
2021

Marine Corps Sgt. Donald D. Stoddard, 22

Marine Corps Sgt. Donald D. Stoddard, 22, of Boulder, Colorado, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In November 1943, Stoddard was a member of Company B, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, which landed against stiff Japanese resistance on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands, in an attempt to secure the island. Over several days of intense fighting at Tarawa, approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded, while the Japanese were virtually annihilated. Stoddard died on the third day of battle, Nov. 22, 1943. He was reported to have been buried in Row D of the East Division Cemetery, later renamed Cemetery 33.

In 1946, the 604th Quartermaster Graves Registration Company centralized all of the American remains found on Tarawa at Lone Palm Cemetery for later repatriation. However, almost half of the known casualties were never found. No recovered remains could be associated with Stoddard, and, in October 1949, a Board of Review declared him “non-recoverable.”

In 2009, History Flight, Inc., a nonprofit organization, discovered a burial site on Betio Island believed to be Cemetery 33, which has been the site of numerous excavations ever since. In March 2019, excavations west of Cemetery 33 revealed a previously undiscovered burial site that has since been identified as Row D. The remains recovered at this site were transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

Stoddard’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific along with the others still missing from World War II.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Stoddard was buried June 26, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 30,
2021

 Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Alphard S. Owsley, 23

 Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Alphard S. Owsley, 23, of Paris, Kentucky, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Owsley was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Owsley.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Owsley.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Owsley’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Owsley will be buried Aug. 5, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
June 22
, 2021

Army Pfc. Philip T. Hoogacker, 23

 Army Pfc. Philip T. Hoogacker, 23, of Detroit, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In July 1950, Hoogacker was a member of Company D, 1st Battalion, 29th Infantry Regiment. He was reported missing in action on July 27 after his unit was attacked near Anui, South Korea. He was last seen after receiving first aid for a minor shrapnel wound. DPAA historians believe Hoogacker was captured by the Korean People’s Army and forcibly marched to Seoul and then on to Pyongyang, where he died as a prisoner of war.

In the fall of 1954, United Nations Command struck a deal with North Korea and China regarding the recovery and return of war dead to their rightful nations. This agreement, known as Operation GLORY, took place between Sept. 1 and Oct. 30, 1954. A set of remains, later labeled Unknown X-16833, was returned with three other sets of remains from a group burial. Two of the sets of remains were identified by the Central Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan, but the other two, including X-16833, couldn’t be identified. They were sent to Hawaii and interred with the rest of the Korean War recovered but unidentified remains as Unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, also known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu.

In April 2018, during Phase 1 of the Korean War Disinterment Project, X-16833 was disinterred from the Punchbowl and transferred to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,
Hawaii for analysis.


Hoogacker’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War.

 A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Hoogacker will be buried July 23, 2021, in
Livonia, Michigan.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
June 22,
2021

Army Sgt. John E. Hurlburt, 26

Army Sgt. John E. Hurlburt, 26, of Madison, Connecticut, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In July 1944, Hurlburt was a member of the 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division. He was killed July 7 during a massive Japanese attack against the 105th on the island of Saipan. His remains were not known to have been recovered.

Remains labeled as Unknown X-20 were first reported as buried in the 27th Infantry Division Cemetery. The remains were initially disinterred in March 1948, and officials found Hurlburt’s identification tags in the grave. However, the American Graves Registration Service later concluded that X-20 was not Hurlburt, and the remains were buried at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in the Philippines on June 15, 1950.

After thorough research, DPAA historians concluded X-20 was possibly associated one of eight service members, including Hurlburt. On Dec. 6, 2018, Unknown X-20 was disinterred and sent to the DPAA Laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for analysis.

Hurlburt’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are still missing from World War II.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Hurlburt will be buried Aug. 14, 2021, in New Haven, Connecticut.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 21,
2021

Navy Seaman 1st Class Donald A. Stott, 19

Navy Seaman 1st Class Donald A. Stott, 19, Monticello, Jones County, Iowa killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Stott was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize.

The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Stott.

Donald Alfred Stott is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 21,
2021

Navy Chief Machinist’s Mate Ralph A. Derrington, 42

Navy Chief Machinist’s Mate Ralph A. Derrington, 42, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Derrington was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize.

The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Derrington.

Ralph Alva Derrington is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
June 21,
2021

Army Sgt. Bernard J. Sweeney, Jr., 22

Army Sgt. Bernard J. Sweeney, Jr., 22, New York County, New York killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In December 1944, Sweeney was assigned to Company I, 330th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division.

His unit had been engaged in battle with German forces near Strass, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was reported missing in action on Dec. 16.

His body was not recovered.

Sweeney burial was at Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in LimburgNetherlands. 

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
June 18
, 2021

Army Cpl. Charles E. Lee, 18

Army Cpl. Charles E. Lee, 18, Waco, McLennan County, Texas killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In July 1950, Lee was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.

He was reported missing in action on July 20 after his unit was forced to retreat from the vicinity of Taejon, South Korea.

He was never found, nor were any remains recovered that could be identified as Lee.

He was declared non-recoverable in January 1956.

Charles is remembered at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 18,
2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Walter S. Belt, Jr., 25

Navy Fireman 1st Class Walter S. Belt, Jr., 25, Kansas, killed during World War II, was accounted for on March 3, 2021.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Belt was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize.

The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Belt.

Walter S. Belt is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 18,
2021

Navy Seaman 1st Class David F. Tidball, 20

Navy Seaman 1st Class David F. Tidball, 20, Buchanan County, Iowa killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Tidball was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize.

The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Tidball.

David Franklin Tidball is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

Airman killed From World War II Accounted For
June 18, 2021

U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Jack K. Wood, 24

U.S. Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Jack K. Wood, 24, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(Official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In the summer of 1943, Wood was assigned to the 344th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force.

On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 Liberator aircraft on which Wood was serving as a navigator crashed as a result of enemy anti-aircraft fire during Operation TIDAL WAVE,
the largest bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, north of Bucharest, Romania.

His remains were not identified following mission.

Remains that could not be identified were buried as Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
June 17, 2021

Army Tech. Sgt. Arthur W. Countryman, 37

Army Tech. Sgt. Arthur W. Countryman, 37, Will County, Illinois killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In November 1944, Countryman was assigned to Company F, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.

His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Hürtgen, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was reported killed in action on Nov. 20.

His body was not recovered.

Arthur W Countryman is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor Brothers were killed From World War II Accounted For
June 16,
2021

        

 Malcolm J. Barber, 22,       Leroy K. Barber, 21,        Randolph H. Barber, 19

Navy Fireman 1st Class Malcolm J. Barber, 22, Navy Fireman 1st Class Leroy K. Barber, 21, and Navy Fireman 2nd Class Randolph H. Barber, 19, of New London, Wisconsin,
killed during World War II, were accounted for.


On Dec. 7, 1941, the Barber brothers were assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including the Barber brothers.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including the Barber brothers.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

A rosette will be placed next to their names to indicate they have been accounted for.

The Barber brothers’ names are recorded at the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 16,
2021

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Floyd D. Helton, 18

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Floyd D. Helton, 18, of Somerset, Kentucky, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Helton was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Helton.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Helton.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Helton’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

 A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Helton will be buried July 31, 2021, in Burnside, Kentucky.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 15,
2021

Navy Patternmaker 1st Class Stanislaw F. Drwall, 25

Navy Patternmaker 1st Class Stanislaw F. Drwall, 25, of Thomas, West Virginia, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Drwall was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Drwall.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Drwall.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Drwall’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Drwall will be buried on Aug. 5, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 15,
2021

Navy Seaman 1st Class Russell C. Roach, 22

Navy Seaman 1st Class Russell C. Roach, 22, of Zanesville, Ohio, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Roach was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Roach.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Roach.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Roach’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Roach will be buried on Aug. 11, 2021, in his Canton, Ohio.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 15,
2021

Navy Chief Water Tender Claude White, 40

Navy Chief Water Tender Claude White, 40, Dyer County, Tennessee killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, White was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize.

The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including White.

Claude White is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 15,
2021

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Raymond D. Boynton, 19

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Raymond D. Boynton, 19, of Grandville, Michigan, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Boynton was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Boynton.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Boynton.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Boynton’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Raymond Devere Boynton is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Boynton will be buried on Sept. 8, 2021, at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 15,
2021

 Navy Seaman 2nd Class Russell O. Ufford, 17

 Navy Seaman 2nd Class Russell O. Ufford, 17, of Kansas City, Missouri, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ufford was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Ufford.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Ufford.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Ufford’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

His name is featured on the USS Oklahoma Memorial and in Court 2 of the Honolulu Memorial of the Courts of the Missing in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ufford will be buried on July 16, 2021, in Salisbury, North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 11,
2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Wesley J. Brown, 25

Navy Fireman 1st Class Wesley J. Brown, 25, of Helena, Montana, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Brown was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Brown.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Brown.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Brown’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Brown will be buried on Aug. 28, 2021, in Smithland, Iowa.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 11,
2021

 Navy Seaman 1st Class Warren C. Gillette, 21

 Navy Seaman 1st Class Warren C. Gillette, 21, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Gillette was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Gillette.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Gillette.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Gillette’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Gillette will be buried on July 12, 2021, in Eagle Point, Oregon.

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
June 11
, 2021

Army Sgt. Elwood M. Truslow, 20

Army Sgt. Elwood M. Truslow, 20, Albemarle County, Virginia killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In late 1950, Truslow was a member of Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as the Chosin Reservoir Campaign was a decisive battle in the Korean War. On 27 November, the Chinese Army surprised UN Forces at the Chosin Reservoir area.

A brutal 17-day battle in freezing weather and rough terrain soon followed. In the period between 27 November and 13 December 1950, 30,000 United Nations troops were encircled and attacked by approximately 120,000 Chinese troops.

He was reported missing in action on Dec. 12, 1950, after his unit was attacked by enemy forces as they attempted to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.

 Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

Truslow is buried or memorialized at Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial and is also is remembered at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington..

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
June 9
, 2021

Army Cpl. Kenneth R. Foreman, 19

Army Cpl. Kenneth R. Foreman, 19, Brown County, Ohio killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In late 1950, Foreman was a member of Company A, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

He was reported missing in action on Dec. 2, 1950, after his unit was attacked by enemy forces as they attempted to withdraw near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea.

Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

Foreman is buried or memorialized at Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial and is also is remembered at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington..

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
June 9, 2021

Army Staff Sgt. Raymond C. Blanton, 19

Army Staff Sgt. Raymond C. Blanton, 19, of Richmond, Virginia, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In October 1944, Blanton was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Germeter, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was killed in action on Oct. 14. Blanton could not be recovered because of the on-going fighting.

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Hürtgen area between 1946 and 1950, but were unable to recover or identify Blanton’ remains. He was declared non-recoverable in 1951.

While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a DPAA historian determined that one of two sets of unidentified remains, designated X-4491 Neuville and X-4492 Neuville, recovered comingled from Raffelsbrand sector of the Hürtgen Forest near Germeter in 1946, possibly belonged to Blanton. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1950, were disinterred in September 2017 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification.

Blanton’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission site in Margarten, Netherlands, along with the others still missing from World War II.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Blanton will be buried July 1, 2021 in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
June 7, 2021

 Army Pfc. John J. Sitarz, 19

 Army Pfc. John J. Sitarz, 19, of Weirton, West Virginia, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

In November 1944, Sitarz was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. His unit was engaged in battle with German forces near Germeter, Germany, in the Hürtgen Forest, when he was declared missing in action on Nov. 2. Sitarz could not be recovered because of the on-going fighting, and his status was changed to killed in action on Nov. 3, 1945.

Following the end of the war, the American Graves Registration Command was tasked with investigating and recovering missing American personnel in Europe. They conducted several investigations in the Hürtgen area between 1946 and 1950, but were unable to recover or identify Sitarz’ remains. He was declared non-recoverable in 1951.

While studying unresolved American losses in the Hürtgen area, a DPAA historian determined that one set of unidentified remains, designated X-2785 Neuville, recovered from a minefield west of Germeter in 1946 possibly belonged to Sitarz. The remains, which had been buried in Ardennes American Cemetery in 1949, were disinterred in 2018 and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, for identification.

Sitarz’s name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, an American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) site in Hombourg, Belgium, along with the others still missing from World War II.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Sitarz will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, at a date yet to be determined.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
June 7
, 2021

Army Sgt. Lloyd A. Alumbaugh, 21

Army Sgt. Lloyd A. Alumbaugh, 21, of Jasper, Missouri, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Alumbaugh was a member of Ambulance Company, 7th Medical Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 28, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

 North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

Alumbaugh’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Alumbaugh will be buried June 25, 2021, in Reeds, Missouri.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 4,
2021

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Walter R. Pentico, 17

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Walter R. Pentico, 17, from Nebraska killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Dec. 7, 1941, Pentico was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft.

The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize.

The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Pentico.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Pentico’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 3,
2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class Neal K. Todd, 22

Navy Fireman 1st Class Neal K. Todd, 22, of Akeley, Minnesota, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Todd was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Todd.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Todd.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Todd’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Todd will be buried on July 10, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
June 3, 2021

 Army 1st Lt. Myles W. Esmay, 21

 Army 1st Lt. Myles W. Esmay, 21, Oneida County, New York killed during World War II, was accounted for.

(This official release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

In the spring and summer of 1944, Esmay, an infantry engineer, was a member of Company B, 236th Engineer Combat Battalion, reinforcing the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional),
also known as Merrill’s Marauders.

Esmay’s battalion arrived at the recently captured airfield in Myitkyina, Burma, on May 28, where they were tasked with holding the airfield and taking part in the siege of Myitkyina.

On June 4, the battalion attacked Japanese forces at Namkwi village northwest of the airfield.

The fighting lasted until June 7. Esmay was reported to have been killed on the last day of fighting.

Myles W Esmay is buried or memorialized at Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

 

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 3, 2021

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Earl M. Ellis, 23

Navy Radioman 3rd Class Earl M. Ellis, 23, of Hope, Arkansas, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ellis was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Ellis.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Ellis.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Ellis’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Ellis will be buried on July 15, 2021, in Eureka, California.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 2, 2021

Navy Seaman 1st Class Wilbur F. Ballance, 20

Navy Seaman 1st Class Wilbur F. Ballance, 20, Paw Paw, Michigan killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ballance was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Ballance.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Ballance.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Ballance’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Ballance will be buried on Dec. 3, 2021, at the Punchbowl.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
June 1
, 2021

Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Leslie P. Delles, 21

Navy Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Leslie P. Delles, 21, of St. Charles, Illinois, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Delles was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Delles.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Delles.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

Delles’ name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Delles will be buried on Oct. 23, 2021, in Sutter Creek, California.

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
May 27
, 2021

Army Pfc. Bill F. Hobbs, 20

Army Pfc. Bill F. Hobbs, 20, of South Coffeyville, Oklahoma, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Hobbs was a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Hobbs’s name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War.

Hobbs will be buried June 26, 2021 in Coffeyville, Kansas.

 

 

 

 

Soldier killed From World War II Accounted For
May 24, 2021

Army Pvt. Wayne M. Evans, 21

Army Pvt. Wayne M. Evans, 21, of Hamilton, Montana, who was captured and died as a prisoner of war during World War II, was accounted for.

In late 1941, Evans was a member of Battery G, 59th Coast Artillery Regiment, when Japanese forces invaded the Philippine Islands in December. Intense fighting continued until the surrender of the Bataan Peninsula on April 9, 1942, and of Corregidor Island on May 6, 1942.

Thousands of U.S. and Filipino service members were captured and interned at POW camps. Evans was among those reported captured after the surrender of Corregidor and held at the Cabanatuan POW camp. More than 2,500 POWs perished in this camp during the war.

According to prison camp and other historical records, Evans died July 19, 1942, and was buried along with other deceased prisoners in the local Cabanatuan Camp Cemetery, in Common Grave 312.

Following the war, American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) personnel exhumed those buried at the Cabanatuan cemetery and relocated the remains to a temporary U.S. military mausoleum near Manila. In late 1947, the AGRS examined the remains in an attempt to identify them. Due to the circumstances of the POW deaths and burials, the extensive commingling, and the limited identification technologies of the time, all of the remains could not be individually identified. The unidentified remains were interred as “unknowns” in the present-day Manila American Cemetery and Memorial.

In January 2018, remains associated with Common Grave 312 were disinterred and sent to the DPAA laboratory at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, for analysis.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Evans’ name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, an American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) site, along with others missing from WWII.

Evans will be buried in his hometown at a date yet to be determined.

 

 

 

 

 

Soldier Killed During the Korean War Accounted For
May 20
, 2021

Army Cpl. Burl Mullins, 23

Army Cpl. Burl Mullins, 23, of Dorton, Kentucky, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for.

In late 1950, Mullins, who also served during World War II, was a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. He was reported missing in action on Nov. 30, 1950, when his unit was attacked by enemy forces near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. Following the battle, his remains could not be recovered.

It was later learned he had been taken as a prisoner of war.

North Korea turned over 55 boxes, purported to contain the remains of American service members killed during the Korean War. The remains arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii on Aug. 1, 2018, and were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for identification.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Mullins’ name is recorded on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, along with the others who are still missing from the Korean War.

Mullins will be buried in his hometown. The date has yet to be decided.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
May 20, 2021

Navy Fireman 1st Class William D. Tucker, 19

Navy Fireman 1st Class William D. Tucker, 19, of Bedford, Iowa, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Tucker was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Tucker.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Tucker.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Tucker’s remains, scientists from DPAA dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome DNA (Y-STR) analysis.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Tucker’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

Tucker will be buried on June 30, 2021, in his hometown.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
May 19, 2021

Navy Musician 2nd Class Charlton H. Ferguson, 19

Navy Musician 2nd Class Charlton H. Ferguson, 19, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, killed during World War II, was accounted for.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Ferguson was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma, which was moored at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, when the ship was attacked by Japanese aircraft. The USS Oklahoma sustained multiple torpedo hits, which caused it to quickly capsize. The attack on the ship resulted in the deaths of 429 crewmen, including Ferguson.

From December 1941 to June 1944, Navy personnel recovered the remains of the deceased crew, which were subsequently interred in the Halawa and Nu’uanu Cemeteries.

In September 1947, tasked with recovering and identifying fallen U.S. personnel in the Pacific Theater, members of the American Graves Registration Service (AGRS) disinterred the remains of U.S. casualties from the two cemeteries and transferred them to the Central Identification Laboratory at Schofield Barracks. The laboratory staff was only able to confirm the identifications of 35 men from the USS Oklahoma at that time. The AGRS subsequently buried the unidentified remains in 46 plots at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (NMCP), known as the Punchbowl, in Honolulu. In October 1949, a military board classified those who could not be identified as non-recoverable, including Ferguson.

Between June and November 2015, DPAA personnel exhumed the USS Oklahoma Unknowns from the Punchbowl for analysis.

To identify Ferguson’s remains, scientists from DPAA used dental and anthropological analysis. Additionally, scientists from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used Y chromosome (Y-STR) analysis.

A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.

Ferguson’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at the Punchbowl, along with the others who are missing from WWII.

Ferguson will be buried on July 9, 2021, at the NMCP.

 

 

 

 

USS Oklahoma Sailor killed From World War II Accounted For
May 18, 2021

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Raymond D. Boynton, 19

Navy Seaman 2nd Class Raymond D. Boynton, 19,