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"Keeping the Promise", "Fulfill their Trust" and "No one left behind" are several of many mottos that refer to the efforts of the Department of Defense to recover those who became missing while serving our nation.

More than 83,000 Americans are missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War. Hundreds of Defense Department men and women -- both military and civilian -- work in organizations around the world as part of DoD's personnel recovery and personnel accounting communities. They are all dedicated to the single mission of finding and bringing our missing personnel home. The mission requires expertise in archival research, intelligence collection and analysis, field investigations and recoveries, and scientific analysis.

Recently Accounted-For

Starting in 2012, recently accounted for service members will be listed in the chronological order that they are accounted for, which means that the families have been notified. In previous years, they were listed by the date of identification. The highlighted names are linked to a more detailed news release on that serviceman's identification.

  • Sgt. Michael J. Barra, U.S. Army, Company C, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, was lost Feb. 20, 1951, in North Korea. He was accounted for Oct. 23, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors.
  • Capt. Richard L. Whitesides, U.S. Air Force, 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron, 34th Tactical Group, 13th Air Force, was lost March 26, 1964, in Vietnam. He was accounted for Oct. 21, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors.
  • Pfc. Anthony R. La Rossa, U.S. Army, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, was lost Feb. 13, 1951, in North Korea. He was accounted for Oct. 20, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors.
A complete listing of recently account-for servicemembers can be found on the Recently Accounted-For page.

News Releases

A complete listing of News Releases can be found on the News Releases page.

Briefly... July 2014

Vietnam Delegation Visit

On July 23 DASD Winfield hosted Vietnam Vice Minister of Defense Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Thanh Cung and his 12-member delegation. Cung visited the U.S. as part of Vietnam's effort to energize its National Steering Committee, an organization formed a year ago to coordinate and centralize Vietnam's efforts to recover and account for its personnel lost during the Vietnam War. In addition to describing the mission of the National Steering Committee and discussing areas where the U.S. could assist Vietnam, Cung returned several personal effects of a U.S. airman captured during the war and subsequently released during Operation Homecoming. Cung's delegation also visited Texas Technical University and JPAC.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Support

DPMO provided two interpreters to support the VFW's 115th National Convention, June 19-23, in St. Louis. A delegation of 12 representatives from major Russian veterans’ service organizations (VSOs) participated in the event. The Russian delegation was headed by retired General-Lieutenant Ruslan Aushev, who delivered remarks during one of the main sessions. Supporting this event strengthens ties with Russian VSOs that have provided important assistance to our work to account for our missing personnel.

World War II

Dr. Ian Spurgeon, from DPMO, completed a two-week research trip to the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., collecting primary and secondary sources for cases of missing airmen. With the help of AFHRA staff, Spurgeon gathered digital scans of approximately 60,000 pages of aircraft accident reports for use by World War II analysts, and copied mission reports and unit histories for specific cases in Italy, Germany, the Philippines, and England. Spurgeon also gathered unit histories and air operation reports related to several Vietnam War air losses in Vietnam and Laos.

Korean War

In support of the Oral History Program DPMO analysts attended two veterans’ reunions. July 9 - 12, the 1st Cavalry Division met in Chicago and the 24th Regimental Combat Team (RCT) of the 25th Infantry Division held their meeting in Augusta Ga., July 16 – 19. There were more than 300 veterans in attendance at the 1st Cavalry Division reunion, 13 of them Korean War era and 31 Korean War veterans at the 24th RCT event. The DPMO analysts screened each veteran for knowledge on personnel from the Korean War who are still unaccounted for. Information useful for accounting will be placed in case files, forwarded to JPAC and the Service Casualty Offices.

A complete listing of the 2014 archived brieflies can be found on the Archived Brieflys Pages

POW/MIA Bracelet Inquiries

Members of the public often contact DPMO requesting information on servicemen for whom they wore a Vietnam War POW/MIA bracelet. They usually wish to contact the person or his family so they can send them the bracelet that they wore. Since we cannot provide the public with private addresses we have on file, we recommend forwarding a postage-affixed letter to the respective serviceman's casualty office with a cover letter explaining the request.

If the service casualty office has a current address, they will forward the letter to the serviceman or his family. At that point, the serviceman or family member may choose to contact the concerned citizen and provide them with an address to send the bracelet. There is no guarantee that this process will work. Many of the former POWs are no longer in contact with their service casualty office and this also applies to the families.