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Welcome To DPMO

"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.

  • Pfc. Arthur Richardson, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, was lost on Jan. 1, 1951, in South Korea. He was accounted for on March 21, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors.
  • Cpl. William S. Blasdel, U.S. Marine Corps, Company H, 3rd Battalion, 11th Regiment, 1st Marine Division, was lost Oct. 28, 1953, in North Korea. He was accounted for March 10, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors spring 2014, in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.
  • Cpl. William F. Day, U.S. Army, Company C, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 31st Regimental Combat Team, was lost on Dec. 2, 1950, in North Korea. He was accounted for on March 6, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors April 5, 2014 in La Center, Ky.
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... 2013

Family Update, Salt Lake City, Utah

In July, DPMO conducted a Family Update in Salt Lake City, Utah. There were 34 first time attendees and a total of 78 family members representing 32 cases. During the event, one family member's words expressed the sentiment felt by many, "we thought there was no hope ... but now he is coming home."

Archival Research

In July, DPMO sent a researcher to the National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, Mo., to collect over 300 files. This is critical for the work of the development of WWII case files, as the NPRC is the U.S. Government's repository for the unit strength reports, the legal documents that determined date of loss on casualties. Additionally, DPMO historians collaborated with a group of 12 JPAC researchers at the National Archives and Records Administration collections in College Park, Md. Their research is focused on WWII cases, utilizing captured enemy records, Allied combat records and post-war graves registration activities in the Pacific theater.

U.S. Ambassador to Laos Visits DPMO

On July 16, DPMO hosted the U.S. Ambassador-designate to Laos, Dan Clune, for briefings and discussions on accounting in Laos. Ambassador Clune was nominated to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Laos in June and was confirmed by the Senate Aug. 1.

A complete listing of the 2013 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.