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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.

  • Master Sgt. Lawrence O. Jock, Battery A, 955th Field Artillery, 8th U.S. Army, was lost July 14, 1953, in North Korea. He was accounted for June 25, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors Aug. 1, 2014, in Malone, N.Y.
  • Staff Sgt. Gerald V. Atkinson, U.S. Army Air Forces, 358th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, was lost April 10, 1945, north of Berlin. He was accounted for June 20, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors Aug. 16, 2014, in Chattahoochee, Fla.
  • Pfc. Randolph Allen, Marine Corps, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, was lost on Nov. 20, 1943, in Tarawa. He was accounted for June 17, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors July 29, 2014, in Arlington National Cemetery.
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... 2014

Family Updates

From June 12-13, more than 200 family members of the missing from our Nation's wars came to Washington D.C. for the 45th Annual Meeting of The National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia. At this meeting representatives from the U.S. government’s personnel accounting community briefed family members on the government’s efforts to account for our missing to included briefings on government policy, remains recovery operations and methods of identifying remains. Also, family members had the opportunity to meet with analysts for an individual case summary on the loss of their loved one. DASD Winfield also addressed the 25th Annual Forum of The National Alliance of Families for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen.

Memorial Day

On Monday, May 26, we remembered and honored the sacrifices of America's fallen heroes. President Barack Obama said in his Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, "And so here, on these hallowed grounds, we rededicate ourselves to our sacred obligations to all who wear America's uniform, and to the families who stand by them always. That our troops will have the resources they need to do their job. That our nation will never stop searching for those who've gone missing or are held as prisoners of war. That -- as we've been reminded in recent days -- we must do more to keep faith with our veterans and their families, and ensure they get the care and benefits and opportunities that they've earned and that they deserve. These Americans have done their duty. They ask nothing more than that our country does ours -- now and for decades to come."

Personnel Accounting Community Case Categorization Working Group

Historians and analysts from DPMO and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) co-chaired the Personnel Accounting Community Case Categorization Working Group with participation from all four Service Casualty Offices. The working group worked on developing unified analytic categories and definitions for application to all conflicts. Recommendations from this group will be used to shape policies and devise metrics for reporting Personnel Accounting Community progress.

Southeast Asia Coordination Conference

DPMO hosted a Southeast Asia Coordination Conference May 12 -16, 2014. This effort included analysts and researchers from DPMO, JPAC, Life Sciences Equipment Lab (LSEL), and Stony Beach. The main objective was to analyze each case to determine how next to proceed. Next steps could include pursuing field investigation leads (e.g. witness interviews, surveys, excavations, etc.), or continued U.S. research (archival, veteran interviews etc). The team completed discussion and recommended next steps on 341 individual losses.

Analytical Research

From March 31 to April 18, 2014, a historian conducted research at the Air Force’s primary historical archival facility, the Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA) on Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The historian digitally scanned and photo copied more than 750 pages of historical documents for World War II and Southeast Asia division historians and analysts. The AFHRA houses more than 70,000,000 pages of the Department of Defense’s most complete collection of U.S. Air Force unit histories, mission reports, and other Air Force-related historical documents. Their collection includes thousands of documents not found at the National Archives, other research facilities, or online.

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.