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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.
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.
- 1st Lts. William D. Bernier and Bryant E. Poulsen, U.S. Army Air Forces, 321st Bombardment Squadron, 90th Bombardment Group, 5th Army Air Forces, was lost April 10, 1944, in Papua New Guinea. They were accounted for July 18, 2014, and July 16, 2014, respectively. They will be buried with full military honors.
- 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.
- August 20, 2014 - Airmen Missing from WWII Accounted for (Howard, Kittredge)
- August 18, 2014 - Soldier Missing from WWII Accounted for (Harris) (Photo)
- August 6, 2014 - Soldier Missing from WWII Accounted for (Gordon)
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.
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.