DPMO has announced the identification of another US MIA from Korea. DPMO also announced burial ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery for 13 US MIAs from Southeast Asia and 1 US MIA from Korea.
SGT Charles Allen, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, US Army, was lost on 31 March 1951 near Pyoktong, North Korea. He was accounted for on 19 April 2013. He will be buried with full military honors in May 2013, in Dallas, TX.
In related news, DMPO announced that MSG Robert A. Stein, 31st Regimental Combat Team, US Army – previously announced as having been positively identified in February 2013 by DPMO – was buried on 27 April 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery.
DPMO also announced that 2d Lt Richard Vandegeer, USAF; Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Bernard Gause, Jr., and Hospitalman Ronald J. Manning, USN; and LCpl Gregory S. Copenhaver, LCpl Andres Garcia, Pfc Daniel A. Benedett, Pfc Lynn Blessing, Pfc Walter Boyd, Pfc James J. Jacques, Pfc James R. Maxwell, Pfc Richard W. Rivenburgh, Pfc Antonio R. Sandoval, and Pfc Kelton R. Turner, USMC; will be buried in a group ceremony on 15 May 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery. These individuals were lost on 15 May 1975 near Koh Tang Island, Cambodia, when their aircraft crashed at sea after being hit by enemy fire during combat operations relating to the Mayaguez Incident.
Welcome home, my elder brothers-in-arms. Welcome home.
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Over 73,600 US personnel remain unaccounted for from World War II; over 7,900 US personnel remain unaccounted for from the Korean War; and over 1,640 remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. If you are a relative of one of the individuals listed here (World War II – critical need), listed here (Korea), or listed here (Southeast Asia) – please consider reading this link to see if you qualify to submit a mtDNA sample.
If you qualify to submit a mtDNA sample, please submit one. By submitting a mtDNA sample, you may be able to help identify US remains that have been recovered and repatriated but not yet positively identified.
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