DPMO has announced the identification of three US MIAs from Korea and one US MIA from Southeast Asia.
- CPL Glydon E. Moyer, Battery D, 15th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, US Army, was lost on 2 December 1950 near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. He was accounted for on 13 June 2013. He will be buried with full military honors on 25 July 2013 in Luray, VA.
- SFC William Robinson, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, US Army, was lost on 12 December 1950 near Hagaru-ri, North Korea. He was accounted for on 17 June 2013. He will be buried with full military honors on 7 August 2013 in Indiantown Gap, PA.
- SGT Clement Thibodeaux Jr., U.S. Army, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, US Army, was lost on 28 November 1950 near the Ch’ongch’on River, North Korea. He was accounted for 13 June 2013. He will be buried with full military honors in Church Point, LA. The date and place of SGT Thibodeaux’s interment has not been announced.
- Lt. Col. Robert E. Pietsch, 609th Air Commando Squadron, USAF, was lost on 30 Apr 1968 near Savannakhet Province, Laos. He was lost in the same incident that claimed Maj. Louis F. Guillerman. Lt. Col. Pietsch was accounted for on 31 May 2013. He and Maj. Guillerman will be buried in a group ceremony with full military honors on 16 October 2013 at Arlington National Cemetery.
Welcome home, my elder brothers-in-arms. Rest in well-earned peace.
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In a previous article, I noted the identification of the remains of 3 US servicemen. Here is a bit more information on one of them: CPL Marvin E. Omans. His story, though brief, is worth a look. It appears that four generations of his family – including his elder sister, Dorothy Martin – were there for his funeral.
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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.
Everybody deserves a proper burial. That’s especially true for those who gave their all in the service of this nation.