DPMO has announced the identification of one US MIA from World War II and one US MIA from Korea.
- 2LT Vernal J. Bird, 5th Air Force, 3rd Bombardment Group, 13th Bombardment Squadron, U.S. Army Air Forces was lost in March 1944 when his A-20G Havoc bomber crashed in Papua New Guinea. He was accounted for on 28 August 2013. He will be buried with full military honors 28 September 2013, in Springville, UT.
- SGT Melvin E. Wolfe, K Company, 31st Regimental Combat Team, U.S. Army, was lost 12 December, 1950, during the battle of the Chosin Reservoir. He was accounted for on 26 August 2013. He will be buried with full military honors on 23 September 2013, in Boulder City, NV.
Welcome home, my elder brothers-in-arms. Rest now in peace.
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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.