DPMO has announced the identification of three US MIAs from Korea and one US MIA from Southeast Asia.
- PFC Norman P. Dufresne, G Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, US Army, was lost on 30 July 1950 near Chinju, South Korea. He was accounted for on 19 September 2013. He will be buried with full military honors on 19 October 2013 in Leominster, MA.
- CPL Robert J. Tait, Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, US Army, was lost on 6 December 1950 near the Chosin Reservoir, North Korea. He was accounted for on 10 September 2013. He was buried with full military honors on 5 October 2013 in Bar Harbor, ME.
- CPL Harold A. Evans, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, US Army, was reported missing on 13 December 1950 while deployed east of the Chosin Reservoir near Sinhung-ri, South Hamgyong Province, North Korea. He was accounted for on 26 September 2013. He will be buried with full military honors 12 October 2013 in Thief River Falls, MN.
- Col. Francis J. McGouldrick, 8th Tactical Bomb Squadron, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, US Air Force, was lost on 13 December 1968 near Savannakhet Province, Laos. He was accounted for on 6 September 2013. Funeral date and location have not been announced.
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.
If you’re still skeptical, consider this: CPLs Tait’s and Evan’s remains were among those in 208 boxes of mixed remains returned to US control by North Korea between 1991 and 1994. mTDNA was among the techniques used to obtain positive identification of their remains.
Everybody deserves a proper burial. That’s especially true for those who gave their all in the service of this nation.