Another Returns

| June 18, 2017 | 4 Comments

DPAA has identified and accounted for the following formerly-missing US personnel.

From World War II

• SSG Gerald L. Jacobsen, 134th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, US Army, was lost in France on 15 July 1944. He was accounted for on 9 June 2017.

From Korea

None

From Southeast Asia

None

Welcome back, elder brother-in-arms. Our apologies that your return took so long.

Rest in peace. You’re home now.

. . .

Over 73,000 US personnel remain unaccounted for from World War II; over 7,800 US personnel remain unaccounted for from the Korean War; and over 1,600 remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia (SEA). Comparison of DNA from recovered remains against DNA from some (but not all) blood relatives can assist in making a positive ID for unidentified remains that have already been recovered, or which may be recovered in the future.

On their web site’s “Contact Us” page, DPAA now has FAQs. The answer to one of those FAQs describes who can and cannot submit DNA samples useful in identifying recovered remains. The chart giving the answer can be viewed here. The text associated with the chart is short and can be viewed in DPAA’s FAQs.

If your family lost someone in one of these conflicts and you qualify to submit a DNA sample, please arrange to submit one. By doing that you just might help identify the remains of a US service member who’s been repatriated but not yet been identified – as well as a relative of yours, however distant. Or you may help to identify remains to be recovered in the future.

Everybody deserves a proper burial. That’s especially true for those who gave their all while serving this nation.

Category: No Longer Missing

Comments (4)

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  1. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, SSG.

    Rest well.

  2. Sparks says:

    Rest in peace in your home soil now SSG Jacobsen. God be with your family.

  3. AW1Ed says:

    The work the DPAA does is amazing. Welcome home, SSG Jacobsen.

  4. HMC Ret says:

    Welcome home, Sir. You were missing but never forgotten. Blessings to your family …

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