Five More Return

| August 13, 2017 | 4 Comments

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

From World War II

• RM2c Walter H. Backman, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. He was accounted for on 4 August 2017.

• RM2c Quentin J. Gifford, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. He was accounted for on 31 July 2017.

• 2nd Lt. Clarence E. Allen, 295th Fighter Squadron, 268th Fighter Group, US Army Air Forces, US Army, was lost in Germany on 12 October 1944. He was accounted for on 1 August 2017.

From Korea

• CPL Roy J. Hopper, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, US Army, was lost in South Korea on 31 July 1950. He was accounted for on 7 August 2017.

• PFC Walter C. Hackenberg, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, US Army, was lost in South Korea on 25 April 1951. He was accounted for on 3 August 2017.

From Southeast Asia

• None

Welcome back, elder brothers-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.

 

(Author’s Note: Jonn published an article announcing RM2c Gifford’s accounting a few days ago. While DPAA’s “Recently Accounted For” page gives his date of accounting as 31 July 2017, that fact was not published on DPAA’s web site until on or after 7 August 2017.

Category: No Longer Missing

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  1. RGR 4-78 says:

    Rest in Peace, Brothers.

  2. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Rest In Peace, Fallen Warriors. You’ve earned your place in History and Valhalla.

  3. Sparks says:

    Welcome home brothers. Rest in peace in your home soil now.

  4. UpNorth says:

    Welcome home, brothers. Rest in peace.

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