Three More Return

| December 17, 2017 | 8 Comments

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

From World War II

• SK1 John W. Craig, 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 8 December 2017.

• Matt2c Archie Callahan, Jr., 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 7 December 2017.

From Korea

• SFC Milton M. Beed, Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, US Army, was lost in South Korea on 12 February 1951. He was accounted for on 6 December 2017.

From Southeast Asia

• None

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

You’re home now. Rest easy.

. . .

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 (8)

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  1. RGR 4-78 says:

    Rest in Peace.

  2. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, men.

    Rest well.

  3. Lawrence Todd says:

    I think we all should thank DPAA for there efforts especially with the identification of those assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma and were lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. The fact that the two latest were both identified on 7 December 2017 was very appropriate. 76 years and we still remember and obviously DPAA does also.

  4. HMC Ret says:

    Welcome home, Brothers. Thank you for your sacrifice.

  5. Sparks says:

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

  6. UpNorth says:

    Sorry it took so long, men. Rest in peace now.

  7. Ex-PH2 says:

    Rest in Peace, gentlemen.

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