Three More Return

| June 17, 2018 | 10 Comments

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

From World War II

FM1c Lewis F. Tindall, US Navy Reserve, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. He was accounted for on 6 June 2018.

Pfc Paull D. Gilman, USMC Reserve, assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, was lost on Tarawa Atoll on 20 November 1943. He was accounted for on 5 June 2018.

From Korea

CPL Morris Meshulam, US Army, assigned to D Battery, 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea on 1 December 1950. He was accounted for on 5 June 2018.

From Southeast Asia


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

Rest easy. 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

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

    For those interested, FM1c is Fireman First Class, equivalent to today’s Fireman (FN), an E-3.

  2. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Marine Paul David Gilman’s first name is misspelled by DPAA. Beelow is a link to a profile of this Marine, which includes info about his brother, Earl, a sailor who was in the Philippines at the start of the war and who died a POW. Paul enlisted in the USMC at 17 at, as an 18-year old, was all ready a combat veteran, having fought at Guadalcanal, or The Canal, as the Marines called it. Paul’s mortal remains were located c/o History Flight.

  3. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, men.

    Rest well.

  4. Sparks says:

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

  5. Bill M says:

    Rest in Peace men, you are home now.

  6. RGR 4-78 says:

    Welcome Home.

  7. UpNorth says:

    Welcome home, brothers. Sorry it took so long to bring you home.

  8. nannybear says:

    welcome home, my loves…sleep well.

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