Another Seven are Accounted For

| October 7, 2018 | 10 Comments

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

From World War II

CPhM James T. Cheshire, 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 28 September 2018.

S1c Herbert J. Poindexter, 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 1 October 2018.

2nd Lt. James R. Lord, Jr., US Army, assigned to 66th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group, 12th Tactical Air Command, 12th Air Force, US Army Air Forces, was lost in France on 10 August 1944. He was accounted for on 2 October 2018.

PFC Marvin E. Dickson, US Army, assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, was lost in Germany on 13 November 1944. He was accounted for on 27 September 2018.

1st Lt. Allen R. Turner, Jr., US Army, assigned to 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command, US Army Air Forces, was lost in India on 17 July 1945. He was accounted for on 2 October 2018.

PFC Joseph I. Natvik, Jr., US Army, assigned to 1330 Army Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command, US Army Air Forces, was lost in India on 17 July 1945. He was accounted for on 26 September 2018.

From Korea

SFC James L. Boyce, US Army, assigned to K Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, was lost in South Korea on 11 July 1950. He was accounted for on 2 October 2018.

From Southeast Asia

None

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

Rest easy. You’re home now.

. . .

Over 72,000 US personnel remain unaccounted for from World War II; over 7,600 US personnel remain unaccounted for from the Korean War; over 1,500 remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia (SEA); 126 remain unaccounted for from the Cold War; 5 remain unaccounted for from the Gulf Wars; and 1 individual remains unaccounted for from Operation Eldorado Canyon. 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. Ex-PH2 says:

    Welcome home, and fair winds and following seas to all.

  2. RGR 4-78 says:

    Welcome Home.

  3. Sparks says:

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

  4. Scrappy says:

    I wonder if there’s a typo in the listings. There are two “Deward W. Duncan, Jr.” listed.

    • UpNorth says:

      I saw that, too. Kinda hard to be lost in France and then, almost a year later, lost in India.
      DPAA says that the pilot lost from “66th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group, 12th Tactical Air Command, 12th Air Force”, was actually 2nd LT James R. Lord. Same unit, same date of loss. And that Deward W. Duncan, Jr was a member of “Aviation, Construction, Ordinance, Repair, Navy Fourteen, Standard Landing Craft Unit 4”.
      http://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Recently-Accounted-For/

      • Hondo says:

        Name errors above have been corrected; thanks for pointing them out. Apparently my last intended edits to this article either didn’t happen or didn’t “take” – probably due to OHS&T (operator headspace and timing) and being in a hurry while on the road. Oh well.

        FWIW: S2c Duncan was announced as accounted for in last week’s NLM article (30 Sep 2018). His entry in that earlier article has also been corrected to reflect the correct unit of assignment.

  5. HMC Ret says:

    Two were lost just weeks before the war on 17JUL45, just weeks before the war against Japan was over. I wonder if they were lost in combat or an airplane malfunction?

    Welcome home, Warriors. I am humbled by your valor.

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