Another Is Accounted For

| January 20, 2019

Well, so much ffor DPAA being “out of action” during the current government shutdown. This past week, DPAA identified and accounted for the following formerly-missing US MIA.

From World War II


From Korea

SGT Frank J. Suliman, US Army, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea on 1 December 1950. He was accounted for on 17 January 2019.

From Southeast Asia


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

You’re home now. Rest easy.

. . .

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. 26Limabeans says:

    “In late 1950, Suliman was a member of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, fighting against members of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Forces (CPVF) in North Korea. On Dec. 1, 1950, the convoy of trucks Suliman was riding in was halted by a roadblock south of Kunuri, North Korea, and the Soldiers were commanded to abandon the vehicles and attempt to get through the road block on foot. Fellow Soldiers reported that Suliman was captured and taken to the CPVF prisoner of war camp at Pukchin-Tarigol, North Korea, where he reportedly died in March 1951”

    It pains me to think that I was a happy child while men like this suffered such fate.
    Welcome home Frank Suliman.

  2. 3/10/MED/b says:

    “There but for the grace of God, go I.”

  3. 2banana says:

    The war crimes of the way the Chinese treated American POWs should guide us in the way we deal with China today.

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    Welcome Home SGT Frank Suliman. May we Honor and Remember your sacrifice.

    Thanks again to Hondo for these posts and thanks to 26Limabeans for the added information.

    I agree with2banana. Not only our dealings with China, but also with Russia and anyone else who may be potentially holding or know information about our missing in action.

  5. RGR 4-78 says:

    Welcome Home.

  6. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Frank Julius Suliman was born and raised in New Jersey. His parents had immigrated here from Hungary, with Mom (Anna) arriving in 1906 and Dad (John) in 1910. Frank was a newborn when the 1930 census was taken and was the sixth child born into the Suliman family. Frank was 20 when he was taken prisoner by the Chinese and turned 21 while captive.

    Known only to God until now. Welcome home, Frank.

    • GDContractor says:


      Here he lies where he long’d to be; Home is the sailor, home from the sea, And the hunter home from the hill.

  7. Sparks says:

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

  8. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  9. HMC Ret says:

    I am humbled by and thank you for your ultimate sacrifice, Warrior. It’s been too long since you were on friendly soil. Welcome Home

  10. Bill M says:

    I may have missed this or a discussion of it, but have any of the Korean War remains returned recently by North Korea been identified?