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    Another five brought home

    I'm linking TAH as that is where I saw this. I highly recommend going to the DPAA site here if you are looking to drill down for more info.

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

    From World War II

    Bkr2c David L. Kelser, 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 23 January 2019.

    SGT John Kalausich, US Army, assigned to 642nd Bombardment Squadron, 409th Bombardment Group, 9th Bombardment Division, 9th Air Force, US Army Air Forces, was lost in Germany on 21 March 1945. He was accounted for on 14 December 2018. (see note)

    From Korea

    PVT Winfred L. Reynolds, US Army, assigned to Medical Company, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was lost in South Korea on 26 April 1951. He was accounted for on 23 January 2019.

    From Southeast Asia

    Mr. Roy F. Townley, civilian employee of Air America, was lost in Laos on 27 December 1971. He was accounted for on 20 December 2018. (see note)

    Mr. Edward J. Weissenback, civilian employee of Air America, was lost in Laos on 27 December 1971. He was accounted for on 20 December 2018. (see note)

    Welcome back, elder brothers-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. 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 is found in one of the 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.

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    Author’s Note: SGT Kalausich, Mr. Townley, and Mr. Weissenback were accounted for last December. However, for whatever reason DPAA did not post that fact to their “Recently Accounted For” listing until sometime this month.

    DPAA has identified and accounted for the following formerly-missing US personnel. From World War II Bkr2c David L. Kelser, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harb…

    #2
    Peace finally for family and loved ones. Thanks for your ultimate sacrifice.

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      #3
      Welcome home brethren. RIP.

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        #4
        RIP

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          #5
          RIP Sirs!

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            #6
            these guys do some hard work to bring home the heroes , hope there is family left that remembers to put a final resting place for them to know .
            R.I.P. brothers

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              #7
              RIP comrades.

              Thanks for posting. It’s a national disgrace that these repatriations are not covered in the press. This should be the first thing discussed in every classroom across America tomorrow morning. Too many care about bullshit and shiny objects when it is men like these who should be spoken of.

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                #8
                Not sure if it explains the lack of publicity, but while TDY in Crystal city some years ago I had occasion to go to the DPAA. Security equalled what I went through at that five sided building nearby.

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