Four More Are Home

| December 2, 2018

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

From World War II

S1c Kenneth H. Sampson, 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 26 November 2018.

F3c Willard I. Lawson, 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 November 2018.

PVT Floyd A. Fulmer, US Army, assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, was lost in Germany on 14 November 1944. He was accounted for on 27 November 2018.

PVT Harry W. Wilder, US Army, assigned to B Company, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, was lost in Germany on 14 November 1944. He was accounted for on 27 November 2018.

From Korea

None

From Southeast Asia

None

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

Rest easy. You’re home now.

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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

Comments (13)

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  2. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    Welcome Home Fallen Warriors, Rest In Peace.

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    A Welcome Home and Hand Salute to these Warriors. His Peace be unto the Families.

    A Salute and our Thanks to Hondo for these posts.

  4. Ret_25X says:

    salvete, atque heroes grata patria

  5. RGR 4-78 says:

    Welcome Home.

  6. Dustoff says:

    Men of Honor

  7. HMC Ret says:

    Rest in Peace, Warriors. I am humbled by your great sacrifice.

  8. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    When the 1930 census was taken in Newberry, South Carolina, the Fulmer Family consisted of Mom, Dad, and their two boys, one of whom was six years old and named Floyd, after his Dad. Like nearly everyone else in Newberry, Floyd’s Dad worked in the cotton mill. In 1943, Floyd enlisted at Fort Jackson, about 45 miles from Newberry. In November 1944, he was an infantryman and engaged in the Hurtgen Forest battle. There, his young life ended at age 20. His unidentified remains lay in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Martgraten for some 70 years. He is now known and he is not forgotten.

  9. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Harry Wilder was born in Minnesota but his family moved around quite a bit. In 1940, Harry was a 16-year old high school student who had one sibling, a sister, age nine. According to Fields of Honor (link below), Harry attended Loyola High School and the Loyola College in Baltimore. He appears to have been a stellar student, a science major, before enlisting to join the fight. Like Floyd Fulmer, Harry fought in the Hurtgen Forest and lost his life there. And like Floyd, Harry lay, name unattached to remains, in the Martgen cemetery for about 70 years before he was at last identified. Harry Wilder. Forever 21.

    https://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/en/american-war-cemetery-margraten-w/58507-wilder-harry-w

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Thank you! 2/17 AC

      Is Skyjumper and AnotherPat OK? They been MIA today. Hadn’t heard from WW either.

  10. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Correction: Martgraten cemetery