Another Returns

| December 1, 2019

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

From World War II


From Korea

MSG Harold F. Drews, US Army, assigned to K Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea on 3 December 1950. His accounting was announced on 27 November 2019.

From Southeast Asia


Welcome back, elder brother-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. 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.

Category: No Longer Missing

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Welcome Home MSG Harold F. Drews. We Salute your Service and pay Honors to your Sacrifice.

    Thanks Hondo.

  2. OWB says:

    No burial details available yet, but MSG Drews was born in Kane, IL. He was lost on or about December 12, 1950 during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. (Exact date of loss was not possible due to the chaos of the battle and the lack of living witnesses.)

  3. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  4. Sparks says:

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