Another Three Return

| May 31, 2020

Per DPAA’s “Recently Accounted For” webpage, the following formerly-missing US personnel were publicly announced as having been accounted for during the past week.

From World War II

Pfc Charles D. Miller, USMC Reserve, assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, was lost on Tarawa on 22 November 1943. His accounting was announced on 26 May 2020.

PFC John J. Sitarz, US Army, assigned to L Company, 3rd Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, was lost in the Hürtgen Forest, Germany, on 2 November 1944. His accounting was announced on 29 May 2020.

From Korea

CPL Billie Joe Hash, US Army, assigned to Headquarters Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea on 6 December 1950. His accounting was announced on 29 May 2020.

From Southeast Asia

None

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 7,500 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 Warriors. We Salute your Service and pay Honors to your Sacrifice.

    Thanks Hondo!

  2. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  3. 26Limabeans says:

    CPL Billie Joe Hash.

    Chosin Resevoir:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Chosin_Reservoir

    Rest in peace CPL.

  4. OWB says:

    PFC John J. Sitarz was from Hancock County WV.

    https://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=127182

    Additionally, his birth s listed as Wierton, WV to father Joseph Sitarz and mother Sophie Ciak Sitarz.

    http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/vetdetail.aspx?Id=528

  5. Sparks says:

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

  6. OWB says:

    PFC Charles Donald “Satchy” Miller was from Albany, Delaware County, Indiana. He was a basketball and baseball athlete at Albany High. After graduation in 1942 he joined the Marine Corps.

    A nice write-up appears here for him: https://www.facebook.com/theantiliberalsociety/posts/3026058414097884