Another Five Are Home

| September 27, 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

EM3c Alphard S. Owsley, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. His accounting was announced on 23 September 2020.

1st Lt Gabriel J. Eggud, US Army, assigned to 110th Reconnaissance Squadron (Fighter), 71st Reconnaissance Group, US Army Air Forces, was lost on Papua New Guinea, on 6 July 1944. His accounting was announced on 22 September 2020.

From Korea

PVT Donald A. Fabrize, US Army, assigned to Company B, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, was lost in South Korea on 16 July 1950. His accounting was announced on 24 September 2020.

PFC Bobbie Ray Daniels, US Army, assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, was lost in South Korea on 16 August 1950. His accounting was announced on 22 September 2020.

From Southeast Asia

Maj. Paul A. Avolese, US Air Force, assigned to 4133rd Bombardment Wing, was lost in the South China Sea IVO South Vietnam on 7 July 1967. His accounting was announced on 25 September 2020.

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

Comments (8)

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  1. ninja says:

    There is a nice picture of MAJ Paul Andrew Avolese wearing his Uniform as well as a small Bio.

    Other family photos are shared as well:

    “Paul was the son of Sam Avolese and Natalie Avolese. His parent’s were from Italy and made their home in first Massachusetts, then New York.”

    “Maj. Avolese was in the Air Force Reserve. In Vietnam he was under the command of the Sac, Air Wing 4133rd Bomb Wing P, Squadron 2nd Bomb Sqdr.”

    “On July 7, 1967 two air craft were enroute to a combat mission when they collided over the South China Sea. Seven of the crew on board were rescued, but six, including Paul Avolese, were not found.” (status changed).

    AWARD: Air Medal

    “Paul left behind a wife and four children.”

    Salute. Never Forget. Bring Them All Home.

    Thank You, Hondo, for sharing.

  2. Sapper3307 says:

    Welcome home.

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    Welcome Home Warriors. We Salute your Service and Pay Honors to your Sacrifice!

    Never Forget…’Til They’re All Home

    Tanks Hondo and another Tanks for our very own (we have the best) ninja for the added linky to Major Avolese. Y’all make sure to click on that. And when you’ve read his bio, scroll down to the listings of the other crew members lost that day. There is an additional linky for each one of those Warriors too. Musta been something a little different or special with the mission, what with a 2 Star riding along. One has to wonder, who was driving and how daHell did 2 Buffs manage to hit one another?

  4. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, men.

    Rest well.

  5. Sparks says:

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

  6. UpNorth says:

    Rest In Peace, men. Thank you seems inadequate.

  7. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    Fair winds and following seas, to all of them.