Another Is Accounted For

| November 1, 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

Cox Paul L. Boemer, 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 28 October 2020.

From Korea


From Southeast Asia


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. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  2. OWB says:

    Nothing definitive about Coxswain Paul L. BOEMER yet. There are Boemers in the Milwaukee and Madison WI area, so anyone near there please keep an eye open for details just in case this Paul L. BOEMER is from there.

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    Welcome Home Warrior. We Salute your Service and Pay Honors to your Sacrifice. Rest Easy Good Sir!

  4. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brother. Rest in peace now. You are not forgotten.

  5. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    *Slow Salute*