Another is Accounted For

| January 3, 2021

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

From World War II

None

From Korea

CPL Roy H. Thomas, US Army, assigned to Company M, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea on 12 December 1950. His accounting was announced on 23 December 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

Comments (6)

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  2. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brother. Rest in well-deserved peace.

  3. UpNorth says:

    Rest In Peace CPL Thomas.

  4. KoB says:

    Welcome Home CPL Roy H. Thomas. Rest well Warrior. SALUTE!

    Thanks Hondo

  5. Roh-Dog says:

    ‘Pro Patria’ indeed.
    Welcome Home, Dear Corporal.

  6. Ex-PH2 says:

    May the road rise to meet him, the wind always at his back, the horse he rides faithful, and the hunting plentiful.