Two More Return

| January 24, 2021

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

From World War II

TSgt. Frank A. Norris, US Army, assigned to 345th Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force, US Army Air Forces, was lost IVO Ploetsi, Romania, on 1 August 1943. His accounting was announced on 22 January 2021.

PVT Alevin A. Hathaway, US Army, assigned to E Company, 2nd Battalion, 109th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, was lost IVO Hürtgen, Germany, on 6 November 1944. His accounting was announced on 22 January 2021.

From Korea


From Southeast Asia


Welcome back, elder brothers-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; and over 1,500 remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia (SEA). Additionally, 126 US personnel 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 (9)

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  1. KoB says:

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

    IVO Ploetsi and Hurtgen Forest. Two of the worst meat grinders our Troops faced in the ETO.

    Thanks Hondo!

  2. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, men.

    Rest well.

  3. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  4. Sparks says:

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

  5. Sgt K says:

    The Hürtgen Forest was a meatgrinder of a battle that has largely been ignored. An enormous waste of blood and lives.

    Welcome home, men.

  6. xyzzy says:

    Rest In Peace.

  7. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    *Slow Salute*

  8. UpNorth says:

    Rest in Peace, men.

  9. Herbert J Messkit says:

    SGT Norris was lost on the low level raid on Ploesti