Another Six Are Accounted For

| January 31, 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

WT1c Oliver K. Burger, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 Dec 1941. His accounting was announced on 27 January 2021.

SF3c Robert E. Bailey, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 Dec 1941. His accounting was announced on 27 January 2021.

FM1c Wesley J. Brown, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 Dec 1941. His accounting was announced on 27 January 2021.

FM1c Beoin H. Corzatt, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 Dec 1941. His accounting was announced on 27 January 2021.

RM3c Earl M. Ellis, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 Dec 1941. His accounting was announced on 27 January 2021.

S1c Gerald J. Bailey, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 Dec 1941. His accounting was announced on 27 January 2021.

From Korea

None

From Southeast Asia

None

Welcome back, elder brothers-in-arms. Our apologies that your return took so long.

You’re home now. Rest easy.

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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.

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Author’s Note: Despite having the same last name, it appears that SF3c Bailey and S1c Bailey were not siblings. Their entries on the “Together We Served” website list hometowns in different states (WI and OH).

Category: No Longer Missing

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  1. USAFRetired says:

    Welcome home brothers sorry for the delay.

  2. Sapper3307 says:

    Welcome home.

  3. KoB says:

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

    DARPA steadily IDing the Oklahoma Sailors. Here’s hoping they account for them all.

    Thanks Hondo.

  4. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, men.

    Rest well.

  5. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  6. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brothers. Rest in peace now.

  7. AW1Ed says:

    Eggs reminds us:

    1st Special Operations Wing honors 14 killed in 1991 missile attack aboard Spirit 03

    HURLBURT FIELD – The 1st Special Operations Wing hosted a 30th anniversary remembrance ceremony for the fallen crew of Spirit 03 at the Hurlburt Field Air Park on Friday.

    The 14-person crew’s AC-130H Spectre gunship was shot down by an Iraqi surface-to-air missile while conducting a combat mission during Operation Desert Storm, Jan. 31, 1991, a release from Hurlburt Field said.

    NFW Daily News Link

  8. 3/10/MED/b says:

    Thanks, Hondo.