Another Four Return

| February 14, 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

B1c William E. Blanchard, 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 9 February 2021.

F1c James W. Davenport, Jr., 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 10 February 2021.

S2c David Clark, Jr., 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 10 February 2021.

SC3c Robert Goodwin, 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 10 February 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.

. . .

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 (6)

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  1. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  2. MarineDad61 says:

    Valor Guardians / Thia Ain’t Hell
    does MORE for POW*MIA notifications and awareness
    than a certain well known POW*MIA Awareness Ass.

    Yes, this Awareness Ass.

    Can anyone find the last time this Awareness Ass. posted about returns?
    https://www.facebook.com/Elko-POWMIA-Awareness-Association-106848159338009/

  3. KoB says:

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

    Thanks Hondo!

    Gotta agree wholeheartedly with MarineDad61. That certain Awareness ASS. just chaps my ass, much like the other 39,696 “Veterans Organizations” that are only using the Vet to grift, line their pockets, or give them a sense of importance. Buncha pathetic losers!

  4. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brothers. Rest in peace now.

  5. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, men.

    Rest well.