Another Three Are Accounted For

| February 21, 2021 | 9 Comments

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

F1c William D. Tucker, 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 17 February 2021.

From Korea

CPL Paul Mitchem, US Army, assigned to K Company, 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, was lost IVO Ch’onan, South Korea, on 7 July 1950. His accounting was announced on 17 February 2021.

PFC Michaux Turbeville, US Army, assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea on 1 Dec 1950. His accounting was announced on 17 February 2021.

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

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  1. OWB says:

    F1c Tucker was from Bedford, Taylor Co, Iowa. He graduated from high school in 1939. An article appeared about him at the time of his loss.

  2. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brothers. Rest in peace now.

  3. OWB says:

    CPL (or PFC) Paul Mitchem was born in Avondale, McDowell Co, West Virginia October 27, 1930. His parents were John Henty and Stella Rose Mitchem.

  4. OWB says:

    PFC Michaux Turbeville’s home of record is listed as Dillon, South Carolina. His death is listed as being in North Korea.

  5. KoB says:

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

    Thanks Hondo. And Thanks to OWB for the added linkys on these Warriors.

  6. UpNorth says:

    Welcome home, brothers. Apologies it took so long.

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