Another Eight Are Known

| March 21, 2021

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

From World War II

MM2c Everett R. Stewart, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. His accounting was announced on 18 March 2021.

EM3c Leslie P. Delles, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. His accounting was announced on 17 March 2021.

F1c Denis H. Hiskett, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. His accounting was announced on 15 March 2021.

F2c Carl M. Bradley, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. His accounting was announced on 15 March 2021.

1st Lt Robert Parker, US Army, assigned to 35th Fighter Squadron, 8th Fighter Group, US Army Air Forces, was lost on New Guinea on 15 November 1943. His accounting was announced on 15 March 2021.

Pfc Jack E. Hill, USMC Reserve, assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, was lost on Tarawa on 22 November 1943. His accounting was announced on 18 March 2021.

From Korea

SFC Nicolas J. Valentine, US Army, assigned to B Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea, on 6 December 1950. His accounting was announced on 17 March 2021.

CPL Walter A. Smead, US Army, assigned to A Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea, on 6 December 1950. His accounting was announced on 17 March 2021.

From Southeast Asia

None

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

Rest easy. You’re home now.

. . .

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 (13)

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  1. KoB says:

    Welcome Home Warriors. We Salute your Service and Pay Honors to your Sacrifice. “…til they are all accounted for!”

    Thanks Hondo, Your work on this subject is noted in Valhalla.

  2. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  3. USAFRetired says:

    Welcome home brothers

  4. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, men.

    Rest well.

  5. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brothers. Rest in peace now.

  6. AW1Ed says:

    Gun Bunny sends us an update.

    TSgt. Alfred F. Turgeon, US Army, assigned to 344th 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 14 January 2021.

    Valor Guardians Link

    WWII airman’s remains finally returned to family after 78 years

    By Kathianne BonielloMarch
    He’s finally going home.

    The remains of an airman whose plane was shot down over Romania during World War II are being returned to his family after 78 years, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

    U.S. Army Air Forces Tech. Sgt. Alfred “Fred” Turgeon, of Cordova, Alaska, was just 23 when he was killed in a mission that came to be known as “Operation Tidal Wave.”

    He was one of hundreds of airmen who died during the daylight bombings of Nazi oil refineries in Romania.

    Turgeon and nine others from his plane perished after their aircraft came under fire.

    Read the entire article here: NY Post Link

    Thanks, Gun Bunny.

    • KoB says:

      Nope, the Thanks go to you ‘Ed, for posting this follow up for me. You did this Hero Justice by adding the initial types out story in addition to the linky postin. Not sure if it was the luck of the Irish (O’Quinn) or the Scot’s Stick-to-itness (Clan McClellan) or the Grace of God that I found this. I try to keep a Weather Eye out for notices on the Heroes that Hondo brings to us each week and when there might be Final Services for them. Maybe some of our followers in the area can be there for the Services. If anyone in that area hears anything, please let us know.

      Y’all make sure you click on the NY Post Linky. In addition to their article on SGT Turgen, there is a link to the Anchorage Daily News that has an expanded story, with more pictures, one of which is the crew of the B-24 that SGT Turgen was the waist gunner on. Hardcore…with Balls of Steel!

      SALUTE!…To The ARMY Air Corps!

  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    *Slow Salute*

  8. OWB says:

    Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class EVERETT R.STEWART, was 22. His home of record was California.

    Marine Pfc JACK E. HILL was 21. His home of record was Colorado.

    Army Sgt 1st Class NICHOLAS J. VALENTINE, was 22.

    Army Cpl WALTER A. SNEAD was 24.

    Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class LESLE P. DELLES, was 21. His home of record is Illinois.

    Fireman 2nd Class CARL M. BRADLEY was 19. His home of record is Idaho.

    Fireman 1st Class DENIS H. HISKETT was 20. His home of record is Nebraska.

    US Army Air Forces 1st Lt ROBERT PARKER was 23 when his P-40N went down. The article linked above tells us much more about him and his earlier experiences in Michigan.

  9. OWB says:

    Sgt 1st Class Nicholas John Valentine was from Grant County, Wisconsin.

    Cpl Walter Alvin Smead was from Saratoga County, New York.