Another Four are Known

| July 11, 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

SK1c Harry E. Walker, 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 6 July 2021.

S2c Arthur R. Thinnes, 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 6 July 2021.

Pfc Glenn F. White, USMC, assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, was lost on Tarawa on 22 November 1943. His accounting was announced on 6 July 2021.

PFC Morris E. Swackhammer, US Army, assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, was lost IVO Fraize, France, on 1 August 1944. His accounting was announced on 7 July 2021.

From Korea

None

From Southeast Asia

None

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

Rest easy. You’re home now.

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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 who has not yet been accounted for 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. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brothers. Rest in peace now.

  3. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    *Slow Salute*

  4. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, men.

    Rest well.

  5. UpNorth says:

    Welcome home, rest easy.

  6. Herbert J Messkit says:

    Small point. 36 ID invaded southern France as part of Operation Dragoon. 15 Aug 44. PVT Swackhammer died Nov 22.

    https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/2683550/soldier-accounted-for-from-world-war-ii-swackhammer-m/