Another Eight Are Known

| July 25, 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

FC3c Jack A. Breedlove, 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 23 July 2021.

PVT Andrew J. Ladner, US Army, assigned to the 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division, was lost at Sanananda, Papua, on 30 November 1942. His accounting was announced on 23 July 2021.

1st Lt Alan E. Petersen, US Army, assigned to the 345th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force, US Army Air Forces, was lost at Ploetsi, Romania, on 1 August 1943. His accounting was announced on 22 July 2021.

1LT James E. Wright, US Army, assigned to F Company, 2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, was lost at Dornot, France, on 10 September 1944. His accounting was announced on 20 July 2021.

PVT Stephen C. Mason, US Army, assigned to Headquarters Company, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, was lost at Beek, Netherlands, on 3 November 1944. His accounting was announced on 22 July 2021.

PVT Bill Morrison, US Army, assigned to G Company, 2nd Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, was lost IVO Hürtgen, Germany, on 8 November 1944. His accounting was announced on 21 July 2021.

PFC William L. Groh, Jr., US Army, assigned to F Company, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, was lost IVO Fraize, France, on 13 November 1944. His accounting was announced on 23 July 2021.

PFC Berton J. McQueen, US Army, assigned to D Company, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, was lost IVO Clefcy, France, on 23 November 1944. His accounting was announced on 22 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 (5)

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  1. USAFRetired says:

    Welcome home brothers.

    Interesting to see so many from post Normandy Europe this time. A bit unusual of late.

  2. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  3. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Welcome Home Fallen Warriors, you’ve earned your place in History and Valhalla.

    *Slow Salute*

  4. KoB says:

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

    Thanks Hondo.

  5. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brothers. rest in well-deserved peace now.