Another Seven Return

| August 11, 2019

DPAA has identified and accounted for the following formerly-missing US personnel.

From World War II

S1c Lyal J. Savage, US Navy, assigned to the crew of the USS Oklahoma, was lost at Pearl Harbor, HI, on 7 December 1941. He was accounted for on 6 August 2019.

PFC Donald E. Mangan, US Army, assigned to C Company, 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, was lost in Germany on 17 September 1944. He was accounted for on 2 August 2019.

PFC Lawrence E. Worthen, US Army, assigned to A Company, 1st Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, was lost in Germany on 17 September 1944. He was accounted for on 5 August 2019.

From Korea

SGT Billy J. Maxwell, US Army, assigned to Heavy Mortar Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea on 30 November 1950. He was accounted for on 8 August 2019.

SGT Willie V. Galvan, US Army, assigned to Medical Company, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team, was lost in North Korea on 1 December 1950. He was accounted for on 1 August 2019.

SGT Walter H. Tobin, Jr., US Army, assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team, was lost in North Korea on 2 December 1950. He was accounted for on 8 August 2019.

PFC Norvin D. Brockett, US Army, assigned to A Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team, was lost in North Korea on 6 December 1950. He was accounted for on 6 August 2019.

From Southeast Asia

None

Welcome back, elder brothers-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 7,600 US personnel remain unaccounted for from the Korean War; over 1,500 remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia (SEA); 126 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. 5th/77th FA says:

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

    Thanks for the Post Hondo.

    Any way of knowing whether PFCs Mangan and Worthen were identified from a previously marked unknown or were their remains found near where they fell/came up missing?

  2. Ex-PH2 says:

    Welcome home. May the road rise to meet them and the winds be always at their backs.

  3. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  4. 26Limabeans says:

    “lost in North Korea”

    I assume these are recent remains returned
    by/with the help of Trumps (or anyones) efforts.
    To deny the return of your enemy’s fallen is an indication that you do not desire peace.
    I hope the trend continues until everyone realizes the futility of war.

    Don’t make us come and get them.

  5. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brothers. Rest in peace now.

  6. UpNorth says:

    Welcome home, rest in peace.