Another Four Return

| August 25, 2019 | 7 Comments

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

From World War II

Pfc Raymond Warren, USMC Reserve, assigned to Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, was lost on Tarawa on 20 November 1943. He was accounted for on 15 August 2019.

From Korea

Pfc Billy E. Johnson, USMC, assigned to 1st Marine Division and attached to 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, US Army, was lost in North Korea on 30 November 1950. He was accounted for on 15 August 2019.

SGT Gerald B. Raeymacker, US Army, assigned to 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 21 August 2019.

PFC Junior C. Evans, US Army, assigned to I Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea on 12 December 1950. He was accounted for on 20 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

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

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

    Thanks Hondo

  2. 3/10/MED/b says:

    ^^Above^^.

    Peace to all.

  3. Sparks says:

    Welcome home Brothers. Rest in peace in your home soil.

  4. UpNorth says:

    Sorry it took so long, brothers.

  5. USMC Steve says:

    I believe PFC Johnson was an ANGLICO Marine, the radio operator for Marine Captain Edward Stamford, assigned to the 32nd as a a forward air controller/artillery liaison with the 11th Marines. They were the only two Marines with that Army unit.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      Thanks for that added tidbit USMC Steve, thought that might be the case. That FA unit has shown up several times with returned Troops, figured they were part of the units overrun when the Chinese jumped into it. AnotherPat was real good about bring us the “rest of the story.” Hoping that the medical situation going on with AP is cleared up soon and that one is back with us. RTR

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