Another Is Home

| December 15, 2019

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

From World War II

2nd Lt. Lowell S. Twedt, US Army, assigned to the 71st Fighter Squadron, 1st Fighter Group, US Army Air Forces, was lost at Bolzano, Italy, on 20 October 1944. His accounting was announced on 13 December 2019.

From Korea

None

From Southeast Asia

None

Welcome back, elder brother-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 7,600 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 (5)

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Welcome Home 2LT Lowell S. Twedt USAAC. We Salute your Service and pay Honors to your Sacrifice. Our apologies that it took so long.

    Thanks Hondo.

  2. USAFRetired says:

    Welcome home LT, you unit is still around keeping your heritage alive.

  3. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  4. OWB says:

    2Lt Twedt was apparently flying a P-38J, nicknamed Mon Ami, at the time of his loss.

    https://www.1stfg.org/twedt-lowell-t6552-1fg.cfm

  5. Green Thumb says:

    Welcome home, LT.

    Rest well.