Another Is Accounted For

| January 26, 2020

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

From World War II

None

From Korea

CPL Arthur C. Ramirez, US Army, assigned to B Battery, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, was lost in North Korea on 6 December 1950. His accounting was announced on 22 January 2020.

From Southeast Asia

None

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

You’re home now. Rest easy.

. . .

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 (8)

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  1. USAFRetired says:

    Welcome back brother-in-arms. May this provide your family some closure.

  2. Steve1371 says:

    Ah Hondo, WW2 ended in 1945? Cpl Ramirez was lost in 1950.

    Welcome home Cpl. Ramirez, your country is indebted to you for your service and sacrifice. Rest in Peace .

  3. 5th/77th FA says:

    Welcome Home Cpl Arthur C. Ramirez. We Salute your Service and pay Honors to your Sacrifice.

    Thanks Hondo!

    I may have asked this question and/or commented on this before. The 57th FA has had several returned Soldiers in the last year. I think we may of had a linky with some of the details of the action that they were in. IIRC some of these men were initially listed as MIA, and then declared dead after 1953. I’m curious if this Artilleryman might have been among the 50 sets of remains that KimCheeze returned last year?

  4. AW1Ed says:

    Welcome home.

  5. Sparks says:

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

  6. OWB says:

    A bit more about Corporal Ramirez is found here: https://www.abmc.gov/node/315603

    For instance, he was born in Pima AZ. And, “Corporal Ramirez was a member of Battery B, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. He was listed as Missing in Action while fighting the enemy near Hagaru, North Korea on December 6, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953.”

  7. OWB says:

    Corporal Ramirez was involved in the Chosin Reservoir Campaign according to this: https://www.honorstates.org/index.php?id=259003

    (I didn’t remember/didn’t know that Haguru was proximate to Chosin.)