Identifying Our Missing: May 2018 Identifications from DPAA

In World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, millions of Americans served far from home. In the various conflicts, service members fought in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific. They traversed mountains in Italy, France, Korea and Vietnam. They trudged through the tropical jungles of the Philippines. And they fought in countless other locations. They touched nearly all corners of the globe. Because of the geographic challenges, the use of air and naval power, and the inherent dangers of an active war zone, Americans that lost their lives were not always recovered. Today, more than 82,000 are unaccounted for from these conflicts. But the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is working to change this. DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) also has a role in the history of honoring the missing individual. Every American that was considered missing in action, or lost or buried at sea from World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War is commemorated on Walls of the Missing at an ABMC cemetery or memorial. The names of the missing remain permanently inscribed, even after the individual is recovered, identified and accounted for. To denote that the person is no longer missing, ABMC adds a rosette next to the name.

ABMC’s role isn’t limited to the Walls of the Missing. With more than 6,000 service members buried as Unknowns within the overseas cemeteries, DPAA works with ABMC to disinter remains they believe have a high likelihood of being identified. From the disinterment of unknown remains to rosettes being added to the Walls of the Missing, ABMC is dedicated to honoring all those Americans who paid the ultimate price.

During May 2018 DPAA accounted for 13 service members who lost their lives in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War. ABMC will add a rosette next to each of the following names:

World War II

Cpl. Joseph Akers, Company C, 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion
Tablets of the Missing: Netherlands American Cemetery

Sgt. Melvin C. Anderson, Company C, 803rd Tank Destroyer Battalion
Tablets of the Missing: Netherlands American Cemetery

Seaman 2nd Class William V. Campbell, USS Oklahoma
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Pfc. William F. Cavin, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Ensign Harold P. DeMoss, Fighting Squadron 100 (VF-100)
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Shipfitter 3rd Class John M. Donald, USS Oklahoma
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Sgt. Alfonso O. Duran, 724th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 451st Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force
Tablets of the Missing: Florence American Cemetery

Fireman 2nd Class George C. Ford, USS Oklahoma
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Seaman 1st Class Natale I. Torti, USS Oklahoma
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Korean War

Sgt. John W. Hall, Headquarters Battery, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Sgt. Meredith F. Keirn, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Cpl. De Maret M. Kirtley, Battery A, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 31st Regimental Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Vietnam War

Lt. Cmdr. Larry R. Kilpatrick, Attack Squadron One Hundred Five (VA-105)
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

About ABMC:
Established by Congress in 1923, the American Battle Monuments Commission commemorates the service, achievements, and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces. ABMC administers 26 overseas military cemeteries, and 29 memorials, monuments, and markers.

About DPAA:
DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.  For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or call (703) 699-1420.