Recoveries


The information in these pages has been compiled from press releases distributed by DPAA.


Lockett, Cpl Lindsey C.

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Recoveries | 0 comments

Lockett, Cpl Lindsey C.

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. Lindsey C. Lockett, 24, of Richmond, Va., will be buried April 25, in his hometown. In late 1950, Lockett and elements of Medical Detachment, 503rd Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, were occupying a position in the vicinity of Somin-dong, North Korea, when their unit was overwhelmed by Chinese forces. Lockett was reported missing Dec. 1, 1950. In 1954, United Nations and Communist Forces exchanged the remains of war dead in what came to be called “Operation Glory.” All remains recovered in Operation Glory were turned over to the Army Central Identification Unit in Kokura, Japan for analysis. The unidentified remains were interred as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the “Punchbowl.” In 2014, with advances in technology, the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii re-examined the records and concluded that the possibility of identification now existed. In the identification of Lockett’s remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and chest radiography which matched his records. Today, 7,852 Americans remain unaccounted-for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by American teams. 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 or call (703)...

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Bolden, Cpl C.G.

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Bolden, Cpl C.G.

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. soldier, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. C G. Bolden, 23, of Shirley, Ark., will be buried Feb. 21 in Clinton, Ark. In January 1951, Bolden was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. His unit engaged enemy forces near Hoengsong, South Korea, when they were attacked by Chinese forces which forced a withdrawal south to a more defensible position. Bolden was reported as missing in action Jan. 5, 1951. In late 1953, during a prisoner of war exchange, known as Operation Big Switch, a returning U.S. service member told U.S. debriefers that Bolden was captured by Chinese forces and had died from malnutrition in April 1951while in enemy control. His remains were not among those returned by communist forces during Operation Glory in 1954. Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea turned over to the U.S. 208 boxes of human remains believed to contain more than 400 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents, turned over with some of the boxes, indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the vicinity where Bolden was believed to have died. To identify Bolden’s remains, scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence, dental and radiograph comparison, and two forms of DNA; mitochondrial DNA, which matched his sister and brother and Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat DNA (Y-STR) analysis, which matched his brother. Today, 7,855 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by American recovery teams. For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for Americans, who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA web site at www.dpaa.mil or call (703)...

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Strum, Sgt 1st Class Donald R.

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The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Sgt. 1st Class Donald R. Sturm, 23, of Elmo, Mo., will be buried April 25, in St. Louis. In late November 1950, Sturm, while assigned to Company C, 19th Infantry Regiment (IR), 24th Infantry Division (ID), was engaged in fighting with enemy forces northwest of Anju, North Korea. After elements of the 19th IR withdrew to a more defensible position, he was reported missing in action Nov. 4, 1950, in the vicinity of Anju. A soldier who returned after the Armistice was signed in 1953, told debriefers that Sturm had been captured on Nov. 4, 1950, and died from malnutrition and lack of medical care while in captivity at a prisoner of war camp, known as Camp 5, in Pyokdong, North Korea. His remains were not among those returned in 1954 during Operation Glory. Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea turned over to the U.S. 208 boxes of human remains subsequently determined to be those of more than 400 U.S. servicemen lost during the war. North Korean documents, turned over at that time, indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the vicinity where Sturm was believed to have died. In the identification of Sturm, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and two forms of DNA analysis; mitochondrial DNA and Y-STR DNA analysis, which matched his brothers. Today, 7,852 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by American recovery teams. 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 or call (703)...

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Higgins, Cpl Robert

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Higgins, Cpl Robert

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced today that the remains of a U.S. soldier, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. Robert Higgins, 20, of Philadelphia, will be buried April 11, in New Town, Pa. In mid-February 1951, Higgins was assigned to Battery C, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division and was deployed near Hoengsong, South Korea, when their defensive line was attacked by Chinese forces. U.S. forces suffered more than 200 casualties and more than 100 men were taken prisoner. This battle is commonly known as the Hoengsong Massacre. During the battle, the unit was forced to withdraw south to a more defensible position. Higgins was reported as missing in action Feb. 13, 1951. While there are no reports naming Higgins as captured, more than 100 men from his unit were documented to have been captured and taken to North Korea. Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea turned over to the U.S. 208 boxes of human remains believed to contain more than 400 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. In June 1999, a joint U.S./Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (D.P.R.K.) team excavated a burial site east-northeast of Kujang, North Korea, and recovered human remains. Bone samples from the remains were sent to the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) for analysis. This analysis revealed that Higgins’ remains were among those turned over by North Korea and among those recovered during excavation. To identify Higgins’ remains, scientists from DPAA and AFDIL used circumstantial evidence, radiograph comparison, mitochondrial DNA analysis, which matched his cousin, and Y-chromosome Short Tandem Repeat (Y-STR) DNA analysis, which matched his nephew. Today, 7,852 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials, recovered by American recovery teams, or turned over by South Korean recovery teams. For additional information on the Defense...

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Snock, Jr., Sgt Joseph M.

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Recoveries | 0 comments

Sgt. Joseph M. Snock, Jr., U.S. Army Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment Lost: 11/30/1950 Location: North Korea Identified: 1/5/2015

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Wing, Richard L.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Recoveries | 0 comments

Cpl Richard L. Wing, U.S. Army Company H, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division; lost 11/28/1950 in North Korea. He was accounted for Nov. 7, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors.

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Tingle, Paul L.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Recoveries | 0 comments

Pfc Paul L. Tingle, U.S. Army Company I, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division; lost 11/26/1950 in North Korea. He was accounted for Nov. 12, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors.

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Apodaca, Abie L.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Recoveries | 1 comment

The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. Abilesio L. Apodaca, 18, of Albuquerque, N.M., will be buried May 23, in Santa Fe, N.M. In early 1951, Apodaca and elements of Heavy Mortar Company, 9th Infantry Regiment (IR), 2nd Infantry Division (ID), were occupying a position in the vicinity of Hoengsong, South Korea, when their unit was overwhelmed by Chinese forces. This attack caused the 9th IR to withdraw south to a more defensible position. Apodaca was reported missing after the attack. In 1953, returning American soldiers who had been held as prisoners of war reported that Apodaca had been captured by Chinese forces and died in a prisoner of war camp known as Camp 5 in Pyokdong, North Korea. Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea turned over to the U.S. 208 boxes of human remains believed to contain more than 400 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents, turned over at that time, indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the vicinity where Apodaca was believed to have died. From June 2-8, 1999, a joint U.S./D.P.R.K. team excavated a secondary burial site in an agricultural field east-northeast of Kujang, North Korea and recovered remains. These remains, and some of the remains turned over between 1991 and 1994, were identified as Apodaca. In the identification of Apodaca’s remains, scientists from DPAA and Armed Forces DNA Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, including mitochondrial DNA, which matched his cousins. Today, 7, 852 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by American recovery teams. 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 or call (703)...

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Ball, Raymond O.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Recoveries | 0 comments

1st Lt. Raymond O. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division; lost 11/27/1950 in North Korea. He was accounted for Nov. 13, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors.

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Hilgenberg, Earl E.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Recoveries | 0 comments

Sgt. 1st Class Earl E. Hilgenberg, U.S. Army Company E, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division; lost 11/2/1950 in North Korea. He was accounted for Nov. 17, 2014. He will be buried with full military honors.

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