Operation Missing Man
Missing Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, or Coast Guardsmen and their families deserve to be reunited on American soil. DNA is the key to ensuring that families of the missing reach closure.
The goal of "Operation Missing Man" is to assist Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in obtaining DNA samples from families of service members currently listed as missing in action (MIA). Presently, there are 13 New Mexico and 113 Texas individuals listed as MIA from the Vietnam War, the Korean War and some from previous wars. (all of whom are listed below)
As of 25 June 2008 JPAC Central Identification Laboratory(JPAC CIL) has 21 sets of unidentified remains from New Mexico and 186 from Texas, at its Hickam Air Force Base headquarters in Hawaii. Each one has to be possitively identified by DNA match before they can be returned to their family and be buried with other family, all with the love and honor they deserve. As each day passes, and each of us ages it becomes more and more important to ensure that DNA that may help in future identification efforts of missing servicemen is preserved, because without DNA there is no way to positively identify current or future remains that are recovered.
Rolling Thunder® chapters are working to assist JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) in locating family members who are qualified to provide DNA samples that will assist in the identification of service members.
The information contained on this website is designed to reunite family and friends with the remains of their missing loved ones. The focus of this project is to locate families of missing service members. We can assist others with identifying resources to help them find their missing service members.
Feel free to email Rolling Thunder® NM-1 at [email protected]
or contact the lead Rolling Thunder® chapter, North Carolina Chapter 4
at [email protected] for additional information.
“Greater love hath no man than this,
that he lay down his life for another”
We can pay no greater respect to those men and women who made that ultimate sacrifice in service to their country than to see that they are found, identified, and returned to American soil.
Rolling Thunder® as a national organization is dedicated to educating the public on all aspects of POW-MIA issues, and to assist wherever possible in the recovery and identification of POW and MIA personnel. Operation Missing Man is an ongoing Rolling Thunder® project particularly important to us. Working to inform and assist where possile all efforts to coordinate all the resources possible to identify remains that have been recovered but cannot yet be possitively identified.
Most people already know many details about the MIA recovery process. In short, when new remains are found that are believed to belong to MIA personnel, they are sent to the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC-CIL) in Hawaii.
There they use many methods including personal items found at the site (dog tags, etc.), dental records, action reports, and finally DNA to make positive identifications. You can learn more about JPAC at http://www.jpac.pacom.mil.
You might wonder why they can’t instantly identify recovered remains from a DNA sample like forensic scientists do on TV. To do this they would need a pre-existing sample of DNA from all the missing service members to be identified, and DNA samples were not routinely collected from our service men and women until the Gulf War.
This is where you, as a friend or a family member of an MIA, can help. There are currently a number of recovered personnel awaiting identification, and by contributing DNA you might help identify some of them.
While nothing is guaranteed and we do not want to raise false hopes, it is possible that your DNA might either positively identify your own missing relative, or by process of elimination help identify someone else’s relative.
If you are a family member of an individual who is Missing in Action, JPAC CIL may be able to use a sample of your DNA to help them with the identification process.
Am I an eligible donor of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)?
The type of DNA used to identify remains is inherited only from the mother. This means that each person’s mother, as well as brothers, sisters, sister’s children and many other relatives share the same strain of Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA).
This is useful because it means that mtDNA from relatives (sometimes quite distant ones) can be directly linked to mtDNA from unidentified remains. The downside is that children of a missing male cannot provide an mtDNA reference sample.
So unfortunately, JPAC cannot use a sample from just any family member – they can only use samples from family members who share the same mtDNA as the missing service member.
The gender of the missing person and the donor are irrelevant. In a family tree linking the donor to the missing person, every intermediate person connecting the donor to the missing person must be a female.
Are you an eligible donor? Only the relatives shown here in blue are suitable donors of mdDNA. Mitochondrial DNA is only passed on through the maternal line.
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Aunt Mother Uncle
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cousin female -- cousin male |
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2 Cousin 2 cousin unaccounted for male -- sister -- brother
female male /
niece -- nephew
great niece -- great nephew
We Respect and Assure Your Privacy
The intent of this project is to bring home the service members who have fought so bravely for their country and their families and have made the ultimate sacrifice. These service members deserve to be reunited with their families, and their families deserve closure.
Rest assured that if you contact Rolling Thunder® or the government agencies involved, they will respect your privacy. The information that you provide will be used only for the purposes of assisting with remains identification and will not use it for any other purpose.
Rolling Thunder® nor the government agencies involved will not release your information to other government agencies or any other organizations.
But what if I am not a family member?
Anyone can help - even if you are not a family member. Do you know of a casualty or service member who is listed as "missing in action", perhaps someone from your home town or home state? Or a service member who served in the same unit with you, and you know their family, please let us know. With your help, we may be able to research the family's history to determine if there are living relatives from whom we can obtain DNA samples.
All contact information for the agencies involved is listed at the bottom of this page.
Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony For a single setting known as the POW/MIA Ceremony Moderator:Those who have served and those currently serving the uniformed services of the United States are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice. We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and internment. Before we begin our activities this evening, we will pause to recognize our POW’s and MIA’s. We call your attention to this small table, which occupies a place of dignity and honor near the head table. It is set for one, symbolizing the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks. They are referred to as POW’s and MIA’s. We call them comrades. They are unable to be with their loved ones and families tonight, so we join together to pay our humble tribute to them, and bear witness to their continued absence. This table, set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors. I would like to ask you to stand for a moment of silent prayer, as we contemplate their commitment and sacrifice, and pray for their return to their families. Moderator continues: Please be seated. I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table. The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing men. The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty. The single red rose, displayed in a vase, signifies the blood they have shed in sacrifice to ensure our freedom and reminds us of the loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers. The yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our comrades who are not among us tonight. A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land. The spilled salt symbolizes the countless fallen tears endured by those missing and their families as they wait. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. The candle is a symbol of the light of hope which shines in all our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of their families and of a grateful nation. The glass is inverted -- to symbolize their inability to share in our gathering. The chair is empty -- they are missing. Let us remember and never forget their sacrifices.May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families. Let us now raise our water glasses in a toast to honor America's POW/MIAs and to the success of our efforts to account for them. Play Taps
Those still missing:
According to the latest listings from DPMO's
Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
New Mexico 13
USAF Shipp, Thomas G Carlsbad
USMC Corfield, Stan Leroy Gallup
USA Davis, Ricardo Gonzales Carlsbad
USA Herrera, Frederick D Albuquerque
USAF Lane, Mitchell S Albuquerque
USA Maxwell, Calvin Walter Eddy
USAF McIntire, Scott Winston Albuquerque
USAF Morrissey, Robert D Albuquerque
USAF Neeld,Bobby Albuquerque
USMC Oldham John Sanders Tinnie
USA Simpson, Max Coleman Carlsbad
USA Trujillo, Robert S Santa Fe
USA Wiseman, Bain Wendell Jr T or C
USAF Neighbors, Lacie C Abilene
USAF Bonura, Leon Frank Beaumont
USAF Villarea, Ricardo M Laredo
USAF Lackey, Lester L Lubbock
USN Curtis, Jack Albert Moses
USAF Pillsbury, Danny H Orange
USN Byars, Clifford R Pollock
USA Aldrich, Lawrence Lee Ft Worth
USA Alford, Terry Lanier Pasadena
USA Almendariz, Samuel Mc Allen
USAF Armstrong, John William Dallas
USMC Bacik, Vladimir Henry Houston
USAF Barnett, Robert Russell Gladwater
USA Becker, James Christof Palestine
USMC Bradshaw III, Robert Samuel Lufkin
USA Brasher, Jimmy Mac Canyon
USMC Brown, James William Maud
USA Burns, Michael Paul El Paso
Civilian Bytheway, Frank L -------TX
USAF Calfee, James Henry New Gulf
USAF Campbell, Clyde William Longview
USAF Campbell, William Edward Mc Allen
USA Carr, Donald Gene San Antonio
USN Cayce, John David San Antonio
USA Champion, James Albert Houston
USAF Clay, Eugene Lunsford Arlington
USA Cochran, Isom Carter Jr Houston
USN Conner, Edwin Ray Hillsboro
USAF Cornelius, Samuel Blackmar Lubbock
USA Corona, Joel Pharr
USA Deere, Donald Thorpe Snyder
USA Dexter, Ronald James Abilene
USAF Duggan, William Young Leander
USA Dyer, Irby III Midland
USAF Earll, David John Dallas
USN Egan, William Patrick Ft Worth
USN Ellerd, Carl J Odessa
USMC Escobedo, Julian JR San Antonio
USAF Fieszel, Clifford W Lubbock
USMC Forrester, Ronald W Odessa
USAF Fuller, William O Houston
USA Garcia, Ricardo Martinez Driscoll
USA George, James E Jr Ft Worth
USA Gonzalez, Jesus Armando El Paso
USMC Gonzalez, Jose Jesus El Paso
USN Goodwin, Charles B Haskell
USN Green, Frank Clifford JR Waskom
USAF Green, Robert Bailey Lampasas
USA Grosse, Christopher A Jr Harlingen
USMC Guajardo, Hilario H San Antonio
USA Gunn, Alan W San Antonio
USN Hardie, Charles David Houston
USA Harwood, James Arthur Dallas
USAF Hawkins, Edgar L La Mesa
USA Hilbrich, Barry W Corpus Christi
USN Hill, Rayford J Houston
USAF Hill, Robert Dale Houston
USA Hodgson, Cecil J Greenville
USAF Holley, Tilden S Cameron
USA Huddleston, Lynn R Ralls
USA Hummel, John F Barstow
USMC Hurst, John Clark Lufkin
USA Jimenez, Juan Macias San Antonio
USN Johnson, August David Houston
USN Johnson, Robert Dennison Dallas
USA JONES, John Robert El Paso
USA Jurecko, Daniel Edward Corpus Christi
USMC Kent, Robert D Dallas
USA Kerns, Arthur William El Paso
USAF Knight, Roy A Jr Millsap
USAF Koonce, Terry T San Antonio
USA Lane, Glen O Odessa
USAF Levis, Charles Alan Ft Worth
USA Little, Danny Leonard Abilene
USA Lull, Howard B Jr Dallas
USAF Manske, Charles Jerome El Campo
USA Marker, Michael Wayne Wichita Falls
USAF Martin, Sammy Arthur Bryan
USA McDonell, R D Sweetwater
USA McDonnell, John Terrence Ft Worth
USAF McElhanon, Michael Owens Ft Worth
USN McKay, Homer E Shallowater
USAF Miller, Curtis D Palacios
USMC Mills, James Dale Commerce
USA Montez, Anastacio Presidio
USN Moore, Scott Ferris Jr Mesquite
USAF Mundt, Henry G II Abilene
USA Newton, Charles V Canadian
USN Niedecken, William Clinton Corpus Christi
USMC Padilla, David Esequiel Borger
USA Parks, Joe Cedar Lane
USA Puentes, Manuel Rameriz El Paso
USAF Rackley, Inzar William Jr Big Springs
USA Ravenna, Harry M III San Antonio
USA Ray, Ronald E Port Arthur
USA Robertson, John Will Malakoff
USA Roe, Jerry L Houston
USAF Rucker, Emmett Jr Wichita Falls
USAF Russell, Richard Lee Snyder
USN Schmittou, Eureka Lavern Ringgold
USN Seagraves, Melvin D Lubbock
USMC Shea, Michael John El Paso
USAF Smith, Warren Parker Jr Pasadena
USN Stoddard, Clarence E W Jr Corpus Christi
USA Stride, James Daniel Jr Denison
USN Templin, Erwin Bernard Jr Houston
USAF Thompson, William J Houston
USA Tubbs, Glenn E Amarillo
USAF Van Cleave, Walter Shelby Dallas
Civilian Vietti, Eleanor A -------TX
USAF Wall, Jerry Mack Nacogdoches
USAF Ward, Neal C College Station
USAF Washburn, Larry Eugene San Antonio
USA Watson, Ronald Leonard El Paso
USAF Wester, Albert Dwayne Terrell
USA Widner, Danny L Graham
USMC Wilkins, Calvin Wayne Waco
USA Williams, Roy C Woodville
USMC Wilson, Harry Truman Grand Prairie
USAF Wortham, Murray L Augustine
"No, freedom isn't free."
I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag! had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free
Missing Man Contact information
Service Casualty Offices serve family members. Each Military Department maintains their own service casualty office, and the Department of State does the same for civilians. The officials in these offices serve as the primary liaison for families concerning personnel recovery and accounting. The full-time civilians who have worked with this issue for many years are experienced and knowledgeable. All the people who staff these offices will be glad to answer your questions. Military officials also assist and help explain the methods used to account for missing loved ones.
You can search the JPAC CIL database and you can also contact the appropriate Service Casualty Office directly. Simply tell them you wish to contribute to the Family Reference Samples (FRS) project.
Each office dedicates for family use the following addresses and telephone numbers:
Department of the Army
US Army Human Resources Command - (800) 892-2490
Attn: AHRC-PED-F, 200 Stovall Street, Alexandria, VA 22332-0482
U.S. Marine Corps - (800) 847-1597
Manpower and Reserve Affairs (MRA) Personal and Family Readiness Division 3280 Russell Road, Quantico, VA 22134-5103
Department of the Navy - (800) 443-9298
Navy Personnel Command Casualty Assistance and Retired Activities Branch POW/MIA Section (PERS-P665)
5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055-6210
Department of the Air Force - (800) 531-5803
HQ, Air Force Mortuary Affairs
10-100 Reunion Place, Suite 260, San Antonio, TX 78108-4138
Department of State - (202) 647-6769
Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management CA/OCS/ACS/EAP
2201 C Street, Northwest, Room 4811, Washington, DC 20520-4818
You can find listings of Vietnam era DNA samples that are needed for identification or for a listing of DNA samples that are needed from service member families from wars prior to the Vietnam war.
You can search the JPAC database for a list of Family Reference Samples (FRS) required by JPAC.
If you have any questions or need assistance, send us an e-mail.
Together we can work to bring every man home.