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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

John 15:13

 

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.

 

DNA

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.

 

Maternal Grandmother

                                            |            |          \                               

                                       Aunt          Mother         Uncle

                                  /     \          |

              cousin female -- cousin male  |

               /      \                     |

      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

(updated 6-1-09)

            

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   

           

Texas                    113     

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.jpac.pacom.mil/

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/

 

 

 

 

http://www.virtualwall.org

 

If you have any questions or need assistance, send us an e-mail.

 

Together we can work to bring every man home.