BY GRANT COATES, CHAIR
According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA), as of June 10 there remain 1,589 missing from the Vietnam War. On February 25 DPAA announced that Navy Reserve Journalist 3rd Class Raul A. Guerra, listed as missing on October 8, 1967, was accounted for. His remains were recovered in August 2005 and identified on February 20, 2019.
A total of 994 have been accounted for since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. In addition, 63 U.S. personnel were accounted for between 1973 and 1975, for a grand total of 1,057.
As of June 6, 217 crewman have been identified from the estimated 388 sets of remains designated as unknowns from the U.S.S. Oklahoma. That ship was sunk by Japanese aircraft on December 7, 1941, while at Pearl Harbor. A total of 429 crewmen—415 sailors and 14 Marines—could not be accounted for and were presumed to have been killed during the attack.
The U.S. military says it has identified the remains of two additional American servicemembers turned over by North Korea as part of the transfer of fifty-five cases last August after the first summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
Six service members killed during the Korean War have been identified since North Korea delivered the remains. The names of the two who were identified recently have not yet been released.
North Korea halted its cooperation after the second summit between Trump and Kim ended abruptly last winter in Hanoi.
The Veterans Initiative Program needs your help. Objects taken from the battlefields of Vietnam are more than souvenirs or war trophies. Maps, stories, after-action reports, pictures, and military items may have a story that could result in finding the location of missing war dead. Contact the Veterans Initiative at:
Veterans Initiative Program
Vietnam Veterans of America
8719 Colesville Rd., Suite 100
Silver Spring, MD 20910