Identifying Our Missing: July 2017

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, nearly 83,000 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 July 2017, DPAA accounted for 12 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

Pvt. Alberic M. Blanchette, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Pvt. Joseph Carbone, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Radioman 2nd Class Quentin J. Gifford, USS Oklahoma
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Cpl. Anthony G. Guerriero, Company B, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

2nd Lt. Richard M. Horwitz, 716th Bomber Squadron, 449th Bombardment Group
Tablets of the Missing: Florence American Cemetery

Pfc. Lloyd J. Lobdell, Company A, 192nd Tank Battalion
Walls of the Missing: Manila American Cemetery

Lt. j.g. Irvin E. Rink, Fighting Squadron Twenty Seven (VF-27)
Walls of the Missing: Manila American Cemetery

Cpl. Raymond C. Snapp, Company F, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Korean War

Sgt. 1st Class Alfred G. Bensinger, Jr., Company D, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Sgt. William A. Larkins, Battery A, 503rd Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Cpl. Dow F. Worden, Company AS, 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division
Courts of the Missing: Honolulu Memorial

Vietnam War

Maj. James B. White, 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron
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.