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No. 892-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2007
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Marine Missing From Vietnam War Is Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

He is Cpl. Jim E. Moshier, U.S. Marine Corps, of Bakersfield, Calif.He will be buried Wednesday in Bakersfield.

On June 11, 1967, Moshier was one of 11 passengers on board a CH-46A Sea Knight helicopter that was inserting forces into Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, when the aircraft was struck by enemy ground fire and crashed.Pilots from two nearby helicopters saw the crash and reported that none of the men on board could have survived.Aircraft flew over the site for several hours, but saw no survivors.A ground patrol attempted to access the site the next day, but could not because of the large concentration of enemy forces in the area.Two weeks later, a reconnaissance patrol was within 25 meters of the crash site, but extensive enemy activity prevented the team from approaching closer.

Between 1993 and 1994, U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) teams, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), conducted two surveys of the site, and interviewed several Vietnamese citizens who said they witnessed the crash.Two of the citizens claimed to have seen bone fragments while scavenging the site years earlier.The teams found small pieces of wreckage, but no human remains.

In May 2005, Vietnamese officials notified U.S. officials that possible human remains were present at a district security compound in Quang Tri Province.The Vietnamese reported they confiscated the remains and other items, including Moshier's identification tag, from a Vietnamese citizen in 1996.The remains were then buried in the security compound, but the ID tag and other items had supposedly been lost over the years.Later that month, a U.S./S.R.V. team excavated the secondary burial site in the security compound and recovered a box containing human remains.


Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA in the identification of Moshier's remains.Remains from one of the other servicemembers on board the aircraft, Pfc. James E. Widener, U.S. Marine Corps, were identified in August 2006.

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No. 898-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2007
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Soldiers Missing in Action from the Korean War are Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of three U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

They are Sgt. Donald C. Trent, of Crab Orchard, W. Va.; Cpl. Robert K. Imrie, of Randolph, Mass.; and Cpl. Samuel Wirrick of Lancaster, Pa.; all U.S. Army.Imrie will be buried Monday at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.; and Trent and Wirrick will be buried at Arlington in October.

Representatives from the Army met with the next-of-kin of these men in their hometowns to explain the recovery and identification process and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

In late November 1950, these soldiers were members of the 2nd Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, then operating south of the Chongchon River in North Korea.Their regiment's positions came under heavy attack by Chinese forces and the 2nd Battalion was forced to withdraw to positions near the town of Kujang.On Nov. 27, Imrie was killed in action, and Trent and Wirrick were reported missing.

In 2000, a joint U.S.-Democratic People's Republic of Korea-Korean People's Army team, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), excavated a mass burial believed to contain the remains of U.S. soldiers who died near Kujang.The team found human remains, Wirrick's identification tag and other material evidence associated with U.S. Army infantry equipment.

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No. 906-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2007
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Missing WWII Sailor is Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

He is Fireman 3rd Class Alfred E. Livingston, U.S. Navy, of Worthington, Ind.He will be buried on Saturday in Worthington.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Livingston was assigned to the battleship USS Oklahoma when it was attacked by Japanese torpedo aircraft and capsized in Pearl Harbor.The ship sustained massive casualties.Livingston was one of hundreds declared killed in action whose body was not recovered.In the aftermath of the attack, some remains were recovered from the waters of Pearl Harbor.One set of sailor's remains was recovered and thought to be associated with the USS Arizona losses.However, when efforts to identify the sailor failed, it was inconclusive what ship he was assigned to and he was buried as an unknown in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, known as The Punchbowl.

In 2006, a Pearl Harbor survivor and researcher, contacted the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and suggested that the biological and dental information on file for the unknown sailor may be correlated with Livingston's personnel file.JPAC's analysts studied the documentation and found enough evidence to support the researcher's findings that Livingston was actually recovered after the war even though he was originally listed as one of the hundreds of unrecoverable servicemen from the attack on Pearl Harbor.In February 2007, the grave for the unknown sailor was exhumed.

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No. 960-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 03, 2007
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Airmen Missing in Action from Vietnam War are Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

They are Lt. Col. James H. Ayres, of Pampa, Texas, and Lt. Col. Charles W. Stratton, of Dallas, Texas, both U.S.Air Force.Ayres will be buried Aug. 10 in Pampa, and Stratton's burial date is being set by his family.

On Jan. 3, 1971, these men crewed an F-4E Phantom II aircraft departing Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base on a nighttime strike mission of enemy targets in Savannakhet Province, Laos.Shortly after Ayres initiated a target run, the crew of other aircraft in the flight observed a large explosion.No one witnessed an ejection or heard beeper signals, and communication was lost with the aircraft.Hostile activity in the area prevented search and rescue attempts.

In 2001, a joint U.S./Lao People's Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.) team, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), traveled to Savannakhet Province and interviewed Laotian citizens about their knowledge of aircraft crash sites.One of the men led the team to what was believed to be the Ayres and Stratton crash site.

Later that year, another U.S./L.P.D.R team began excavating the site.The team recovered human remains and aircrew-related items.Between 2002 and 2005, joint teams visited the site six more times to complete the excavation, recovering more human remains and crew-related items.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA in the identification of the remains.

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No. 970-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 06, 2007
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Soldiers Mia From Vietnam War Are Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that group remains of five U.S. servicemen, missing in action from the Vietnam War, will be returned to their families soon for burial with full military honors.

They are Chief Warrant Officer Dennis C. Hamilton, of Barnes City, Iowa; Chief Warrant Officer Sheldon D. Schultz, of Altoona, Pa.; Sgt. 1st Class Ernest F. Briggs Jr., of San Antonio, Texas; Sgt. 1st Class John T. Gallagher, of Hamden, Conn.; and Sgt. 1st Class James D. Williamson, of Olympia, Wash.; all U.S. Army.The group remains of this crew will be buried on Aug. 14 at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.Gallagher's remains were individually identified, and his burial date is being set by his family.

Representatives from the Army met with the next-of-kin of these men to explain the recovery and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

On Jan. 5, 1968, these men crewed a UH-1D helicopter that was inserting a patrol into Savannakhet Province, Laos.As the aircraft approached the landing zone, it was struck by enemy ground fire, causing it to nose over and crash.There were no survivors.All attempts to reach the site over the next several days were repulsed by enemy fire.

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POSTED: 4:43 am MDT August 8, 2007
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FORT CARSON, Colo. -- Two Fort Carson soldiers who were wounded in a mortar attack in Baghdad Iraq have died, military officials said Tuesday.
Spc. Justin R. Blackwell, 27, of Paris, Tenn., and Pvt. Jeremy S. Bohannon, 18, of Bon Aqua, Tenn., died Sunday in Baghdad, the Department of Defense said.
Both were assigned to the 59th Military Police Company, 759th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade at Fort Carson.


Bohannon enlisted in the Army in November and was on his first tour of Iraq, just nine months into his military career.
Bohannon was driving a vehicle while Blackwell was acting as gunner, said Blackwell's girlfriend, Allyson Riggen, who lives in Craig, Colo.
"He believed very much in what he was doing," she said. "He couldn't wait to go over there, because he thought he was helping people."
Blackwell grew up in a military family and has a brother stationed at Fort Carson. It was his third tour in Iraq after joining the Army in 2000.
Blackwell was known as a jokester who loved country music and pro wrestling, Riggen told The Gazette of Colorado Springs. The couple had their first child, Joshua, on March 16 and planned two have two more, she said.
Blackwell had two daughters, 8 and 2, from previous marriages.
On his MySpace page, Blackwell said: "I'm a simple boy from Tennessee who likes country music and playing with my kids. I love you Abby, Mackenzie, and Josh. Daddy misses you all very much and I'll be home with you guys before you know it."

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The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Korean War, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

He is Sgt. Frank Bunchuk, U.S. Army, of Medina, N.Y. He will be buried Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

Representatives from the Army met with Bunchuk?s next-of-kin to explain the recovery and identification process, and to coordinate interment with military honors on behalf of the Secretary of the Army.

In November 1950, Bunchuk was assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division then occupying a defensive position southwest of Unsan, North Korea near a bend in the Kuryong River known as the Camel?s Head. On Nov. 1, parts of two Chinese Communist Divisions struck the 1st Cavalry Division?s lines, collapsing the perimeter and forcing a withdrawal. In the process, the 3rd Battalion was surrounded and effectively ceased to exist as a fighting unit. Bunchuk was one of the more than 350 servicemen unaccounted-for from the battle at Unsan.

In 2002, a joint U.S.-Democratic People?s Republic of North Korea team, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), excavated a burial site south of Unsan near the nose of the Camel?s Head formed by the joining of the Nammyon and Kuryong rivers. The team recovered human remains.

Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory also used mitochondrial DNA and dental comparisons in the identification of Bunchuk?s remains.

For additional information on the Defense Department?s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1420.

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NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

No. 1007-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2007
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Air Force Pilot Missing From Vietnam War Is Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

He is Lt. Col. Alton C. Rockett, Jr., U.S. Air Force, of Birmingham, Ala.He will be buried Monday in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C.

On June 2, 1967, Rockett and his co-pilot, Capt. Daniel L. Carrier, crewed the number two aircraft in a flight of two F-4Cs flying an armed reconnaissance mission over Quang Binh Province, North Vietnam.During their bomb run, anti-aircraft ground fire was observed, but Rockett reported that his aircraft was not hit.When the lead aircraft completed its bomb run, the flight leader told Rockett to return to base, but moments later, he saw a large fireball in his rear-view mirror.He made several radio calls to Rockett, but did not hear or see anything from the aircraft.Due to the dangerous location, there were no further search and rescue attempts.

In June and July 1989, Vietnamese officials repatriated to the United States sets of remains of U.S. servicemembers.The officials also supplied documents identifying that three of the sets of remains were those of Rockett, Carrier and another serviceman, Col. Samuel C. Maxwell.It was later discovered that the name associations among those remains had been confused.In October and November 1989, Maxwell and Carrier were identified after further analysis, but the third set of remains could not be attributed to Rockett at that time.

In 1993, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam (S.R.V.) team, led by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), investigated the incident and interviewed witnesses.One Vietnamese citizen said that Rockett and Carrier were buried near the crash site, but that their remains were exhumed in 1978 by Vietnamese officials.

In 2001, another joint U.S./S.R.V. team re-interviewed witnesses and surveyed the burial and crash sites.Small pieces of airplane wreckage were found at the crash site.

In 2003, a maternal-line mitochondrial DNA reference sample for Rockett was obtained.

In 2006, another joint U.S./S.R.V. team excavated the burial sites, but recovered no human remains.

Using forensic identification tools, circumstantial evidence and mitochondrial DNA, scientists from JPAC and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory identified Rockett's remains, which were those previously repatriated to the United States in 1989.

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No. 1013-07 IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2007
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DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Spc. Alun R. Howells, 20, of Parlin, Colo., died Aug. 13 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered from enemy direct fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

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Spc. Alun R. Howells, 20, of Parlin, Colo., died Aug. 13 in Baghdad, Iraq, of wounds suffered from enemy direct fire. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
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Fort Carson again:NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense

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August 16, 2007
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DoD Identifies Army Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Robert R. Pirelli, 29, of Franklin, Mass., died Aug. 15 in Iraq of wounds sustained from enemy small arms fire. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colo.

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Lightning Kills Soldier Camping In Tent
21-Year-Old Fort Carson Soldier Killed By Current

POSTED: 6:56 am MDT September 3, 2007
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- A Fort Carson soldier died of cardiac arrest over the weekend after lighting struck near his tent and traveled through the ground to the tent where he and three others had taken cover.

El Paso County Search and Rescue teams say the man wasn't struck by lightning but died when the current from a nearby lightning strike entered the tent.

The two women and the other man in the tent suffered minor injuries.


The four had just finished hiking a trail on Old Stage Road near the popular Saint Peter's Dome area when a brief storm passed over at about 7 p.m.

The couples then ran into the tent they had pitched, which was on top of the mountain, search crews said.

"The storm came in. They were up fairly high on the road, probably out of the trees," said Steve Sperry with El Paso County Search and Rescue.

At 9,500 feet, the area where they camped was exposed, the tent pitched near a rock outcropping.

But the storm was so brief that rescuers believe that the lightning strike that killed the man was the only lightning strike in the area.

One of the people in his group ran 9 miles down the trail to alert authorities while others performed CPR on the victim. About 15 to 20 search and rescuers were called to the scene but they were too late.

The victim, a 21-year-old Fort Caron soldier from Montana, was pronounced dead at the site.

The area where this occurred is about 9 miles behind the Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, near Fort Carson. It is very popular with hikers, bikers and four-wheelers. The area is scenic -- with a view of downtown Colorado Springs -- but is no stranger to afternoon storms.

If you happen to be outdoors during a lightning storm, experts suggest that you curl in a ball to make yourself lower than the trees and the rocks around you.

"Get everything that's metal away from you. If you have hiking sticks that you're using, get that away from you -- anything that's metal or that will attract the lightning. And then get down as close as you can (to the ground) so that you've got the shortest path for the lightning to go through," said Sperry.

Rescuers also said that when they're out during a lightning storm, they also separate so that they're not all bunched together. That way, if lightning were to hit and someone was injured, they wouldn't all be knocked out and someone could administer aid.

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