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Thousands of Troops from Past Wars Are Still Missing. We’ll Never Stop Trying to Find Them

June 2, 2021

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Kelly McKeague is director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

U.S. Navy photograph from this article

Our nation sets aside Memorial Day for the express purpose of honoring the more than one million men and women who have fallen in combat serving our country, remembering their supreme sacrifice.

Most cannot be found in history books or documentaries, and their acts of heroism are lost to time. For the tens of thousands of families whose loved one lies either where they fell in battle or in a cemetery beneath a marker that reads “Unknown,” Memorial Day amplifies their uncertainty and quest for answers.

This Memorial Day, it is important to recognize that more than 38,000 Americans still unaccounted for from World War II to the conflicts in Iraq are estimated to be recoverable. The United States of America has a sacred obligation, and a moral imperative, to ensure we steadfastly endeavor to search for, recover and identify their remains. This is the mission of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, or DPAA.

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