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Stories about the DOD's POW/MIA agency, formerly known as JPAC

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 4, 2013


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NC students helped an American pilot killed in WWII return home

Time marched on unapologetically in 1944 after an American pilot crashed during a dogfight over Germany and was killed in World War II. U.S. Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Stanley Stegnerski was declared missing and deceased, but never found or fully accounted for. Stegnerski's story attained some comforting closure. His remains were finally recovered and returned home.


U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague delivers remarks at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam-Hawaii on Jan. 30, 2015.
CHRISTOPHER HUBENTHAL/U.S. AIR FORCE

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague delivers remarks at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam-Hawaii on Jan. 30, 2015.
CHRISTOPHER HUBENTHAL/U.S. AIR FORCE

Retired Air Force general to lead POW/MIA Accounting Agency

The Pentagon announced today that retired Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague is the new director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. The agency that searches for, recovers and identifies missing American war dead has not had a permanent director since 2016.


Marines from Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., place 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. near his final resting place at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sept. 27, 2015. Bonnyman was killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. His remains were discovered 72 years after he was buried there.
SARA GRAHAM/U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO

Marines from Marine Corps Barracks Washington, D.C., place 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. near his final resting place at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sept. 27, 2015. Bonnyman was killed in the Battle of Tarawa in 1943. His remains were discovered 72 years after he was buried there.
SARA GRAHAM/U.S. MARINE CORPS PHOTO

DPAA still plagued with problems after reorganization, report says

It’s been more than two years since the scandal-plagued Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office merged to form the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency — a new U.S. government super-agency responsible for recovering America’s war dead.


The family of 2nd Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Nininger Jr., World War II's first Medal of Honor recipient, is suing the U.S. government for the second time in an attempt to force a DNA test on an unknown set of remains buried in the Philippines that could belong to the celebrated war hero.
COURTESY OF JOHN PATTERSON

The family of 2nd Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Nininger Jr., World War II's first Medal of Honor recipient, is suing the U.S. government for the second time in an attempt to force a DNA test on an unknown set of remains buried in the Philippines that could belong to the celebrated war hero.
COURTESY OF JOHN PATTERSON

Family suing for DNA testing of possible remains of WWII Medal of Honor recipient

The family of World War II’s first Medal of Honor recipient is once again suing the U.S. government in an attempt to force a DNA test on an unknown set of remains buried in the Philippines that evidence suggests could belong to the celebrated war hero.

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