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A Vow to Search for the Absent
September 19, 2008
Army News Service|by Gerry J. Gilmore
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Military never stops searching for servicemembers reported as captured or missing during the global war on terrorism or those missing from past wars.
"The combatant commanders that are out in the field today are working to find any servicemembers who are missing in the current conflicts" in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Air Force Capt. Mary R. Olsen, a public affairs officer for the Pentagon's POW/MIA Office in Arlington, Va.
No U.S. Servicemembers, she said, are now listed as missing or captured during operations in Afghanistan. One U.S. Soldier is currently listed as missing-captured in Iraq. The search continues for Army Spc. Ahmed Altaei, who was reported as being captured in Iraq on Oct. 23, 2006.
The remains of three other U.S. Soldiers who had been reported as missing-captured in Iraq were recovered and identified earlier this year, Olsen said.
Army Spc. Alex Jimenez, of Lawrence, Mass., and Army Pvt. Byron Fouty, of Waterford, Mich., were captured in Iraq on May 12, 2007. On July 10, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner positively identified their remains. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin, captured April 9, 2004, was identified March 20.
Jimenez and Fouty were part of a patrol that was ambushed by enemy forces south of Baghdad on May 12, 2007. They were assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Drum, N.Y.
Iraqi police found the remains of a third Soldier who was first reported as missing in the ambush -- Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, Calif. -- on May 23, 2007.
U.S. Commanders in Iraq had conducted intense searches for the missing Soldiers who were identified this year, Olsen said. The discovery of the remains of the missing Soldiers, she said, helped "to bring some closure to their families."
Jimenez and Fouty were part of a patrol of seven Americans and an Iraqi army interpreter when they were attacked by insurgents. At the time, the area in and around Mahmudiyah was a stronghold of al-Qaida in Iraq. A quick-reaction force dispatched to the scene found five Soldiers killed in action and three missing.
Maupin, an Army reservist, was among two soldiers and seven contract employees reported missing after insurgents attacked their fuel convoy west of Baghdad on April 9, 2004. Maupin was later reported as the only missing Soldier. The Army announced March 20, 2008, that it had found and identified Maupin's remains through DNA.
Modern satellite-enabled communications devices and advanced forensics greatly assist today's recovery and identification operations, Olsen said, so that "servicemembers don't go [on] missing."
Additionally, Olsen's agency and the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command are involved in ongoing efforts to find servicemembers reported missing from conflicts conducted decades ago.
"We are showing today's servicemembers and the families of today's servicemembers that these people that we send in harm's way will not be forgotten, if, God forbid, something should happen," Olsen said. "We will do everything in our power to bring them home and that we will remember their sacrifices."
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recognized the four then-missing Soldiers at last year's POW/MIA Day ceremony held at the Pentagon Sept. 21, 2007.
"They may not be well known to the public, but within the brotherhood of arms, they will never be forgotten or left behind," Gates said of the then-missing Soldiers Maupin, Jimenez and Fouty, and the still-missing Altaei.
"These men are the latest additions to the ranks of tens of thousands who remain missing from previous conflicts," the defense secretary said of the missing Soldiers. "And they are the latest additions to the ranks of those we remember today."
A Pentagon ceremony tomorrow for this year's National POW/MIA Recognition Day will feature troops from each of the military services. The president will issue a proclamation commemorating the observances and reminding the nation of those Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country.

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U.S. Military Vows to Find Missing Servicemembers

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2008 – The U.S. Military never stops searching for servicemembers reported as captured or missing during the global war on terrorism or those missing from past wars.

“The combatant commanders that are out in the field today are working to find any servicemembers who are missing in the current conflicts” in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Air Force Capt. Mary R. Olsen, a public affairs officer for the Pentagon’s POW/MIA Office in Arlington, Va.

No U.S. Servicemembers, she said, are now listed as missing or captured during operations in Afghanistan. One U.S. Soldier is currently listed as missing-captured in Iraq. The search continues for Army Spc. Ahmed Altaei, who was reported as being captured in Iraq on Oct. 23, 2006.

The remains of three other U.S. Soldiers who had been reported as missing-captured in Iraq were recovered and identified earlier this year, Olsen said.

Army Spc. Alex Jimenez, of Lawrence, Mass., and Army Pvt. Byron Fouty, of Waterford, Mich., were captured in Iraq on May 12, 2007. On July 10, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner positively identified their remains. Army Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin, captured April 9, 2004, was identified March 20.

Jimenez and Fouty were part of a patrol that was ambushed by enemy forces south of Baghdad on May 12, 2007. They were assigned to the 10th Mountain Division’s 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Drum, N.Y.

Iraqi police found the remains of a third soldier who was first reported as missing in the ambush -- Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, Calif. -- on May 23, 2007.

U.S. Commanders in Iraq had conducted intense searches for the missing soldiers who were identified this year, Olsen said. The discovery of the remains of the missing soldiers, she said, helped “to bring some closure to their families.”

Jimenez and Fouty were part of a patrol of seven Americans and an Iraqi army interpreter when they were attacked by insurgents. At the time, the area in and around Mahmudiyah was a stronghold of al-Qaida in Iraq. A quick-reaction force dispatched to the scene found five soldiers killed in action and three missing.

Maupin, an Army reservist, was among two soldiers and seven contract employees reported missing after insurgents attacked their fuel convoy west of Baghdad on April 9, 2004. Maupin was later reported as the only missing soldier. The Army announced March 20, 2008, that it had found and identified Maupin’s remains through DNA.

Modern satellite-enabled communications devices and advanced forensics greatly assist today’s recovery and identification operations, Olsen said, so that “servicemembers don’t go [on] missing.”

Additionally, Olsen’s agency and the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command are involved in ongoing efforts to find servicemembers reported missing from conflicts conducted decades ago.

“We are showing today’s servicemembers and the families of today’s servicemembers that these people that we send in harm’s way will not be forgotten, if, God forbid, something should happen,” Olsen said. “We will do everything in our power to bring them home and that we will remember their sacrifices.”

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recognized the four then-missing soldiers at last year’s POW/MIA Day ceremony held at the Pentagon Sept. 21, 2007.

“They may not be well known to the public, but within the brotherhood of arms, they will never be forgotten or left behind,” Gates said of the then-missing soldiers Maupin, Jimenez and Fouty, and the still-missing Altaei.

“These men are the latest additions to the ranks of tens of thousands who remain missing from previous conflicts,” the defense secretary said of the missing soldiers. “And they are the latest additions to the ranks of those we remember today.”

A Pentagon ceremony tomorrow for this year’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day will feature troops from each of the military services. The president will issue a proclamation commemorating the observances and reminding the nation of those Americans who have sacrificed so much for their country.

Related Sites:
Defense Department POW/Missing Personnel Office
Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command
2008 National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Special Report: Honoring the Pledge

Related Articles:
Agencies Work Behind Scenes to Bring Home Missing Troops
Defense Department Will Not Relent in MIA Efforts, Leaders Pledge


From: loubones@embarqmail.com
Subject: Fwd: Bits N Pieces
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 18:23:54 -0400
 
Hopefully in 2008...
Our POWs will no longer wait...

Until They're All Home
Then I'll Leave It Alone
 
"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy,"
[Colossians 2: 8]
 

National Alliance of Families
For the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen
World War II – Korea – Cold War – Vietnam – Gulf Wars
 
 
April 19, 2008                                     Bits N Pieces                                     
 
"I told them when we'd go up to the Pentagon,
whether he walks off a plane or is carried off,
you're not going to leave him in Iraq like you did those guys in Vietnam."
 
Keith Maupin as quoted by the Associated Press March 31, 2007
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Services for Sgt. Matt Maupin -   The remains of Sgt. Matt Maupin will arrive at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati Ohio, on Saturday April 26th.   A procession will escort Sgt. Maupin to the Union Township Civic Center located at 4350 Aicholtz Road, Cincinnati Ohio.  Public visitation will begin at 11:00 AM and end at 7:00 AM Sunday April 27th.  
 
A memorial service beginning at 1:00 PM will be held at the Great American Ball Park located at 201 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.   A private burial service, at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, will follow the memorial service. 
 
To check for any changed to this schedule visit
http://www.visitclermontohio.com/mattmemorial.html
 
Our hearts and prayers are with the Maupin family.   Those wishing to extend their sympathy may send condolences to:             
 
Carolyn and Keith Maupin & Family
c/o The Yellow Ribbon Support Center
700 S Eastgate Blvd. – Suite 430
Cincinnati Ohio  45245
                                   
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What Happened to Matt Maupin - On Thursday April 17th, Pentagon officials briefed the family of Sgt Matt Maupin.    In an article for The Enquirer posted at Cincinnati.com Malia Rulon, writes;
 
“Keith Maupin said that Pentagon officials told them Thursday that they would have to get a final report from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner on exactly how and when their son died. “I was given the impression that they believe it was very early on," Maupin said.   He said Pentagon officials told them that the June 2004 video released on an Arab television station showing a person in a U.S. military uniform being shot to death "might well have been Matt, but we don't know for sure."
          
“The Army Medical Examiner's Office in Maryland has had Sgt. Maupin's remains for more than two weeks. They have been doing forensic tests to determine when and how he was killed.  Keith Maupin said they have been told that "because of all the time that's gone by and the harsh conditions over there, there wasn't a lot of Matt left for them to examine." The Maupins will get the report when it's finished.”
 
In the same article Rulon reported; “Two of the Iraqis identified as being responsible for kidnapping and killing Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin four years ago have been sentenced to death - though not for Maupin's death, Army     officials told the soldier's parents Thursday.
 
The article also stated that Keith Maupin stated the Army paid a $200,000 reward for the tip that led to his son’s recovery.  However “The Army did not comment on the reward.”
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A Very Impressive 268 – That is the current number of co-sponsors for H.Res 111.  Unfortunately, we are still stuck in the Rules Committee.   Please DO NOT give up.   Keep the pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rules Committee Chairperson Louise McIntosh-Slaughter.  Send a fax to:
 
Honorable Nancy Pelosi                       Tel: 202-225-0100 or Toll Free at 866-727-4894
Office of the Speaker                                        Fax: 202-225-8259
H-232, US Capitol                                                   202-225-4188
Washington, DC 20515
 
And don’t forget Rules Committee Chairperson
 
Honorable Louise McIntosh-Slaughter
2469 Rayburn Bldg                              Tel: 202-225-3615 or Toll Free at 866-727-4894
Washington D.C. 20515                                   Fax: 202-225-7822
 
Remind them that that H.Res 111 enjoys overwhelming bi-partisan support.   With 268 Co-Sponsors passage of H.Res 111 is clearly the will of the people.  
 
Not sure if your Congressional Representative is a cosponsor, visit
www.nationalalliance.org/legis/110congress.htm    If your Representative is highlighted in red, he/she is a cosponsor.    And, remember if your Congressional Representative is not a cosponsor, keep working on them!
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Status of PWs in South Vietnam – We recently located an interesting memo.  Both the recipient and sender are redacted.  However, the content of the memo, dated November 13, 1969 is basically un-redacted.   We found this memo interesting because it acknowledges the possibility that POW camps abandoned in South Vietnam may have been re-activated.   Unfortunately, as the memo indicates abandoned facilities were not “carried as detention facilities.”
 
This concept of re-activating a once abandoned camp is one possibility DPMO refused to consider in the case of Army Captain John T. McDonnell (Vessey 119 Discrepency Case, Project X and one of the 19 New POWs.)   According to the memo;
 
“The MACV Joint Prisoner Recovery Center investigates on the ground all credible reports of detention sites in South Vietnam.  In some cases evidence of hastily evacuated prison cages have been found and in one case a fatally wounded American soldier was recovered.  These sites investigated on the ground by JPRC are usually left in an unusable state and are not afterwards carried as detention facilities.  In some cases the sites may in fact have been re-used, but this is problematical.    There are also reported sites in Cambodia and Laos.   There is little point in attempting to summarize this information, since interrogation of released and escaped prisoner indicates that the VC move the captives from camp to camp as the tactical situation demands.”
 
The memo also discussed a no bomb area assigned to “one detention facility – a cave in Laos.”   We can only assume that strong intelligence reporting indicated this cave was a detention facility for American POWs in Laos in 1969.
 
To view the full document, visit the Vietnam section of our website at
www.nationalalliance.org
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Government Acknowledges Mis-Identification of World War II Airman - “The POW/MIA bunch (Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC) gave it all their spin - and boy, can they spin it. They're better than Bill O'Reilly."  Those are the words of Mary Roberts, sister of World War II airman Wesley Stuart. 
In the March 15th edition of Bits we reported how one World War II family exhumed and tested remains returned to them in the late 1940’s after the Bent Prop Project, a private group researching World War II aircraft losses, located Stuart’s aircraft with remains inside.  This information was provided to the U.S. government but no action was forthcoming.
 
So, Mary Roberts took matters into her own hands, exhuming and paying for private mt-DNA testing.  The test confirmed the families long held suspicions that the remains were not those of Wesley Stuart.
 
On April 17th the Recorder published a follow up to this story, written by Michael Fitzgerald.  Excerpts from his story follow:
 
[Begin Story] "They wanted me to go away. Trust me," said Roberts, a Stockton bar owner. "But
I didn't. They don't know Irish people. Irish people are persistent."
 
“This latest twist in the story of Wesley Stuart involves an admiral's apology, an honor guard and Stuart's hope that, far away on a tiny coral island in the Pacific, recently discovered remains may really be those of her beloved brother.”
 
“On Sept. 13, 1944, Wesley Raymond Stuart, a lanky, 6-foot-1, blue-eyed, fun-loving cowboy, who rode bucking broncos in Oakdale rodeos, who played guitar and sang, flew off the deck of the carrier U.S.S Enterprise, bound for the island of Peleliu.  Stuart, 20, a turret gunner in a three-man Avenger light bomber, never returned.”
 
“Civilian searchers with the Bent Prop Project found his plane's wreckage in 2005.  They conjecture Stuart's Avenger, crossing over the island's shore, took a direct hit from intense Japanese anti-aircraft fire. Its bomb and gas tank exploded.”
 
“Four long years passed, and the war was over, when the Navy notified the family Stuart's remains - skeletal fragments - had been recovered.  To the Stuarts, the delay in identifying Wesley's remains, and the thin evidence on which identification was based, raised doubts. Stuart's mother disbelieved.”
 
"How she knew that, I don't know," Roberts confessed. "Mother's intuition.  Something."  But the family interred the remains. "My mother took good care of him. She said, 'It's not my son. But it's someone's son.'"
 
“Roberts grew up with the doubt. Long after her parents died, when forensic DNA technology evolved, she asked the Navy to test the remains. The Navy refused.
 
"The POW/MIA bunch (Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC) gave it all their spin - and boy, can they spin it. They're better than Bill O'Reilly," Roberts said.”
 
“When Stuart's plane was found in 2005, human remains were found beneath the fuselage. "I thought, 'I have to find out. I have to know,'”  Roberts recalled.  So she hired an attorney to handle the legalities of disinterment and sent remains from the mausoleum to a lab in Pennsylvania along with a sample of her DNA.”
 
“The specialist called her personally.  "I didn't want your attorney to call you and tell you," she told Roberts. "The DNA didn't match."  Roberts said she notified the Navy, which changed its tune. "No more spin. They came down to earth. ... Let me tell you, it really shook them up."
 
“An official from JPAC promised a letter of apology, signed by an admiral, Roberts said. The Navy is sending an honor guard and "high-ranking official" to Park View Cemetery for a formal disinterment ceremony on April 23.”
 
“The unknown soldier will be transported to Honolulu , where experts will try to match the remains to the military's database of MIAs.”
 
“Roberts wonders if the remains beneath the fuselage are her brother's. She hopes JPAC will investigate.  But there's another possibility: Could the Navy have mixed up the other two crewmen, sending Wesley's remains to the family of the airman who long rested in French Camp?” [End Story]
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Question – Ms. Roberts had to hire an attorney, pay for exhumation, and mt-DNA testing at her personal expense ($11,000) to proved remains returned as her brother where not his, shouldn’t the government repay her expenses?
 
Why does Johnie Webb still have his job?
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National Alliance of Families 19th Annual Forum is scheduled for June 19th – 21st, 2008.  Our forum is conducted to coincide with the Government s annual Vietnam POW/MIA Family Briefings. We urge all family members to attend this year’s government briefing. The government will provide free airfare to two family members to attend the government briefings. There is no charge or registration fee to attend these briefings and you DO NOT have to belong to an organization to attend the government briefings.
 
This year our meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn National Airport, located at 2650 Jefferson Davis Highway Crystal City, VA.   The special Alliance rate is $129.00 per night, plus tax.    Parking rate under the Alliance is $10.00 per night.   Cutoff date for reservations is May 20th so make your reservations early.   There will be no extension on this date.  To reserve your room, call 1-703-684-7200.
The Alliance is an all volunteer organization. Our meetings are open to all, without charge. At this time of year, we actively seek contributions to finance our forum. If you wish to contribute, donations may be mailed to:
National Alliance of Families
P.O. Box 40327
Bellevue, WA . 98015
Remember all contributions are tax deductible.
 
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We pray continuously for the safe return of our POW/MIAs.  Although we do so beg God that each is returned alive and whole, safe and sound, we too note within our hearts and souls that God has His own plan that doesn't always mesh with what we want.  In this manner and with this thought in mind, someone created the graphix POW/MIA, never forgotten dead or alive.  I happen to personally like the mentioned graphix for the reason that whether or not our heroes survive the horror of their fate, whatever is God's plans for them; they will remain, forever........never forgotten.......dead or alive.  For in their memories, they will have Life Eternal.  Amen.

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3 missing, 5 killed in attack on U.S. patrol

POSTED: 12:04 p.m. EDT, May 12, 2007

Story Highlights

• Team of seven U.S. troops, one Iraqi, attacked before dawn
Five killed; search is on for three others
• U.S. general asks for more troops in Diyala province
• Diyala province is insurgency hot spot bordering Iran
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- American troops were on the hunt in a volatile region south of Baghdad for three members of a U.S.-led military patrol, who went missing after an insurgent attack Saturday that killed five others.

The U.S. military said attackers struck the team of seven U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi army interpreter.

It was unclear whether the Iraqi was among the missing or among those killed, and it is not known whether the interpreter was a soldier or a civilian employee. (Watch military spokesman describe details of the attack Video)

U.S. forces are using all assets in their search for the missing troops, who are listed as duty status whereabouts unknown, the military said.

Checkpoints have been established throughout the region and aircraft including helicopters, drones and jets have been deployed in the search.

The predawn attack occurred 12 miles west of Mahmoudiya, a city south of the capital in a region that has been nicknamed the Triangle of Death. (Map)

A nearby unit heard explosions, and 15 minutes later, a drone aircraft spotted two burning vehicles, according to a U.S. military statement.

"Coalition Forces are currently using every means at our disposal to find the missing Soldiers, and we will continue these efforts until all are accounted for," said a statement from military spokesman Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell.

The search is reminiscent of the hunt last June for two soldiers who were seized at a checkpoint in Yusufiya.

The two also were listed as duty status whereabouts unknown until their bodies were found three days later.

Also Saturday, two Iraqi civilians were killed and five others were wounded when a parked car bomb detonated east of Baghdad in Mada'en, the Interior Ministry said.

Friday evening a roadside bomb explosion near a Shiite mosque in northeastern Baghdad killed one civilian and wounded five others, the official said.

Separately, the U.S. military said coalition forces arrested three insurgents and destroyed a car bomb Saturday morning during a raid in Baghdad's sprawling Sadr City.

The troops were targeting an bomb network and found bomb-making materials.

"The individuals have suspected ties to a secret cell network in the area known for facilitating the transport of weapons and EFPs from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training," the military said.

The military also announced on Saturday that "several insurgents" attempting to plant roadside bombs in a southern Baghdad neighborhood were interrupted by U.S. soldiers and Iraqi security forces earlier in the week.

General asks for more troops

Friday, the U.S. military commander in charge of northern Iraqi operations on Friday said more troops are needed to stem rising insurgent violence in Diyala province.

"I do not have enough soldiers right now in Diyala province to get that security situation moving," said Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commander of the 25th Infantry Division.

Mixon's comments came as a political battle was being waged in Washington over whether funding for U.S. forces fighting in Iraq should be tied to a deadline for their withdrawal.

In Washington on Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bill that would tie war funding beyond July to a progress report. The bill faced an uncertain future in the Senate, however, and President Bush vowed to veto it. (Full story)

Mixon did not specify whether more U.S. or Iraqi forces were needed. He made his comments during a news briefing from Iraq via teleconference at the Pentagon.

"We have plans to put additional forces in that area. ... We have put additional forces in there over that last couple months, an additional Stryker battalion, but I'm going to need additional forces in Diyala province to get that situation to a more acceptable level." (Watch Mixon lay out his need for additional troops Video)

About 3,500 U.S. soldiers, 10,000 Iraqi soldiers and several thousand police officers are stationed in Diyala. More than 3,000 additional police are needed, he said.

The level of violence has increased in Diyala, Mixon said, because the forces are increasing their offensive operations against the insurgents, many of whom have left Baghdad during the recent security crackdown, and because al Qaeda in Iraq has made Diyala a focus.

Other developments

  • America's top military commander in Iraq sent a letter to troops challenging them to "occupy the moral high ground" after a Pentagon survey showed some service members were reluctant to report the "illegal actions" of fellow personnel. In the letter, dated Thursday, Gen. David Petraeus wrote he was "concerned" with the poll's findings. The survey of ethics, released last week, assessed the mental health and ethical attitudes of more than 1,300 soldiers and nearly 450 Marines last year. (Read the report)

  • Twenty-two people were killed and 60 were wounded Friday in two southeastern Baghdad bombings, an official with the Iraqi Interior Ministry told CNN. Two suicide bombs -- one in a car and another in a fuel tanker -- exploded in quick succession in the predominantly Shiite Zafaraniya district, each targeting an Iraqi police patrol. A bridge over the Tigris River was substantially damaged.

    CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq and Jomana Karadsheh contributed to this report.

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    Remains Identified as Navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher

    Sun, 02 Aug 2009 05:26:00 -0500
    IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 571-09
    August 02, 2009

    U.S. Department of Defense
    Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)On the Web: http://www.defenselink.mil/Releases/


    Media Contact: +1 (703) 697-5131/697-5132
    Public Contact: http://www.defenselink.mil/faq/comment.html or +1 (703) 428-0711 +1

    Remains Identified as Navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher

    The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) has positively identified remains recovered in Iraq as those of Captain Michael Scott Speicher. Captain Speicher was shot down flying a combat mission in an F/A-18 Hornet over west-central Iraq on January 17th, 1991 during Operation Desert Storm.

    "Our thoughts and prayers are with Captain Speicher's family for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country," said Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy. "I am also extremely grateful to all those who have worked so tirelessly over the last 18 years to bring Captain Speicher home."

    "Our Navy will never give up looking for a shipmate, regardless of how long or how difficult that search may be," said Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations. "We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Captain Speicher and his family for the sacrifice they have made for our nation and the example of strength they have set for all of us."

    Acting on information provided by an Iraqi citizen in early July, US Marines stationed in Al Anbar Province went to a location in the desert which was believed to be the crash site of Captain Speicher's jet. The Iraqi citizen stated he knew of two Iraqi citizens who recalled an American jet impacting the desert and the remains of the pilot being buried in the desert. One of these Iraqi citizens stated that they were present when Captain Speicher was found dead at the crash site by Bedouins and his remains buried. The Iraqi citizens led US Marines to the site who searched the area. Remains were recovered over several days during the past week and flown to Dover Air Force Base for scientific identification by the AFIP's Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner.

    The recovered remains include bones and multiple skeletal fragments. Positive identification was made by comparing Captain Speicher's dental records with the jawbone recovered at the site. The teeth are a match, both visually and radiographically.

    While dental records have confirmed the remains to be those of Captain Speicher, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology DNA Lab in Rockville, Maryland is running DNA tests on the remains recovered in Iraq and comparing them to DNA reference samples previously provided by family members. Results will take approximately 24 hours.

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    Contact lost with sailor lost off Chile

    POSTED: 10:03 a.m. EST, January 4, 2007
     

    NEWPORT BEACH, California (AP) -- A U.S. sailor adrift in his storm-damaged boat off the tip of South America can no longer use his satellite phone, his girlfriend said.

    Cathy Chambers, girlfriend of sailor Ken Barnes, 47, said Barnes' most recent phone call at 8:26 p.m. ET Wednesday would likely be his last because his phone had run out of battery power.

    The calls helped ease concerns as an intense search-and-rescue effort continued off the coast of Chile, with hopes that help would reach Barnes by Thursday evening. (Watch how race in on to save sailor Video)

    Officials said his life was not in immediate danger as the boat was not sinking. Barnes, who had been trying to circumnavigate the globe, also was wearing a survival suit, Chambers said.

    "He's shaky, scared, but I think he's hopeful now that he's seen the plane and he knows they've located him. He's scared. He just wants them to get him out," she said.

    Ron Vangell, a family friend, said a commercial fishing vessel was expected to reach Barnes by 8 p.m. ET Thursday.

    "He's just in a tin can getting smacked around. He's a good sailor, but you need something to sail," Vangell said.

    Barnes set off from Long Beach, California, on October 28 in a 44-foot ketch called the Privateer.

    He first called Tuesday to report he was in trouble. He said he had lost engine power and steering and had two broken masts and broken hatches, Chambers said. The Privateer was also taking on water in 40-knot winds and 25-foot swells, he reported.

    The U.S. Coast Guard and Chilean maritime officials picked up signals Tuesday afternoon, when he was believed to be about 500 miles off the Pacific coast of Chile.

    On Wednesday morning, a Chilean navy search aircraft had flown over the area where Barnes' boat was believed to be, but clouds and rain kept the plane's crew from spotting it the yacht, navy press officer Paula Paredes said by telephone.

    Barnes told his girlfriend he had heard planes overhead until the pre-dawn hours Wednesday.

    Paredes said the navy also dispatched a tugboat to the western entry to the Straits of Magellan on the tip of South America, and ordered a trawler and a merchant boat already there to join the search. None of the boats was expected to reach Barnes before the weekend, however.

    According to Barnes' Web site, he "continue(d) to ride out the storm with disabled Privateer" on Wednesday and anticipated that the Chilean navy would drop communication and support equipment to him.

    "We need someone out there right away to get to him. He has supplies, but I don't know how many of them are good and how many aren't because now there's water in the boat," said Chambers, who was keeping vigil in the couple's Newport Beach home with Barnes' family.

    Barnes first reported his emergency to the U.S. Coast Guard, which contacted the Chilean navy.

    "I do know from reviewing his Web site that he was well-equipped for the journey he was making. He had all the survival gear on board," Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Tim McGhee said.

    Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

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    One U.S. soldier is missing and another is currently listed as captured as of December 20, 2006. The list below reflects the names officially listed as Prisoners of War or Duty Status - Whereabouts Unknown by the Pentagon.
      NAME AGE UNIT HOMETOWN DETAILS
    Sgt. Keith M. Maupin 20 724th Transportation Company, Army Reserve Batavia, Ohio Maupin was originally listed as missing after a fuel convoy was attacked near Baghdad International Airport by Iraqi insurgents using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire on April 9, 2004. A videotape broadcast by Al-Jazeera on April 16 showed Maupin being held hostage by Iraqi insurgents, and the Pentagon later changed his status to captured. Maupin was promoted in absentia on May 1, 2004, from private first class to specialist. On June 28, 2004, Al-Jazeera reported that it had received a statement and a videotape from militants who claimed to have killed Maupin. U.S. officials, however, were unable to identify the man as Maupin and he remains listed as captured. He was promoted to sergeant in April 2005. (Full story)
    Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie 41 Army reservist assigned Provincial Reconstruction Team Baghdad Ann Arbor, Michigan On October 23, 2006, Altaie was categorized as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown when he allegedly was kidnapped while on his way to visit family in Baghdad, Iraq. The Pentagon changed his status to missing-captured on December 11.

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    Spc. Edgar Hernandez 21 507th Maintenance Company Mission, Texas Was missing after an Iraqi ambush at Nasiriya on March 23, 2003. Rescued April 13, 2003, north of Baghdad.
    Spc. Joseph Hudson 23 507th Maintenance Company Alamogordo, New Mexico Was missing after an Iraqi ambush at Nasiriya on March 23, 2003. Rescued April 13, 2003, north of Baghdad.
    Spc. Shoshana Johnson 30 507th Maintenance Company El Paso, Texas Was missing after an Iraqi ambush at Nasiriya on March 23, 2003. Rescued April 13, 2003, north of Baghdad.
    Pfc. Jessica Lynch 19 507th Maintenance Company Palestine, West Virginia Was missing after an Iraqi ambush at Nasiriya on March 23, 2003. Rescued April 2, 2003, by U.S. troops from Saddam Hospital in Nasiriya.
    Pfc. Patrick Miller 23 507th Maintenance Company Walter, Kansas Was missing after an Iraqi ambush at Nasiriya on March 23, 2003. Rescued April 13, 2003, north of Baghdad.
    Sgt. James Riley 31 507th Maintenance Company Pennsauken, New Jersey Was missing after an Iraqi ambush at Nasiriya on March 23, 2003. Rescued April 13, 2003, north of Baghdad.
    Chief Warrant Officer David S. Williams 30 Company C, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment Florida Captured after his AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter was shot down near Karbala, Iraq, on March 24, 2003. Rescued April 13, 2003, north of Baghdad.
    Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young 26 Company C, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment Lithia Springs, Georgia Captured after his AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter was shot down near Karbala, Iraq, on March 24, 2003. Rescued April 13, 2003, north of Baghdad.

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