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Link: The Korean War 50th Anniversary Homepage

The Korean War 50th Anniversary Homepage
Official, public access, web site for the Department of Defense commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War and is the starting point for all public information regarding events during the commemorative period which runs from June 25, 2000 through Veterans Day, 2003 (November 11th).

Korean War Resources

Image Link: Ribbon of the Purple Heart MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Prisoner of War MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the National Defense Service MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Korean Service MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the United Nations Korean Service MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Korean War Service Medal

Database Reports:

Personnel Missing - Korea (PMKOR) Database:
DPMO established the PMKOR Database as the baseline to provide the fullest possible accounting of those servicemen who did not return from the Korean War (1950-1953). This publication is a comprehensive listing of those individuals who are unaccounted-for after the repatriation events of OPERATION LITTLE SWITCH, OPERATION BIG SWITCH and OPERATION GLORY.
( Click here to go to the PMKOR Database Page )

Korean War Aircraft Loss Database (KORWALD):
DPMO has developed the KORWALD to assist U.S. researchers and analysts in their efforts to account for Korean War aircraft losses. This database associates specific aircraft with individual aircrew members, circumstances of loss, status and other data.
( Click here to go to the KORWALD Page )

Other Resources:

Major Remains Concentrations in North Korea:
A few men died in relative isolation, along trails and in individual aircraft crashes. But most did not. The best way to search for all of those still unaccounted for is to go to local centers of mass, where men died, whether on battlefields, at POW camps, or near organized burials. Then we hope to work outward to look for those lost along the way.
( Click here to see the "Major Remains Concentrations in North Korea" map )

POW Camps in North Korea:
Over 2,000 men died, and are still unrecovered, as prisoners of war. Some deaths occurred at holding points and others in the permanent camps operated by Chinese forces on the south bank of the Yalu River. Some U.S. POWs spent time across the river in Manchuria, but to the best of our knowledge, all have returned.
( Click here to see the "POW Camps in North Korea" map )

POW March Routes and United Nations Cemeteries:
The search for remains, whether of known prisoners, battlefield deaths, or those missing in action, is usually a matter of following routes. These work northward from later battles, past organized burials and holding points, and sometimes even re-cross previous battlefields. In this sense, the whole search and recovery process is interactive, from case to case to case.
( Click here to see the "POW March Routes & United Nations Cemeteries" map )

U.S. Air Force K-Sites in Korea:
During the Korean War, the USAF operated from bases and airfields throughout North and South Korea. These bases and airfields were assigned "K" numbers by the Far East Air Force. This list associates the "K" numbers with their respective locations.
( Click here to go to the "K-Site Listing" Page ) (Source: The Air Force Historical Research Agency )

What to do if you have information for DPMO:
If you have any information that may concern a missing American that has not returned from a war in which our Nation has engaged, DPMO would appreciate you forwarding that information to us at the following mailing address:

OASD/DPMO
Attn: Charles Henley
2400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-2400

Related Information:

How to get the Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Operation Little Switch (External Link)
Operation Big Switch (External Link)
Operation Glory (External Link)


 

Cold War

Personnel Missing -- Cold War
(PMCOLD Database)

Bypass Link: The following set of links are to military medals pertaining to the Cold War Era.  Click here to bypass them.Image Link: Ribbon of the Purple Heart MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Prisoner of War MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Army and USAF WWII Occupation MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Medal for Humane ActionImage Link: Ribbon of the National Defense Service MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Korean Service MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Armed Forces Expeditionary MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Vietnam Service MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Southwest Asian Service Medal
Bypass Link: This is the halfway point of the military ribbons.  Click here to bypass the rest of them.Image Link: Ribbon of the Humanitarian Service MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the United Nations Korean Service MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the United Nations MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the NATO MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Multi-National Force MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the RVN Campaign Medal with Date RibbonImage Link: Ribbon of the Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Korean War Service Medal

PMCOLD Database Files Sorted by Name, State, and Incident:

Mailing Address:
Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office
Attn: PMCOLD
2400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-2400

E-mail Address: (Please use this address only for sending modifications or corrections to information reflected in the PMCOLD database.)

PMCOLD@osd.pentagon.mil

Official Cold War Recognition Certificate link

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Last WWI Combat Veteran Laid to Rest
Army News Service | Spc. April L. Dustin | March 09, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. - The echo of a 21-gun salute and bugler playing Taps seemingly marked the end of an era as a state and national treasure was laid to rest in Portland, Ore., March 2.

Retired Army Cpl. Howard V. Ramsey, Oregon's last living World War I veteran and the last known U.S. combat veteran of WWI, died in his sleep Feb. 22 at an assisted living center in southeast Portland. He was honored in a memorial service attended by nearly 200 people at Lincoln Memorial Park exactly one month before reaching his 109th birthday.

"This is a very historic occasion; we lay to rest today our nation's oldest combat veteran," said Pastor Stu Weber, who officiated over Ramsey's memorial service.

In an Associated Press report, Jim Benson of the Veterans Administration said there are now only seven WWI veterans on record with the VA, although it is possible there are unknown veterans who may still exist.

Of the seven known WWI veterans still living, none were shipped overseas, making Ramsey the last known combat veteran of "The Great War." Ramsey inherited the title two weeks before his passing, when Massachusetts veteran Antonio Pierro passed away on Feb. 8.

Ramsey's lifetime spanned three centuries and 19 presidents. He was born in Rico, Colo., on April 2, 1898, when the U.S. flag had just 45 stars and President McKinley was preparing to declare war with Spain.

Too young to be drafted, Ramsey tried to voluntarily enlist but was told he was too skinny by Army standards. After gorging on bananas and water to successfully meet weight standards, he was placed in the Army's transportation corps.

Ramsey sailed to France in September 1918 to join General John "BlackJack" Pershing's American Expeditionary Force. Ramsey drove cars, trucks and motorcycles for the Army and trained other Soldiers how to drive. He was often selected to drive officers to special engagements, one officer "gigging" him for having a dirty truck despite the constant rain and mud in France. He also drove ambulances, transported troops to the frontlines and delivered water to troops on the battlefields.

Ramsey once recalled his service in WWI saying, "We were under fire a lot at the front, and we really caught hell one time. I lost friends over there."

After the armistice, Ramsey spent several months recovering the remains of American Soldiers who had been hastily buried in the trenches and transported them to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, the largest American cemetery in Europe.

"You'd better believe it was pretty awful work," Ramsey told Oregonian reporter Rick Bella in 2005. "It was tough, but you became hardened to it."

Nearly 90 years later, Ramsey was still haunted by regret for not breaking the rules and keeping a diary that fell from the pocket of one deceased American Soldier. Ramsey told family and friends, "I wanted to keep that diary so badly to send it to his mother, but it was against the rules to keep anything from off the bodies."

Veterans of many generations and wars, and military representatives attended Ramsey's memorial service to pay their respects, including Brig. Gen. Raymond C. Byrne Jr., commander of the Oregon Army National Guard's 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, and Jim Willis, state director of Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs.

"If we are going to end an era, I can think of no better way than to do it with a person who is a model representation of the kinds of Soldiers who served this country in WWI, and someone who would be an example to any combat Soldier serving up to, and including those who serve in Afghanistan and Iraq today. All (veterans) would be justifiably proud to have known Corporal Howard Ramsey," said Willis.

Retired Army Col. Don Holden, whose father was Ramsey's classmate at Washington High School, shared fond memories of Ramsey's sense of humor. He said farewell to his old friend by reading the epic WWI poem "Flander's Field," which Ramsey could recite from memory well into his late 90s.

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Vietnam War

PMSEA Database Report
( Personnel Missing -- Southeast Asia)

Image Link: Ribbon of the Purple Heart MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Prisoner of War MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the National Defense Service MedalImage Link: Ribbon of the Vietnam Service RibbonImage Link: Ribbon of the RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm RibbonImage Link: Ribbon of the RVN Campaign Medal with Date Ribbon
Bypass Link: This is the halfway point of the military ribbons.  Click here to bypass the rest of them.Image Link: Ribbon of the Army Presidential Unit CitationImage Link: Ribbon of the Army Valorous Unit CitationImage Link: Ribbon of the Army Superior Unit AwardImage Link: Ribbon of the RVN Presidential Unit CitationImage Link: Ribbon of the RVN Gallantry Cross Unit Citation w/PalmImage Link: Ribbon of the RVN Civic Actions Unit Citation

Vietnam-Era Unaccounted-For Statistical Reports:

  2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
January
05    14
February  
March  
11    17
07   12   26
09   18   25
April
05   19   26
 
03   11
May
04  17
01   15
16   25
June
12    27
13   18
01   07
07   15   28
July
06   19   30
August  
September    
08  22
01   23
08   18   21
October  
09   13
November  
19   24
09   18
December  
12   16
06   16

[ How to view these PDF files ]

Status Codes:
AR AWOL/Deserter/Collaborator Returnee
BB Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered
BR Body Recovered
U.S. individuals whose remains were recovered by U.S. or friendly forces or by indigenous persons who turned them over to U.S. control without foreign government interaction.
EE Escapee
U.S. individuals captured by the enemy, who later escaped to U.S. control. These individuals do not appear on state reports due to no home of record information on record.
KK Died in Captivity (remains unaccounted for)
KR Died in Captivity, Remains Returned
MM Missing
U.S. civilians who are presently unaccounted for. These individuals do not appear on state reports due to no home of record information on record.
NR Remains Returned/Remains Recovered
U.S. individuals whose remains were recovered by local forces or by joint local/U.S. recovery operations that were repatriated through official repatriation ceremonies.
PP Prisoner
U.S. civilians who are presently unaccounted for. These individuals do not appear on state reports due to no home of record information on record.
RR Returnee
U.S. individuals captured, then later returned alive during prisoner exchanges. These individuals do not appear on all state reports due to no home of record information on record.
XX Presumptive Finding of Death

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