Heroes Home At Last

Patton Watching Over Troops in Hamm Cemetery

 “Patton Watches Over His Troops”, copyrighted photo by CAStone, Luxembourg American Military Cemetery, Hamm, Luxembourg, 14 June 2014.

“His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21

The Random Incident Statistical Correlation System (RISC) is a comparison biometric profiling and correlation system Chief Stone developed during his law enforcement career and utilized in his investigative reports submitted to JPAC during his tenure with the Department of Defense.  Foundation researchers continue to use the system as an investigative research technique.  It is nothing more than a method using basic measurement comparisons and common sense deductive reasoning to narrow down a list of potential matches to be recommended for a full forensic analysis. The system is not, nor was it ever intended to be, a scientific identification tool to supplant DNA or other forms of forensic identification.

There have now been multiple identifications from “Unknowns” who were disinterred or were in storage at the JPAC/DPAA Laboratory for which Chief Stone or other Foundation researchers used the RISC System to provide a report to the Department of Defense or a family member with a list of matches.

In EVERY CASE, the RISC System accurately listed the missing American serviceman as a match PRIOR to the official identification.  

Below are American servicemen whose MIA cases were the subject of investigation by Chief Rick Stone while at JPAC or by researchers and investigators at the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation.  They are listed in chronological order based on the date of their official identification announced by the Department of Defense. 

 

Winkley Screen Shot

PFC Manley Forrest Winkley was lost on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. After participating in field recovery efforts on Tarawa, researchers from the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation submitted a report to JPAC on 26 November 2012 listing PFC Winkley as a possible match to remains recovered during the mission. In addition, the Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from PFC Winkley’s family. This report was prepared and forwarded on 22 April 2013 listing PFC Winkley as a possible match to the recovered remains.  PFC Winkley was finally identified as the recovered casualty and he was officially accounted for on 1 June 2013.

 

PFC Lawrence S. Gordon

PFC Lawrence S. Gordon, U.S. Army, Reconnaissance Company, 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division, was lost on 13 August 1944, near Ranes, France. Researchers from the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from PFC Gordon’s family.  This report was prepared and forwarded on 30 March 2013 using the RISC System to list PFC Gordon as a possible match to an “unknown” buried in a French cemetery.  PFC Gordon was finally identified as the “unknown” buried in the French cemetery by the French government using DNA after JPAC refused to examine the remains.  PFC Gordon was officially accounted for on 27 May 2014.

 

C-124 Crash Site Colony Glacier, Alaska

On 13 June 2012, while a member of the Department of Defense, Chief Stone investigated an aircraft crash on the Colony Glacier in Alaska. Chief Stone correlated the crash site with the loss of a C-124 on 22 November 1952.  Chief Stone submitted a report to JPAC which included a list of 52 “unresolved” casualties associated with this crash and recommended immediate recovery efforts of remains from the crash site.  As of the date of this report, the following individuals have been identified.  All were on the list originally submitted to JPAC by Chief Stone.

BERGER ALAN 2nd LT Army
BURNS BATEMAN R A2c Air Force
CARD ROBERT DALE PVT Army
CHENEY ALGER MEREDITH CAPT Air Force
CODY DELROY C A1c Air Force
CONDON THOMAS J A2c Air Force
DUVALL KENNETH J CAPT Air Force
DYER CARROLL R A2c Air Force
GREEN Jr. JAMES R PVT Army
HAGEN ENGOLF W TSGT Air Force
HOBLIT NOEL ELMER COL Air Force
HOOTON MARION E A1c Air Force
INGRAM GEORGE MARION A1c Air Force
JACKSON WAYNE DEAN A3c Air Force
JACKSON WILLIAM C MAJ Air Force
KITTLE LEONARD A PVT Army
LOEFFLER EDWIN HENRY 2nd LT Army
LYONS THOMAS S A2c Air Force
MARTIN HOWARD E A3c Air Force
MATTHEWS LLOYD LEWIS A2c Air Force
MOON ROBERT E 2nd LT Air Force
OWEN ROBERT A A2c Air Force
PONIKVAR JOHN JR E CAPT Air Force
RAY Jr. JAMES HERBERT SSGT Air Force
SEEBOTH ALBERT J CDR Navy
SHEDA DONALD A 1stLT Air Force
SINGLETON LAWRENCE SCROGGS LTCOL Army
SMITH EUGENE COL Air Force
SPRAGUE CONRAD NEIL A2c Air Force
STEARNS EARL J MAJ Marines
THIGPEN THOMAS C A2c Air Force
TRIBBLE WALTER PERRIN CAPT Air Force
TURNBULL ROBERT W CAPT Air Force
TURNER WILLIAM I 1stLT Air Force
UNGER LEONARD GEORGE TSGT Army
VAN FOSSEN ROBERT DALE SSGT Air Force
WHITE BERNIS F A2c Air Force

 

Redman Screen Shot

 PVT Jack Marvin Redman, U.S. Marine Corps, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, was lost to a sniper’s bullet on 23 November 1943 on Tarawa. After discussing the case with a member of PVT Redman’s family, Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted a report on 11 December 2011 noting the family’s belief that PVT Redman might be one of the unknowns in the Punchbowl. Later, the Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from another member of PVT Redman’s family. This report was prepared and forwarded on 18 October 2012 noting that a photo existed in government records of PVT Redman’s lone grave in Cemetery 38 on Tarawa. PVT Redman was finally recovered from that exact location on Tarawa and officially identified in December 2014.

 

1st LT James Frank Gatlin, Jr,

1st LT James Frank Gatlin, Jr., U.S. Army Air Force, 575th Squadron, 391st Bomb Group, 9th Air Force,   was the pilot of the B-26 “Silver Dollar” lost on a bombing mission to attack a railroad bridge in Ahrweiler, Germany on 23 December 1944. This was the first case assigned to Chief Stone to investigate as a member of the Department of Defense. Chief Stone submitted a report on 6 July 2011 noting that JPAC investigation teams had investigated the location of an aircraft crash near Manderscheid, Germany three times and a recovery team was currently excavating the same site at the time the report was being written. Chief Stone concluded that the crash site was exclusively correlated to LT Gatlin’s aircraft and that LT Gatlin and his co-pilot remained missing. LT Gatlin was finally recovered from the crash site in Germany and officially identified on 9 January 2015.

 

PVT Arthur H. “Bud” Kelder

PVT Arthur H. “Bud” Kelder, U.S. Army, Medical Department, was captured by the Japanese during the Battle of Bataan and imprisoned in the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines where he died of illness on 19 November 1942. PVT Kelder was buried in a common grave in the camp with 13 other American prisoners. After the war, four individuals were identified from the grave and ten “unknowns” were buried in the Manila American Cemetery.  Chief Stone was asked to investigate these cases as a member of JPAC and prepared an Investigative Report on 8 March 2012 using the RISC System to list PVT Kelder as a most likely match to Unknown X-816.  Later, the Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from a member of PVT Kelder’s family.  This report was prepared and forwarded on 25 February 2013 and confirmed PVT Kelder as a most likely match to Unknown X-816. PVT Kelder’s family filed a federal lawsuit seeking disinterment of X-816, which JPAC vigorously opposed.  The family prevailed in the suit and Unknown X-816 was exhumed in June 2014.  PVT Kelder was identified as Unknown X-816 by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on 22 December 2014.

 

LT. Stephen V. Biezis

2nd LT Stephen V. Biezis, U.S. Army Air Force, 575th Squadron, 391st Bomb Group, 9th Air Force, was the co-pilot of the B-26 “Silver Dollar” lost on a bombing mission to attack a railroad bridge in Ahrweiler, Germany on 23 December 1944. This was the first case assigned to Chief Stone to investigate as a member of the Department of Defense. Chief Stone submitted a report on 6 July 2011 noting that JPAC investigation teams had investigated the location of an aircraft crash near Manderscheid, Germany three times and a recovery team was currently excavating the same site at the time the report was being written. Chief Stone concluded that the crash site was exclusively correlated to LT Biezis’ aircraft and that LT Biezis and his pilot remained missing. LT Biezis was finally recovered in Germany and officially identified on 3 February 2015.

 

 

 

 

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1st LT. Alexander Bonnyman, Jr

1st LT Alexander Bonnyman, Jr, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 18th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, was lost leading an assault on a Japanese bunker on 22 November 1943 on Tarawa. For his heroic actions, 1st LT Bonnyman was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.   The Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from 1st LT Bonnyman’s family which was forwarded on 11 October 2012.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, eliminated 1st LT Bonnyman as a possible match to any unknown buried in the Punchbowl and submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered on Tarawa.  1st LT Bonnyman was recovered from Cemetery 27, long hidden underneath a parking lot on Tarawa, and officially identified in August 2015.

 

Otto, James Dimitri

CPL James Dimitri Otto was reported as Wounded in Action on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa but was never accounted for after the battle.   In 2011/2012, Chief Stone determined that CPL Otto was not a most likely match for any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, confirmed that CPL Otto was not a match to any Punchbowl Unknown and submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered on Tarawa.  CPL Otto was recovered from Cemetery 27, long hidden underneath a parking lot on Tarawa, and officially identified on 11 September 2015.

 

Brozyna, Anthony

PFC Anthony Brozyna was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   In 2011/2012, Chief Stone determined that PFC Brozyna was not a most likely match for any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, confirmed that PFC Brozyna was not a match to any Punchbowl Unknowns and submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered on Tarawa.  PFC Brozyna was recovered from Cemetery 27, long hidden underneath a parking lot on Tarawa, and officially identified in April 2016.

 

Prince, John Frederick

PFC John Frederick Prince was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   In 2011/2012, Chief Stone determined that PFC Prince was not a most likely match for any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, confirmed that PFC Prince was not a match to any Punchbowl Unknowns and submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered on Tarawa.  PFC Prince was recovered from Cemetery 27, long hidden underneath a parking lot on Tarawa, and officially identified in April 2016.

 

Saini, John

PFC John Saini was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   In 2011/2012, Chief Stone determined that PFC Saini was not a most likely match for any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, confirmed that PFC Saini was not a match to any Punchbowl Unknowns and submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered on Tarawa.  PFC Saini was recovered from Cemetery 27, long hidden underneath a parking lot on Tarawa, and officially identified on 23 April 2016.

 

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CPL George G. Simmons

CPL George G. Simmons, U.S. Army, Battery H, 60th Coastal Artillery Regiment, was captured by the Japanese during the Battle of Bataan and imprisoned in the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines where he died of illness on 19 November 1942. CPL Simmons was buried in a common grave in the camp with 13 other American prisoners. After the war, four individuals were identified from the grave and ten “unknowns” were buried in the Manila American Cemetery. Chief Stone was asked to investigate these cases as a member of JPAC and prepared a series of Investigative Reports in March 2012 using the RISC System which listed CPL Simmons as a most likely match to Unknowns recovered from Grave 717 at Cabanatuan. These unknowns had been interred at the Manila American Cemetery since 1946.   In 2013, the family of another Cabanatuan “unknown” identified by Chief Stone as being buried with CPL Simmons filed a federal lawsuit seeking disinterment, which JPAC vigorously opposed. The family prevailed in the suit and all of the Grave 717 “unknowns” recommended for disinterment by Chief Stone were exhumed in June 2014. CPL Simmons was identified as one of these “unknowns” by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on April 14, 2016.

 

Haraldson, Palmer Sherman

PVT Palmer Sherman Haraldson was lost participating in an assault on a Japanese bunker on 22 November 1943 on Tarawa.  The assault was led by 1st LT Alexander Bonnyman, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.   On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, eliminated PVT Haraldson as a possible match to any unknown buried in the Punchbowl and submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PVT Haraldson’s family which was forwarded on 12 September 2015 noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa. During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PVT Haraldson was recovered from Cemetery 27 and officially identified in April 2016.

 

Johnson, James Bernard

PFC James Bernard Johnson was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   In 2011/2012, Chief Stone determined that PFC Johnson was not a most likely match for any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, confirmed that PFC Johnson was not a match to any Punchbowl Unknowns and submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered on Tarawa.  PFC Johnson was recovered from Cemetery 27, long hidden underneath a parking lot on Tarawa, and officially identified on 24 May 2016.

 

 

Schaede, Roland Everett

PFC Roland Everett Schaede was killed by a gunshot wound on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   In 2011/2012, Chief Stone determined that PFC Schaede was not a most likely match for any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, confirmed that PFC Schaede was not a match to any Punchbowl Unknowns and submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered on Tarawa.  PFC Schaede was recovered from Cemetery 27, long hidden underneath a parking lot on Tarawa, and officially identified on 6 May 2016.

 

Mathies, Elmer Lewis, JrPFC Elmer Lewis Mathies was killed by a sniper on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. On 31 August 2014, Foundation researchers contacted a witness to a Marine’s death on Tarawa who knew the Marine only by the nickname, “Rabbit”.  The witness was provided a photo of PFC Mathies who identified him as “Rabbit”.  This information, combined with other Foundation research, confirmed the likelihood that PFC Mathies was buried in Cemetery 27.  The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PFC Mathies’ family which was forwarded on 5 March 2016 noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PFC Mathies was recovered from Cemetery 27 and the media announced his identification in May 2016.

 

Oetjen, Charles Edward

PVT Charles Edward Oetjen was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports in 2011 and 2012 noting that PVT Oetjen was not a biometric match to any “unknown” buried in the Punchbowl.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PVT Oetjen’s family which was forwarded on 11 June 2015 noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PVT Oetjen was recovered from Cemetery 27 and the media announced his identification in May 2016.

 

Mansfield, James Francis

PFC James Francis Mansfield was killed by gunshot and shrapnel wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports in 2011 and 2012 noting that PFC Mansfield was not a biometric match to any “unknown” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PFC Mansfield’s family which was forwarded on 14 November  2012 noting his likely burial in an unmarked grave on Tarawa.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  The Foundation received a request for an updated report from PFC Mansfield Family which was forwarded on 18 October 2015 noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PFC Mansfield was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his identification was officially announced on 6 May 2016.

 

Tye, Harry Kay

PVT Harry Kay Tye, U.S. Marine Corps, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PVT Tye’s family which was forwarded on 28 June 2015 noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PVT Tye was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his official identification was announced on 6 May 2016.

 

Traver, George Harry

PFC George Harry Traver was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. The Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from PFC Traver’s family which was forwarded on 10 October 1912.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting PFC Traver’s likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PFC Traver was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his family was notified of his identification on 14 May 2016.

 

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PVT Evans Ernest Overbey

PVT Evans Ernest Overbey, U.S. Army Air Force, 93rd Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group, was captured by the Japanese during the Battle of Bataan and imprisoned in the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines where he died of illness on 19 November 1942. PVT Overbey was buried in a common grave in the camp with 13 other American prisoners. After the war, four individuals were identified from the grave and ten “unknowns” were buried in the Manila American Cemetery. Chief Stone was asked to investigate these cases as a member of JPAC and prepared a series of Investigative Reports in March 2012 using the RISC System which listed PVT Overbey as a probable match to Unknown X-812 recovered from Grave 717 at Cabanatuan. These unknowns had been interred at the Manila American Cemetery since 1946.   In 2013, the family of another Cabanatuan “unknown” identified by Chief Stone as being buried with PVT Overbey filed a federal lawsuit seeking disinterment, which JPAC vigorously opposed. The family prevailed in the suit and all of the Grave 717 “unknowns” recommended for disinterment by Chief Stone were exhumed in June 2014. PVT Overbey was identified as Unknown X-812 by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on June 1, 2016.

 

Brisbane, Howard Pascal

PhM3c Howard Pascal Brisbane was killed by a Japanese machine gun on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports in 2011 and 2012 noting that PhM3c Brisbane was not a biometric match to any “Unknown” buried in the Punchbowl.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting PhM3c Brisbane’s likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PhM3c Brisbane was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his family was notified of his identification on 2 June 2016.

 

Drawing of Cemetery in Cabanatuan POW Camp

CPL Frederick G. Collins, Jr, U.S. Army, 263rd Quartermaster Company, Quartermaster Corps, was captured by the Japanese during the Battle of Bataan and imprisoned in the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines where he died of illness on 19 November 1942. CPL Collins was buried in a common grave in the camp with 13 other American prisoners. After the war, four individuals were identified from the grave and ten “unknowns” were buried in the Manila American Cemetery. Chief Stone was asked to investigate these cases as a member of JPAC and prepared a series of Investigative Reports in March 2012 using the RISC System which listed CPL Collins as a possible match to Unknown X-814 recovered from Grave 717 at Cabanatuan. These unknowns had been interred at the Manila American Cemetery since 1946.   In 2013, the family of another Cabanatuan “unknown” identified by Chief Stone as being buried with CPL Collins filed a federal lawsuit seeking disinterment, which JPAC vigorously opposed. The family prevailed in the suit and all of the Grave 717 “unknowns” recommended for disinterment by Chief Stone were exhumed in June 2014. CPL Collins was identified as Unknown X-814 by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on June 7, 2016.

 

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1st LT Robert Ernest Moessner

1st LT Robert Ernest Moessner, U.S. Army Air Force, 373rd Bombardment Squadron, 308th Bomb Group, 14th Air Force, was the bombardier of the B-24 “Sweepy Time Gal” lost on a mission to attack Japanese shipping near Hong Kong on 18 April 1944. The Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from the family of another crew member of the Sweepy Time Gal which was forwarded on 14 July 2014. The report using the RISC System and subsequent updates concluded that an “Unknown”, whose remains had been sitting in a cardboard box on a shelf at JPAC/DPAA since August 2005, was exclusively correlated to LT Moessner’s aircraft and that LT Moessner was a most likely match to the unidentified remains. LT Moessner was officially identified on 17 November 2016 by the Department of Defense as the “Unknown” cited the Foundation’s investigation.

 

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      PVT Dale Robert Geddes

PVT Dale Robert Geddes, U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, H Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, was killed by a sniper while giving aid to a wounded buddy on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports in 2011 and 2012 noting that PVT Geddes was not a match to any “unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting PVT Geddes’s likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PVT Geddes’ family which was forwarded on 9 June 2015 noting that PVT Geddes’ was likely buried in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa. During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  PVT Geddes was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his official identification was announced on 13 April 2016.

 

Moore, Fae Verlin

SGT Fae Verlin Moore was killed by gunshots wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   SGT Moore’s records indicated burial in three different cemeteries (Cemeteries 3, 27, and 33), including a photo of his isolated grave in Cemetery 3.  The Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from SGT Moore’s family which was forwarded on 17 April 2013 noting that SGT Moore was likely buried in Cemetery 33 on Tarawa based on documentation from the Army Graves Registration Unit. During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  SGT Moore was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his official identification was announced on 9 August 2016.

 

Mattern, Wilbur Clyde

PFC Wilbur Clyde Mattern was killed by a gunshot wound on 21 November 1943 on Tarawa.   On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later determined that PFC Mattern was not a most likely match to any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PFC Mattern was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his official identification was announced on 9 August 2016.

 

Penna, Frank Francis

PVT Frank Francis Penna was killed by a gunshot wound on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later determined that PVT Penna was not a most likely match to any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PVT Penna was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his official identification was announced on 10 August 2016.

 

Kines, Emmett Leonard

PVT Emmett Leonard Kines was killed on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting PVT Kines’ likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Researcher Report” from the West Virginia State Archives and History  which was forwarded on 14 September 2014 noting that PVT Kines was likely buried in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa. During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  PVT Kines was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his identification was announced on social media on 10 August 2016.

Vosmer, Ronald William

PFC Ronald William Vosmer was killed by gunshots wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting PFC Vosmer’s likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PFC Vosmer’s family which was forwarded on 25 April 2013 noting that PFC Vosmer was likely buried in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa. During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  PFC Vosmer was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his identification was announced on social media on 10 August 2016.

 

Hubert, James Joseph

SGT James Joseph Hubert was killed by a gunshots wound on 21 November 1943 on Tarawa.   On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting SGT Hubert’s likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from SGT Hubert’s family which was forwarded on 11 August 2016 noting that SGT Hubert was likely buried in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa. During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  SGT Hubert was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his identification was officially announced on 1 September 2016.

 

MacDonald, John William

PFC John William MacDonald was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports in 2011 and 2012 noting that PFC MacDonald was not a match to any “unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting PFC MacDonald’s likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  PFC MacDonald was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his official identification was announced on 1 September 2016.

 

Smith, James Samuel

PFC James Samuel Smith was listed as wounded in action on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports in 2011 and 2012 noting that PFC Smith was not a biometric match to any “unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  Chief Stone’s investigation revealed that PFC Smith was reported missing in action while being transferred for treatment to an off shore ship. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PFC Smith’s family which was forwarded on 26 December 2012 noting the facts uncovered during Chief Stone’s investigation.  On 6 September 2016, the Department of Defense announced the identification of remains found on Tarawa as those of PFC Smith.

 

Cancilla, Nicholas Jose

PFC Nicholas Jose Cancilla was lost on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports in 2011 and 2012 noting that PFC Cancilla was not a biometric match to any “unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  After participating in field recovery efforts on Tarawa, researchers from the Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation submitted a report to JPAC on 26 November 2012 listing PFC Cancilla as a possible match to remains recovered during the mission. PFC Cancilla was finally identified as the recovered casualty and he was officially accounted for on 6 September 2016.

 

 

Nelson, Warren Gordon

FM1c Warren Gordon Nelson was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  Chief Stone, while a member of JPAC, submitted reports in 2011 and 2012 noting that FM1c Nelson was not a biometric match to any “unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from FM1c Nelson’s family which was forwarded on 10 November 2013 noting that FM1c Nelson was likely buried in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  FM1c Nelson was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his identification was officially announced on 5 October 2016.

 

Critchley, Walter George

CPL Walter George Critchley was killed on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting CPL Critchley’s likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from CPL Critchley’s family which was forwarded on 7 April 2013. An update was sent to CPL Critchley’s family on July 2, 2015 citing CPL Critchley’s likely burial in Cemetery 27.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  CPL Critchley was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his identification was announced on January 4, 2017.

 

Gore, Ben Hadden

PFC Ben Hadden Gore was killed on 25 November 1943 on Tarawa and he was reported buried in Cemetery 33. In March 2016, Foundation researchers discovered a map noting the actual burial location of PFC Gore and PFC Larry Roberts, side by side, at a site which correlated with the recently discovered Cemetery 27 on Tarawa.  The Foundation immediately notified the Department of Defense of this information on March 20, 2016.   Although PFC Gore was not recorded in any records as being buried in Cemetery 27, the map discovered by Foundation researchers proved to be correct.  PFC Gore’s identification by DNA comparison was officially announced on September 1, 2016 as a recovery from Cemetery 27.

 

Roberts, Larry Ronald

PFC Larry Ronald Roberts was killed on 25 November 1943 on Tarawa and he was reported buried in Cemetery 11. In March 2016, Foundation researchers discovered a map noting the actual burial location of PFC Roberts and PFC Ben Gore, side by side, at a site which correlated with the recently discovered Cemetery 27 on Tarawa.  The Foundation immediately notified the Department of Defense of this information on March 20, 2016.   Although PFC Roberts was not recorded in any records as being buried in Cemetery 27, the map discovered by Foundation researchers proved to be correct.  PFC Roberts’ identification by DNA comparison was officially announced on January 4, 2017 as a recovery from Cemetery 27.

 

Cook, Sidney Asa

SGT Sidney Asa Cook was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later determined that SGT Cook was not a most likely match to any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. SGT Cook was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his official identification was announced on 1 January 2017.

 

Matthews, Ernest Albert, Jr

2nd LT Ernest Albert Matthews, Jr. was killed by a gunshot wound to the abdomen on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  Chief Stone, while a member of JPAC, submitted reports in 2011 and 2012 noting that LT Matthews was not a biometric match to any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  LT Matthews was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his identification was officially announced on 4 January 2017.

 

Whitehurst, James Ottis

PFC James Ottis Whitehurst was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa. PFC Whitehurst was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his official identification was announced on 4 January 2017.

 

Spayd, Donald Samuel

PVT Donald Samuel Spayd was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting PVT Spayd’s possible burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PVT Spayd’s family which was forwarded on 29 August 2016 noting that PVT Spayd was possibly buried in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa. During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  PVT Spayd was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his identification was officially announced on 17 March 2017.

 

 

Fox, Jack Junior

PFC Jack Junior Fox was killed on 22 November 1943 on Tarawa.  In November 2011, Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports to JPAC using the RISC System noting PFC Fox as a possible match to three “Unknowns” in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) and recommended disinterment and identification.  The Foundation later updated these reports and listed PFC Fox as one of only two most likely matches to Unknown X-117.  After five years, the Department of Defense finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  PFC Fox was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 4 April 2017.  One year later, official confirmation from DPAA that PFC Fox was X-117 was still pending.

 

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PFC John Kovach, Jr.

PFC John Kovach, Jr, U.S. Army, (Technician 4th Grade), C Company, 192nd Tank Battalion, was captured by the Japanese during the Battle of Bataan and imprisoned in the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines where he died of illness on 19 November 1942. PFC Kovach was buried in a common grave in the camp with 13 other American prisoners. After the war, four individuals were identified from the grave and ten “unknowns” were buried in the Manila American Cemetery. Chief Stone was asked to investigate these cases as a member of JPAC and prepared a series of Investigative Reports in March 2012 using the RISC System which listed PFC Kovach as a most likely match to Unknowns recovered from Grave 717 at Cabanatuan. These unknowns had been interred at the Manila American Cemetery since 1946. In 2013, the family of another Cabanatuan “unknown” identified by Chief Stone as being buried with PFC Kovach filed a federal lawsuit seeking disinterment, which JPAC vigorously opposed. The family prevailed in the lawsuit and all of the Grave 717 “unknowns” recommended for disinterment by Chief Stone were exhumed in June 2014. PFC Kovach was identified as one of these “unknowns” by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on April 10, 2017.

 

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PVT Harold Sturtevant Hirschi

PVT Harold Sturtevant Hirschi, U.S. Army Air Corps, 19th Bomb Group, was captured by the Japanese during the Battle of Bataan and imprisoned in the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines where he died of pellagra on 19 November 1942. PVT Hirschi was buried in a common grave in the camp with 13 other American prisoners. After the war, four individuals were identified from the grave and ten “unknowns” were buried in the Manila American Cemetery. Chief Stone was asked to investigate these cases as a member of JPAC and prepared a series of Investigative Reports in March 2012 using the RISC System which listed PVT Hirschi as a most likely match to Unknowns recovered from Grave 717 at Cabanatuan. These unknowns had been interred at the Manila American Cemetery since 1946. In 2013, the family of another Cabanatuan “unknown” identified by Chief Stone as being buried with PVT Hirschi filed a federal lawsuit seeking disinterment, which JPAC vigorously opposed. The family prevailed in the lawsuit and all of the Grave 717 “unknowns” recommended for disinterment by Chief Stone were exhumed in June 2014. PVT Hirschi was identified as one of these “unknowns” by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on April 14, 2017.

 

Bussa, George Stanley

2nd LT George Stanley Bussa was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  Chief Stone, while a member of JPAC, submitted reports in 2011 and 2012 noting that LT Bussa was not a biometric match to any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting his likely burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  LT Bussa was recovered from Cemetery 27 and his identification was officially announced on 21 April 2017.

 

Andregg, Henry, Jr

CPL Henry Andregg, Jr. was killed on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  In November 2011, Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports to JPAC using the RISC System noting CPL Andregg as a probable match to two “Unknowns” in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) and recommended disinterment and identification.  The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from CPL Andregg’s family which was forwarded on 25 April 2013. Continuing investigation by the Foundation uncovered additional information to update the report to include CPL Andregg as a most likely match to only one “Unknown”.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  CPL Andregg was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on May 19, 2017. 

 

 

 

Kourkos, Sam John

PFC Sam John Kourkos was killed on 21 November 1943 on Tarawa.  The Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from PFC Kourkos’ family which was forwarded on 9 September 2014.  Continuing investigation by the Foundation uncovered additional information to update the report using the RISC System and listed PFC Kourkos as a most likely match to only one “Unknown” buried in the Punchbowl. DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  PFC Kourkos was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on May 19, 2017.

 

 

 

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PFC George Bernard Murray

PFC  George Bernard Murray, U.S. Marine Corps, B Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, was killed by gunshot wounds to the head and chest on 20 November 1943 and reported buried in Cemetery 33 on Tarawa.  In November 2011, Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports to JPAC using the RISC System noting that PFC Murray was not a match to any “Unknowns” in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), including those recovered from Cemetery 33. Continued investigation by the Foundation uncovered additional information to confirm Chief Stone’s original reports that PFC Murray was not a most likely match to any “Unknowns” in the Punchbowl.  Remains previously recovered by locals on Tarawa were turned over to JPAC in June 2010 where they were stored on the JPAC Laboratory shelf. These remains were finally identified as PFC Murray on 9 June 2017.

 

Newell, Archie William

PVT Archie William Newell was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  In November 2011, Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports to JPAC using the RISC System noting PVT Newell as a “Probable Match” to five “Unknowns” in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) and recommended disinterment and identification.  The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PVT Newell’s family which was forwarded on 15 April 2013. Continued investigation by the Foundation uncovered additional information to update the report to include PVT Newell as a “Most Likely Match” to only three “Unknowns”. DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original 2011 recommendations and began exhumation of the “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  PVT Newell was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 12 June 2017.

 

James, Ray

PFC Ray James was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  In 2011/2012, Chief Stone, using the RISC System, listed PFC James as a “Most Likely Match” to only eight unknowns buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PFC James’ family which was forwarded on 18 January 2016.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  PFC James was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 20 June 2017. PFC James was identified as one of the “Unknowns” for which Chief Stone had listed him as a “Most Likely Match” in one of his original reports to JPAC on August 11, 2011.

 

Snapp, Raymond Clark

CPL Raymond Clark Snapp was killed on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  In 2011/2012, Chief Stone, using the RISC System, listed CPL Snapp as a “Most Likely Match” to nine unknowns buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later refined these investigations using information and technologies not available at JPAC to list CPL Snapp as a “Most Likely Match” to only four unknowns.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  CPL Snapp was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 14 July 2017.

 

Carbone, Joseph Carmine

PVT Joseph Carmine Carbone was reported “Missing in Action” on 20 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.  The Foundation later refined the Tarawa investigations using information and technologies not available at JPAC, using the RISC System, to list PVT Carbone as a “Most Likely Match” to only one unknown.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PVT Carbone’s family which was forwarded in 2017.  PVT Carbone was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 17 July 2017.

 

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PFC Lloyd J. Lobdell

PFC Lloyd J. Lobdell, A Company, 192nd Tank Battalion, U.S. Army, was captured by the Japanese during the Battle of Bataan and imprisoned in the Cabanatuan Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines where he died of disease on 19 November 1942. PFC Lobdell was buried in a common grave in the camp with 13 other American prisoners. After the war, four individuals were identified from the grave and ten “unknowns” were buried in the Manila American Cemetery. Chief Stone was asked to investigate these cases as a member of JPAC and prepared a series of Investigative Reports in March 2012 using the RISC System which listed PFC Lobdell as a most likely match to Unknown X-820 recovered from Grave 717 at Cabanatuan. These unknowns had been interred at the Manila American Cemetery since 1946.  In 2013, the family of another Cabanatuan “unknown” identified by Chief Stone as being originally buried with PFC Lobdell filed a federal lawsuit seeking disinterment, which JPAC vigorously opposed. The family prevailed in the lawsuit and all of the Grave 717 “unknowns” recommended for disinterment by Chief Stone were exhumed in June 2014.  PFC Lobdell was identified as Unknown X-820 by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory on July 26, 2017.

 

Guerriero, Anthony George

CPL Anthony George Guerriero was killed by a gunshot wound to the head on 21 November 1943 on Tarawa.  In 2011/2012, Chief Stone, using the RISC System, listed CPL Guerriero as a “Most Likely Match” to six unknowns buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later refined these investigations using information and technologies not available at JPAC to list CPL Guerriero as a “Most Likely Match” to only two unknowns.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  CPL Guerriero was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 14 July 2017. CPL Guerriero was identified as one of the “Unknowns” for which Chief Stone had listed him as a “Most Likely Match” in one of his original reports to JPAC on March 15, 2012 and which was confirmed in later updates.

 

Blanchette, Alberic Maurice

PVT Alberic Maurice Blanchette was listed as Missing in Action on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  In 2011/2012, Chief Stone, using the RISC System, listed PVT Blanchette as a “Possible Match” to several unknowns buried in the Punchbowl.  Subsequent investigative research by the Foundation found unexplainable discrepancies in PVT Blanchette’s age and dental profile that could not be reconciled with an upgrade to a Most Likely Match category for any Punchbowl unknown.  The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PVT Blanchette’s family which was forwarded on 15 July 2013.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  DPAA officially announced on 21 July 2017 that PVT Blanchette was recovered from the Punchbowl and identified.  A formal review of this case is pending.

 

Masoni, Frank Louis

ACK Frank Louis Masoni was reported “Killed in Action” by gunshot wounds on 21 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.  The Foundation later refined the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC.  The Foundaion, using the RISC System, listed ACK Masoni as a “Most Likely Match” to only one unknown.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  ACK Masoni was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 8 September 2017.

 

Menendez, Manuel

PFC Manuel Menendez was reported “Killed in Action” on 20 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.  The Foundation later refined the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC.  The Foundation, using the RISC System, listed PFC Menendez as a “Most Likely Match” to only one unknown.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  PFC Menendez was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 8 September 2017.

 

Patrick, George Frank

PVT George Frank Patrick was reported “Killed in Action” by shrapnel wounds on 20 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.  The Foundation later refined the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC.  The Foundation, using the RISC System, listed PVT Patrick as a “Most Likely Match” to only two unknowns.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  PVT Patrick was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 8 September 2017.

 

 Underwood, Donald Eugene

2nd LT Donald Eugene Underwood, U.S. Army Air Corps, 38th Bomb Group, was the bombardier on a B-24 Liberator bomber, nicknamed “Miss Bee Haven”, which crashed on take off from Tarawa on 21 January 1944.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which noted that LT Underwood was one of eleven known recovered casualties from two crashes on that date.  Chief Stone’s reports noted that four were buried as “Unknowns” in the Punchbowl and seven remained buried in an undiscovered cemetery on Tarawa.  In 2013 and 2016, the Foundation received Family Report requests from LT Underwood’s family which were provided immediately with updated information.  In 2016, the U.S. Congress requested a report from the Foundation on the case of the eleven missing fliers which was immediately forwarded.  The Congressional Report listed LT Underwood as one of the seven aircrew casualties who were still buried on Tarawa and gave the location of their burial.  LT Underwood was recovered from a grave on Tarawa at the site indicated by Foundation research and his identification was officially announced on 14 September 2017.

 

Ball, William David, Jr

SGT William David Ball, Jr. was reported “Wounded in Action” by gunshot wounds to his arm and shoulder on 20 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.  SGT Ball was subsequently lost and presumed killed while being transported off the island for treatment.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which listed SGT Ball as a Most Likely Match to multiple “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later refined the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC.  The Foundation, using the RISC System, listed SGT Ball as a “Most Likely Match” to only four unknowns.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  SGT Ball was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 13 September 2017.

 

Thomas, Harold Vernon

PFC Harold Vernon Thomas was reported “Killed in Action” by gunshot wounds to the abdomen on 20 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which listed PFC Thomas as a Most Likely Match to three “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later refined the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC.  The Foundation, using the RISC System, listed PFC Thomas as a “Most Likely Match” to only one unknown.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  PFC Thomas was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 13 September 2017.

 

Bailey, John Solenberger

TSGT John Solenberger Bailey was the radio operator on a B-24 Liberator bomber, nicknamed “Miss Bee Haven”, which crashed on take off from Tarawa on 21 January 1944.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which noted that TSGT Bailey was one of eleven known recovered casualties from two crashes on that date.  Chief Stone’s reports noted that four were buried as “Unknowns” in the Punchbowl and seven remained buried in an undiscovered cemetery on Tarawa.  In 2016, the Foundation received a Family Report request from TSGT Bailey’s family which was provided immediately and noted that he was not a most likely match to any Tarawa “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  Later In 2016, the U.S. Congress requested a report from the Foundation on the case of the eleven missing fliers which was immediately forwarded.  The Congressional Report listed TSGT Bailey as one of the seven aircrew casualties who were still buried on Tarawa and gave the location of their grave site.  TSGT Bailey was recovered from a grave on Tarawa at the site indicated by Foundation research and his identification was officially announced on 25 September 2017.

 

Tillman, John Merrill

PVT John Merrill Tillman was reported “Killed in Action” by a gunshot wound to the chest on 20 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which listed PVT Tillman as a Most Likely Match to three “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later refined the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC.  The Foundation, using the RISC System, listed PVT Tillman as a “Most Likely Match” to five unknowns.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  PVT Tillman was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 28 September 2017.

 

Tolson, Donald Ross

PFC Donald Ross Tolson was reported “Missing in Action” on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   Continued investigation by the Foundation uncovered additional information to indicate that PFC Tolson was not a most likely match to any “Unknowns” in the Punchbowl.   In May 2017, a local resident on Tarawa discovered PFC Tolson’s dog tags in a previously unknown and unrecorded burial trench on Tarawa while building a carport.  PFC Tolson was recovered from an unmarked grave at this site on Tarawa and his identification was officially announced on 17 October 2017.

 

Drew, Charles Arvan

PVT Charles Arvan Drew was reported “Missing in Action” on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   In May 2017, a local resident on Tarawa discovered a previously unknown and unrecorded burial trench on Tarawa while building a carport.  PVT Drew was recovered from an unmarked grave at this site on Tarawa and his identification was officially announced on 28 September 2017.

 

Hannon, Harold Patrick

PFC Harold Patrick Hannon was killed by a gunshot wound to the head on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  In May 2017, a local resident on Tarawa discovered a previously unknown and unrecorded burial trench on Tarawa while building a carport.  PFC Hannon was recovered from an unmarked grave at this site and his identification was officially announced on 5 October 2017.

 

Murphy, Thomas Jesse

PhM2c Thomas Jesse Murphy was killed by a gunshot wound on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. On 26 November 2012, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, submitted a report to JPAC noting PhM2c Murphy’s possible burial in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa, also known as the “Lost Cemetery”. The Foundation later received a request for a “Family Report” from PhM2c Murphy’s family which was forwarded on September 25, 2016 noting that PhM2c Murphy was not a most likely match to any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl but that he was possibly buried in Cemetery 27 on Tarawa.  During a construction project in 2015, Cemetery 27 was finally discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa.  In May 2017, a local resident on Tarawa discovered a previously unknown and unrecorded burial trench on Tarawa while building a carport.  PhM2c Murphy was recovered from one of these field locations on Tarawa and his identification was officially announced on 11 October 2017.

 

Strange, Albert

PFC Albert Strange was reported “Missing in Action” on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   Continued investigation by the Foundation uncovered additional information to indicate that PFC Strange was not a most likely match to any “Unknowns” in the Punchbowl.   In May 2017, a local resident on Tarawa discovered a previously unknown and unrecorded burial trench on Tarawa while building a carport.  PFC Strange was recovered from an unmarked grave at this site on Tarawa and his identification was officially announced on 17 October 2017.

 

Jordan, Edwin William

 

PFC  Edwin William Jordan was killed by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.  In 2011/2012, Chief Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense, submitted reports to JPAC noting that PFC Jordan was not a match to any “Unknowns” in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).  Continued investigation by the Foundation uncovered additional information to confirm Chief Stone’s original reports that PFC Jordan was not a most likely match to any “Unknowns” in the Punchbowl.   In May 2017, a local resident on Tarawa discovered a previously unknown and unrecorded burial trench on Tarawa while building a carport.  PFC Jordan was recovered from an unmarked grave at this site on Tarawa and his identification was officially announced on 17 October 2017.

 

Grimm, Elden William

SGT Elden William Grimm was reported “Missing in Action” on 25 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which listed SGT Grimm as a Most Likely Match to six “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later refined the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC.  The Foundation, using the RISC System, listed SGT Grimm as a “Most Likely Match” to only two unknowns.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  SGT Grimm was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 17 October 2017.

 

Barker, Raymond Aurther

CPL Raymond Aurther Barker was reported “Missing in Action” on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa.   The Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from CPL Barker’s family which was forwarded on February 4, 2013.  In 2014, Foundation researchers, using information not available at JPAC, updated four reports submitted to JPAC in 2011/2012 noting that CPL Barker was not a most likely match to any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl but that he was possibly buried on Tarawa.  CPL Barker was recovered from an unmarked grave on Tarawa and his identification was officially announced on 17 October 2017.

 

McNichol, John Vincent

CPL John Vincent McNichol was reported “Killed in Action” by gunshot wounds on 21 November 1943 on Tarawa.   The Foundation received a request for a “Family Report” from CPL McNichol’s family which was forwarded on December 14, 2013 noting that CPL McNichol was not a most likely match to any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl but that he was possibly buried on Tarawa.  CPL McNichol was recovered from an unmarked grave on Tarawa and his identification was officially announced on 17 October 2017.

 

Harrison, Arnold, Jr

PFC Arnold Junior Harrison was reported “Killed in Action” by a gunshot wound to the head on his 20th birthday, 20 November 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which listed PFC Harrison as a Most Likely Match to five “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later enhanced the Tarawa investigations completed by Chief Stone at the Department of Defense after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC.  The Foundation, using the RISC System, listed PFC Harrison as a “Most Likely Match” to multiple unknowns.  DPAA finally acted on Chief Stone’s original recommendations and began exhumation of the Tarawa “Unknowns” from the Punchbowl in October 2016.  PFC Harrison was recovered from the Punchbowl and his identification was officially announced on 20 October 2017.

 

Quinn, David Harvey

1st SGT David Harvey Quinn was reported “Killed in Action” by shrapnel wounds on 20 November 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which listed 1st SGT Quinn as a Most Likely Match to four “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later provided 1st SGT Quinn’s family with reports in 2013 and 2016 after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC which refined and updated the original investigations.  The Foundation listed 1st SGT Quinn as a “Most Likely Match” to only two unknowns in the Punchbowl.  1st SGT Quinn’s identification was announced on social media and confirmed as a Punchbowl Unknown by the Department of Defense on 29 November 2017.

 

Chapilloz, Lyle Ellis

PFC Lyle Ellis Charpilloz was reported “Killed in Action” by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which did not list PFC Charpilloz  as a Most Likely Match to any “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later provided PFC Charpilloz’ family with reports in 2013 and 2016 which confirmed the original investigation.  The Foundation listed PFC Charpilloz as a possible match to field recoveries from Tarawa in recent years.  PFC Charpilloz’ identification was announced by the Department of Defense on 4 December 2017.

 

Ragucci, Emil Francisco

PVT Emil Francesco Ragucci was reported “Killed in Action” by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which listed PVT Ragucci as a Most Likely Match to multiple “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later provided PVT Ragucci’s family with reports in 2013 and 2015 after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC which refined and updated the original investigations.  On March 9, 2017, the Foundation submitted a report requested by DPAA that associated PVT Ragucci with a field recovery at an identified specific location on Tarawa.  PVT Ragucci’s identification was announced as a field recovery on Tarawa by the Department of Defense on 4 December 2017.

 

Krieger, Jack Harvey

PFC Jack Harvey Krieger was reported “Killed in Action” by gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which listed PFC Krieger as a Most Likely Match to multiple “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later refined and updated the original investigations after acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC which listed PFC Krieger as Most Likely Match to only three Punchbowl Unknowns.  The Foundation also listed PFC Krieger as a possible match to remains recovered from Tarawa in recent years.  PFC Krieger’s identification was announced by the Department of Defense on 1 February 2018.

 

Lukie, Joe

PFC Joe Lukie was reported “Missing in Action” on 20 November 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which listed PFC Lukie as a Most Likely Match to multiple “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later provided PFC Lukie’s family with a comprehensive report on his case in 2013.  After acquiring information and technologies not available at JPAC which refined and updated the original investigations, the Foundation listed PFC Lukie as a “Most Likely Match” to only one unknown in the Punchbowl.  PFC Lukie’s identification was announced and confirmed as a Punchbowl Unknown by the Department of Defense on 21 February 2018.

 

Moore, Harvel Lee

2nd LT Harvel Lee Moore was reported “Killed in Action” by a gunshot wound on 22 November 1943, during the Battle of Tarawa.  Upon request, the Foundation provided LT Moore’s family with a comprehensive report in 2017 which listed LT Moore as a possible match to field recoveries from Tarawa in recent years.  LT Moore’s identification as a field recovery was announced by the Department of Defense on 22 February 2018.

 

Mulligan, Herman W.

PFC Herman Walter Mulligan, Jr.

PFC Herman Walter Mulligan, Jr., L Company, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Marines was reported “Missing in Action” by a the explosion of a Japanese ammunition bunker on 30 May 1945, during the Battle of Okinawa.  A case investigation of his status was initiated in 2011/2012 by the WWII Research and Investigations Branch, J-2 Intelligence Section, U.S. Navy, under the command of Dr. Kristina Giannotta and Deputy Chief Rick Stone.  Mr. Andrew Speelhoffer was assigned as the primary investigator. The investigation concluded that PFC Mulligan was most likely buried as “Okinawa Unknown X-35”. After almost six years, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency decided to act on the official recommendations for disinterment and identification of the “Unknown” believed to be PFC Mulligan. Unknown X-35  was publically confirmed as PFC Herman Walter Mulligan, Jr. on 28 February 2018.

 

RM3c Howard Verne Keffer

Radioman 3rd Class Howard Verne Keffer, U.S. Navy Reserves, was reported “Missing in Action” during the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.  RM3c Keffer was a crew member of the USS Oklahoma.  Upon request, the Foundation provided RM3c Keffer’s family with a comprehensive report on 17 March 2014 which listed RM3c as an “Unknown” buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery in Honolulu.   After the disbanding of JPAC, its replacement agency (DPAA) exhumed RM3c Keffer in 2015 and his identification was announced by the Department of Defense on 7 March 2018.

 

2nd LT William W. Shank

2nd LT William W. Shank, U.S. Army Air Force, 55th Fighter Group, 338th Fighter Squadron, 8th Air Force,  was the pilot of a P-38H lost while escorting 268 B-17’s and B-24’s on a bombing mission to Bremen, Germany on 13 November 1943.  His MIA case was assigned to Chief Stone to investigate as a member of the Department of Defense. Chief Stone submitted a report on 18 October 2011 noting that LT Shank was a “Most Likely Match” to Neuville Unknown X-7466 buried in the U. S. Military Cemetery, Neuville-En-Condroz, Belgium.  Chief Stone concluded that Unknown X-7466 was exclusively correlated to LT Shank to exclusion of all other MIA’s.   After six and a half years, Unknown X-7466 was finally recovered from the American cemetery in Belgium and officially identified as LT Shank on 8 March 2018.

 

Van Vleet, George, Jr

Captain George Van Vleet, Jr., was a passenger on a B-24 Liberator bomber, nicknamed “Miss Bee Haven”, which crashed on take off from Tarawa on 21 January 1944.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which noted that CAPT Van Vleet was one of eleven known recovered casualties from two crashes on that date.  Chief Stone’s reports noted that four were buried as “Unknowns” in the Punchbowl and seven remained buried in an undiscovered cemetery on Tarawa.  In 2016, the Foundation received Family Report requests from CAPT Van Vleet’s family which were provided immediately.  Later In 2016, the U.S. Congress requested a report from the Foundation on the case of the eleven missing fliers which was immediately forwarded.  The Congressional Report listed CAPT Van Vleet as one of the four aircrew casualties who were buried as an “Unknown” in the Punchbowl.  CAPT Van Vleet was recovered from the Punchbowl as one of the “Unknowns” indicated by Foundation research and his identification was officially announced on 23 March 2018.

 

Drumheiser, Clarence Eli

PFC Clarence Eli Drumheiser was reported “Killed in Action” by gunshot and shrapnel wounds to the head on 22 November 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa.  While at JPAC in 2011/2012, Chief Stone prepared reports which listed PFC Drumheiser as a Most Likely Match to multiple “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl.  The Foundation later provided PFC Drumheiser’s family with a comprehensive report on his case in 2013.  JPAC/DPAA consistently failed to act on the Foundation’s requests for PFC Drumheiser’s dental records so that the list of matches could be reduced even further by the RISC System.  In violation of federal law, JPAC/DPAA even failed to provide the information after an official request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) .  Despite this impediment to solving PFC Drumheiser’s case by JPAC/DPAA, Foundation investigators refined and updated the original investigations to list PFC Drumheiser as a “Most Likely Match” to eight unknowns in the Punchbowl.  PFC Drumheiser’s identification was announced and confirmed as a Punchbowl Unknown by the Department of Defense on 19 April 2018.

 

It is through your support of our Foundation’s efforts that the families of these recovered heroes finally received information and closure regarding their loss. On behalf of these brave men and that of their families, please accept our most sincere thank you.

 

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