The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
KWVA - DPAA MEETING
On Wednesday, February 24th, a group representing the KWVA met with retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Linnington, the current Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and members of his staff to establish a line of open communication between the KWVA and the DPAA and to express our appreciation to them for their efforts to recover and identify the remains of our servicemen who are still unaccounted for some 60+ years after the Armistice was signed. Representing the KWVA at the meeting were President Larry Kinard, Secretary Lew Ewing, Executive Director Jim Fisher, KWFA POW/MIA Coordinator Bruce Harder, Korean War Memorial Foundation Vice-Chair Rick Dean and the KWVA Communications Director Fred Lash.
The DPAA was formed in 2015 when three former agencies, JPAL, SPMO and LSEL were combined creating the DPAA. The DPAA consists of over 600 personnel from a variety of backgrounds and specialties working throughout the world. Their mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and to the nation. Their vision is for their world-class workforce to fulfill our nation's obligation by maximizing the number of missing personnel accounted for while ensuring timely, accurate information is provided to our families through monthly meetings with family members at various locations throughout the Unites States.
The KWVA leadership team is very pleased that we have established this new relationship with the DPAA and we feel that it will keep us better informed of the progress the DPAA is making in their efforts to recover the remains of all of our men left behind in Korea. We realize that the DPAA's job is nearly insurmountable since the majority of our missing men are located in North Korea and their Dictator, Kim Jung Un, is, to say the least, very uncooperative at this time and has refused to let our search teams enter North Korea for some time.
DPAA RELATED STORY
-Appeared in the March 23rd issue of The Winchester Star.
BODY OF WAR VETERAN RETURNED HOME AFTER MORE THAN 60 YEARS.
Martinsville - The body of a Korean War veteran who went missing more than 60 years ago is returning home.
Local media outlets report Raymond McMillian will soon find his final resting place in Martinsville.
He joined the military in 1948 and served as a medic during the Korean War, earning the title of First Sergeant.
Relatives say he was taken as a Prisoner of War in 1951 and went missing in action. For 65 years, his family was left without answers.
In 2007, the family was able to start using DNA technology to identify his remains. Las month, they discovered it was a match.
McMillian will be flown March 24 to Greensboro, North Carolina before being escorted by law enforcement to Martinsville, where a tribute service and funeral will be held.
(This story is an example of just how difficult the work of the DPAA is. Even after remains are discovered and recovered, it takes years to positively identify the remains and return them to their families for final burial.)
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