POW/MIA Update: October 23, 2007

AMERICANS ANNOUNCED AS ACCOUNTED FOR:  There are now 1,767 US personnel listed by the Department of Defense as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.  Within the last few days, DPMO has released the names of six US personnel as now being accounted for, including:

Major Perry H. Jefferson, USAF, MIA 4-3-69, SVN, CO

Airman 1st Class George W. Long, USAF, KIA/BNR 5-12-68, SNV, KS
CAPT Warren R. Orr, USAR, MIA 5-12-58, SVN, IL
LTjg Norman L. Roggow, USNR, KIA/BNR 10-8-67, SVN, IA
LTjg Donald f. Wolfe, USNR, KIA/BNR 10-8-67, SVN, MT
LTjg Andrew G. Zissu, USNR, KIA/BNR 10-8-67, SVN, NY

This brings to 816 the number of US personnel returned since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.  90+% of 1,767 still missing and unaccounted-for were lost in Vietnam or in areas of Laos and Cambodia under Vietnam’s wartime control.  

UPDATE ON 101st Joint Field Activity (JFA) OPERATIONS:  The 101st Joint Field Activity (JFA) in Laos is now ongoing, with four excavations at sites in the two southern Lao provinces of Khammouan and Attapeu.  Multiple investigations will also be conducted in this area during the 30-day operation, plus in Savannakhet Province, also in southern Laos.  One excavation is underway in Cambodia, begun on October 14th, and expected to conclude on November 27th.  In Vietnam, the 90th JFA began on October 19th and will extend over the agreed 45 days until December 2nd.  Operations will occur in 11 provinces, plus Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), with four excavations and investigations into numerous cases.  There was a ten-day advance period of preparation by a smaller joint team.

Regarding WWII incidents, operations have recently taken place in the Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, France (including an underwater investigation on the Island of Corsica), Luxembourg, Italy and Germany.   Two JPAC teams began further operations in Europe on October 15th.  A recovery team will excavate a site, possibly two sites, in Germany.  The investigation team will look into several cases in Poland and France, concluding on November 29th. (Read and Discuss Rest of POW-MIA Update Here)

via (NC Department of POW/MIA Affairs)

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