Missing in action

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Missing in action (MIA) refers to a soldier who is reported to have gone missing during active service. The soldier may have been killed, injured, captured or deserted. It is not known what happened to them. If they are dead, neither their body nor grave can be found or identified. Going missing in action has been a risk for people in armed forces for as long as there has been war.

World War II[change | change source]

According to the US Dept of Defense as of November 13, 2017:

  • MIAS-North America: 1,169
  • MIAS-South America: 988
  • MIAS-Europe: 20,942
  • MIAS-Middle East: 18
  • MIAS-Africa: 972
  • MIAS-Asia/Pacific: 48,504
  • Total of MIA US Servicemen/civilians: 72,975 [1]

According to official US Department of Army and Department of Navy casualty records, submitted to Congress in 1946 and updated in 1953, the combined possible total of missing service personnel worldwide is closer to approximately 6600 and probably considerably fewer. Since DPAA alone designates such WWII personnel as the crew of the USS Arizona and most of that of USS Oklahoma as both "missing" and "unaccounted-for" it is possible that DPAA records keeping may be somewhat idiosyncratic.

Korean War[change | change source]

US Department of Defense Loss concentrations maps estimation of US MIAS/POWS as being lost in North Korea in 1954[2] and in 2017.[3]
Location 1954 2017
POW CAMPS 1,200-1,273 883-1,200[4]
Unsan/Chongchan area 1,109-1,559 1,294-1,549 [5]
DMZ 89 1,000
UN Cemeteries 266 [6] [233][7]
Chosin Reservoir area 523-1,002 598-1,079[8]
Suan Camps 0 185
Totals 3,260-4,116 3,960-3,828

According to the US Dept of Defense as of November 13, 2017:

Total of MIA US Servicemen: 7,716*[9] to 7,720[10] {Personnel Missing KOREA}

Note:"* Reflects actual number still unaccounted-for. PMKOR database count is slightly higher due to several entries pending administrative review."[11]

Vietnam War[change | change source]

According to the US Dept of Defense as of November 13, 2017:

Total of MIA US Servicemen: 1,602[12]

Cold War[change | change source]

According to the US Dept of Defense as of November 13, 2017:

  • MIAS-Europe: 11
  • MIAS-Asia/Pacific: 111

Total of MIA Servicemen: 126[13]

Others[change | change source]

According to the US Dept of Defense as of November 13,2017:

  • MIAS-Gulf Wars/Middle East: 5
  • MIAS-El Dorado Canyon/Africa: 1

Total of MIA Servicemen: 6

Total MIAS World War II to present: 82,425[14]

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References[change | change source]

  1. DPAA 2017-11-13
  2. Department of Defense map of North Korea with estimated loss concentrations." dpaa.mil. Retrieved: December 17, 2015.
  3. Department of Defense map of North Korea with estimated loss concentrations." dpaa. mil. March 20,2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  4. Apex (270);Camp 5 (322}; Death Valley Camp {250); Valley #1 {41}
  5. Unsan {250}; Kuryong {176}; Kujang {276}; Kunuri {403}; Pyongyang Cemetery {184}
  6. {Koto-Ri; Hungnam; Wonsam; Pyongyang}
  7. As of 2017 Pyongyang and Hungnam UN Cemeteries totals Listed under Unsan/Chongchan and Chosin Reservoir areas
  8. Yudamni {196}; Sinhung {100};Twiggae {223}; Kotori Cemetery {30}; Hungnam Cemetery {49}
  9. DPAA.MIL 2017-11-13
  10. "DPaa.mil names" (PDF). Retrieved report dated 2017-11-03.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. "Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency > Our Missing > Past Conflicts". www.dpaa.mil. Retrieved 2017-08-31. 
  12. DPAA 2017-11-13
  13. DPAA 2017-11-13
  14. DPAA 2017-11-13

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