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 July 13, 2017:

MIAS-North America: .1,700

MIAS-South America: 1,025

MIAS-Europe: 20,957

MIAS-Middle East: 19

MIAS-Africa: 971

MIAS-Asia/Pacific: 48,027

Total of MIA US Servicemen/civilians: 73,048[1]

Korean War[change | change source]

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

Total of MIA US Servicemen: 7,740*[2] to 7,744[3] {Personel Missing KOREA}

Note:"* Reflects actual number still unaccounted-for. PMKOR database count is slightly higher due to several entries pending administrative review."[4]

Vietnam War[change | change source]

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

Total of MIA US Servicemen: 1,606[5]

Cold War[change | change source]

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

MIAS-Europe: 11

MIAS-Asia/Pacific: 111

Total of MIA Servicemen: 126[6]

Others[change | change source]

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

MIAS-Gulf Wars/Middle East: 5

MIAS-El Dorado Canyon/Africa: 1

Total of MIA Servicemen: 6[7]

Total MIAS World War II to present: 82,526

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  1. "Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency > Our Missing > Past Conflicts" (in en-US). www.dpaa.mil. http://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Past-Conflicts/. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  2. "Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency > Our Missing > Past Conflicts" (in en-US). www.dpaa.mil. http://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Past-Conflicts/. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  3. "DPaa.mil names". http://www.dpaa.mil/portals/85/Documents/KoreaAccounting/pmkor_una_all.pdf.
  4. "Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency > Our Missing > Past Conflicts" (in en-US). www.dpaa.mil. http://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Past-Conflicts/. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  5. "Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency > Our Missing > Past Conflicts" (in en-US). www.dpaa.mil. http://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Past-Conflicts/. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  6. "Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency > Our Missing > Past Conflicts" (in en-US). www.dpaa.mil. http://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Past-Conflicts/. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  7. "Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency > Our Missing > Past Conflicts" (in en-US). www.dpaa.mil. http://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Past-Conflicts/. Retrieved 2017-07-19.