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 December 30, 2021:

  • MIAS-North America: 2,359
  • MIAS-South America: 646
  • MIAS-Europe: 20,908
  • MIAS-Middle East: 16
  • MIAS-Africa: 984
  • MIAS-Asia/Pacific: 47,063
  • Total of MIA US Servicemen/civilians: 72,350 [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[9][10]

According to the US Dept of Defense as of December 30,2021: Total of MIA US Servicemen: 7,550 [11][12]

Vietnam War[change | change source]

According to the US Dept of Defense as of December 30,2021: Total of MIA US Servicemen/Civilians: 1,584[11]

Cold War[change | change source]

According to the US Dept of Defense as of December 30, 2021:

  • MIAS-Asia/Pacifc 108
  • MIAS-europe 8
  • MIAS-Gulf Wars/Middle East: 5
  • MIAS-El Dorado Canyon/Africa: 1

Total of MIA Servicemen: 126[13]

As of December 30,2021 Total US MIAS World War II to present: 81,616 [14]

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References[change | change source]

  1. 30,2021 Accessed December 31,2021
  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. On June 19, 2018 Fox News reported North Korea to send to US remains of up to 200 American Service members.Conservative Forum quoting Fox news Archived 2018-06-23 at the Wayback Machine
  10. Update 1 US MIA was returned from South Korea and likewise 55 boxes of remains were returned from North Korea July 27,2018. Update August 19,2018
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency > Our Missing > Past Conflicts". www.dpaa.mil. Retrieved December 31, 2021.
  12. The Dpaa.mil map of casualites gives total as 7,550-the PMKOR lower Number "Reflects actual number still unaccounted-for. PMKOR database count is slightly higher due to several entries pending administrative review. DPAA.mil"[1] Archived 2019-03-28 at the Wayback Machine
  13. DPAA 2021-30-12 accessed December 31,2021
  14. DPAA 2021-01-12. Accessed December 31, 2021

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