Military Repatriation ServicesBringing them home
“No one left behind” is more than a motto to the U.S. military. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) coordinates ongoing efforts to repatriate remains of unaccounted for service personnel from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. This effort requires the location of the two closest relatives and other family DNA donors to assist in the identification of remains. If you are a family member who has received a phone call from me (Cathi) in regard to an unaccounted for soldier in your family, please feel free to contact me here or to return my phone call and leave a confidential voicemail message. I am looking forward to speaking with you.
Cathi Desmarais, a U.S. Department of Defense qualified genealogist since 2012, researches military repatriation cases through SNA International. For each case, she locates the two people most closely related to the soldier, plus three mitochondrial DNA donors, one y-DNA donor, and when possible, a close autosomal DNA donor. In some cases, the soldier has living siblings, adult children, or nieces and nephews. In other cases, finding eligible DNA donors requires researching the soldier’s ancestors back to the early 1800s and then tracing lines forward to living second cousins.
A Sampling of News Releases and Success Stories
- DPAA Listing of News Releases for identified service members
- DOD Identifies 17 Recovered from 1952 Plane Crash in Alaska
- No One Left Behind
- Remains of Scranton Fighter Pilot, Lost in WWII, Recovered After 68 Years
- Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For, 69 Years After Death
- Lost in WWII, a Manassas Soldier is Coming Home
Korean War Recoveries