Military Repatriation Research

No one left behind.

pow-mia-flag“No one left behind” is a sacred military vow. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) coordinates ongoing efforts to bring home remains of unaccounted-for service members from WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. This effort requires the location of the service member’s two closest relatives and other family DNA donors to assist in the identification of remains. Stone House Historical Research is honored to be part of the effort to locate these US Army family members.

DODmtgCatherine W. Desmarais, CG®, a U.S. Department of Defense qualified genealogist since 2012, and the military researchers on the Stone House Historical Research team – Ruy Cardoso, CG®; Emma Compton; Linda Hunter; Ami Mulligan; Amber Tauscher; and Mark Wentling provide genealogical research support for US Army military repatriation cases. For each case, we examine the soldier’s military file to glean dates of birth and death, addresses, and parents’ names. Research in census records, historic newspapers, vital records, address and telephone directories, and other resources then leads us forward in time to the soldier’s living relatives. 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 into the 1800s and then tracing lines forward to living distant cousins.

Did you receive a phone call from one of our researchers in regard to a military relative? That means that we need to speak with you to confirm that we’ve reached the right family. We need to verify that we have your contact information correct in our report to the DPAA.  We are looking forward to speaking with you and answering any questions we can. Please return the phone call and leave a confidential voicemail message if we aren’t in. If you prefer, you can respond using our contact form.


Are you a relative of a WWII service member whose remains were never fully accounted for? If you’d like more information, please click on the button below for helpful links to the Department of Defense website, media reports, and videos.