Military Repatriation Research

No one left behind.

pow-mia-flag“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 in regard to an unaccounted-for soldier in your family, please feel free to contact us here or to return the phone call and leave a confidential voicemail message. We are looking forward to speaking with you.

DODmtgCatherine W. Desmarais, a U.S. Department of Defense qualified genealogist since 2012, and her team research military repatriation cases for the US Army.  For each case, they locate the two people most closely related to the soldier (primary and secondary next-of kin), 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 into the 1800s and then tracing lines forward to living distant cousins.