General Collection Information
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) estimates there are 82,000 American military and civilian personnel missing in action from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Cold War. The majority of the missing died in World War II.
The DPAA’s mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.
This collection contains information for the 38,000 missing service members whose remains are considered recoverable, and that the agency believes could potentially be identified with the assistance of close family members.
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History of the Collection
The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was established in January 2015 with the merger of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office and the Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory.
For more information on the details of the efforts of the DPAA in identifying missing personnel in different conflicts, please see the following links:
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. “Our Missing/Past Conflicts.” January 8, 2021., https://www.dpaa.mil/Our-Missing/Past-Conflicts/.
09 Nov 2021: Added url links to DPAA partner biography record pages for selected records.