Source Information

U.S., Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Unaccounted-for Remains, Group B (Unrecoverable), 1941-1975 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2021.
Original data: Unaccounted-for Remains, Group B, 1941-1975. Washington, D.C. USA: Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

About U.S., Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Unaccounted-for Remains, Group B (Unrecoverable), 1941-1975

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 44,000 missing service members whose remains are considered unrecoverable. More than 41,000 of the missing are presumed lost at sea from ship losses or known aircraft water losses.

Using this Collection

This collection is a searchable index and contains no images. You can search this database using the following fields:

  • Name
  • Residence Place
  • Date of Birth
  • Date of Death
  • Military Service Branch
  • War
  • Location/MIA Place
  • 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:

    World War II.


    South East Asia.

    Cold War.


    Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. “Our Missing/Past Conflicts.” January 8, 2021,

    09 Nov 2021: Added url links to DPAA partner biography record pages for selected records.