Judson Parkhurst, 81, a Korean War veteran and his family have waited 66 years for information about what became of his brother Arthur Frances Parkhurst, a World War ll Army Air Corp pilot reported as Missing In Action in 1945.
Closure came for Judson last Saturday, October 16 when the remains of his brother Arthur were given a funeral service and then burial with full military honors at Valley View Memorial Gardens in Xenia, Ohio.
According to a biographical handout at the funeral service Judson and other family members had several encounters, ‘Family Updates’, with teams from the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) regarding Arthur starting in 2005. Many turned out to be false leads and did not have to do with Arthur.
In September 2010, Judson received a telephone call that an MIA team wanted to come see the family. At that meeting the first thing the MIA team did was hand Judson his brother Arthur’s ‘dog tags’.
The team then presented a notebook that contained information about items found at the crash site that included Arthur’s ‘dog tags’, some teeth and numerous bones and bone parts.
The team also had DNA saliva samples from Jud and his sister Dot which came back with multiple positive test results matching perfectively the DNA of Arthur.
Tthere were also items found at the crash site on Leyte, Philippines, that identified four of the six personnel onboard the C-47A Skytrain aircraft flown by Parkhurst.
The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) recently announced that the remains of a serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
On March 12, 1945, Parkhurst and five other crew members aboard a C-47A Skytrain departed Tanauan Airfield on Leyte, Philippines, on a resupply mission to guerilla troops.
Once cleared for takeoff there was no further communication between the aircrew and airfield operators. When the aircraft failed to return, a thorough search of an area ten miles on either side of the intended route was initiated. No evidence of the aircraft was found and the six men were presumed killed in action, their remains determined non-recoverable.
In 1989, a Philippine national police officer contacted U.S. officials regarding a possible World War II – era aircraft crash near Leyte. Human remains, aircraft parts and artifacts including an identification tag belonging to Parkhurst were turned over to the local police, then to U.S. officials.
Among other forensic identification tools and circumstantial evidence, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command used dental comparisons and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used mitochondrial DNA — which matched that of Parkhurst’s brother and sister — in the identification of his remains.
At the end of the war, the U.S. government was unable to recover and identify approximately 79,000 Americans. Today, more than 72,000 are unaccounted-for from the conflict.
For more information visit: http://Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory
http://Tanauan Airfield http://Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command http://C-47A Skytrain
http://Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office
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