Rolling Thunder® Inc. - Chapter 1 New Mexico
 
Operation Missing Man
 
 
Missing Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, or Coast Guardsmen and their families deserve to be reunited on American soil.  DNA is the key to ensuring that families of the missing reach closure. 
 
The goal of "Operation Missing Man" is to assist Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) in obtaining DNA samples from families of service members currently listed as missing in action (MIA). Presently, there are 13 New Mexico and 113 Texas individuals listed as MIA from the Vietnam War, the Korean War and some from previous wars.  (all of whom are listed below)
 
As of 25 June 2008 JPAC Central Identification Laboratory(JPAC CIL) has 21 sets of unidentified remains from New Mexico and 186 from Texas, at its Hickam Air Force Base headquarters in Hawaii.  Each one has to be possitively identified by DNA match before they can be returned to their family and be buried with other family, all with the love and honor they deserve.  As each day passes, and each of us ages it becomes more and more important to ensure that DNA that may help in future identification efforts of missing servicemen is preserved, because without DNA there is no way to positively identify current or future remains that are recovered. 
 
Rolling Thunder® chapters are working to assist JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) in locating family members who are qualified to provide DNA samples that will assist in the identification of service members.
 
The information contained on this website is designed to reunite family and friends with the remains of their missing loved ones. The focus of this project is to locate families of missing service members.  We can assist others with identifying resources to help them find their missing service members. 
          
Feel free to email Rolling Thunder® NM-1 at infoseeker@rollingthundernm1.org
                
or contact the lead Rolling Thunder® chapter, North Carolina Chapter 4
at info@operationmissingman-nc.org for additional information.
 
 
“Greater love hath no man than this,
that he lay down his life for another
John 15:13
 
We can pay no greater respect to those men and women who made that ultimate sacrifice in service to their country than to see that they are found, identified, and returned to American soil. 
 
Rolling Thunder® as a national organization is dedicated to educating the public on all aspects of POW-MIA issues, and to assist wherever possible in the recovery and identification of POW and MIA personnel.  Operation Missing Man is an ongoing Rolling Thunder® project particularly important to us.  Working to inform and assist where possile all efforts to coordinate all the resources possible to identify remains that have been recovered but cannot yet be possitively identified.
 
DNA
Most people already know many details about the MIA recovery process.  In short, when new remains are found that are believed to belong to MIA personnel, they are sent to the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC-CIL) in Hawaii. 
 
There they use many methods including personal items found at the site (dog tags, etc.), dental records, action reports, and finally DNA to make positive identifications.  You can learn more about JPAC at http://www.jpac.pacom.mil.
 
You might wonder why they can’t instantly identify recovered remains from a DNA sample like forensic scientists do on TV.  To do this they would need a pre-existing sample of DNA from all the missing service members to be identified, and DNA samples were not routinely collected from our service men and women until the Gulf War.
 
This is where you, as a friend or a family member of an MIA, can help.  There are currently a number of recovered personnel awaiting identification, and by contributing DNA you might help identify some of them. 
 
While nothing is guaranteed and we do not want to raise false hopes, it is possible that your DNA might either positively identify your own missing relative, or by process of elimination help identify someone else’s relative. 
 
If you are a family member of an individual who is Missing in Action, JPAC CIL may be able to use a sample of your DNA to help them with the identification process.  
 
Am I an eligible donor of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)?
The type of DNA used to identify remains is inherited only from the mother.  This means that each person’s mother, as well as brothers, sisters, sister’s children and many other relatives share the same strain of Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). 
 
This is useful because it means that mtDNA from relatives (sometimes quite distant ones) can be directly linked to mtDNA from unidentified remains.  The downside is that children of a missing male cannot provide an mtDNA reference sample. 
 
So unfortunately, JPAC cannot use a sample from just any family member – they can only use samples from family members who share the same mtDNA as the missing service member. 
 
The gender of the missing person and the donor are irrelevant.  In a family tree linking the donor to the missing person, every intermediate person connecting the donor to the missing person must be a female.
 
Are you an eligible donor?  Only the relatives shown here in blue are suitable donors of mdDNA. Mitochondrial DNA is only passed on through the maternal line.
 
Maternal Grandmother
                                            |            |          \                               
                                       Aunt          Mother         Uncle
                                  /     \          |
              cousin female -- cousin male  |
               /      \                     |
      2 Cousin    2 cousin     unaccounted for male -- sister -- brother
        female      male                                                 /
                                                                           niece -- nephew
                                                                             /
                                                              great niece -- great nephew
 
We Respect and Assure Your Privacy
The intent of this project is to bring home the service members who have fought so bravely for their country and their families and have made the ultimate sacrifice.  These service members deserve to be reunited with their families, and their families deserve closure. 
 
Rest assured that if you contact Rolling Thunder® or the government agencies involved, they will respect your privacy.  The information that you provide will be used only for the purposes of assisting with remains identification and will not use it for any other purpose. 
 
Rolling Thunder® nor the government agencies involved will not release your information to other government agencies or any other organizations.
 
But what if I am not a family member?
Anyone can help - even if you are not a family member.  Do you know of a casualty  or service member who is listed as "missing in action", perhaps someone from your home town or home state?  Or a service member who served in the same unit with you, and you know their family, please let us know.  With your help, we may be able to research the family's history to determine if there are living relatives from whom we can obtain DNA samples. 
 
All contact information for the agencies involved is listed at the bottom of this page.
 
 
 
Missing Man Table & Honors Ceremony                    For a single setting known as the POW/MIA Ceremony  Moderator:Those who have served and those currently serving the uniformed services of the United States are ever mindful that the sweetness of enduring peace has always been tainted by the bitterness of personal sacrifice.  We are compelled to never forget that while we enjoy our daily pleasures, there are others who have endured and may still be enduring the agonies of pain, deprivation and internment. Before we begin our activities this evening, we will pause to recognize our POW’s and MIA’s. We call your attention to this small table, which occupies a place of dignity and honor near the head table.  It is set for one, symbolizing the fact that members of our armed forces are missing from our ranks.  They are referred to as POW’s and MIA’s. We call them comrades. They are unable to be with their loved ones and families tonight, so we join  together to pay our humble tribute to them, and bear witness to their continued absence. This table, set for one, is small, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner, alone against his or her suppressors. I would like to ask you to stand for a moment of silent prayer, as we contemplate their commitment and sacrifice, and pray for their return to their families. Moderator continues: Please be seated.  I would like to explain the meaning of the items on this special table. The table is round -- to show our everlasting concern for our missing men. The tablecloth is white -- symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty. The single red rose, displayed in a vase, signifies the blood they have shed in sacrifice to ensure our freedom and reminds us of the loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers. The yellow ribbon on the vase represents the yellow ribbons worn on the lapels of the thousands who demand with unyielding determination a proper accounting of our comrades who are not among us tonight. A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land. The spilled salt symbolizes the countless fallen tears endured by those missing and their families as they wait. The Bible represents the strength gained through faith to sustain those lost from our country, founded as one nation under God. The candle is a symbol of the light of hope which shines in all our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of their families and of a grateful nation. The glass is inverted -- to symbolize their inability to share in our gathering. The chair is empty -- they are missing. Let us remember and never forget their sacrifices.May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families. Let us now raise our water glasses in a toast to honor America's POW/MIAs and to the success of our efforts to account for them.  Play Taps  
 
 
Those still missing:
According to the latest listings from DPMO's
Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
(updated 6-1-09)
            
New Mexico         13      
USAF     Shipp, Thomas G              Carlsbad      
USMC    Corfield, Stan Leroy          Gallup   
USA       Davis, Ricardo Gonzales    Carlsbad
USA       Herrera, Frederick D        Albuquerque 
USAF     Lane, Mitchell S                Albuquerque
USA       Maxwell, Calvin Walter      Eddy
USAF     McIntire, Scott Winston    Albuquerque
USAF     Morrissey, Robert D          Albuquerque
USAF   Neeld,Bobby                    Albuquerque
USMC    Oldham John Sanders       Tinnie 
USA       Simpson, Max Coleman     Carlsbad
USA       Trujillo, Robert S               Santa Fe
USA       Wiseman, Bain Wendell Jr  T or C   
           
Texas                    113     
USAF     Neighbors, Lacie C           Abilene
USAF     Bonura, Leon Frank           Beaumont  
USAF     Villarea, Ricardo M              Laredo
USAF     Lackey, Lester L                 Lubbock     
USN       Curtis, Jack Albert              Moses   
USAF     Pillsbury, Danny H             Orange
USN       Byars, Clifford R                 Pollock 
USA       Aldrich, Lawrence Lee        Ft Worth
USA       Alford, Terry Lanier           Pasadena
USA       Almendariz, Samuel            Mc Allen
USAF     Armstrong, John William    Dallas
USMC    Bacik, Vladimir Henry         Houston
USAF     Barnett, Robert Russell        Gladwater
USA       Becker, James Christof       Palestine
USMC    Bradshaw III, Robert Samuel Lufkin
USA       Brasher, Jimmy Mac           Canyon
USMC    Brown, James William         Maud
USA       Burns, Michael Paul           El Paso
Civilian   Bytheway, Frank L            -------TX
USAF     Calfee, James Henry         New Gulf
USAF     Campbell, Clyde William    Longview
USAF     Campbell, William Edward  Mc Allen
USA       Carr, Donald Gene             San Antonio
USN       Cayce, John David            San Antonio
USA       Champion, James Albert     Houston
USAF     Clay, Eugene Lunsford       Arlington
USA       Cochran, Isom Carter Jr     Houston
USN       Conner, Edwin Ray            Hillsboro
USAF     Cornelius, Samuel Blackmar Lubbock
USA       Corona, Joel                      Pharr
USA       Deere, Donald Thorpe       Snyder
USA       Dexter, Ronald James         Abilene
USAF     Duggan, William Young     Leander
USA       Dyer, Irby III                   Midland
USAF     Earll, David John               Dallas
USN       Egan, William Patrick         Ft Worth
USN       Ellerd, Carl J                      Odessa
USMC    Escobedo, Julian JR           San Antonio
USAF     Fieszel, Clifford W              Lubbock
USMC    Forrester, Ronald W           Odessa
USAF     Fuller, William O                 Houston
USA       Garcia, Ricardo Martinez     Driscoll
USA       George, James E Jr            Ft Worth
USA       Gonzalez, Jesus Armando   El Paso
USMC    Gonzalez, Jose Jesus          El Paso
USN       Goodwin, Charles B           Haskell
USN       Green, Frank Clifford JR    Waskom
USAF     Green, Robert Bailey          Lampasas
USA       Grosse, Christopher A Jr    Harlingen
USMC    Guajardo, Hilario H            San Antonio
USA       Gunn, Alan W                   San Antonio
USN       Hardie, Charles David        Houston
USA       Harwood, James Arthur     Dallas
USAF     Hawkins, Edgar L               La Mesa
USA       Hilbrich, Barry W               Corpus Christi
USN       Hill, Rayford J                    Houston
USAF     Hill, Robert Dale                 Houston
USA       Hodgson, Cecil J                Greenville
USAF     Holley, Tilden S                 Cameron
USA       Huddleston, Lynn R           Ralls
USA       Hummel, John F                Barstow
USMC    Hurst, John Clark               Lufkin
USA       Jimenez, Juan Macias         San Antonio
USN       Johnson, August David      Houston
USN       Johnson, Robert Dennison   Dallas
USA       JONES, John Robert          El Paso
USA       Jurecko, Daniel Edward     Corpus Christi
USMC     Kent, Robert D                   Dallas
USA       Kerns, Arthur William         El Paso
USAF     Knight, Roy A Jr                 Millsap
USAF     Koonce, Terry T                 San Antonio
USA       Lane, Glen O                      Odessa
USAF     Levis, Charles Alan             Ft Worth
USA       Little, Danny Leonard         Abilene
USA       Lull, Howard B Jr               Dallas
USAF     Manske, Charles Jerome El  Campo
USA       Marker, Michael Wayne      Wichita Falls
USAF     Martin, Sammy Arthur        Bryan
USA       McDonell, R D                    Sweetwater
USA       McDonnell, John Terrence   Ft Worth
USAF     McElhanon, Michael Owens Ft Worth
USN       McKay, Homer E                Shallowater
USAF     Miller, Curtis D                   Palacios
USMC    Mills, James Dale                 Commerce
USA       Montez, Anastacio              Presidio
USN       Moore, Scott Ferris Jr         Mesquite
USAF     Mundt, Henry G II             Abilene
USA       Newton, Charles V              Canadian
USN       Niedecken, William Clinton  Corpus Christi
USMC    Padilla, David Esequiel         Borger
USA       Parks, Joe                          Cedar Lane
USA       Puentes, Manuel Rameriz    El Paso
USAF     Rackley, Inzar William Jr    Big Springs
USA       Ravenna, Harry M III         San Antonio
USA       Ray, Ronald E                     Port Arthur
USA       Robertson, John Will           Malakoff
USA       Roe, Jerry L                        Houston
USAF     Rucker, Emmett Jr               Wichita Falls
USAF     Russell, Richard Lee             Snyder
USN       Schmittou, Eureka Lavern   Ringgold
USN       Seagraves, Melvin D           Lubbock
USMC    Shea, Michael John             El Paso
USAF     Smith, Warren Parker Jr      Pasadena
USN       Stoddard, Clarence E W Jr  Corpus Christi
USA       Stride, James Daniel Jr         Denison
USN       Templin, Erwin Bernard Jr   Houston
USAF     Thompson, William J           Houston
USA       Tubbs, Glenn E                   Amarillo
USAF     Van Cleave, Walter Shelby   Dallas
Civilian   Vietti, Eleanor A                  -------TX
USAF     Wall, Jerry Mack                 Nacogdoches
USAF     Ward, Neal C                      College Station
USAF     Washburn, Larry Eugene    San Antonio
USA       Watson, Ronald Leonard    El Paso
USAF     Wester, Albert Dwayne       Terrell
USA       Widner, Danny L                Graham
USMC    Wilkins, Calvin Wayne        Waco
USA       Williams, Roy C                  Woodville
USMC    Wilson, Harry Truman        Grand Prairie
USAF     Wortham, Murray L           Augustine
 
 
                      
"No, freedom isn't free."
         
I watched the flag pass by one day,
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
And then he stood at ease..
             
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
With hair cut square and eyes alert
He'd stand out in any crowd.
          
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil
How many mothers' tears?
                 
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.
            
I heard the sound of Taps one night,
When everything was still,
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
            
I wondered just how many times
That Taps had meant "Amen,"
When a flag! had draped a coffin.
Of a brother or a friend.
        
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
       
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free
 
 
 
 
Missing Man Contact information
 
Service Casualty Offices serve family members.  Each Military Department maintains their own service casualty office, and the Department of State does the same for civilians.  The officials in these offices serve as the primary liaison for families concerning personnel recovery and accounting.  The full-time civilians who have worked with this issue for many years are experienced and knowledgeable.  All the people who staff these offices will be glad to answer your questions.  Military officials also assist and help explain the methods used to account for missing loved ones.
 
You can search the JPAC CIL database and you can also contact the appropriate Service Casualty Office directly.  Simply tell them you wish to contribute to the Family Reference Samples (FRS) project.
 
Each office dedicates for family use the following addresses and telephone numbers:
 
Department of the Army
US Army Human Resources Command - (800) 892-2490
Attn: AHRC-PED-F, 200 Stovall Street, Alexandria, VA 22332-0482
 
U.S. Marine Corps - (800) 847-1597
Manpower and Reserve Affairs (MRA) Personal and Family Readiness Division 3280 Russell Road, Quantico, VA 22134-5103
 
Department of the Navy - (800) 443-9298
Navy Personnel Command Casualty Assistance and Retired Activities Branch POW/MIA Section (PERS-P665)
5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055-6210
 
Department of the Air Force - (800) 531-5803
HQ, Air Force Mortuary Affairs
10-100 Reunion Place, Suite 260, San Antonio, TX 78108-4138
 
Department of State - (202) 647-6769
Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management CA/OCS/ACS/EAP
2201 C Street, Northwest, Room 4811, Washington, DC 20520-4818
 
You can find listings of Vietnam era DNA samples that are needed for identification or for a listing of DNA samples that are needed from service member families from wars prior to the Vietnam war. 
 
You can search the JPAC database for a list of Family Reference Samples (FRS) required by JPAC.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you have any questions or need assistance, send us an e-mail.
 
Together we can work to bring every man home.
 
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