Among the past conflicts in Asia-Pacific, MIAs from WWII is the largest, over 48,000.
The figures below are provided by WFI Research Group, updated on April 2015.
Saipan - Commonwealth of the United States of America
Death 4,110 -
MIA 505 367
Unknown 71 -
2) There has been a lot of construction work going on Saipan to build a Casino hotels and related facilities on the island, and human remains are under danger of possible lost and distruction.
Kuuentai (Japanese organization) was digging up the burials to recover the Japanese remains, but also found the probable remains of the US servicemen.
Kuuentai received an appreciation letter from JPAC (former DPAA) to thank their cooperation.
Volunteers from Kuuentai (Japan) later motivated to establish US version of "Kuuentai" to search and recover the US missing.
・ Field Session in 2014
・ Field Session in 2015
・ Field Session in 2017
・ Field Session in 2018
Pictures from the field work are also available to see from here.
Guam - Territory of the United States
Death 2,229 -
MIA 282 218
Unknown 86 -
Japan including Okinawa
Mainland 2,814 -
Okinawa 2,620 -
Iwo Jima 733 -
Death 24,658 -
MIA 14,735 -
Unknown 2,799 -
A map from DPAA's website showing the total number of MIA in the Philippines alone.
there are certain number of “Unknowns” who had been buried in the American cemeteries around the world.
They are unknown because the proper identification has not been done so that the government does not know who the person is.
Read the details from the website of WFI Research Group.
Staff Sgt. Richard J. Murphy, USMC
from Saipan who have been buried
in the Manila American Cemetery and Monument.
USMC Richard Murphy, from Individual Deceased Personnel File, who served in Saipan.
"Idenitifying the remains of unknowns .... must take a lower priority."
Richard Murphy is no longer missing.
He was officially identified by DPAA in July 2018,
after 4 years working with the families.
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