75% of the losses are located in the Asia-Pacific According to Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), "more than 83,000 Americans remain missing from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts.
Out of the 83,000 missing, 75% of the losses are located in the Asia-Pacific".
Among the past conflicts in Asia-Pacific, MIAs from WWII is the largest, over 48,000.


MIA and Unknown in WWII in Saipan
Total On Land
Death 4,110 -
MIA 505 367
Unknown 71 -

Why Saipan?

1) Saipan is a Commonwealth of the United States of America, a part of the U.S. teritory; however, not active recovery of the WWII fallen has being taken by the government.

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.

3) Kuuentai-NPO (Japanese organization) became the first group to return the US remains from the Japanese side. It was 2011 that first US Army soldier was found in Saipan.
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.

Click here to check the past field work
・ 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.


MIA and Unknown in WWII in Guam
Total On Land
Death 2,229 -
MIA 282 218
Unknown 86 -

The Philippines

MIA and Unknown in WWII in Saipan
Total On Land
Death 24,658 -
MIA 14,735 -
Unknown 2,799 -

Why Philippines?

The Philipine is a country which holds the largest number of MIA/KIA of US servicemen.

A map from DPAA's website showing the total number of MIA in the Philippines alone.


MIA in WWII in Japan
Total On Land
MIA (mainland) 2,814 -
MIA (Okinawa) 2,620 -
MIA (Iwo Jima) 733 -

The figures in the chart are provided by WFI Research Group, updated on April 2015.


Among these figures of MIAs in each area above,
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.
For Example:
Staff Sgt. Richard J. Murphy, USMC

Dental Record of the Unknown soldier
from Saipan who have been buried
in the Manila American Cemetery and Monument.

Dental Record of the MIA,
USMC Richard Murphy, from Individual Deceased Personnel File, who served in Saipan.

A Official letter from JPAC:
"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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501(c)(3) non-profit organizatin to bring back home the remains of American servicemen who died in WWII in the Pacific Theater