MISSING MARINES

An independent research project
dedicated to recovering our WWII MIAs.

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Unaccounted For

USMC & attached Navy medical personnel.

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Accounted For

Since 7 December 2011.

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We advocate for the recovery of missing servicemen by commemorating their lives and supporting repatriation efforts.

They came from every state in the nation, from every conceivable type of home, from high schools and colleges and the CCC. While most were in their late teens or early twenties, there were some who'd spent decades in uniform, and others who lied to enlist under the legal age. While their reasons for serving were as varied as their personal lives and circumstances, most joined because they wanted to fight. And fight they would, on land, at sea, and in the air.

They gained new experiences and new identities. They called themselves Marines and corpsmen, "Devil Dog" and "Doc," gyrene, swabbie, buddy, Mac, Sir, Pop, Chicken, Swede, Red, Dusty; imaginative nicknames that defined their personal traits and sometimes replaced their given names in memory.
 
When they died, they met their fates in jungles, on beaches, trapped within sinking ships or burning airplanes. Some died in combat, others in accidents, and more simply disappeared. And they were buried, if they could be buried, in solitary graves, temporary cemeteries, or where they fell.
 

Thousands of them lie there still.

Missing Marines was founded in December 2011 to find the final resting place of Sergeant Arthur "B." Ervin, Jr. As of today, we are still waiting for his remains to be identified.

We specialize in gathering and interpreting period records and firsthand accounts from numerous sources. These sources become personalized biographies or case files for submission to appropriate recovery agencies.

Since 2011, we have collaborated with government and non-profit organizations and provided research assistance to hundreds of relatives and former comrades of our missing Marines.

In addition to active recovery efforts, our goal is to remember those who gave their lives and never returned home. Their families faced the trauma of losing a loved one, compounded by a lifetime of uncertainty over their ultimate fates. Research assistance to these families is always provided for free.
We are always in search of new information to help in recovering our WWII MIAs. Photographs, personal anecdotes, and additional sources are always welcome. To contact us with a submission or a research request, please fill out the form below.

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