The final step for a researcher is often the submission of a case to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. JPAC is responsible for deploying teams of experts to locations around the world to investigate, identify, and repatriate the remains of missing Americans.

Missing Marines has contributed information to three pending cases at JPAC for the WFI Research Group. While we believe these remains to be buried as unknowns in the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines, we have not been notified of JPAC’s intent regarding their possible recovery. A JPAC team is scheduled to travel to the Philippines in the early months of 2012. Please contact them and urge their team to investigate the cases listed below.

Sergeant Arthur B. Ervin
Killed in action July 5, 1944, Saipan
Buried as Unknown in Fort McKinley Cemetery, Manila, Philippine Islands
Section L, Row 5, Grave 70

Corporal William R. Ragsdale
Missing in action June 28, 1944, Saipan
Buried as Unknown in Fort McKinley Cemetery, Manila, Philippine Islands
Section L, Row 6, Grave 49

PFC Robert G. Thompson
Missing in action June 24, 1944, Saipan
Buried as Unknown in Fort McKinley Cemetery, Manila, Philippine Islands
Section H, Row 9, Grave 144

Staff Sergeant Richard J. Murphy, Jr.
Killed in action June 15, 1944, Saipan
Buried as Unknown in Fort McKinley Cemetery, Manila, Philippine Islands
Section L, Row 9, Grave 61

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