Wisconsin researchers help national effort to locate and repatriate remains of U.S. service members

Vaneesa Cook is the lead historian for the UW project. She told WUWM’s Chuck Quirmbach that some of the cases awaiting resolution are from Korea, Vietnam and later conflicts, but the overwhelming majority date back to World War Two.

Listen to Dr. Cook’s interview

New Bill Would Help WI MIA Project

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) – September 17, 2021 – A new bill proposed for passage in WI aims to bring closure to families of soldiers missing in action.

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Making a Difference: UW volunteers help locate and bring remains of America’s missing heroes home

Finding answers for families decades later
Wisconsin NBC15, Veteran’s Day 2020

The Legacy of the 5307th Merrill’s Marauders: Wisconsin MIAs in Burma

Written by Dr. Vaneesa Cook, DPAA historian in residence for the UW MIA RIP.
Original post by Chris Barncard.

Student’s MBA Education Helps MIA Project See Patterns Among the Missing

Written by Meghan Chua. Posted on November 7th, 2019.

The UW MIA RIP on WPR’s “University of the Air” hosted by Norman Gililand

The UW MIA Recovery and Identification Project was founded in 2015, two years after helping identify the remains of a U.S. service member mistakenly buried as a German soldier. Since then, UW has forged a unique partnership with the Department of Defense that harnesses the cutting edge technology and knowledge of the Madison campus — and now other academic partners — to find and identify America’s MIAs. Team members Charles Konsitzke (founder and team lead) and Samantha Zinnen (historical research lead) are interviewed by WPR’s “University of the Air” host Norman Gililand. Aired Sunday, March 15th, 2020.

A solemn recovery mission

Dr. Gregg Jamison of UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha speaks in reverent tones about how his research contributes to the poignant mission.

University of Wisconsin anthropology professor helps Defense Department recover service member remains in Europe

(MADISON) – The University of Wisconsin is helping our nation deliver on its promise to honor brave Americans who paid the ultimate sacrifice by bringing closure to their families. Of the more than 72,000 U.S. service members still unaccounted for from World War Two, the Defense Department says that about 30,000 are possibly recoverable.

On CBS 58 Sunday Morning, Victor Jacobo met UW Anthropology professor Gregg Jamison and members of a team focused on the recovery and identification of U.S. forces still unaccounted for.

UW research ‘angels’ help find and identify American MIAs

People who pulled on American uniforms, raised their right hand to support and defend the Constitution before dying in foreign lands and waters far from their homes, and worried families who never got the chance to bury their loved ones. But the missing in action have not been forgotten. Not by a nation that sent them to war and not by a dedicated group of volunteers and researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Bill to help bring Wisconsin MIA service members home introduced

A bill to help bring Missing-in-Action service members back home has been introduced in Madison. “We send them out into battle, we need to do everything we can to make sure that they come home,” said State Sen. Roger Roth, R-Appleton.

Phillips native working with UW to bring home fallen soldiers

Tristan Krause, a 2014 graduate of Phillips High School, is one of a handful of Wisconsinites working to bring those fallen service members home. In 2016, the University of Wisconsin became the first outside organization to partner with DPAA — opening the doorway for a series of strategic partnerships with other research organizations who can aid in the work to find and recover the remains of American service members who were reported missing.

New bill aims to find and identify Wisconsin soldiers missing in action

The University of Wisconsin System was the first academic group to partner with the Department of Defense (DOD) to help find and identify those service members back around 2013. The UW’s team has successfully located three MIA service members so far.


Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Walter B. Stone, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Feb. 20, 2019. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) thanked the University of Wisconsin for assistance in the recovery.