Military Repatriation

“Time will not dim the glory of their deeds.”

No One Left Behind

Southern Genealogist, llc is honored

to be working with the Past Conflict Repatriations Branch (PCRB) 

of the Army Casualty and Mortuary Affairs Operations Division, United States Army Human Resources Command. [To access PCRB website click here and search for “PCRB.” You may receive a security notification message—it is safe to continue to HRC’s website.] The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) is the agency that oversees the effort to account for all missing personnel.

DPAA maintains case files for unaccounted-for Soldiers from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Profiles of unaccounted-for Soldiers may be found here. In 2018, there were approximately 203 Soldiers accounted for and returned to their families. You can see them here.

A good article on underwater recovery can be read here.

Southern Genealogist, llc works to identify and locate the two closest living next of kin of these missing soldiers. We also identify family members eligible to donate DNA Family Reference Samples (FRS) to aid in the identification of recovered remains. We identify three mitochondrial DNA donors and one yDNA donor. In some cases we also identify close family (siblings, children) that can donate autosomal DNA. Sometimes a soldier has living siblings or nieces and nephews. In other cases, the Soldier’s ancestors must be researched back into the 1800’s and then traced forward to living distant cousins. The research and report is held in the strictest confidence.

When all these unaccounted for soldiers are identified, our Country should never have another unknown soldier. Current military are all DNA tested for identification purposes if needed.

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.” —President Harry S. Truman

Our Research Team


Lori Cook-Folger, CG

Lori is the owner of Southern Genealogist, llc, and holds the Certified Genealogist® credential. She has been researching since 1984, and specializes in research in the Southern states, some Midwest research, and DNA. She is a published author and enjoys piecing together clues left behind to preserve family histories.

Yvonne Mashburn-Schmidt, CG

Yvonne, Certified Genealogist®, is a native Georgian and owner of The Georgia Genealogist, Inc. She mentors Genetic Genealogy Study Groups and gives workshops and presentations on genealogical research methodology and Genetic Genealogy. She is a published author and became an advocate of Genetic Genealogy when she successfully solved the identity of her biological parentage using DNA.

Clarise Soper, CG

Clarise has been conducting genealogical research for over 30 years and is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.® She specializes in the states of Mississippi and Alabama as well as forensic and genetic genealogy. Clarise, a published author, frequently gives presentations at genealogical and historical societies on repatriation of MIA/POW soldiers and other topics. 



If you have been contacted by a member of our research team and need to ask about or offer additional information, please use the contact information we left in our message to you or use the Contact tab above. Please reference the Case Number for the soldier. If you call PCRB, please refer to Southern Genealogist, llc.

Department of the Army—Past Conflict Repatriations Branch
(800) 892-2490

IMAGE CREDIT: “Tomb of Unknown Soldier,” FreeImages ( : accessed 3 March 2018), item 1315025, Sara Moses; used under license.