LOOKING FOR A LOVED ONE WHO IS MIA

LOGOMIAAre you still looking for a family member who never came home? The sad truth is that thousands upon thousands of our brave men and women have never returned home after battle and are still MIA. Many of these soldiers have been lost and never found. Even worst many have been recovered but never been returned to their families for the proper burial they deserve.

The DPAA (Department of POW/MIA Accounting Agency) has published a list of 900+ Maryland MIAs from previous wars, that cannot be returned until family members are located to provide DNA for positive identification.

At this time, we are asking for all citizens to get involved in finding these families, so that these heroes can finally be repatriated, after all, haven’t they waited long enough? How long has it been? Consider this, it's been 71 years since WWII; 63 years since the Korean War and 41 years since Vietnam. These Marylanders made the ultimate sacrifice, when they decided to fight for the freedom of strangers, isn’t it about time we fought for them and worked together to return them to their families.

BELOW ARE 3 LINKS to the MARYLAND MIAs from 3 Major Wars: WWII, Korean War and Vietnam.
WORLD WAR II (809 MIAs from Maryland)
KOREAN WAR (139 MIAs from Maryland)
VIETNAM WAR (23 MIAs from Maryland)

Review the list, see what names you may recognize and get in touch with us as soon as possible, by email or call us at 443-844-7197. The call you make may be the one that finally brings a Maryland family the closure they have been waiting for.

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Beser Awarded Silver Star

Beser Awarded Silver Star

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Jacob Beser (ASN: 0-66), United States Army Air Forces, for gallantry in action while engaged in aerial flight against the Japanese Empire on 6 August 1945. Lieutenant Beser was the Radar Countermeasures Officer for a combat crew of the B-29 aircraft of the 393d Bombardment Squadron, 509th Composite Group, TWENTIETH Air Force, which flew from a base in the Marianas Islands to drop on the city of Hiroshima, Japan, the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare.

Flying 1500 miles over open water to the coast of Japan, they manned their assigned positions and crossed the island of Shikoku and the Inland Sea. They constantly faced the danger of being hit by anti-aircraft fire, enemy fighters, or suffering mechanical or other failures which would intensify the risks of carrying this powerful missile. Throughout the mission the element of hazard from the unknown prevailed, for this was the first time that this bomb, much more destructive than any other in existence, had been dropped from an airplane. The effect it would have on the airplane and these crew members was only to be estimated. Shortly after 0900 they brought the plane in over the city, and at 0915 the bomb release was pressed. The bomb cleared, and fell toward the planned objective. They then headed from the area and, despite a minor effect from the detonation, returned safely to their home base. By their courage and skillful performance of duty achieved in outstanding fashion despite the dangers involved in accomplishment of this historic mission, these individuals distinguished themselves by extraordinary achievement and reflect great credit on themselves and the Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, 20th Air Force, General Orders No. 69 (September 22, 1945)

Action Date: August 6, 1945

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 393d Bombardment Squadron

Regiment: 509th Composite Group

Division: 20th Air Force

Inside Grandpa’s Old Footlocker

INSIDE GRANDPA'S OLD FOOTLOCKER
by M.J. Spangler

World War II has been over for over for over 60 years. The Korean War has been over for over 55 years. Hidden away in closets, attics and basements may be boxes and footlockers containing letters, photos and memorabilia collected by Grandpa while he served our country. Many of these containers may not have been opened since the wars were over. With Grandpa’s passing these boxes may now reside with his heirs. In many cases the new owners are unaware of their historical importance or are unwilling to donate them to a library for preservation because of sentimental attachment.

Recognizing the importance of these collections and the need to locate, copy and catalog as many of these collections, the non-profit Beser Foundation was established. The vision of this Foundation is to “Preserve the Past for the Benefit of the Future”. To accomplish this the Foundation is set up to provide a safe no-cost repository of digital copies in order to ensure the valuable history contained in these old documents will be preserved and accessible to all. Simply stated the Foundation does not desire to retain the original documents. Instead it will catalog the documents, make digital copies and place them on-line as a resource for families; genealogists, historians and authors dedicated to accurately recording the events of our military history.

On Veterans Day 2007, representatives from the Foundation attended a book signing in Wellsboro, PA. Thanks to a local radio station - the event was covered all afternoon. During the afternoon several appeals were made over the air for listeners who might have some of “Grandpa” memorabilia to bring it down to the book signing so we could see it.

During the afternoon several photos and documents of significant historical value were brought down. In particular one lady, whose grandfather had been a photographer in the Pacific during the war brought in over 30 photos and documents that had been brought home by her grandfather and were lying around in an old shoe box. Upon examination of the photos, several were especially significant.

POW Cemetary Okinawa

POW Cemetery Okinawa

This is a picture of a Japanese prisoner of war cemetery on the Island of Okinawa. Notice the Japanese soldiers in the background. During the fighting the markers were destroyed. The location of the cemetery is known to the WWII Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office. However, none of the names of the individuals nor the unit in which they served interned here were known. All of the legible names shown on the markers are listed as MIA (Missing in Action) in the official government records. In addition to the legible names, the shoulder patches could be identified on other markers. This also helps in the identification of the men interned here. As a result of this one picture, recovery and medical identification of 36 MIAs is in process.

Ancient Artifacts from Burial Tomb Okinawa

Ancient Artifacts from Burial Tomb Okinawa

Another significant picture in the lot was a photo of some ancient artifacts that were found in an undisturbed burial tomb on Okinawa. The tombs on Okinawa resemble houses, complete with a courtyard, family name markers and a "porch" upon which offerings are arranged. Inside the tomb is stored the remains of several generations of family members.

BESER_BurialTombOkinawaVarious taboos exist in relation to the tombs. It is considered dangerous to desecrate a tomb by disturbing offerings or by damaging the tomb in any way. Also considered dangerous is to approach a tomb without proper authority from a relation of the family. The Japanese soldiers respected these taboos and the royal tombs remained unscathed during the battle for Okinawa,

Christian Church Okinawa

Christian Church Okinawa

Suri Castle Okinawa

Suri Castle Okinawa

The search for history continues. If you own or are aware of someone’s “Grandpa’s box of pictures or Dads memories of war” or are a family of a MIA seeking information I encourage you to contact the foundation at jerbeser@beserfoundation.org.

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