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Monday, July 28, 2014

Please Report Stolen Identities of Tyler Davin

There have been numerous reports of someone posing as my son, Tyler Davin, using his photos on dating websites and Facebook.  I have reported numerous fake Facebook accounts going by the following names all using photos of my son, Tyler.

Davin Brooke
Allan Davin
Ben Matt Davin
Bradley Davin
Bradley Davin Sylvester

Brook Davin
Bruce Davin
Cyrus Davin
Martin Davin
Nick Davin
Peter Tyler Davin
Nicholas Davin
Richard Davin
Sargant Care Davin
Smith Davin 
Wilson Davin
Timothy Davino
Clarence Sanchez (most commonly reported recently)

There are more photos being used other than the ones below and likely more names. 

If you come across someone posing as Tyler or someone with the last name of Davin using his photos, please email me at nancy.davin@yahoo.com along with the URL of the website and the username of the individual posing as Tyler Davin.  

ALSO FILE AN INTERNET CRIME COMPLAINT HERE:  http://www.ic3.gov/complaint


Thank you.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Marine Missing from WWII Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, lost during World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Marine Pfc. Randolph Allen of Rush, Kentucky, will be buried July 29 in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C. In November 1943, Allen was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, which landed on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll, in an attempt to secure the island against stiff Japanese resistance. Over several days of intense fighting approximately 1,000 Marines were killed and more than 2,000 were wounded. As a result of these attacks, Allen was reported killed in action on Nov. 20, 1943.

In the immediate aftermath of the fighting on Tarawa, U.S. service members who died were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries. During World War II, U.S. Navy Combat Engineers, "SeaBees," significantly restructured the landscape to convert the island for use by the military. In 1946 when U.S. Army Graves Registration Service personnel attempted to locate all of the battlefield interments, many of the burials could not be located.

From Nov. 12-27, 2013 a private organization, known as History Flight, excavated what was believed to be a war time fighting position on the island of Betio. During this excavation History Flight recovered five sets of remains, personal effects and military equipment. Four sets of remains were determined to be Japanese service members and the fifth set was believed to be that of a U.S. Marine. Two sets of military identification tags which correlated to Allen were also found in the fighting position.

In the identification of Allen's remains, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools such as dental and skeletal comparison, which matched Allen's records.

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war.
For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for Americans, who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPMO web site at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1169.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Department of Defense Announces Casualty Recovery

The Department of Defense announced today 17 service members have been recovered from a C-124 Globemaster aircraft that was lost on Nov. 22, 1952.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Lawrence S. Singleton, Pvt. James Green, Jr., and Pvt. Leonard A. Kittle; U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Earl J. Stearns; U.S. Navy Cmdr. Albert J. Seeboth; U.S. Air Force Col. Noel E. Hoblit, Col. Eugene Smith, Capt. Robert W. Turnbull, 1st Lt. Donald Sheda, 1st Lt. William L. Turner, Tech. Sgt. Engolf W. Hagen, Staff Sgt. James H. Ray, Senior Airman Marion E. Hooton, Airman 1st Class Carroll R. Dyer, Airman 1st Class Thomas S. Lyons, Airman 1st Class Thomas C. Thigpen, and Airman Howard E. Martin have been recovered and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

On Nov. 22, 1952, a C-124 Globemaster aircraft crashed while en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, from McChord Air Force Base, Washington. There were 11 crewmen and 41 passengers on board. Adverse weather conditions precluded immediate recovery attempts. In late November and early December 1952, search parties were unable to locate and recover any of the service members.

On June 9, 2012, an Alaska National Guard (AKNG) UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew spotted aircraft wreckage and debris while conducting a training mission over the Colony Glacier, immediately west of Mount Gannett. Three days later another AKNG team landed at the site to photograph the area and they found artifacts at the site that related to the wreckage of the C-124 Globemaster. Later that month, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and Joint Task Force team conducted a recovery operation at the site and recommended it continued to be monitored for possible future recovery operations. In 2013, additional artifacts were visible and JPAC conducted further recovery operations.

DoD scientists from the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used forensic tools and circumstantial evidence in the identification of 17 service members. The remaining personnel have yet to be recovered and the crash site will continued to be monitored for future possible recovery.

For more information, please contact the service public affairs office. Army public affairs office can be reached at 703-693-5084. Navy public affairs office can be reached at 703-614-4283. Marine Corps public affairs can be reached at 703-614-4309. Air Force public affairs can be reached at 703-695-0640.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Soldier Missing from Korean War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Army Pfc. James R. Holmes of Warren, Ohio, will be buried May 29 in Arlington National Cemetery. In November 1950, Holmes was a member of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, which was pushing north through North Korea to the Yalu River. In late November, the unit was attacked by enemy forces and withdrew south to the town of Anju. On Dec. 1, 1950, Holmes was declared missing in action.

As part of a 1953 prisoner exchange known as Operation Big Switch, returning U.S. service members reported that Holmes had been captured by the Chinese during that battle and died in 1951, in prisoner of war camp known as Camp 5, near Pyoktong, North Korea.
Between 1991 and 1994, North Korea gave the U.S. 208 boxes of human remains believed to contain 350 - 400 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents turned over with some of the boxes indicated that some of the remains were recovered from Pyoktong County, near the area where Holmes was believed to have died.

To identify Holmes' remains, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, including mitochondrial DNA, which matched his sister and brother.

Today, 7,883 Americans remain unaccounted-for from the Korean War. Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered from North Korea by American teams.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for Americans, who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPMO web site at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1169.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Raising Strong Military Kids: One Mom’s Story

This post is written by Marie Balocki is the Director of the Office for Reintegration Programs at the Department of Defense. In addition to being an Army spouse for more than 30 years, she has served military families around the globe as a volunteer and Federal civilian for 18 years. She is the mom of three grown sons.
I will never forget my first time shopping at a commissary. At 21 and newly married, my husband Jim and I had just packed up all of our belongings to drive across the country from Seattle to Fort Belvoir. We were new to the military way of life, moving for Jim’s new orders with the Army Corps of Engineers. I went to the commissary and had no clue how the system worked – I didn’t even know that I needed an ID card! When we began adding our kids to the mix, I found out there was so much more I needed to learn.
Although we’ve come a long way in helping service members and their families, navigating deployment is still challenging. I want to share with you some tips that helped my three sons and me get through the tough times when my husband was called to service.
1.    Network with other military wives and moms. Early on in our marriage, I met a woman who was raising four daughters. She gave me some tough love about coping with the day-to-day stress while Jim was away, but she was also a great example of how to face deployment. I learned that if she could do it, so could I! Make it a priority to meet fellow wives and moms to share your experiences and get the support you need from friends who truly understand.
2.    Listen to your kids. Though you might feel alone without your spouse, pay close attention to how your kids are feeling. I realized that I had to be strong for my boys, but they often felt like they needed to be the adults while dad was away. Reassure your kids that it’s okay to be sad or angry and that you will get through the deployment together.
3.    Reach out for support. As the director of the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program [link to www.yellowribbon.mil], I’ve had the opportunity to meet military wives and moms from across the services and around the country. We host programs that help National Guard and Reserve members and families connect to other folks who understand what they’re going through. At these free events, you can meet other military families and get expert advice on everything from family communication to employment issues to financial planning.
Raising kids when your spouse is deployed can be challenging, but there are a number of support resources out there to help you. Register for an upcoming Yellow Ribbon event near you at www.yellowribbonevents.org.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor World War II pilot

Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in Iowa from 5 p.m. April 11  until 8 a.m. April 14 in honor of U.S. Army Air Corps First Lt. Louis L. Longman, formerly of Clinton. 

Mr. Longman, a 26-year old Clinton native serving with the 433rd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Corps, was last seen April 16, 1944, as his unit returned from a B-25 bomber escort mission over Hollandia, New Guinea. A Lockheed P-38 "Lightning" fighter pilot, Mr. Longman was on the return leg of the mission in a P-38J aircraft when his unit encountered severe weather in the Markham Valley. His last reported location was in the vicinity of Bogadjim, New Guinea, as his formation broke up. The 5th Air Force lost 53 pilots and crewmen that day in what became known as "Black Sunday."

Mr. Longman was officially declared deceased on Feb. 27, 1946, but his remains were never recovered. In February 2005, the Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command - Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC) received information of a possible aircraft crash site in Madang province, Papua New Guinea. In August 2007, human remains, as well as parts of a U.S. P-38J aircraft were recovered by a JPAC Investigation Team. Additional remains and physical evidence were also recovered in 2009 and 2010 by JPAC personnel.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Airman Missing from Vietnam War Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, were recently accounted for and will be buried in a group burial ceremony.

Army Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, Tenn., will be buried as part of group on March 21, at Arlington National Cemetery, in a ceremony honoring the servicemen who were lost in an aircraft crash on Oct. 24, 1964.

Woods and seven other service members were aboard a C-123 Provider aircraft that crashed when it was struck by enemy fire while resupplying the U.S. Special Forces camp at Bu Prang, Vietnam. Also on board the aircraft were Air Force service members Capt. Valmore W. Bourque, 1st Lt. Edward J. Krukowiski, 1st Lt. Robert G. Armstrong, Staff Sgt. Ernest J. Halvorson, Staff Sgt. Theodore B. Phillips, Airman 1st Class Eugene Richardson and Army Pfc. Charles P. Sparks. Shortly after the crash, U.S. forces arrived at the site and recovered remains of seven of the crew members, but they could not locate Woods. The remains for the seven crew members were individually identified and the men were laid to rest at that time.

In early 1997, a joint U.S./Kingdom of Cambodia team investigated the crash site and found it to be on the Vietnam side of the border. Subsequently, a joint U.S./Socialist Republic of Vietnam team surveyed the site in 1999, and confirmed that the wreckage correlated to a U.S. C-123 Provider aircraft.

In 2009-2010, U.S. and Vietnamese teams excavated the site and recovered human remains and additional evidence, including a metal identification tag from the aircraft's commander.

To identify those remains, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command used forensic and circumstantial evidence, which allowed them to account for Woods.

Today there are 1,642 American service members that are still unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, call 703-699-1169 or visit the DPMO Web site at www.dtic.mil/dpmo.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thanks to Gettysurg Flag Works

I've always wanted an American flag.  

I never found one that I was happy enough with (most I found were made in China and printed on nylon fabric).

Several weeks ago I received an email from Mike Cronin, Founder and CEO of Gettysburg Flag Works.  Mike is a former Vietnam era veteran and his company specializes in flags.  He founded his business to show support for his country and our troops. 

As a "thank you" and recognition of my support for military families through My Yellow Ribbon, Mike offered to send me the flag of my choice.  What a thoughtful gesture.

My flag was delivered yesterday, a beautiful flag with embroidered stars, clearly quality-made and  MADE IN THE U.S.A.!

Typically, I don't accept offers such as these because most of the ones I receive want something in return, usually in the form of an advertisement.  Mike wanted nothing in return.

As my sincerest thank you to him for his service and generous offer, I'm writing this post to thank him and his staff for, not only the high quality 3' x 5' flag he went, but also the pole and mount at no cost.  

If you're in the market for an American flag, I suggest looking at Gettysburg Flag Works.

Thank you, Mike, and Gettysburg Flag Works!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Writing My Way Back Home - Veterans Writing Workshop

When:     Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm to Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm (CDT)

Where:    Veterans Memorial Building, 50 2nd Ave Bridge, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Open to all current and former military personnel, spouses, and teen dependents

We each have a story to tell and the WRITING MY WAY BACK HOME weekend workshop will help you gain the tools and confidence to tell it well. By using reading and writing exercises to explore deployment and wartime experiences—the fear, the boredom, anxieties, thrills, brutality, tears and beauty—we learn how to write a story and make it compelling. Workshop participants will explore the many approaches possible to write about the self to produce personal stories, poetry, fiction and blogs by the end of the weekend. Opportunities to work one-on-one with professional writers during the weekend, as well as an online follow up, will help continue the writing and revision process. No writing experience is needed to attend this workshop. A public reading for course participants interested in reading excerpts from their work will complete the weekend.

Click here to register.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Airman Missing From Vietnam War Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

U.S. Air Force Col. Francis J. McGouldrick Jr. of New Haven, Conn., will be buried Dec. 13, at Arlington National Cemetery.  On Dec. 13, 1968, McGouldrick was on a night strike mission when his B-57E Canberra aircraft collided with another aircraft over Savannakhet Province, Laos.  McGouldrick was never seen again and was listed as missing in action.

After the war in July 1978, a military review board amended his official status from missing in action to presumed killed in action.

Between 1993 and 2004, joint U.S/Lao People's Democratic Republic (L.P.D.R.) teams attempted to locate the crash site with no success.  On April 8, 2007, a joint team located a possible crash site near the village of Keng Keuk, Laos. 

From October 2011 to May 2012, joint U.S./L.P.D.R. teams excavated the site three times and recovered human remains and aircraft wreckage consistence with a B-57E aircraft.

In the identification of McGouldrick, scientists from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as mitochondrial DNA which matched McGouldrick's great nephew and niece.

Today there are 1,644 American service members that are still unaccounted-for from the Vietnam War.  

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO website at www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call 703-699-1169.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Nation’s Top Veterans Announced for Distinguished Awards

American Veterans Center Names 2013 Honorees from WWII to Operation Iraqi Freedom

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2013 – Today, the American Veterans Center (AVC), which represents all who have served our country, announced the top veterans for its distinguished 2013 honors. These seven war heroes have served in conflicts ranging from WWII to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and all have shown bravery and valor above and beyond the call of duty during combat. The seven heroes will be awarded at the American Veterans Center Honors, just before Veterans Day.

“The American Veterans Center honors these distinguished veterans who have each made American military history in some extraordinary way. Their service spans over 70 years and we hope that all Americans of all generations can celebrate the extreme bravery of these seven men and the impact they’ve had on our country,” says Jim Roberts, President of the AVC.

The seven honorees for the 2013 American Veterans Center Honors are:

  • Chester Nez, (New Mexico)The last survivor of the original “29 Navajo Code Talkers”, who helped devise a code based on his native language, that confounded the Japanese military and helped win WWII. Eager to help his country, Nez lied about his age and enlisted in the 10th grade.
  • Lt. General Frank Petersen, Jr. (Maryland)The first African-American Marine Corps aviator and the first African-American Marine Corps General.
  • Senator Bob Kerrey (Nebraska) In addition to his political career, Senator Kerrey served in the Vietnam War as a Navy SEAL officer, and was awarded the Medal of Honor in a battle that severely wounded him.
  • Clint Romesha (North Dakota)A U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of Kamdesh during the war in Afghanistan. 
  • Frederick James Kroesen, Jr. (Virginia) A four-star U.S. Army General and commander of NATO Central Army Group, who commanded troops in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, and earned the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
  • Col. George “Bud” Day (Florida) POSTHUMOUSA U.S. Air Force colonel and pilot who served during WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, where he was a prisoner of war for more than 5 years.  He is the only recipient of both the Medal of Honor and the Air force Cross. 
  • Chris Kyle (Texas) POSTHUMOUSA Navy SEAL known as the most lethal sniper in American military history.  He served four tours in the second Iraq conflict and was awarded both the Bronze Star, and the Silver Star Medals multiple times.

A detailed list of AVC Honorees, including details about their service as well as photographs of each, is available at http://www.americanveteranscenter.org/events/avchonors/. The five living honorees will accept their awards at the Honors Gala on November 9th at 7:00pm at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel. Family members of the deceased honorees will accept on their behalf.

Interviews from AVC leadership and veteran honorees available upon request.

About the American Veterans Center: The American Veterans Center (AVC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational foundation dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of our military personnel. The Veteran’s Day events are held annually in Washington D.C. For more information, visit www.americanveteranscenter.org.

Friday, October 11, 2013

WWII Airman Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors

Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, 23, of Scranton, Pa., will be buried on Oct. 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On Dec. 26, 1944, Fenstermacher was a pilot of a P-47D Thunderbolt that was on an armed-reconnaissance mission against targets in Germany, when his aircraft crashed, near Petergensfeld, Belgium.

A U.S. military officer reported seeing Fenstermacher’s aircraft crash. Reaching the site shortly after impact, he recovered Fenstermacher’s identification tags from the burning wreckage. No remains or aircraft wreckage was recovered from the crash site at that time and Fenstermacher was declared killed in action.

Following the war, the U.S. Army Graves Registration Service (AGRS) investigated and interviewed a local Belgian woman who told team that an aircraft crashed into the side of her house. The team searched the surrounding area, but was unsuccessful locating the crash site.

In 2012, a group of local historians excavated a private yard in Petergensfeld, Belgium, recovering human remains and aircraft wreckage consistent with a P-47D. The remains were turned over to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC).

To identify the remains, scientists from JPAC used circumstantial evidence and forensic identification tools, such as dental comparisons, which matched Fenstermacher’s records.

There are more than 400,000 American service members killed during WWII, and the remains of more than 73,000 were never recovered or identified.

For additional information on the Defense Department’s mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo or call (703) 699-1169.