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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Missing in Action

Our Mission

The University of Wisconsin Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project honors the sacrifice of brave Americans who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. We educate students and communities, bring closure to families, and build the next generation of servant leaders who will effect positive change in the world.

Missing In Action Recovery & Identification Project

The Missing In Action (MIA) Recovery and Identification Project (RIP) focuses on advancing the recovery of MIA's by involving an academic blend of knowledge and research as well as educating students in a number of scholarly disciplines.  The current focus is on recovery and identification of World War II US Forces in the European Theater.

L.Gordon picture Four primary scholarly disciplines are engaged in the discovery, careful exhumation, and the identification of remains: History, Archaeology, Forensics, and Genetic Analysis. Researchers, students, student veterans, and volunteers comprise a multi-disciplinary team to help accelerate the recovery of lost service members.

In 2014 the Center helped identify the remains of PFC Lawrence S. Gordon, a United States soldier who was killed in action on August 13th, 1944,  but whose remains were later misidentified as a German soldier's.

In 2016-2017, the team led the successful discovery of 1st LT Frank Fazekas, who was shot down over the village of Buysscheure, France on May 22nd, 1944.

In 2018, the team successfully recovered the remains of 2nd LT Walter B. Stone, who was shot down near Quercamps, France on October 22nd, 1943.

The project's primary goal is to identify new tactics and technologies to enhance the recovery and identification process and apply these technologies with the development of new protocols.

Donations to the UW-Madison MIA Recovery and Identification Project are tax deductible ( and are welcomed!

UWBC MIA Recovery and Identification Project (Gift Note: MIA Project)

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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.

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