Man searches for family of missing Pettis County soldier

January 28, 2009

I am searching for the family of one of your native sons that was lost in the Korean War. At this time, the government has no family contact.

When the soldier entered service, he gave Pettis County, Missouri, as his home of record. He is credited to Pettis County

Soldier: James Edward Miller;

Born: Jan. 6, 1918;

Date of loss: July 3, 1952 MIA;

Service number: RA37135532;

Unit: 17th Inf Rgt, 7th Inf Division.

When the Korean War ended the enemy never returned or accounted for over 8,000 of our servicemen. They died in their hands. That was over 50 years ago. Since that time DNA has been perfected and also they are recovering remains in North Korea.

Our government is obligated to return those remains to the proper family. DNA samples have been obtained from most of the families of these missing soldiers. For various reasons some families have not been located. There are 55 families from Missouri that have not been located. There is one family from Pettis County that has not been located.

When the remains are recovered and identified they will be returned to the family for proper burial. I am just an old (78 years) combat veteran out of the Korean War and thankful that I did return. I consider this a very noble cause and I hope that you can help in some way to find this family.

For more information on the project you may go to My part in the program is to match up the lost families with the proper agency.

I will be grateful for any assistance in locating this family.

Harold Davis


40th Infantry Division

Korea 52-53