RE: Request for MIA Info - Anthony F. Eckhart
SandieTo whom it may concern,
If you haven't sent for your Uncle's Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF), it would be worthwhile.
Here is a sample letter sent to me by another contact. I modified it and received my great-uncle's IDPF which gave me and my family the location of his remains, some 60 years after he had been shot down. Sometimes this file can be tough to read, as it will list details of the condition of the body, etc. If your Uncle was declared dead, this file may have the information that led to that determination. In my great-uncle's case, he was first listed as POW, then MIA, then KIA while a POW, then just KIA. All that was over the course of at least a year, but the IDPF seemed to put some pieces together for us.
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