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POW - MIA Branch

The mission of the POW / MIA Branch is to assist the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) in the effort to achieve the fullest possible accounting of Americans missing from our nation's wars. This effort involves investigation, recovery and identificaton of missing Sailors and is mandated by the Missing Service Personnel Act (MSPA) of 1995, Title 10 U.S.C., Chapter 76 - Missing Persons, Sections 1501-1513. Navy POW-MIA Branch is responsible for over 33,000 unaccounted-for Sailors.

 POW-MIA Poster


As the Department of Navy's office for unaccounted-for Sailor loss incidents, Navy POW / MIA Branch serves as the advocate for over 66,000 family members of missing Sailors from past conflicts (WWII thru Persian Gulf War).  Additionally, the Branch is the primary liaison between these family members and the government agencies involved in the United States Government's full accounting effort of missing Servicemembers.

Click on the links below to view descriptions of our various programs

Family Reference Sample Program

Family Update Program


Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)

If you are a family member of an unaccounted-for Sailor from WWII, Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War or the Persian Gulf war, please contact Navy POW/MIA Activities Branch at the following:

Monday thru Friday
0730 - 1600 Central Time
TOLL FREE: 1-800-443-9298