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Repatriation Program
Repatriation (POW & MIA) Program

Headquarters Marine Corps

Marine Corp Repatriation Program Information


Repatriation is the liaison between the Marine Corps, the U.S. Government, and the next of kin of all Marines unaccounted for from previous conflicts.


  • Collects, evaluates, and disseminates to next of kin, and other interested government agencies, all information and reports concerning gravesite investigations/excavations, live sightings, and refugee interviews.
  • Maintains direct and continuous contact with family members of Marines unaccounted for from previous conflicts, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) and the Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory (LSEL).
  • Maintains contact with organizations such as the National League of POW/MIA Families, the Korea/Cold War Families of the Missing and the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs.
  • Ensures families receive timely information concerning their loss, when the cause and circumstances of a casualty incident are readily identifiable either through the preliminary inquiry or other means.
  • Organize and attend all Family Member Updates, including the National League of Families and the Korea/Cold War Annual meetings.
  • Ensure recovery and identification packages are correct and complete.
  • Organize and conduct the presentation of the recovery and identification to the next of kin.
  • Organize and coordinate Memorials and Burials of unaccounted for Marines.
  • Organize and coordinate travel to burial, ground transportation and lodging for family members of Marines upon recovery and identification.

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The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency-West (DPAA-W), Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) notifies Headquarters Marine Corps Casualty Repatriation Section when an unaccounted for Marine has been recovered and identified.  Headquarters Marine Corps Casualty Repatriation Section will coordinate presentation/delivery of this information to the Primary Next of Kin of the Marine's family.