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Families of military members still MIA remain hopeful

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Tucked in a hotel conference room, roughly 200 families continue their search for missing loved ones. They have one thing in common. They want closure. The Department of Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office hosts briefings like this several times each year across the country. Detailing the work being done to find missing military members as far back as World War 2.

I’m here for my uncle William Kvidera,” said Jerry Kvidera, whose family has been searching for his uncle since December 7th, 1941. “He was on the USS Oklahoma when he lost his life there.”

All five of the Kvidera brothers served. William was the only one that didn’t come home. The numbers are always changing but with 7,000 servicemen missing from the Korean War along, 145 are Minnesotans. Many in the room have been missing loved ones for generations. DNA samples are collected from family members to help when remains are found but as Kvidera, whose father is 86 knows time is critical.

“He would love to see his brother come home,” said Kvidera. “They have a tomb stone with grandma and grandpa and William in the middle. My dad is the last remaining sibling. He’s thinking about it more and more to see his brother come home would be nice.”

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