The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) is a branch of the military with the mission "to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation's past conflicts." Part of which is identifying remains of individuals who have died in those conflicts.
One of the primary methods of identification is through the use of mtDNA. If they can extract mtDNA from the remains, the next step is to compare it to family members to confirm an identification. This type of DNA is only passed down from the mother to her kids. Males have it but don't pass it on.
JPAC, on their website, currently includes three Davenports (below) on their Missing in Action list. They are trying to locate relatives to confirm identities. This doesn't necessarily mean they have found Davenport remains - it means that if they did find them, they would already have a DNA sample from a relative that they could compare too. James W Davenport (in bold) is on JPAC's "urgent" list. This means the case is active and a possible identification is possible if a DNA comparison can be made.
The Davenport Surname DNA Project is in an ideal situation where we can help find the relatives of these men, get DNA samples, and hopefully assist in returning these soldiers home. If you know any of these three Davenports, and especially if you are related - please contact the Davenport DNA Project administrator or JPAC. For more information - their website is http://www.dpaa.mil/
Note: Since mtDNA runs in the maternal line, only certain individuals can "donate" their DNA. Using James as an example - if he had a sister, she would share the same mtDNA. Testing her sons or daughters would be OK. As would her daughter's kids. However, if James had kids, they would not do since they would have his wife's mtDNA.
|Conflict||Service No.||Name (Last, First MI)||Birth Date||Unit||Home State|
|Korea||RA26354576||Davenport, Henry N||15 Jul 1931||1ST Cavalry Division, 61ST Field Artillery Battalion (105MM), Headquarters Battery||Illinois|
|Korea||O-503413||Davenport, Howard M Jr||19 Aug 1926||NONE, VF 54 SQDN Fighter||New Jersey|
|World War II||069 484 02||Davenport, Bernard A||Army - 478 AMPHIBIOUS TRUCK COMPANY||Illinois|
|World War II||023 848 61||Davenport, Donald J||Navy - DORADO||New York|
|World War II||391 660 47||Davenport, Donald S||AF - HEADQUARTERS SQUADRON 13 AIR DEPOT GROUP||California|
|World War II||069 484 02||Davenport, Ernest J||Army - MEDICAL DEPARTMENT||North Carolina|
|World War II||072 476 05||Davenport, George T||Navy - SKILL; UNITED STATES NAVY RESERVE||Illinois|
|World War II||353 473 91||Davenport, Glenn W||Army - 120 INFANTRY 30 DIVISION||Ohio|
|World War II||062 967 61||Davenport, Hirschel R||Army - ARISAN MARU; QUARTERMASTER CORPS||Arkansas|
|World War II||384 679 00||Davenport, James C||AF - AIR CORPS||Oklahoma|
|World War II||027 441 06||Davenport, James W Jr||Navy - USS OKLAHOMA||Mississippi|
|World War II||065 626 19||Davenport, John L||Navy - USS LISCOME BAY CVE 56; UNITED STATES NAVY RESERVE||North Carolina|
|World War II||040 597 31||Davenport, Joseph M||Navy - ATIK; UNITED STATES NAVY RESERVE||Virginia|
|World War II||341 418 59||Davenport, Raymond M||Army - 454 ORDNANCE COMPANY (AVIATION)||Tennessee|
|World War II||068 013 37||Davenport, Robert E||Navy - USS MEREDITH; UNITED STATES NAVY RESERVE||Arizona|
|World War II||370 532 54||Davenport, Rubin H||Army - ARISAN MARU; 200 COAST ARTILLERY REGIMENT||Missouri|
|World War II||354 566 98||Davenport, William G||Army - 17 TANK BATTALION 7 ARMORED DIVISION||Tennessee|
|World War II||171 227 71||Davenport, W T Jr||AF - 62 BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON 39 BOMBARDMENT GROUP (VERY HEAVY)||Iowa|
|World War II||O-765938||Davenport, William E||AF - 71 BOMBARDMENT SQUADRON 38 BOMBARDMENT GROUP (MEDIUM)||Oregon|