Persons missing in military action

Other Names:
Missing in action

Service personnel who are missing during a military action and have not been confirmed as dead nor as prisoners of war are listed as missing in action.


Some 78,000 American in World War II, 8,000 during the Korean War and nearly 2,400 in the Vietnam War are considered as missing in action although officially listed as dead. In 1993 the fate of USA soldiers in Korea and Vietnam was an issue blocking normalization of relations between the USA and those countries. The former Soviet Union listed 313 people as missing in action in Afghanistan.

Broader Problems:
Missing persons
Narrower Problems:
Non-combat death of soldiers
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 13: Climate Action
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST