With Veterans day just around the corner, I got to thinking...what really happened/happens to all of those reported as Missing In Action? I assume that most are really KIA. I don't know the process of confirming someone was KIA, but I would assume you would either need their Dog-Tags or several people to verify that JOHN DOE was KIA (or a combination of both). How does one confirm someone is MIA as opposed to someone who has deserted? I imagine MIA are not POW's as those are usually confirmed by the opposing force. So, that leaves me wondering...what really happens to those that are reported MIA? I think that some of them a probably 'blown to smithereens' in the heat of combat, so that while no one can confirm seeing them killed, there's also no evidence left behind either. Others probably end up dead in a forest or somewhere alone with no one able to collect the dog-tag or verify their demise. Were there burial details after a battle that would collect the tags from both sides and report back the loses via Red Cross etc? Or were a lot of the dead left where they were, with no collection of dog tags, thus being reported as MIA?