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JPAC mission

Recovery Leader William Belcher compares soil colors while conducting Phase Two Testing on the island of Betio, Republic of Kiribati. The team is deployed to the island searching for remains or evidence of the more than 500 Americans lost during the Battle of Tarawa. The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command conducts global search, recovery and laboratory operations to identify unaccounted-for Americans from past conflicts in order to support the Department of Defense's personnel accounting efforts. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Chief John M. Hageman, U.S. Navy)



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This work, JPAC mission [Image 4 of 9], by CPO John Hageman, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.09.2012

Date Posted:11.10.2012 03:01

Photo ID:780045

VIRIN:121109-N-DT805-048

Resolution:1200x798

Size:574.87 KB

Location:KI

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