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POW/MIA recovery efforts in Vanuatu Sgt. 1st Class Adelita Mead

Service members and civilians assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command take advantage of recent heavy rainfall to wet screen excavated soil during recovery operations in the Independent Republic of Vanuatu Sept. 3, 2012. Two specialized teams deployed from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to excavate several ground and aircraft crash sites in search of Americans searching for Americans who remain unaccounted-for from World War II. 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 Sgt. 1st Class Adelita C. Mead/Released)

LUGANVILLE, Vanuatu – Specialized archaeological recovery teams from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command are deployed to Vanuatu searching for four Americans who remain unaccounted-for from World War II.

Two recovery teams with approximately 25 JPAC team members are excavating separate aircraft crash sites on Espiritu Santo and Mavea searching for evidence of four individuals lost during World War II. The teams will be in country for approximately 45 days.

Recovery teams search for human remains, life support items and other material evidence (personal and military issued items) that may lead to an identification.

Falling directly under the U.S. Pacific Command and employing more than 450 joint military and civilian personnel, JPAC continues its search for the more than 83,000 Americans still missing from past conflicts.

The ultimate goal of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and of the agencies involved in returning America’s heroes home, is to conduct global search, recovery, and laboratory operations in order to support the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts.

"Until They Are Home"


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This work, WWII Vanuatu Recovery, by SFC Adelita Mead, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:10.12.2012

Date Posted:10.13.2012 16:52

Location:VU

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