Service members and civilians from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command wait at the nearby village of Maljeah for the cloud cover to dissipate to allow transportation by helicopter to the mountain recovery site on the island of Espiritu Santo in the Independent Republic of Vanuatu Aug. 25, 2012. Two specialized teams deployed from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to excavate several ground and aircraft crash sites in search of Americans who remain unaccounted-for from World War II. Villagers walked for hours to reach the remote mountain crash site, where they assisted JPAC team members with the excavation. 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.
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