US military recovers WWII remains in Santo
Posted: October 15, 2012 Filed under: Breaking News, Photo | Tags: Espiritu Santo, Hawai'i, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Maljeah, Mavea, MIA, missing in action, United States, US, USA, Vanuatu, World War 2, World War II, WW2, WWII
US military teams have been in Santo for the past 45 days conducting a search and archaeological recovery of the remains of four American airmen lost when their aircraft went down during World War II in the mountains of Santo and on Mavea. Local villagers located the crash sites and have been assisting with the searches. Two teams deployed from Hawai’i to excavate several aircraft crash sites in search of Americans who remain unaccounted for from World War II. The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command conducts global search, recovery, and laboratory operations to identify missing Americans from past conflicts in support the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts and to honour their war dead. Photo credit on all images: DoD Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Adelita C. Mead. Read more here.
Recovery team members take advantage of recent heavy rainfall to wet screen excavated soil looking for remains and material evidence that will help identify missing WWII military personnel, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu Sept. 3, 2012.
A helicopter sling loads lumber and bamboo onto the recovery operations site, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, Aug. 23, 2012.
US Army Sgt. Andrew Parker, a combat engineer assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, talks to a local villager as they build a sleeping shelter during recovery operations on Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, Aug. 23, 2012.
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, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu Aug. 25, 2012.
A young boy from the village of Maljeah watches as service members and civilians from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command wait for the cloud cover to dissipate to allow transportation by helicopter to the mountain recovery site on Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, Aug. 25, 2012.
Remains of a US World War 2 airman are loaded aboard a US C-17 at Pekoa International Airport, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu following a US military MIA recovery mission on the island, August 2012