About Project Recover
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SSgt. Jimmie Doyle, SSgt. Leland D. Price, Major Paul Avolese, AOM1c Anthony Di Petta, ARM3c Walter “Bert” Mintus, F/O William B. Simpson
ARM1c Wilbur A. Mitts, AOM2c Ora H. Sharninghouse Jr, TSgt. Charles T. Goulding, 2nd L/T Frank J. Arhar, TSGT Robert J. Stinson
ARM1c Arthur C. Miller, 2nd LT Jack S.M. Arnett, Navy Reserve Lt. William Q. Punnell, SSgt. Earl E. Yoh, ARM2c Albert “Bud” Rybarczyk
For over 30 years, Project Recover has been the nation’s leading citizen-led, non-profit organization to search, locate, document, recover, and repatriate the over 81,500 American service members missing in action and to bring recognition and closure to the estimated 5,000,000 MIA Gold Star family members. Project Recover is the only non-governmental organization (NGO) with full vertical capabilities in the POW/MIA recovery space, which includes operational missions in both underwater and land environments.
In 2012, Project Recover partnered with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of Delaware’s School of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. These collaborations, along with Project Recover’s partnership with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and Legion Underseas Services, have enabled Project Recover to document dozens of war sites associated with hundreds of MIAs.
Project Recover has completed over 75 missions in 21 countries, discovered and documented more than 75 aircraft associated with MIAs, developed a growing database of more than 700 cases associated with more than 3,000 MIAs, accounted for over 80 missing-in-action service members, and have helped to bring home 17 American heroes.
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Based on Project Recover's Work
Countries & Territories
MIAs associated with on going investigations.
Awaiting MIA Recovery Missions
Cases in growing database
Board of Directors
Dr. Colin Colbourn is Project Recover’s Lead Historian and a Postdoctoral Researcher with the University of Delaware. Since 2016, he has managed historical operations including archival research, data management, case analysis, and field investigations. Through these efforts, Project Recover has developed a massive internal archive comprised of thousands of historical reports, maps, and images. Learn more about Colin and his work with MIA Families
Dr. Andrew Pietruszka is an underwater archaeologist specializing in the search, documentation, and recovery of U.S. service members missing in action as a result of our nation’s past conflicts. He received an M.A. in Underwater Archaeology/Maritime Studies from East Carolina University and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Syracuse University. Learn more about Drew Pietruszka and the archaeology behind the search MIAs.
Dave Bavencoff has been with Project Recover since 2017, and his experience investigating cold case homicides have been useful in those efforts. Dave has over 20 years of experience as a law enforcement officer. He has worked a range of assignments in law enforcement, including several years as a homicide detective. If you interested in becoming a volunteer start with our Mission - Vision - Values Page.
European Regional Director
Vice Chairman, Hillwood Management
Colonel,USAF (ret.), President and CEO, Hillwood Aviation
Lieutenant Colonel, USAF (ret.)
Principal, Doucet Consulting Solutions
Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, PhD, US Navy (ret)
CEO Ocean STL Consulting
Juan Garcia III
Asst Sec of Navy 2009-2015
Colonel, USAF (ret.) and former US Astronaut
Director, The Friedkin Foundation
Mary L. Landrieu
Senior Policy Advisor Van Ness Feldmanis. U.S. Senate 1997-2015
Jack McGrory is CEO of La Jolla MJ Management, LLC
Courtney Mitchell, CFRE
Chief Development Officer, Travis Manion Foundation
General, USAF (ret.) Former Chief of Staff of the US Air Force
President, Friedkin Aviation
V.P., The Friedkin Business Development Group
Mary L. Landrieu
U.S. Senator from Louisiana (1997–2015)