Project Recover remembers service and sacrifice of POWs and MIAs on National POW/MIA Recognition Day.
Today, National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we pause to remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are missing in action (MIA), and their families.
Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. At the end of the war, there were approximately 79,000 Americans unaccounted for. This number included those buried with honor as unknowns, officially buried at sea, lost at sea, and missing in action.
Today, more than 73,000 Americans remain unaccounted for from WWII.
Since 1973, the remains of more than 1,000 Americans killed in the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Today, more than 1,600 Americans remain unaccounted for from the conflict.
Project Recover’s mission is to bring our MIAs home. And today, we pause to reflect on that mission, our purpose, and the future that lies ahead.
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The Project Recover Team,
Read posts about MIAs Project Recover has helped repatriate:
- December 2017 – Albert P. “Bud” Rybarczyk, WWII Radioman, Buried After MIA for 73 Years
- April 2018 – WWII Ordnanceman Sharninghouse Laid To Rest In Hometown
- May 2018 – Lt. William Punnell, WWII Pilot, Buried At Arlington Cemetery
- November 2018 – Walter Mintus, WWII Radioman, Buried With Military Honors
Read about Project Recover in the news:
- August 2018 – Washington Post Reports Project Recover Locates Stern of USS Abner Read, WWII Destroyer
- May 2018 – The New York Times Reports Project Recover Locates B-24, Heaven Can Wait
- December 2017 – WWII B-25 Bombers located by Project Recover one of Top 10 Archaeological Discoveries of 2017
I know Bob Holler is with all of you. God bless all of you for what you do and God bless The BentProp Project always.
Thank you for all that you do.
We honor and support the efforts of those who continue to fight for those that can no longer fight for themselfs. Unfortunately for some the slogan of ” NO MAN LEFT BEHIND ” is just a slogan. For a few others its an oath.
Thanks for what you do!!
Scott Dickinson, nephew of;
AD3 Jack D. Lively
November 6 1951
Cold war shoot down
Crew of ten unaccounted for.
LTJG Judd C. Hodgson
LTJG Sam Rosenfeld
ENS Donald A. Smith
AO1 Samuel R. Baggett
AD1 Paul R. Foster
AT1 Erwin D. Raglin
AL2 Paul G. Juric
AT2 William S. Meyer
AL2 Ralph A. Wigert
AD3 Jack D. Lively
I tend to tear up reading BentProp info. I wish I could find remains/aircraft of my uncle, WWII navy Pilot ditched near Wake Island, October 5, 1943. He sank with his aircraft. I would surmise that the depth of the ocean near there would require a winning lottery number to finance any effort to look for it.
Bring ‘Em all home guys !! Love what you are doing. Thanks .