The movie is being released on December 7th, 2021.
Project Recover is grateful to Dan Friedkin, chairman and CEO of The Friedkin Group for his vision and commitment to help spread awareness about Project Recover’s mission; Imperative Entertainment for stitching hours of filming into this emotionally provocative, insightful, and inspiring documentary; and ABRAMORAMA for getting it into theaters.
We are also deeply grateful to our partners, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Delaware who bring innovative technology to the mission, and to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency who trusts us with this sacred mission.
Our deepest thanks and debt of gratitude goes to our MIAs and their families.
Project Recover: History
Project Recover began as Dr. Pat Scannon’s vision to bring American MIAs home from Palau in 1993. For years afterward, Scannon led a grassroots effort, formerly known as The BentProp Project, tirelessly searching the waters surrounding Palau for underwater WWII crash sites. Though they used the best strategies available at that time, they were still rudimentary, painstaking, and slow.
In 2012, while on a mission in Palau, Pat had a chance meeting with two university professors, both oceanographers, on a research trip in Palau. Mark Moline, Ph.D., is the Director of University of Delaware’s School of Marine Science and Policy, and Eric Terrill, Ph.D., is the Director of the Coastal Observation Research & Development Center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
It did not take the three long to realize the complementary nature of their missions. Using innovative technology, Project Recover could cover 10-20 times more than Pat and his team could in a single day.
As Pat Scannon notes, “ About the time that we realized we were at the limit of our capabilities, we met the folks from Scripps and University of Delaware. Their technology changed everything.”
Mark and Eric, for their part, were excited about integrating the human element with science in support of military families.
“There is a real transcendent moment when you do actually find the site. It is not only an objective; there is a lot of emotion behind it as well.” (Mark Moline)
“It is rare in scientific research to be involved in activities that have direct personal impacts; our participation in this effort has been humbling,” said Eric Terrill.
In 2014, Pat, Mark, and Eric informally conducted their first mission together. In that first mission, they found two WWII crash sites which led to the repatriation of three MIAs. BenProp formally changed its name to Project Recover in 2018.
Our MIAs: The Final Mission
When Project Recover first began, we thought bringing our MIAs home was the final mission. When Project Recover first began, we thought bringing our MIAs home was the final mission. We learned over time that our MIAs, even now, continue to serve us. Coming home is their final mission.
When our POW/MIA service members return home, they come home to a grateful nation. They also return to a country beset with challenges.
Our MIAs return as ethereal reminders of who we are as Americans and what our country stands for. They remind us that we can overcome vast, almost insurmountable challenges together.
When they are found and returned home, our MIAs provoke a collective sense of gratitude, love, unity, and hope — for who we are and what was sacrificed for this moment, and what we can accomplish together. They touch us without words, healing symptoms of ambiguous loss and generational grief that we often don’t even know we carry.