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Huge Discovery For Group Searching For MIA Soldiers (WWII)
WCCO.com ^ | 6/28/10 | Amelia Santaniello

Posted on 06/28/2010 6:35:01 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

A local man has dedicated his life, and life savings, to finding the bodies of soldiers missing from World War II. Now all that searching has paid off big time.

Bryan Moon lives in Randolph, Minn. and started the group MIA (Missing In Action) Hunters. The group recently made a huge discovery in Papua New Guinea, where it's believed that hundreds of World War II MIA soldiers will soon be recovered.

"There are still 76,000 Americans missing in World War II and World War II has been over 65 years. You can't leave them there forever… they've got to come back," Moon said.

For 20 years, Moon and his group have made it their mission to bring back those airmen.

With tears in his eyes he said "I can tell you its very hard for us to get to some of these sites. It's a very emotional thing because you know whose there."

Their recent mission took them to Papua New Guinea. The Island nation in the Southwest Pacific was highly contested. The Japanese had control of it in 1942 -- two years later American and Australian forces took it back.

(Excerpt) Read more at wcco.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: frwn; godsgravesglyphs; mia; newguinea; papua; wwii
Video at link on right side of page....
1 posted on 06/28/2010 6:35:06 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: SandRat; SunkenCiv

Ping...


2 posted on 06/28/2010 6:38:28 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Are You Ready?)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Amazing. This is so right on so many levels. God bless this man and those helping. And God bless those troops and their families.


3 posted on 06/28/2010 6:41:19 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November from my HOUSE!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Any idea if the figure of 76,000 MIA from WW II includes those that were either lost and/or buried at sea? They will never be recovered, obviously, but are they actually MIA? The number must be very high, therefore the article is a bit misleading..

Not related to WW II, but there is also the USMC "legend", that when the Marines broke out from the Chosin Reservoir, the bodies of several hundred Marines were hidden in a cave, which was then carefully closed up and the cave mouth concealed. Supposedly the location/coordinates are top secret, awaiting the time when N Korea is liberated, and they can all be brought home. It sounds plausible..indeed, it sounds highly credible..we shall see..

4 posted on 06/28/2010 6:46:40 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I am not sure if these lives were not in vain. This country has fallen so far.


5 posted on 06/28/2010 6:58:07 PM PDT by kingcoal
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Thank you for posting this.

I have a great uncle who went down in this area, though most likely at sea. However, it would be great if his remains could be found.

His sister just died 2 weeks ago. She had been waiting all her life for a find like this.


6 posted on 06/28/2010 6:59:38 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

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Thanks ButThreeLeftsDo.
"There are still 76,000 Americans missing in World War II and World War II has been over 65 years. You can't leave them there forever… they've got to come back," Moon said. For 20 years, Moon and his group have made it their mission to bring back those airmen.
Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

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7 posted on 06/28/2010 7:00:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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Maybe you can get some answers to your questions here....http://tinyurl.com/2ax5vk8

I just stumbled on this story and thought that it would be of interest to FReepers....


8 posted on 06/28/2010 7:05:39 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Are You Ready?)
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To: Daffynition
Thought you may want to see this one, since you'd posted this:
9 posted on 06/28/2010 7:05:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

May all the fallen warriors be identified and returned home at last.


10 posted on 06/28/2010 7:07:29 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

Amen.


11 posted on 06/28/2010 7:11:31 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Are You Ready?)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Amazing story per their efforts and the results of their mission.


12 posted on 06/28/2010 7:27:19 PM PDT by cricket ('flies don't lie')
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Many thanks...


13 posted on 06/28/2010 7:41:14 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: kingcoal

Your point is well made - and taken. But, I think the lives were not in vain.....for this country has remained relatively free since their deaths - so those years were bought with the precious blood of these MIA’s.

As to whether the last year and a half will cause the total loss of our freedoms remains to be seen, and many have yet to step into the battle for the day.

Hopefully, BO has been the ‘call to arms’ (non-violent, of course) for enough in our nation to fight politically to legally vote most progressives out of office - for a long time.

arlis


14 posted on 06/28/2010 7:42:32 PM PDT by Arlis (- Virginia loghome/woods-dweller/Jesus lovin'/Bible-totin'/"gun-clinger")
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To: SandRat

My Father’s Cousin.

Madison, Gordon Oscar. MOMM2
Lost On USS CORVINA (SS-226)
APPROXIMATE DATE OF LOSS or DOD 11/16/1943

Submarine Corvina Sank Somewhere south of Truk Lagoon with all 82 Crewmwn aboard.

Probably sank by I-176 according to Japanese Naval Records.


15 posted on 06/28/2010 7:43:42 PM PDT by SwedeBoy2
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To: SwedeBoy2

Still serving on never ending war patrol. Salute! To!


16 posted on 06/28/2010 7:46:55 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ken5050
Any idea if the figure of 76,000 MIA from WW II includes those that were either lost and/or buried at sea? They will never be recovered, obviously, but are they actually MIA? The number must be very high, therefore the article is a bit misleading..

No, it doesn't include those documented as killed and then buried at sea. It does include the submarines that disappeared and were presumed sunk/lost with all hands while on war patrols. My understanding is that when these subs are located (as a number have been in recent years), the status of their crew members is changes from MIA to KIA.

When a sub was lost with all hands, there would be between 75 and 100 MIA. Heavy bombers - like the B-29s that were doing long-duration over-water flights from the Marianas to Japan and back, or the B-17s and B-24s that would disappear over the nearly impenetrable jungles of the South Pacific, had crews of 10 or so. It's understandable how the numbers of MIA would quickly rise to a pretty big number.
17 posted on 06/28/2010 7:51:46 PM PDT by tanknetter
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To: SandRat

Thanks.

My Dad came back after serving on DD-558 USS Laws.

The loss of his Cousin was significant to Dad.

Mom said He never was the same after the War.


18 posted on 06/28/2010 8:03:37 PM PDT by SwedeBoy2
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
"There are still 76,000 Americans missing in World War II and World War II has been over 65 years. You can't leave them there forever… they've got to come back," Moon said.

Wow! I always assumed many were missing because of the nature of the fighting, but I didn't realize there were that many. I knew there were a fair number still missing from Korea, too.

19 posted on 06/28/2010 8:11:42 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


20 posted on 06/28/2010 8:20:26 PM PDT by satan
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
This is a great mission.

Used to know an Army Vet who was in New Guinea. When his unit first came into a village they had Japanese heads on poles surrounding the village.

From what he could gather, the villagers loved the Japanese and hated White people, that is they loved how the Japanese tasted and didn't care for the smell of our guys, fortunately.

21 posted on 06/28/2010 9:15:55 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Thanks SC.

Perhaps this thread falls in your domain of collections.

22 posted on 06/29/2010 12:09:24 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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