WWII MIA located

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  1. Shaun

    Shaun Retired Moderator

    Mar 15, 2002
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    I hope they give him the honors he deserves

    Body Frozen in Glacier May Be WWII Airman

    Wednesday, October 19, 2005

    FRESNO, Calif. — Two climbers on a Sierra Nevada (search) glacier discovered an ice-encased body believed to be that of an airman whose plane crashed in 1942.

    The man was wearing a World War II-era (search) Army-issued parachute when his frozen head, shoulder and arm were spotted Sunday on 13,710-foot Mount Mendel (search) in Kings Canyon National Park, park spokeswoman Alex Picavet said.

    Park rangers and specialists camped on the remote mountainside in freezing weather for an excavation expected to take several days. The body was 80 percent encased in ice, Picavet said Wednesday.

    "We're not going to go fast," she said. "We want to preserve him as much as possible. He's pretty intact."

    The excavation crew included an expert from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a military unit that identifies and recovers personnel who have been missing for decades.

    Park officials believe the serviceman may have been part of the crew of an AT-7 navigational training plane that crashed on Nov. 18, 1942. The wreckage and four bodies were found in 1947 by a climber.

    Some 88,000 Americans are missing in action from past wars, military officers said. Most of them — 78,000 — are from World War II.

    The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command works on hundreds of cases a year, averaging two identifications a week, said spokeswoman Rumi Nielson-Green.

    Finding bodies preserved in a glacier is unusual but not unheard of, command officials said. Two years ago, the unit recovered the body of a Cold War-era officer who died in Greenland.
  2. rebel727

    rebel727 G&G Enthusiast

    Mar 31, 2005
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    I read a story in the paper years ago where a woman in Germany was digging in her flower bed and found the skeleton of an American soldier still holding his M-1 garand.
  3. Dennis

    Dennis G&G Evangelist

    Mar 17, 2002
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    they wil be finding evidence of WWII for thousands of years.
  4. .22guy

    .22guy G&G Enthusiast

    Jul 7, 2004
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    An interesting story. It will give some closure to his family, I'm sure.
  5. ALR

    ALR ][][][% Forum Contributor

    Mar 24, 2004
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    ....pry my cold dead fingers...
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