I recently became aware of an awesome group of volunteers whose objective is to recover the remains of 78,000 U.S. servicemen and women who were reported lost or missing in the South Pacific Theater during the Second World War.
Historyflight.com was founded by Mark Noah, a pilot with 10,000 hours of flight time, rated to fly T-6s, B-727s, B-757s and B-767s , who has donated over $500,000 of his own money to further his quest to find these veterans.
His one of his most recent missions, he and his team of volunteers spent six weeks on the Tarawa Atoll (Pacific Ocean) where a residents accidentally unearthed 20 American skeletons. They were also able to locate five large burial sites and three individual sites that contained over 200 Marines – “the largest single MIA find in the history of the American Armed Forces.”
Imagine the closure this would bring to the surviving families who could now finally know what happened to their loved ones.
His team of volunteers (and I emphasize that word “volunteers!”) include:
- Forensic Anthropologist
- Forensic Odontologists
- Forensic Archaeologists
- Land Surveyors
- Former FBI Special Agent and K9 Handler
- Flight Instructors
- Field Technicians
- Emergency Medical Expert
- Former Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Tech
That’s an amazing list — and all committed to locating our veterans’ remains.
Overall, there were 84,000 missing service members from America’s wars. It is Noah’s commitment to find as many as he can.
History Flight is a non-profit organization where 96% of its donations go directly to these recovery efforts – if you are interested in learning more, check out historyflight.com for more information.
Together, we can accomplish so much more!