JPAC to host arrival ceremony April 27

| April 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

MIAs from World War II, Vietnam War to receive full military honors

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command
Public Affairs Office

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — The U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC, will host an Arrival Ceremony, here, 9 a.m., April 27, in Hangar 35, to honor fallen U.S. personnel whose identities remain unknown.

An honor detail comprised of joint military members will escort four flag-draped transfer cases from a U.S. military plane to JPAC’s Central Identification Laboratory for analysis.

The remains receiving full military honors will represent losses associated with World War II and the Vietnam War.

The first transfer case represents individuals unaccounted-for from World War II; remains were recovered from Papua New Guinea.

The final three transfer cases were recovered from Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and represent Vietnam War losses.

Once the transfer cases arrive at JPAC’s laboratory, the process of forensically identifying the individuals will begin. If and when identifications are established, the names will be announced following next of kin notification.

Falling directly under the U.S. Pacific Command and employed by more than 400 joint military and civilian personnel, JPAC continues its search for the more than 83,000 Americans still missing from past conflicts.

The ultimate goal of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, and of the agencies involved in returning America’s heroes home, is to conduct global search, recovery and laboratory operations to support the Department of Defense’s personnel accounting efforts.


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