Bring home missing Veterans from Saipan before it's too late
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Thousands of United States Veterans, who gave their lives, are still waiting to be collected and brought home. The greatest number of lost soldiers are on Saipan, the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth in the Western Pacific. We need your help in telling the government these soldiers matter and to bring their remains home to their waiting families.
Kuuentai is a Japanese group charged with recovering the remains of Japanese soldiers. During a retrieval on the island of Saipan, a set of human remains and personal effects were found that did not match what a WWII era Japanese soldier would have. Upon investigation, it was found that the soldier was American. Japan assisted in the recovery and delivery of the deceased soldier back to the US. As excavations continued, more American bodies were discovered. A plea was issued to JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) for assistance in returning these newly found soldiers. Minimal assistance was granted. Over time, JPAC changed to become Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and took a stance that there are no more soldiers to be collected in Saipan, a U.S. commonwealth in the Western Pacific.
Kuentai-USA is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization that was founded to help retrieve the American soldiers who have died in WWII in the Pacific Battlefields. Kuentai-USA used what funds the organization had received at startup to launch a small-scale retrieval in Saipan on behalf of the United States, in hopes that with proving there are remains of soldiers waiting to come home, the DPAA would take action. A small excavation was started, many more remains were found, and Kuentai-USA took their findings back to the DPAA. The request to the DPAA was denied, stating that it will not take action unless charged by citizens of the United States. Kuentai-USA, while being a Non-Profit Organization for the United States, is Japanese in origin and, as such, the DPAA will no longer entertain assistance. Due to the DPAA's continued withdrawal of support, US WWII Veterans are being neglected.
To further complicate matters, while Saipan is a U.S. commonwealth, the land in which these remains have been found (this is just one excavation site on the island) had been sold to Russian businesses to be turned into shopping areas. Kuentai-USA had been allowed to excavate until construction began. This land has now been sold to Chinese executives who are looking to build casino's, apartments, and parking - destroying any chances of recovery!
Here are some of the names of the soldiers that Kuentai-USA has returned to their families:
- Private First Class William Carneal from Paducah, Kentucky
- Private Bernard Gavrin of Brooklyn, New York
- Private William Yawney, Freemansburg, Pennsylvania
- PFC Richard Bean of Manassas, Virginia
Don't let these be the last ones! Don't let the DPAA leave a man behind!
For more on the recovery of these four Heroes, please visit the story at HistoryNet.com.
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