Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on the Use of DNA Technology for Identification of Ancient Remains.
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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Throughout United States history, the military services have to the best of their ability attempted to recover and identify its deceased military personnel. In 1981, President Reagan placed the issue of accounting for American servicemembers from Southeast Asia as a matter of highest national priority. This position has been reaffirmed by all Presidents since. The Department of Defense has been tasked to investigate and account, to the greatest extent possible, for the unaccounted for Americans and repatriate, identify, and return the remains to their families. Today, there are over 2,200 servicemembers from Southeast Asia, 132 servicemembers from the Cold War era, and over 8,100 servicemembers from Korea, whose remains have not been recovered andor identified POWMIA Fact Book, Department of Defense, October 1992
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