USNS Salvor, MDSU Divers Team Up with DPAA to Recover WWII Pilot's Remains Near Palau
KOROR, Palau (NNS) -- A recovery team aboard Military Sealift Command's USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) completed an excavation, Feb. 25, of multiple aircraft losses shot down in 1944 near Ngerekebesang Island, Republic of Palau. Although remains potentially associated with the losses were recovered by the team, the identity of those remains will not be released until a complete and thorough analysis can confirm positive identification and the service casualty office conducts next of kin notification. The project was headed by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), which deployed an Underwater Recovery Team (URT) comprised of U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force service members and Department of Defense civilians that were embarked aboard the USNS Salvor. "It's very labor intensive work and they've had a large amount of bottom time making this operation successful," said Lt. Cmdr....