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LTC Stephen F.
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I am thankful for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency and groups like History Flight which work to locate and recover remains of soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and others who were killed during WWII, the Korean war, and the Vietnam War primarily SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL DNA identification was not possible in the 1940s which is why the recovery operation on Tarawa in the late 1940s couldn't identify him.
In any event I am glad that the remains of USMC Dale Geddes were recovered, identified and will be buried in his home area. I hope this brings comfort to his grandniece Linda Elliott and other relatives.
We were taught in 1970s on up to always wear our "dog tags" and if one of us was killed. with head generally intact, we were to put one of the deceased dog tags between his jaw and force the mouth shut on it. If circumstanced permitted it, we would mark where the body was and report his death. We were good at marking minefields in those days and recording the information on the location of each mine within a minefield. Tracking bodies was similar skill.
The challenging part about WWII battles was that so many were killed it would have been hard to take care of each body. Generally after a successful operation, our forces would retrieve whichever friendly bodies they could locate and care for them. Enemy bodies were also processed by the S-2, G-2 and the their "delegated representatives," etc. had significant roles in that process.
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LTC Stephen F. thanks for the in-depth response, very detailed and BLUF. Thanks for adding clarity to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
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SFC William Farrell
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Welcome home Mr. Geddes however late it may be and may you continue to rest in the arms of the Lord. Thank you SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL and LTC Stephen F.
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SFC William Farrell I appreciate the response and kind words!
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SGT John " Mac " McConnell
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Great article. thanks for sharing SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL
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SGT John " Mac " McConnell anytime for the Veteran of the Veteran.
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