U.S. AMBASSADOR PARTICIPATES IN WWII MEMORIAL DEDICATION, DISCUSSES US-FUNDED EFFORTS IN YAP

By |2010-08-08T17:21:38-07:00August 8th, 2010|

Identifinders has been assisting History Flight and Missing Air Crew in their efforts to locate family references of MIAs for DNA identification. On July 24-28, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia Peter A. Prahar travelled to Yap State to participate in the dedication ceremony of the Ensign Joseph E. Cox Memorial, named in honor of a U.S. naval pilot whose F6F-5 Hellcat fighter plane was shot down over Yap Island on September 6, 1944.  Thanks to the efforts of Identifinders, members of the family of Howard Holding were present; Holding was killed during the same mission.  Identifinders located his niece, Terri Trick, who with her brother Brent Jacob, traveled [...]

Identifinders Locates Family of Harry Dugan Brown

By |2010-08-08T15:15:29-07:00August 8th, 2010|

Our first success working with History Flight and Missing Air Crew was the location of the Jenny, the sister of Harry Brown, who was killed while flying his VF-20 F6F-5 Hellcat on a routine mission over Yap Island on September 6, 1944.  Jenny is the ideal mitochondrial family reference for Harry's future DNA identification. Harry's family was very challenging to locate, considering how much time had elapsed since his death and the fact that his family name is one of the most common in the US. Another difficulty was that his father was listed with a different family name in Harry's casualty records, implying that Harry had been adopted.  Nevertheless, Identifinders was able to locate [...]

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