US military returns to Myanmar for WWII missing


US military returns to Myanmar for WWII missing

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AP) — The U.S. military says a 10-person team has returned to Myanmar to search for the remains of U.S. servicemen missing from World War II.

The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command said Thursday the team will investigate five cases near Mandalay during a monthlong mission.

JPAC officials returned to Myanmar in February and March this year for the first time since 2004.

Investigators conducted research and field missions in Mandalay, Yangon and Toungoo during that trip. They also began an outreach effort asking citizens to share what they know about U.S. servicemen or downed U.S. aircraft.

The Hawaii-based command suspended earlier searches because of chilly relations between the U.S. and Myanmar’s former military regime. The searches resumed after an elected civilian government took power in Myanmar in 2011 and initiated democratic reforms.

 

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