Not sure where this belongs. It’s regarding a US Military program so maybe this is ok.
A lady working for the Defense Dept. called me today about my uncle who died in a Japanese POW camp during WWII.
The military is conducting a world wide program of returning the remains of fallen soldiers to their families. This is from all wars- WWII and since.
They are tracing, locating and contacting the next of kin. Then they get DNA samples to help confirm the identity of the remains.
I’m the next of kin since his father, mother and only sibling (my mother) are dead.
I said I would be glad to give the DNA sample.
Odd thing is, the Army returned to us what they said were his remains in 1946 or 1947.
They are buried in a cemetery in Dallas. We always thought it was my uncle.
My guess is they sent us random bones because they didn’t have the technology then to really identify them. When a POW died in a Jap prison camp, I seriously doubt they made any effort to separate the remains and catalog them.