Missing in Action Factoid

There are more than 78,000 Americans still missing from World War II; more than 8,100 from the Korean War; more than 1,800 from the Vietnam War; 120 from the Cold War; and 1 from Operation Desert Storm.

The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command laboratory at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, identifies about 100 sets or remains a year. So, if my math is correct, we’re looking at something over 860 years to identify everyone, in the unlikely event that all remains are located and sent to Hawaii.

For those who believe that the government should be able to account for each and every casualty from all of our military campaigns, these are sobering statistics.


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