Professor Andrea Palmiotto and forensic anthropologists with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) guest edited a special issue of the journal Forensic Anthropology and published on recent efforts to identify unknown service members from WWII.
Forensic anthropologists with the DPAA are tasked with the identification of individuals who never returned from past US conflicts. This mission is complicated by the amount of time since the loss incidents and other factors. This special issue of the Forensic Anthropology journal highlights some of the challenges associated with the identification of commingled remains based on ongoing research associated with three WWII projects—the USS Oklahoma, Tarawa, and Cabanatuan. The papers in this issue describe strategies used to overcome these impediments and remind us of the importance of past casualty resolution within our society today.