Follow along with the dedicated men and women of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) as they scour the continents and oceans for remains of US service members fallen in combat since World War II to repatriate them for burial with the honors they deserve. 

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THE TRADITION

 

The American tradition of leaving no service member behind on the field of battle dates back to before our republic was founded. No other country devotes nearly as many resources to this mission. If you fought for us, bled for us, and died for us, we will do everything we can to bring you home.

THE SERIES

 

The DPAA undertakes dozens of successful missions every year. Each season of Not Forgotten  will focus on five to ten of the most compelling stories: moving biographies, dangerous missions, breathtaking recovery locations. We will follow along with Investigation Teams as they uncover leads and move one step closer to solving these cold cases. Through talks with family, friends, and experts, we will understand the conflicts in which these men and women fought, the lives they led, and meet the loved ones they left behind. The agency’s intrepid Recovery Teams will take us along on their adventures into the field — Laos, Vietnam, Korea, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and the oceans and islands between — to unearth the remains of our fallen and return them home. The emotional heart of each episode is the repatriation of remains, the notification of the family and the burial on home soil.

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THE STYLE

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown meets The Curse Of Oak Island (but where we actually find what we’re looking for). A run-and-gun verité adventure that veers from the snow-covered Alps to the floor of the Adriatic Sea, from the determined but convivial atmosphere of the base camp to the solemn pageantry of the military cemetery.

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THE AGENCY

The DPAA is a Department of Defense agency tasked exclusively with accounting for the remains of all American service members who have not yet returned home. They deliver answers and closure to families, some of whom have spent decades wondering how their loved ones died and where they have been resting. 

 

The process starts with intensive work to identify the likely location of remains. Research and Investigation (RIT) and Investigation (IT) Teams comprise analysts, linguists, historians and anthropologists. Their job is to generate leads through scouring archives, interviewing witnesses, and conducting preliminary on-site reconnaissance. Their findings and recommendations determine which cases will be scheduled for recovery.

Once the likely location of remains is determined, a RecoveryTeam (RT) is dispatched to the field. At a recovery site, the anthropologist directs the excavation much like a detective oversees a crime scene. Each mission is unique; recovery sites can be as small as a few meters for individual burials to areas exceeding the size of a football field for aircraft crashes. Remains, as well as personal effects, are returned to the USA for DNA analysis and positive identification. After a review of the evidence, a medical examiner signs the death certificate and the Service Casualty Office notifies the family that their loved one is finally home.

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Left: Marla L. Andrews (right), daughter of U.S. Army Air Forces Capt. Lawrence E. Dickson, receives her father’s medals from Brig. Gen. Twanda E. Young.

Center: Mary Megyesi, DPAA anthropologist, graphs an excavation area during a recovery mission.

Right: U.S. Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician (EOD) 1st Class David Hanaumin shows local villagers around the helicopter the DPAA is using to conduct an mission in Papua New Guinea.