A Grateful Nation Remembers...
The Defense POW/Missing
Personnel (DPMO) reports that three servicemen missing in action
from World War II have been identified and are being returned to
their families for burial with full military honors.
The three are 2nd Lt. Robert H. Cameron of Elkhart, Ind.; Cpl.
George E. Cunningham of Rich Hill, N.Y., all U.S. Army Air Forces;
and Capt. Vladimir M. Sasko, Chicago, U.S. Army Medical Corps.
Cameron will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery near
Washington, D.C., on Friday. Sasko was buried in December in
Chicago, and final arrangements for Cunningham have yet to be
On Dec. 10, 1944, a C-47 crewed by Cameron and Cunningham took
off from Dobudura, New Guinea, on a cargo flight to Hollandia with
three passengers aboard, including Sasko. Forty minutes into the
flight the crew radioed a request for weather information. Another
pilot in the area replied that the weather was bad, saying he was
headed out to sea to avoid it. After that, there was no further
contact with the Cameron crew. Search teams in the area from the
Royal Australian Air Force were unsuccessful in finding the crash
In 1979 and 1980, search and recovery teams from the U.S. Army's
Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (CILHI) found the site
and recovered remains subsequently identified by CILHI scientists
as those of 2nd Lt. Stanley D. Campbell of Pioche, Nev., and Cpl.
Carl A. Drain, hometown unknown.
In October and November 2004 a team from the Joint POW/MIA
Accounting Command (JPAC) CILHI's successor organization excavated
the site in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, where they recovered
human remains and personal effects of the remaining airmen.
JPAC scientists and Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory
specialists used mitochondrial DNA as one of the forensic tools to
help identify the remains. Laboratory analysis of dental remains
also confirmed their identification.