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Leave No Man Behind: Expert team prepares to retrieve remains of fallen WWll servicemen from up to 350 feet below ice

Leave No Man Behind: Expert team prepares to retrieve remains of fallen WWll servicemen from up to 350 feet below ice

FOX NEWS – HOLLIE MCKAY

It’s a whole new take on the American military’s promise to “Leave No Man Behind.”

A 15-person team from the nonprofit Fallen American Veterans Foundation (FAVF) with the Defense Department, the Coast Guard, and Google Earth are preparing to embark on the search and recovery of U.S. service personnel missing in action during WWII in some of the most inhospitable parts of the planet.

“Our extensive analytics indicates a very specific area indicated in hand-drawn treasure maps, where we actually have an ‘X marks the spot,’” Lou Sapienza, chairman of FAVF, who leads a team of scientists, engineers and explorers on both government and non-government missions to recover the remains, told Fox News.

But right now time – and money – are of the essence. Although they have the commitment of air transport and recovery funding, they are contingent upon the acquisition of funding for the full-field multi-technology scientific survey – of which around $1.5 million needs to be privately raised.

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