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Statement on Remains Recovery Activities in India

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Secretary Panetta said, "This is a critical step toward bringing home our service members lost during World War II.  The United States and India, working together, can help provide comfort to the families of Americans who were lost during the war."

The Department deeply appreciates the close cooperation of the Government of India in helping our teams resume their critical work.  Returning our fallen heroes is a top priority of the Department of Defense.

*Background:*

* There are about 400 unaccounted-for servicemen in India as a result of approximately 90 aircraft crashes.  Virtually all of those sites are located in Northeast India.

* The United States possesses information on sixteen known crash sites and continues to develop information on others.

* Some of the information was reported to the Department of Defense by private parties or through Indian press.

* In April 2012, Department of Defense representatives participated in State Department-led bilateral discussions with the Government of India where restarting remains recovery operations was addressed.    Statement on Remains Recovery Activities in India [ http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15346 ]

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