Family members and loved ones of 52 military men killed in a November 1952 plane crash in Alaska are expressing frustration that remains recovered from that crash last year have not been identified.
Two of the men killed in that crash are from Missouri.
The wreckage of the C-124 Globemaster was rediscovered in 2012 and efforts to recover remains began the next year. It was announced in June, 2014, that remains recovered in 2013 were identified as belonging to 17 of those men and had been returned to families for burial. Remains recovered in 2014 remain unidentified, however, and some family members say enough time has passed.
Tonja Anderson-Dell’s grandfather, Airman Isaac W. Anderson Sr., died in that crash. She wants to know what has taken so long.
“I need to know why the 2014 remains sit for a year and almost three months without ever being tested or identified,” Anderson-Dell told Missourinet. “I’ve never been able to get someone to tell me why did they sit for this long and no one did nothing to start the process to get them identified.”
Three agencies formerly responsible for the recovery and identification of missing military personnel were last year consolidated into one, the Defense MIA/POW Accounting Agency. The transition came after those agencies were criticized for not identifying enough remains in a year, as well as for the recovery and ID methods used and for staging fake coming home ceremonies with empty, flag-draped caskets taken off planes that weren’t capable of flying. Congress ordered those three agencies to reach 200 identifications a year but they had averaged about 70 a year since 2010.
by Mike Lear