Accession Number : ADA301521

Title :   Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on the Use of DNA Technology for Identification of Ancient Remains.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.

Corporate Author : DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : ADA301521

Report Date : JUL 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 156

Abstract : Throughout United States history, the military services have to the best of their ability attempted to recover and identify it's deceased military personnel. In 1981, President Reagan placed the issue of accounting for American servicemembers from Southeast Asia as a matter of highest national priority. This position has been reaffirmed by all Presidents since. The Department of Defense has been tasked to investigate and account, to the greatest extent possible, for the "unaccounted for Americans and repatriate, identify, and return the remains to their families. Today, there are over 2,200 servicemembers from Southeast Asia, 132 servicemembers from the Cold War era, and over 8,100 servicemembers from Korea, whose remains have not been recovered and/or identified (POW/MIA Fact Book, Department of Defense, October 1992)

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACIDS, *MILITARY MEDICINE, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, UNITED STATES, COLD WAR, HISTORY, PATHOLOGY, KOREA, DEATH, SOUTHEAST ASIA.

Subject Categories : Biochemistry
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE