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Bringing Lt. William Q. Punnell Home

Project Recover

In The Moment ... May 2, 2018 Show 328 Hour 1

Lt. William Q. Purnell was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on May 2, 2018. He was killed in the line of duty on July 25, 1944. He was Missing in Action for 73 years.

Nearly 73,000 veterans of WWII are still listed as missing. Bringing Lt. Purnell home took 21st Century science, research, and technology. It also took the dedicated efforts of Project Recover.

Eric Terrill , Ph.D., is Director of the Coastal Observing Research and Development Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego.

Mark Moline, Ph.D., is Director of the School of Marine Science and Policy, University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

Credit Project Recover
Underwater image of Lt. Punnell's Hellcat underwater near Palau

Credit Project Recover
Underwater image near coast of Palau and the wreckage of Lt. Punnell's Hellcat

Chris is a producer for In the Moment.