PNG thanked for the return of soldiers’ remains

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THE United States government has thanked Papua New Guinea for its assistance in the returning home of the remains of American servicemen who died in this country in World War Two.
It thanked PNG national museum officials Senea Greh, Augustine Wak and Brenda Ilifanoa for their help.
“Their service serves as shining examples of their dedication to this noble mission and serves in strengthening the relationship between PNG and the USA,” a statement from the US government said.
“These officers continue to give selfless service to returning everyone’s heroes.”
Since 1976, the US and PNG governments have been working together to find and return thousands of American servicemen who served in PNG during the war.
The national museum, through its Modern History Department, provides field technical officers to accompany teams from the US, Japan and Australia.
The US Department of Defence is responsible for the “fullest accounting” of all American service members lost in past conflicts.
The USA estimates that it lost about 72,000 servicemen, with nearly 10,000 of these linked to PNG and the Solomon Islands

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