Pentagon Agency Under Fire for Failing to ID World War II Remains

More than 2,000 unknown soldiers from World War II are buried in the military cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii, known at the Punchbowl, among the more than 8,500 unknowns from World War II interred in U.S. military cemeteries worldwide. A Pentagon agency is now under fire for refusing to conduct DNA tests to identify the remains of the unknowns, even when its own investigators insist they have narrowed it down to one possible match, NBC News reported. Congressional hearings on the agency—the Joint Prisoners of War Missing in Actions Command, known as JPAC —are scheduled Thursday following an internal report that called it “acutely dysfunctional.” Another report by the Government Accountability Office said the effort to identify the 83,000 missing service members from all of America’s wars since World War II has been crippled by squabbling between agencies.

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