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1948-49 Expedition to recover MIAs in S. Pacific

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:10 am
by jlwright7899
I have written a manuscript based on a document I received from the military concerning a search for MIAs that happen in 1948 through 1949 in the South Pacific. I think that this document has some new information never before released, i.e. eye witness accounts of crashes and recoveries of remains and it has some startling revelations about some called the "deep water list" and retreiving the large bones during exhumations. I want to get some opinions this expedition and if anyone has seen it before? I want to publish this book and would like some input.

Re: 1948-49 Expedition to recover MIAs in S. Pacific

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:15 pm
by Leatherneck MIA
I would be glad to review/comment anything that you may want to share.

I am ex-military, history degree, ok writer (although my six published works are all imaging industry related and not historical), and I have spent much time researching a MIA Marine relative lost between Saipan and Chichi Jima without a trace. One of my buddies was on a JPAC team that recovered two Vietnam pilots a few years ago and knows much of the lingo.

Re: 1948-49 Expedition to recover MIAs in S. Pacific

Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:58 am
by jlwright7899
I have written a book on the subject entitled, "The Search That Never Was" by J. L. Wright. It is available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It contains some information not previously released as well as some information about recoveries.

Re: 1948-49 Expedition to recover MIAs in S. Pacific

Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2014 10:51 am
by hagar
I served on a Ship named USS EARLE B. Hall, in the '60s. The Ship was named after Aviation Machinist Mate 2, Earle B. Hall who was Port Waist gunner on a PBY. He was born and raised in Dawson Springs, Kentucky where his family still resides. One of our Ship's reunions allowed us to visit his birth place and meet his relatives. His family has been battling to have his remains returned to them for quite a while now and have gotten no cooperation. In December, 1942, the pilot, Lt Dawley, ditched the PBY on the South side of Jolo Island, 200 yards from the beach and leaving the bodies of Hall and another crewman (Scribner) behind and with the other 5, scrambled out of the plane and made the island. I just recently came across this information while reading a book written by Edwin P. Hoyt called The Lonely Ships. I would love to find contacts that can supply pressure on whatever Governmental agencies deal with retrieval of these hero's remains, to bring Earle home to his family where he should be. Any help here would be appreciated. My E-Mail address is: and can be reached there if need be. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.