Project Recover team, a group of volunteers that look for the wreckage of warplanes and the missing American soldiers, attended the public screening of the documentary “To What Remains” here on Palau.
In an interview, Dr. Pat Scannon, co-founder of Project Recover, said it was fitting to screen the documentary in Palau because the team conducted several recovery missions in the country for over a decade.
“It was an honor to be here in Palau during the filming. I feel like I’m coming home and being here to share with the people of Palau; the movie made a great deal to me personally,” Dr. Scannon said.
During the screening also attended by President Surangel Whipps Jr., US Ambassador John Hennesy- Niland, and other members of the diplomatic corps, Dr. Scannon thanked Palau for its generosity to the Palauan people during their missions here.
Dr. Scannon and his team’s mission to bring American soldiers home from Palau started in 1993.
Formerly known as The BentProp Project, Scannon effort to locate the remains of American soldiers through exploration of underwater WWII crash sites.
President Whipps said he had an opportunity to join one of the diving expeditions of Project Recover during their mission here in September.
Whipps said during that mission; Project Recover discovered remains of soldiers believed to be in World War II.
“It’s so important for those families to get closure finally, and finally, be able to be honored.. this whole process is so important because it shows how important their lives are, why it matters,” the president said.
He also thanked Dr. Scannon on behalf of Palau for his “commitment and dedication to those men who gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
According to the documentary’s website, the film is the story of Project Recover, who “search for, recover, and repatriate the remains of the more than 80,000 Americans missing in action since WWII.
The documentary was a result of project Recover team members combing through military action reports “to identify broad swaths of ocean and land where U.S. servicemen were killed over 75 years ago.”
The mission over the years also was a result of combining the technology of sophisticated underwater drones) and painstaking manual labor sun has scuba dives and archaeological digs.
“While the search for a single crash site can require years of effort, the Project Recover team members are fueled by the sense of purpose that comes from identifying the remains of Americans who gave their lives in service, returning those remains to their proper home, and bringing closure to families who had nothing more than a picture on a mantle, vague memories passed down from prior generations, and unanswered questions,” the website stated to describe the film. (B. Carreon)