ARMY & NAVY: The Gleaners


The orders which the American Graves Registration Service gave its 200-man detachment in China were deceptively simple: they were to recover and identify the bodies of U.S. servicemen who had died there during World War II. But few soldiers had ever had a tougher peacetime assignment. Many of China's 3,700 missing U.S. dead had vanished almost without a clue, lay scattered in remote and inaccessible regions from Manchuria to the hot forests of Thailand. The most dramatic example: the 879 men who had died in the wrecks of 468 different...

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