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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A specially trained investigation team from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command is conducting an extended investigation operation in the Philippines for about six weeks, searching for evidence of service members who remain unaccounted-for from World War II.

A nine-member investigation team will conduct back-to-back missions at numerous locations throughout the Philippines, searching for information about 20 sites and approximately 90 individuals who are unaccounted-for from World War II.

Investigation teams authenticate leads from eyewitnesses, conduct field research and gather information throughout various locations to determine whether or not there will be an excavation at a later date.

Falling directly under the U.S. Pacific Command and employing more than 500 joint military and civilian personnel, JPAC continues its search for the fullest possible accounting of the more than 83,000 Americans still missing from past conflicts.

The ultimate goal of the JPAC, and of the agencies involved in returning America's heroes home, is to conduct global search, recovery, and laboratory operations in order to support the Department of Defense's personnel accounting efforts.

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