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Private group seeks funding to identify war dead

Battle of Tarawa (Image source: USMC via Wikimedia Commons) Battle of Tarawa (Image source: USMC via Wikimedia Commons)

HONOLULU (AP) - The head of a private organization that helps recover the remains of American war dead says his group would like to do more and use government funding.

Mark Noah, founder and president of Florida-based History Flight Inc., tells the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that his group has already made more than 30 trips to Tarawa, an atoll in the central Pacific Ocean and the site of the Battle of Tarawa during World War II.

Noah is proposing that the government fund his group with $4 million over two years.

Noah says his group and a company that provides forensic DNA analysis can make Tarawa identifications faster and cheaper than the Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.

He says he's confident that the group could identify at least 100 soldiers.

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