International Organization Launches Massive MIA Campaign

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Moore's Marauders, the internationally renowned WWII MIA specialists, has launched what is likely history's largest WWII MIA recovery campaign, comprising the Philippines and the Marianas Islands, where tens of thousands of recoverable MIAs are believed to be. The Bataan Death March, The Battle for Leyte Gulf, and Tinian Island are key focus areas.

35,000 of the heroes are still recoverable, and we're going to bring them home

A new force has emerged in the POW-MIA recovery movement. "Moore's Marauders" is an all-volunteer team of doctors, historians, CSI's, Special Forces veterans, spelunkers, and divers who venture around the world to find and repatriate the remains of American MIAs, focusing especially on soldiers lost in World War II.

The creation of retired investment banker Kenneth J. Moore, the non-profit Moore's Marauders was formed during the improbable 30-year search for Moore's Uncle Billy Weber, a B-29 pilot who "vanished without a trace" over the Marianas Islands in March, 1945. Not satisfied with the Army's official story of Weber's disappearance, the Georgetown-trained Moore conducted extensive research and finally found the plane submerged in a lagoon off Alamagan Island in 1999. The entire story can be found at the Marauder website.

The adventure put Moore in touch with the vast number of World War II MIAs still unaccounted for. The team of experts and the network of helpers formed during his expeditions agreed to stay together and help other families find their missing loved ones.

MIA is a term usually associated with Vietnam, but the number of World War II missing far overshadows those lost in Southeast Asia: 78,000 versus 2000. "35,000 of the heroes are still recoverable, and we're going to bring them home," says Moore.

The Marauders operations for 2007 are, in all likelihood, the largest MIA recovery effort in history. Expeditions include the Philippines -- focusing on the Bataan Death March, The Battle for Leyte Gulf', Tinian Island, and other lesser-known but significant Pacific battlefields.

Moore has established website, where interested parties can track the recovery process and register their own MIAs. The Marauders cooperate with the Department of Defense, and JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) and have recently returned from round of talks in Washington, DC aimed at fast-tracking of the process by which remains can be repatriated. The website is intended to be an educational hub for historians, teachers, families, and anyone with an interest in the Greatest Generation.

"If you lost a loved one in World War II, we would love to help you," says Moore. Families are encouraged to contact the Marauders at their website.

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