Military diligent in quest to locate its missing

Armed forces lab follows leads, finds remains, IDs the fallen

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“I have never been in an organization where everybody is passionate and dedicated and focused on this project,” he said. “It’s not just a job to anybody here.

“There’s such a sense of pride and devotion to doing this, being able to provide closure and healing to family members who have been grieving for 60 years. … It’s an amazing thing that we’re doing.”

Researchers, scientists and their bosses met recently with family members in Indianapolis as part of a periodic outreach program, which Mr. Canik takes personally.

“We’re trying to provide those answers to those families [who] still have a void that exists out there,” he said.

“I’m a Vietnam veteran, and that is my generation. I always remind myself that it could have been me. I might not have come back,” he said. “I would have really liked someone to maybe have pursued that if something would have occurred where I did not make it home.”

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