U.S. military identifies 17 service
members after wreckage from 1950s crash found
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[June 19, 2014]
By Steve Quinn
JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - The bodies of 17
U.S. service members recovered from a 1952 military aircraft crash have
been identified following discovery of the wreckage two years ago in
Alaska’s Chugach Mountain range, military officials said on Wednesday.
The servicemen, who came from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air
Force, will be returned to their families for military burials and
full military honors, said a statement from the U.S. Department of
Fifty-two people were aboard the C-124 Globemaster, a military cargo
aircraft flying from McChord Air Force Base in Washington to
Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, when it crashed on Nov. 22,
The plane included 11 crewmen and 41 passengers. The crash occurred
at a time of year when daylight was down to just a few hours in that
part of Alaska, and search parties were unable to locate any of the
The crew of an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter
spotted the wreckage in June 2012 during a training mission in
Colony Glacier, about 50 miles (80 km) east of Anchorage, the
state’s most populated city.
Later that month and in 2013, a military team dedicated to
recovering the bodies of service members missing in action conducted
recovery operations at the site.
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Department of Defense scientists relied on forensic tools and
circumstantial evidence to identify the 17 service members recovered
from the crash site.
The remaining members of the military who were aboard the aircraft
have not been recovered, but the crash site will be examined further
in hopes of finding other bodies, military officials said in the
(Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Peter Cooney)
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