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Date Posted: Fri, July 08 2005, 10:25:34
Author: Jeff Northridge
Author Host/IP: dialup- /
Subject: It's Possible, But Not Very Likely
In reply to: Joyce Ussery 's message, "Re: I Can't Help Much More" on Thu, July 07 2005, 13:24:15

Howdy Joyce;

Insofar as I'm aware, everything possible is done to correctly indentify the remains of our country's KIAs. Once the body is turned over to the Graves Registration/Morturary Affairs guys their proceedures are so strict that the chance of an error being made by them is practically zero.

If an error was made, it would have happened out in the field or at a base camp somewhere before Graves Registration took possession of the body. Positive identification by the field units would include the name tag on the uniform, dog tags, and a visual identification of the body by a buddy who knew him/her. This would be backed up by knowing who was where and when and who was present or absent on the following day. Dental records would be used only if all of the above failed.

However, there are cases when at least two KIAs have had their bodies and uniforms so badly mutalated and with their dogs tags missing and with insuffient dental records for the field unit to make a positive indentification that an error could be made. If the field unit mixes up the names with the bodies, then when the Graves Registration unit takes over, they will go with whatever has been specified as correct by the field unit.

Since the advent of DNA analysis, this kind of mistake is unlikely to ever happen again, but during the War in Vietnam, it was possible.

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