US military team in Santo to recover remains of American WW2 servicemen

US military team has been in Santo for the past 45 days conducting a search and archaeological recovery of the remains of four American airmen lost when their planes went down during World War II in the mountains of southern Santo and on Mavea island. Local villagers have been assisting with the search. The US Department of Defense’s policy is to recover the remains of all missing personnel and return them to their relatives. The US has more than 83,000 military personnel missing from past conflicts. More images to follow.

US MIA recovery efforts in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu

Dr. Nicholas Passalacqua, a forensic anthropologist and recovery leader with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, excavates a grid unit with the assistance of Ms. Kelley Esh on a remote mountain site on Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu Aug. 30, 2012. Two specialized teams deployed from Hawaii to excavate several ground and aircraft crash sites in search of Americans who remain unaccounted-for from World War II. (DoD Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Adelita C. Mead)

The President of the Democratic Alliance Liberation Party for Change, Daniel Molisa, says the removal of the Principal Electoral Officer Lawson Samuel is an abuse of the Constitution and Prime Ministerial powers. He told VBTC News he thinks it breaks article 57 of the Constitution concerning public service. Daniel Molisa said Lawson Samuel should take his case to court.

Matters relating to the Phocea scandal are scheduled to be heard in the Magistrate’s Court at 2pm today. More news as it happens.

The Pacific Islands Forum countries have set up an investment framework to assist meet training needs and help tackle changes brought about by globalisation. Education DG Jesse Dick made the point at the biennial general meeting of the regional training centres on Malo. Vanuatu must upgrade the standards of the regional technical training we have here, he said. Technical training is very important to us at this stage in our history, said Dick on Radio Vanuatu News.

Daily Post today leads with the Labour Commissioner’s Lionel Kaluat reiterating that Vanuatu labour agents for the Australian Seasonal Worker scheme cannot charge applicants money to register.

Also in Daily Post today, a “new dawn” for Epi with Rovo Bay being declared public land. And a custom land owner says sorry for creating difficulties for Government and Shefa over the land in question since 2004.

And dugongs are back in the capital in Erakor Bay, a happy event in the Pacific Year of the Dugong. Three have been spotted by sailors and locals. Please don’t eat them, olgeta, they’re good for tourism!


2 Comments on “US military team in Santo to recover remains of American WW2 servicemen”

  1. b.j. Skane says:

    The Phocea case is in the Magistrates’ Court at 2 pm today for a Preliminary Inquiry, not in the Supreme Court.