‘Kings Park man goes to Japan in search of WWII Marine uncle's remains

【Newsday (Oct, 2022)】 Fragments of bone and teeth found this summer in an Okinawan cave could belong to a Marine killed in World War II, authorities say, and his nephew — a Kings Park man — wants them buried in Long Island soil.

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‘That’s him’:
Nephew of WWII Marine casualty witnesses remains recovery on Okinawa

【Stars and Stripes (Sept, 2022)】 ITOMAN, Okinawa – Larry Paleno, 61, had never been outside the United States, but he dropped everything and flew to Okinawa on Friday after learning that a team of volunteers may have discovered the remains of his uncle lost in World War II.

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Saipan mayor, Kuentai-USA look forward to next year’s memorial rites

【Marianas Variety (August, 2022)】 AFTER canceling the memorial ceremony for three years in a row due to travel restrictions in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Saipan Mayor's Office and Kuentai-USA on Tuesday vowed to hold it next year to honor the World War II soldiers who died during the “Banzai Attack” on July 7, 1944 at Tanapag beach.

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Remains of WWII soldiers unearthed in Tanapag

【Marianas Variety (August, 2022)】 ON July 7, 1944, during the Battle of Saipan, Japan unleashed the largest Banzai attack on the invading U.S. forces, resulting in the death of over 4,000 Japanese troops. American dead and wounded numbered nearly 1,000.

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'It's our job to find them':
Japanese, Americans dig for WWII remains on Okinawa

【Starts and Stripes (July, 2022)】 ITOMAN, Okinawa ? A week after the Battle of Okinawa, Marine Pfc. John Quinn Jr. entered a cave looking for souvenirs and never came out. Now, 77 years later, Kuentai-USA, a Japanese nonprofit dedicated to repatriating World War II remains, is bringing Americans and Japanese together to excavate the cave in hopes of finally bringing the Marine home.

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The Cave: Bringing Pfc. John Quinn Home

【DEVIDS (August, June)】 The last time anyone saw Pfc. John B. Quinn, Jr, a 29th Regiment Marine, he was headed into a cave on the island of Okinawa, some 7,600 miles away from his home in New York. The year was 1945.

After three bloody months of fighting, the Battle of Okinawa was coming to an end.

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Group marks memorial’s 4th year

【Saipan Tribune (July, 2019)】 Kuentai-USA, in collaboration with CNMI officials, hosted the fourth annual memorial blessing at the Aqua Resort Club parking area last Saturday to honor the burial sites of Japanese and American soldiers who were killed during the Battle of Saipan.

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The search for the human remains will start in Sonai Ocean
(Japanese article)

【Yaeyama Nippo (March, 2019)】 Michael McAlonie from New York (45 years old) and three members from the American groups searching the remains of the war dead started its mission from the 23rd of March in order to repatriate the remains of a pilot of the US military airplane who crashed off Sonai in Iriomote Island.

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Seventy-four years after his death in WWII, a Marine is returned home

【The Washington Post (Dec, 2018)】 A bugle sounded taps, a flag was presented, and a Marine was buried Saturday in Maryland — 74 years after his death..

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World War II Marine laid to rest after 74 years

【Local DVM.com (Dec, 2018): Maryland】 The United States military delivered their final demonstration of gratitude on Saturday to World War II Marine war correspondent, Sergeant Richard Murphy.

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Kuentai repatriates 800 Japanese servicemen

【Saipan Tribune (July, 2018): Saipan】 The Kuentai Association, which has been repatriating Japanese servicemen remains from the CNMI for the past six years, has collected the remains of 800 servicemen until they were forced to put a stop to their repatriation.

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Kuentai group continues to get updates on its search for WWII remains

Marianas Variety (July, 2018):Saipan KUENTAI-USA, a non-profit group that searches for and repatriates the remains of those killed in World War II, continues to get new information from local residents, its secretary general Yukari Akatsuka said.

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Kuentai group continues to get updates on its search for WWII remains

【Stars and Stripes (June, 2018):CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa 】 KUENTAI-USA, a non-profit group that searches for and repatriates the remains of those killed in World War II, continues to get new information from local residents, its secretary general Yukari Akatsuka said.

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Japanese nonprofit seeks to return soldiers to U.S.

【Paducah Sun (March, 2017):Kentucky】 For the last 72 years, many American families have been holding on to the hope of finally laying to rest their loved ones who died in World War II.

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Kuentai holds memorial service for WWII dead

【Marianas Variety (July, 2017):Saipan】 LOCAL community members and Japanese visitors, including Japan Consul Kinji Shinoda, participated in the Kuentai memorial service on Friday morning in the Aqua Resort Club parking lot to honor those who died here in World War II.

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Kuentai honors WWII fallen in ARC ceremony

【Saipan Tribune (July, 2017):Saipan】 The Japanese organization Kuentai, which seeks to gather the remains of Japanese soldiers who fell in World War II, bring them home to their families, and lay them to rest, held a second memorial service last Friday at the Aqua Resort Club parking area,

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Fallen US WWII hero's Army dog tag uncovered on Pacific island

【Associated Press (September, 2016):New York】 ALBANY, N.Y. ? Dorothy Hollingsworth was just 7 when her brother Tom left the family farm in Indiana to join the Army a few months before the United States entered World War II. She never saw him again.

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Freedom Museum hosts Japanese group who found remains of Manassas WWII soldier

【BullRun Now.com (September, 2015):Virginia】 Usan Kurata and Yukari Akatsuka know much about discoveries and their power to change things. They are members of Kuentai, a Japanese non-governmental group formed in 2006 whose mission is recovering remains of World War II soldiers killed in the Pacific Theater.

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Pentagon enlisting outsiders to help search for US WWII

【Associated Press (September, 2015):New York】 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Justin Taylan has been to the remote Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea dozens of times over the past two decades, spending countless hours slogging through crocodile-infested swamps in his quest to document as many World War II airplane wreck sites as possible.
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Group returning to Pacific island to search for US WWII MIAs

【Associated Press (October, 2015):New York】 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A private Japanese organization that has found the remains of World War II soldiers on Saipan is planning another excavation on the Pacific island in the hopes of finding more unmarked graves, including those of American servicemen still listed as missing in action for more than 70 years.
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Dog tag may solve 70-year-old mystery for West Delray man

【SunSentinel (April, 2014):Florida】 The dog tags are pitted, battered. But there is enough left of them to solve a mystery that's haunted a West Delray man for 70 years.

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After 70 years, fallen WWII soldier to come home

【SunSentinel (July, 2014):Florid】 DNA tests have finally put to rest the mystery of a soldier who went missing on the island of Saipan during World War II some 70 years ago.
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Japanese group searching US archives for info on American MIAs from 1944 battle on Saipan

【Associated Press (July 2014):New York】 SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan.
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Saipan mission seeks fate of area's missing

【Timesunion (August 2014):New York】 Saratoga Springs -- Seventy years after Japanese fighters launched a suicidal "banzai" attack against U.S. forces invading Saipan, a 20-year-old college student is headed to the island to try to find the remains of 16 Americans, presumed lost in the bloody World War II campaign.

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Arlington Burial for Soldier Lost in WWII

【NBC (Sep 2014):Washington】 An Army private who went missing in World War II was buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors Friday, after his remains were recovered seven decades following the war.
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Recoverying Saipan's MIAs

【Semper Fi, The Magazine of the Marine Corps League (December 2014)】 This is my story of a transformational journey to repatriate the WWIi Marine ans soldier's remains in the Pacific Theater. There events have profoundly changed my life forever, as well as the lives of others.
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Japanese Search Team Repatriates American War Dead

【History NET (December 2014)】 Private First Class William Carneal from Paducah, Kentucky; Private Bernard Gavrin of Brooklyn, New York; Private William Yawney, Freemansburg, Pennsylvania; PFC Richard Bean of Manassas, Virginia. These four men of...
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Leaving no one behind: Group dedicates efforts to finding remains of fallen soldiers

【The Saratogian (September 2014):New York】 SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The military mantra “no one left behind” is falling on deaf ears within the Defense Department, a group dedicated to recovering soldiers’ remains says.

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After seven decades, a missing World War II soldier’s remains are buried in Virginia

【Washington Post (October 2014):Washington D.C.】 After the veterans with “POW-MIA” inscribed on their black ties saluted the casket, after the chaplain talked of time and healing, a man in a dark suit slipped on reading glasses and rose from his pew. He walked to the stage of a Northern Virginia funeral home and pulled from his pocket the tribute he had written the night before.

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Kuentai-USA gets another ‘no’ from HPO

【Marianas Variety (September 2014):Saipan】 TWO weeks after its team finished the first phase of a recovery mission in Achugao, Kuentai-USA’s application for the excavation of a property owned by Aqua Resort Club in Achugao was rejected, again, by the Historic Preservation Office.
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HPO says it is only following its mandate

【Marianas Variety (Octber 2014):Saipan】 THERE’S no truth to Kuentai- USA’s claim that the Historic Preservation Office is giving them the runaround. In the wake of Kuentai-USA’s press statements that HPO had been making it difficult for them to undertake excavations and fulfill their recovery mission, CNMI Historic Preservation Officer and Department of Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Laura T. Ogumoro refuted the claim and finally broke their silence.
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Kuentai-USA postpones recovery efforts on Saipan

【Marianas Variety (December 2014):Saipan】 THE group attempting to recover the remains of American soldiers who went missing in action on Saipan during WWII hit a roadblock and decided to postpone its project. On its website, Kuentai-USA said that due to lack of funds, “we postponed the project” ? referring to recovery of the remains of 16 soldiers.
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501(c)(3) non-profit organizatin to bring back home the remains of American servicemen who died in WWII in the Pacific Theater