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Failing the Fallen

Recovering Our Vets

Investigating the Pentagon’s failing efforts to timely recover and ID those missing in action from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Pentagon Finally Identifies the Remains of a POW Lost Since 1942

Long buried alongside hundreds of unknown U.S. soldiers in the Philippines, Pvt. Arthur "Bud" Kelder is on his way home after a lawsuit by his family and an investigation by ProPublica and NPR.

Pentagon Report Finds Litany of Problems with Effort to Recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job – and when to end it.

Pentagon Finally Decides to Dig Up Remains of Long Lost Soldier

After a ProPublica story, the military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.

Big Revamp of Pentagon's Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp

Without change of leadership throughout, meaningful change could be elusive, critics say.

Pentagon Overhauls Effort to Identify its Missing

The restructuring promises to address many of the problems laid out in a recent ProPublica and NPR investigation.

French, Germans Return Fallen GI After Pentagon Gives Up

For more than 50 years, Army PFC Lawrence S. Gordon was mistakenly interred as a German soldier in a cemetery in France. Then European officials did what the U.S. military would not, exhumed and identified him with DNA.

Four Ways to Really Fix the Pentagon’s Effort to ID the Missing

Changes must go beyond bureaucracy to update the scientific approach and embrace outside help.

Interview: How You Can Help Find an MIA

John Eakin shares what he learned about tracking down the remains of his cousin who died in a World War II POW camp.

Bud’s Story, from the Records

Private Arthur ‘Bud’ Kelder died as a POW in the Philippines during World War II. His parents always hoped that his body would eventually be sent home. But despite clues, the military has never recovered his remains. Here are letters and others documents from his case from 1941 to 1950. The documents and photographs below are either from the National Archive or courtesy of John Eakin.

The Military is Leaving the Missing Behind

Private Bud Kelder went missing during World War II. Evidence suggests he's buried as an unknown soldier in Manila. Will the Pentagon ever move to identify him?

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