The Straits Times
Published on Jan 15, 2013

US hopes to resume hunt for remains of service personnel in Myanmar


YANGON (AFP) - The United States said on Tuesday that it hopes to resume searching in Myanmar within months for the remains of servicepeople left unaccounted for in World War II, amid improving military and political ties.

A US delegation is due in Myanmar within days to prepare for expected missions in the spring and summer, an official from the US Defence Department said.

"The teams will research several promising World War II loss sites and gather information necessary to pinpoint future excavation sites," said Major Carie Parker, spokesman for the prisoner of war and missing personnel office.

Around 730 Americans are thought to be missing in Myanmar as a result of Allied operations against Japan in the region during World War II, according to the defence department.