x-rays help to id korean war casualties - characteristics of polyester
Emily Wagner leaned over a pair of hazy photos and rearranged the display chest X-with a small spatula-
The missing soldiers of the Korean War
At a revamped cotton mill in Berkshires, it was a slow and hard work, but the return was immeasurable.
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Restoring New-use skills, a photo lab here is the vanguard of the Defense Ministry's efforts to identify the remains of Korean War veterans 60 years after the conflict began.
"This is a huge breakthrough for us," said John Bird, laboratory director of the combined accounting command at POW/MIA, Hawaii, who estimates that, improved photos may help identify as many as 200 remains buried in Honolulu's National Military Cemetery.
"This is the wonder of it.
"Chicago protein engineering photo lab got a $400,000 contract in Great Barrington, and the project is also close to the heart of Doug Monson, who owns the company, there, photos of Abraham Lincoln on the 19 th were restored.
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"I have begun to realize how important it is to close the families of the missing," Munson said . ".
"We are all very pleased to be one of them.
"By restoring the image, it's actually 1950 photos of an X-
Ray screen, the federal POW/MIA command, wants to match these photos with the remains of the Pacific National Military Cemetery, often referred to as Punchbowl. The X-
The light containing the name of the soldier was taken while on duty.
Bird said that the starting point of the game will be characteristic of the collarbone.
"We have too many cases stuck here because you don't have the information you need to be sure who it is," Bird said . ".
Expertise in protein engineering in Chicago, Bird said, in this country, the POW/MIA command could not find anywhere else because formaldehyde products used in the Korean War still destroyed mitochondrial DNA, so this is crucial.
"We were shocked and surprised to learn that it may be because of the way the remains are processed that we cannot extract any DNA from them," Byrd said . ".
Since DNA analysis is no longer a reliable option, the command starts searching for X-
They know it's because of the light images that were taken decades ago.
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But there was another obstacle, Bird said. The X-
They later learned that the forgotten light was about to be destroyed due to the decomposition and government's plan to recycle silver in it.
"We don't know where they are.
"We can't find anyone to tell us," Bird said of X . "rays.
"It wasn't until a few years ago that they were really in a big warehouse in St. Louis.
"The next stop is The Great Barrington, where the forensic anthropologist Carl Stephen of the POW/MIA Command visited Barrington this spring with a small number of images as a test project.
When the two games were played together with Munson's lab, an exciting new identification pathway seemed to be possible.
"The quality of the images produced is very good," Stephan said . " He learned about the laboratory through the recommendation of the Library of Congress.
Larry Greer, spokesman for the Pentagon's POW/MIA office, said more than 8,000 war veterans are still missing or unidentified.
He said that the United States team working in North Korea has suspended the resumption of work since 2005 because of diplomatic tensions and concerns about restoring team security.
"Technically, we are still at war with North Korea," Greer said . ".
The 800 images Munson is working on, almost all during the Korean War, centered on the unknown remains buried in Punjab.
All unconfirmed remains in the War of American detention, some 850 casualties, were buried in individual graves in the cemetery.
Grier said the bones of other casualties were still somewhere on the Korean Peninsula.
Byrd said: "We estimate that 200 or more people may end up being identifiable and that in most cases the matching person will depend on X-ray images.
The potential of this work has inspired veterans such as 86-year-old Tom hadner, who is the recipient of the Concord medal of honor.
"It's very exciting," said Navy pilot Hudner . "
His plane landed in North Korea, trying to save a fallen comrade, but failed.
"There are a lot of families who only know that the people they love are missing.
Although the repair looks promising, the process is daunting.
In addition to the lack of mitochondrial DNA, the film in the early 1950 s also used cellulose acetate, which Munson says is very prone to deterioration, resulting in image discoloration, Blur, and distorted by cracks and wrinkles.
"This requires infinite patience," Munson said . "
In the Vietnam War, cellulose acetate has been replaced by polyester fiber, which is more stable and lasting, Munson said.
The project was carried out under tight security.
After a digital scan of each improved photo, the data will be stored in the locked hard drive
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Then ship the light photo back to the POW/MIA command.
"This is another tool that technological advances offer us," Greer said . " The WHO added that Congress has accused the Pentagon of doubling the annual identification of the US war by 2015.
For veterans and technicians, this project has become a personal project.
"I think it's incredible that we can do something for soldiers families that have been in the war for so long," Wagner said after piecing together an image . ".
"This is an inspiring mission.
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