RUSSIA: REMAINS OF U.S SERVICEMEN SHOT DOWN IN KURIL ISLANDS DURING COLD WAR ARE FLOWN BACK TO U.S FOR CONCLUSIVE IDENTIFICATIONRecord ID: 639688
- Title: RUSSIA: REMAINS OF U.S SERVICEMEN SHOT DOWN IN KURIL ISLANDS DURING COLD WAR ARE FLOWN BACK TO U.S FOR CONCLUSIVE IDENTIFICATION
- Date: 15th September 1994
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIAN (SEPTEMBER 15, 1994) 1. PAN,SLV SOLDIERS CARRYING COFFIN ACROSS TARMAC 0.10 2. SV JOURNALISTS AND SOLDIERS WATCHING 0.13 3. SV COFFIN COVERED IN UNITED STATES FLAG 0.18 4. SV DEPUTY CHIEF OF UNITED STATES MISSION, RICHARD MILES AT CEREMONY 0.25 5. SV SOLDIERS ON GUARD 0.29 6. GV CEREMONY ON TARMAC 7. SV JOINT COMMISSION OFFICIAL COLONEL MICHAEL SEMENEC SAYING THAT CAPTAIN JOHN ROBERTSON DUNHAM HAD BEEN BURIED ON FOREIGN GROUND FOR 42 YEARS AND NOW HE IS GOING HOME (ENGLISH) 0.44 8. SV SOLDIERS ON GUARD AT CEREMONY (2 SHOTS) 0.56 9. SV/ZOOM PRESS/PHOTOGRAPHERS (2 SHOTS) 1.03 10. HAS/PAN/SLV SOLDIERS CARRYING COFFIN INTO PLANE 1.22 11. CU TAIL OF PLANE WITH U.S FLAG 1.25 12. SLV OFFICIALS AND SOLDIERS STAND TO ATTENTION 1.39 13. LV PLANE DOORS CLOSING 1.47 14 PAN EXT LENGTH OF PLANE 1.53 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Duration: 00:01:51
- Story Text: The remains of a United States (U.S.) serviceman shot down in the Kuril Islands during the Cold War were flown back to the United States on Thursday (September 15) for conclusive identification.
A joint team of U.S. and Russian investigators exhumed the remains earlier this month on the Kuril island of Yurii.
Experts have tentatively identified the remains as those of Captain John Robertson Dunham, the navigator of an RB-29 reconnaissance aircraft shot down by Soviet fighters on October 7, 1952, the statement said.
The remains are to be taken to the U.S. Army central identification laboratory in Hawaii where they would undergo detailed forensic analysis before final identification.
A ceremony was held at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport before the remains were placed on a plane.
Deputy Chief of (the United States) Mission, Richard Miles and Colonel Michael Semenec of the Joint POW/MIA (prisoner-of-war/missing in action) Commission attended the ceremony with Russian members of the Commission.
Colonel Semenec said Captain Dunham had paid the ultimate sacrifice for his country while on a mission that held many uncertainties and dangers.
"For 42 years Captain Dunham was buried on foreign land. Well, today he begins his journey home," Colonel Semenec said at the ceremony.
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