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    PEARL HARBOR SAILOR RETURNS HOME

    Is there any other non wartime mission more worthy of our tax dollars?
    Other than perhaps caring for our living vets I cannot think of one.

    Alabama sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack accounted for, coming home


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    Amen to that! If we could only designate our tax dollars to where we saw fit...

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    Good job, home at last.
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    Pearl Harbor Naval Ship cancellations

    Over the years I have picked-up some of the Pearl Harbor US Naval ship postmarks and cancellations. Each ship had their own post office and cancellation stamp.

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    Ironically having started and formed GRAVEWATCH over 30 years ago caring for all Parachute Regiment graves all over the world, I was asked to try and investigate the possibility of recovering all 250 bodies of the soldiers and nursing staff from a mass pit next to Alexandra hospital, Singapore, where they were all bayoneted by Japaneseicon soldiers in February 1942 during WW2 as they lay in their beds recovering from thier wounds. The pit is now the football pitch!!

    Yes it would be a massive undertaking, but with advances in DNA not impossible, as long as you could find family to cross compare for exact identification.

    Just something I often think about but until there is agreement with the Singapore Government and the finance to and expertise to do it, I don't suppose it will ever happen.

    Many have said they have been there over 79 years now leave them where they lay!!
    Not so my policy..............Kranji Military Cemetery run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is just up the road. That would be a more fitting place of rest with full Military honours rather than in a mass grave IMHO, insuch a wealthy country we all fought to save!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gil Boyd View Post
    Ironically having started and formed GRAVEWATCH over 30 years ago caring for all Parachute Regiment graves all over the world, I was asked to try and investigate the possibility of recovering all 250 bodies of the soldiers and nursing staff from a mass pit next to Alexandra hospital, Singapore, where they were all bayoneted by Japaneseicon soldiers in February 1942 during WW2 as they lay in their beds recovering from thier wounds. The pit is now the football pitch!!

    Yes it would be a massive undertaking, but with advances in DNA not impossible, as long as you could find family to cross compare for exact identification.

    Just something I often think about but until there is agreement with the Singapore Government and the finance to and expertise to do it, I don't suppose it will ever happen.

    Many have said they have been there over 79 years now leave them where they lay!!
    Not so my policy..............Kranji Military Cemetery run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is just up the road. That would be a more fitting place of rest with full Military honours rather than in a mass grave IMHO, insuch a wealthy country we all fought to save!!
    Sounds like something people should write to their MP's about Gil..

    The government needs a little pressure applied and I can't think of a better cause.

    I'm sure if Boris made a personal call to the Singaporean leader, it would be sorted, it just needs the political will to do it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RCS View Post
    Over the years I have picked-up some of the Pearl Harbor US Naval ship postmarks and cancellations.
    I found one from my dads ship USS Kenton APA-122 on E-bay. It was from one of my dads shipmates named in a photo with my dad.
    My father is the good looking one.
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