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tomb of the unknowns...

The Tomb of the Unknowns monument, located in Arlington National Cemetery, contains the remains of unknown American soldiers from World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict and (until recently) the Vietnam War. The monument serves as a collective tribute to all American soldiers lost in war. With the advent of mitochondrial DNA identification technology, the crypt reserved for the Vietnam War Unknown has changed significantly.  The family of Air Force First Lieutenant Michael J. Blassie petitioned the Department of Defense (DoD) to disinter the remains placed in the crypt and subject them to testing. Upon successful identification of 1st Lt. Blassie's remains, DoD officials elected to carve an inscription over the cover of the now-empty crypt. That inscription, "Honoring and Keeping Faith with America's Missing Servicemen," was dedicated in 1999 on POW/MIA Day, thus highlighting America's commitment to account for all those missing in action.


Images provided courtesy of Tom Faunce.

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