Several months later, the remains were positively identified by CILHI
as those of Rittichier, Yeend, Holden and Locker.
Headquartered at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, CILHI
was part of the U.S.
Meanwhile, a 10-member CILHI
team excavated a site in Retie, Belgium, where a C-47 Skytrain from the 9th Troop Carrier Command was shot down in the fall of 1944.
Approximately five times a year the CILHI
sends two teams to North Korea.
In general, when local people discover evidence of remains from World War II, CILHI
sends a team to investigate and prepare for excavation.
By the time of its consolidation with JTF-FA, CILHI
had been able to identify more than 1,100 sets of remains.
Thoresen and Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Widon, both of Detroit; and Petty Officer 3rd Class Gale Siow of Huntington Park, Calif.--were positively identified by CILHI
and JTFFA plan to merge under one roof in October 2003.
During the operation, other CILHI
team members scouted another C-46 WWII-crash site for a future recovery mission.
search team found three sets of remains near the Chosin Reservoir.
currently identifies about two sets of remains per week, many more than would be possible without DNA techniques.
Recovery work is conducted by the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (CILHI
), which dispatches teams of forensic anthropologists and other specialists to help locate, catalog and later determine the identity of remains.