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Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii (CILHI)

Link310 Worchester Ave
Hickam AFB, Hawaii 96853 USA

NOTE - The Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (CILHI) was disbanded in November 2003, and the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) became the new organization. This was a change in name, but the mission, laboratory, and work of recovering MIAs continues.

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Pacific WWII MIA Recoveries
World War II left over 78,000 MIAs, and many of these in the Pacific. Every year, wrecks are discovered that have been missing since the war. CILHI is the organization that is charged with investigating these sites, and bringing the remains of US servicemen home, for identifying, and return their family members. Learn about three important CILHI recovery operations, and the recent Pacific MIAs Conference in Port Moresby that was attended by several collaborators to Pacific Wrecks.

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Makin Raiders
Mass Grave Site
B-24J MIA China
Crew of 10 Identified
B-25 MIA Iran Jaya
12,000' Recovery
Pacific MIA Event
April 2001

CILHI Background
The Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii (CILHI) is the organization that recoveries American Missing In Action (MIAs) worldwide, from all conflicts US soldiers have fought. Created after the Vietnam War to investigate MIA sites, its role expanded to cover all conflicts. With thousands of Pacific MIAs, their work often brings their teams to the Pacific, and directly involved with newly discovered wreck sites where remains are present, that have been reported on the Pacific Wreck Database. Are you a relative of an American MIA? Learn about CILHI's mtDNA Program to catalog DNA from relatives of MIAs, for use in future identifications

CILHI Mission
CILHI is made up of military personnel from all branches of the military and an on-staff scientific staff with specialties in different aspects of forensic identification. Their work involves dispatching recovery teams to suspected sites that conduct excavations and search for remains. American remains are then flown to the CILHI Laboratory in Hawaii where they undergo forensic identification to match the remains to MIA records using DNA, dental, medical, military records and any other means for identification Finally, CILHI is responsible for locating the next of kin and return the remains to family members. Since 1973, the laboratory has identified more than 1,089 service members.

JPAC / CILHI Link
DoD / DPMO Fiscal Year 2000 WWII Report to Congress - Annex Papua New Guinea

DNA Program
Are you a family member of a MIA?
Family Reference Samples mDNA Program

Special Thanks
To CILHI staff: Ginger Couden (CILHI Public Relations)
Major Irwin (former CILHI Investigation Team Leader)
Robert Mann (Anthropologist)

Last Updated
March 26, 2012

 

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