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Friday, January 18, 2013

Technology brings them all the way home

Technology can be wonderful.
Using current technology, we continue to recover those missing in action or prisoners of war. Identification is accomplished through DNA samples. The hardest part of the process is locating the next of kin or even relatives to obtain Mitochondrial DNA to identify the remains. The research and verification needed for the DNA and to make the connection to the dead takes the greatest amount of time and effort.
Technology also is helping to locate aircraft crash sites in places like Koge Bay, Greenland. A Coast Guard amphibious rescue plane, a Grumman Duck (J2F-4) that crashed Nov. 29, 1942, is believed to be frozen in 38 feet of ice. After 70 years, the three men aboard the plane might actually come home because of the technology used to locate and excavate the site.
The search for the sites with items such as ground-penetrating radar and metal-detection equipment pinpoint the sites and make excavation easier.
The Joint POW/MIA Personnel Accounting office is in charge of locating the next of kin and obtaining the DNA samples to help in identification.
Knowing a loved one may return years after they have gone missing and are presumed dead is a comfort for the families. To know that someone is remembered for their sacrifice seems very old fashioned and in direct contrast to the hi-tech equipment used to locate them many years after their disappearance.

Girl Scout cookies show
Sweet Appreciation

Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio are again sponsoring “Operation Sweet Appreciation” when ordering the cookies purchase an extra box and ask the scout to send them to our troops. Cookies are $3.50 per box and can be ordered from any Girl Scout.

Lucky Shoots through MarchAmerican Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host Lucky Shoots, beginning at 9 a.m. every Saturday through March 16 at the post home. Breakfast for shooters will be $2.50; those not shooting can eat for $5. Stop in and join the fun.
For details, call the post at 440-428-7893.

Legion County Council
hosts dinner

The American Legion Geauga County Council will host a chicken and dumplings dinner, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Burton Middlefield American Legion Post, 14052 Goodwin Street in Burton.
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 at the door. For tickets or further details, call 440-834-1191.

Ladies Auxiliary will
host Sunday breakfast

VFW Post 2595, Ladies Auxiliary, 570 Liberty St., will serve breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday. For details, call the post home at 440-354-9090.

Dinner open to Kirtland
Vietnam veterans

The Kirtland Kiwanis will honor Kirtland area Vietnam veterans with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kirtlander Party Center, 9270 Chillicothe Road in Kirtland. Those Vietnam veterans who ever lived in the Kirtland area are invited to attend.
Please RSVP to Bill Wright at 440-463-4800 or write to Jim Naughton, 9626 Chillicothe Road, Kirtland, OH 44094.

Men’s Auxiliary hosts breakfast
VFW 8548, 7604 Lake Road East in Madison, will host the monthly Men’s Auxiliary sausage gravy and biscuit breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at the post home. Breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and younger.
Proceeds will benefit the Men’s Auxiliary charities. For details, call the post home at 440-428-3050.

Burton Legion hosts
pancake breakfast

Atwood-Mauck Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host a pancake and sausage breakfast 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27, at the post home. For details, call 440-343-1478.

Burgers and Beer for
Breast Awareness

AMVETS Post 40 and the Ladies Auxiliary will host “Burgers and Beer for Breast Awareness, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at the post home, 9141 Jordan Drive in Mentor.
The event is a benefit for Mentor resident Beth Mills who is fighting Stage 4 breast cancer.
Homemade burgers and fries will be $7 and all beef hot dogs and fresh cut fries will be $5. A Chinese auction and a 50/50 will also be part of the fun.
The benefit is open to the public. For details, call the post at 440-257-5825.

Legion Riders host chili cook-off
American Legion Post 336 Riders will host a chili cook-off 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at the post home, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. Cost of the tasting will be $4 per person. The event will also include a Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. There is no charge to enter and the judging is by popular vote of the tasters.
Those entering should provide at least two quarts of chili per entry so everyone will get to taste. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Benefit for Boulevard of Flags
A fundraiser for the Boulevard of 500 Flags will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the American Legion Hall of Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick. All money raised will be used to replace flag poles and worn American flags at the Boulevard.
Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. The evening will include dinner, open bar, reverse raffle, Chinese auction and side boards. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available at American Legion Post 678 and at VFW 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake.

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