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      USMC major shares story of finding POW remains

      A United States Marine Corp. major is sharing his story about leading a team to recover the remains of POWs and MIAs overseas.

      / Major Alexander Vanston

      A United States Marine Corp. major is sharing his story about leading a team to recover the remains of POWs and MIAs overseas.

      Major Alexander Vanston led recovery missions in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hawaii, Germany, France, and Belgium from 2006 until 2009.

      Major Vanston says he was responsible for leading a team into different missions and working with anthropologists to ensure the digging is being done effectively.

      "My first recovery mission was in Hawaii about three miles from our headquarters," Major Vanston said. "It was a very technical recovery. We actually had to sling load out all of the dirt by helicopters, over 200 thousand pounds."

      Major Vanston says being a team leader in those few years was one of the highlights of his career.

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