U.S. Mortuary Receives More Iraq War Dead
DOVER, Del. (AP) _ The military mortuary at Dover Air Force Base has received more remains of U.S. war casualties and nine sets of remains found buried outside an Iraqi hospital where a U.S. prisoner of war was rescued.
The remains found at the hospital were carried on a transport from Ramstein Air Base in Germany that landed at the Dover base Thursday, base spokeswoman Lt. Olivia Nelson said.
The mortuary received 19 flag-draped cases Thursday, and 21 on Wednesday.
Specialists will use several methods, including dental record checks, fingerprints, bone analysis and DNA analysis to identify the remains before they are processed for burial and returned to families.
Officials at the Dover mortuary, the largest in the Department of Defense, have called in scores of reservists to help with the identification and preparation of remains.
The remains buried outside the hospital were found late Tuesday by U.S. forces who rescued an American POW, Pfc. Jessica Lynch, whose unit was ambushed more than a week earlier in Nasiriyah. Twelve other members of her unit were also feared captured; five are officially listed as POWs.