Monday, Match 23 at 3 a.m. ET
Hosted by Oliver North
“Leave no one behind.”
It’s a sacred promise our military makes to all who serve in uniform. To keep that pledge, the U.S. Armed Forces created the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command – JPAC – an elite unit committed to one mission: Finding and bringing home America’s missing in action, no matter where they were lost.
From their headquarters at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, JPAC investigators, scientists and active-duty military personnel deploy around the globe in the daunting task of locating, identifying and returning missing soldiers, sailors, airmen, Guardsmen and Marines to their loved ones. Traversing trackless deserts, snake infested jungles, remote mountain ranges and ocean depths are just part of the challenge. Success also requires cutting-edge forensic technology, age-old detective work – and sometimes the skill of an explosive ordnance technician.
For the first time in this riveting episode of “War Stories,” you will accompany JPAC search and recovery teams on their often high-risk missions; meet scientists devoted to the task of identifying the remains of those who have fallen; and hear the powerful story of Lt. Fredrick Joel Ransbottom, an Oklahoma native missing in action in Vietnam since 1968. His family recounts the 38 years spent searching for answers and a fellow brother in arms describes what happened to the young Lieutenant that fateful day.
You’ll also learn how the dedicated sleuths of JPAC tackled one of the most enduring mysteries of World War II – the whereabouts of 19 Marine Raiders lost on Makin Island in 1942.
The JPAC motto – “Until they are home” – is more than just a slogan. It is a deeply held, intensely personal commitment for every member of a unique military unit – unlike any other in the world. “Leave No One Behind” is their story. It depicts the best of America: the heroism of those who wear the uniform and the debt we owe those who make the ultimate sacrifice.
Staff for this Episode:
Executive producer: Pamela K. Browne
Produced and written by: Gregory M. Johnson and Kelly Guernica
Editor: Kevin Mannino
Designer: Yong Kim