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James Austin Sisney
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Birth: Feb. 3, 1925
Alameda County
California, USA
Death: Apr. 22, 1944, Vanuatu

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News Release

July 10, 2012


The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing in action from World War II, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

Marine Corps Tech. Sgt. James A. Sisney, 19, of Redwood City, Calif., will be buried July 14, in Palo Alto, Calif. On April 22, 1944, Sisney was aboard a PBJ-1 aircraft that failed to return from a night training mission over the island of Espiritu Santo, in what is known today as Vanuatu. None of the seven Marines on the aircraft were recovered at that time, and in 1945 they were officially presumed deceased.

In 1994, a group of private citizens notified the U.S. that aircraft wreckage had been found on the island of Espiritu Santo. Human remains were recovered from the site at that time and turned over to the Department of Defense.

In 1999, a survey team traveled to the site, which was located at an elevation of 2,600 ft. in extremely rugged terrain, and determined that recovery teams would need specialized mountain training to safely complete a recovery mission. In 2000, a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) team visited the site and recovered human remains. From 2009 to 2011, multiple JPAC recovery teams excavated the site and recovered additional remains, aircraft parts and military equipment.

Scientists and analysts from JPAC used circumstantial evidence and mitochondrial DNA which matched that of Sisney's brother in the identification of his remains.

More than 400,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II died. At the end of the war, the U.S. government was unable to recover, identify and bury approximately 79,000 as known persons. Today, more than 73,000 Americans remain unaccounted-for from the conflict.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for missing Americans, visit the DPMO web site at or call (703) 699-1420.
Below courtesy of Debbie
KIA/MIA - US Marine Corp TSgt James Austin Sisney served with Marine Air Group (MAG)/MAG-11 during World War II. Sisney and the rest of the seven-man bomber crew were killed when their PBJ-1 crashed in the South Pacific in 1944 and for decades the location remained unknown.

He was reported MIA as of 22 Apr 1944 with a finding of death on 23 Apr 1945. His name is listed at the Veterans Memorial at Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California.

Sgt. Sisney's remains have been found at the Island of Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides (Vanuatu). He was laid to rest with full military honors on Friday July 13 2012.
Golden Gate National Cemetery *
San Bruno
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Y-3772
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Record added: Nov 02, 2006
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