The Project Recover team has combined historical research with the scientific method and the latest in underwater search technology to conduct searches for missing Americans.
Project Recover developed in 2012 out of a collaboration amongst researchers at the University of Delaware, Scripps Institution of Oceanography - University of California San Diego, and the not-for-profit organizations the BentProp Project and the Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF). BentProp's group of volunteers with 20 years experience dedicated to locating and identifying Americans missing in action from World War II within the Palau islands provides unmatched historical knowledge of those still missing, and CRRF's marine facilities provides world class logistical support and local knowledge of the marine conditions.
The U.S. Office of Naval Research sponsorship of the Project Recover pilot program not only supports the development and testing of underwater search technologies, but also provided a means to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) outreach materials. Technology is used not only to find and identify the resting places of Americans lost overseas in past conflicts, but also to digitally document the site with a high degree of precision.