About 400,000 American servicemen died in WWII and of that number, 73,000 are yet to be accounted for. Many lost their lives over the Republic of Palau in the Pacific Ocean between Australia and China where fierce battles were fought 71 years ago between the Japanese and allied military forces near the end of WWII. Mike Sandler, 58, of Navarre is related to one of those 73,000 missing in action, retired Lt. Norman W. Sandler, U.S. Navy.
This is where the BentProp Project enters. The beginnings of the BentProp were in 1993 when a team first set out in search of the Japanese trawler that former President George H.W. Bush sunk during World War II. The boat was soon found. During that search, American wreckage was found, books were written and a vision and mission were formed.
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