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Review for Project Recover Inc, Woodland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

At some time in the late ‘90s (or was it a bit later?), I received an email from a friend, Dan O’Brien, announcing an expedition in the country of Palau in which he had participated. Dan had become involved in what was then known as “The Bent Prop Project,” named so for the WWII aircraft that struck ocean water at high speed, invariably bending the propellers of the doomed aircraft and, in most cases, ending the lives of the crew.

But I was busy, still active duty Army — and would be until 2004 — and had little time to keep up with the Bent Prop Project. But that changed when I started reading the blog posts that were being written while they were still in Palau on what became regular yearly missions, most lasting six weeks or more!

It was clear these folks were serious about the Bent Prop’s (now known as Project Recover) mission goal to repatriate long lost loved ones. To bring closure to American families whose lives have, in some sense, been ‘on hold’ since their sons, grandsons, and nephews had gone missing some time during WWII.

In place of their loved one, a family had but an impersonal government telegram informing them their son was missing in action. Yet you might think after all these years and generations later, families would simply put the loss behind them and move on. Easier said than done, as it turns out. To better understand what I’m talking about, go to and click on “Why We Do it” (under the sub-head of “The impact”).

Aside from Project Recover’s profound impact, I happened to know — or at least know of — most of its founding members (the ones who started The Bent Prop Project). Trust me, if you knew these folks, you’d absolutely realize this is not your run-of-the-mill non-profit. No, it’s far more, and the fact they personally funded the early missions themselves — year after year — speaks volumes.

So I was astounded when, in 2016, I was offered the opportunity to help out on an expedition (after an application and interview). To work with the caliber of folks such as these on ANY project would be a privilege, but the Project Recover objectives makes it a no-brainer.

Is Project Recover a worthy non-profit? Anyone even remotely familiar with it would whole-heartedly agree the answer is a resounding, “Absolutely!”

Role:  Volunteer