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6/6/2013 2:35:00 PM
Moon, Molenaar to give MIA presentations

by Mike Dalton

Bryan Moon and a group of his MIA Hunters will be staging a public presentation at the Cannon Falls High School auditorium on Saturday, June 8, at 7 p.m. There is no cost to the public.

Moon's MIA Hunters have undertaken 33 search missions and have found 107 lost WWII aircraft and the bodies of roughly 500 missing crew members. The group has been recognized by the US Military as the No. 1 most successful MIA search group in America.

The local presentation will include Dr. Karl Molenaar and his son, who took part in the MIA Hunter's most dangerous mission and came face-to-face with natives who threatened to kill them. "Probably the most life-threatening moment on any of our 33 missions," Moon said.

Mary Jo Johnson of Cannon Falls had a brother-in-law lost in his fighter plane over the island of Sicily, but found by MIA Hunters after two missions. He lays buried in an Italian cemetery. A daughter, who was five days old when her dad went to war, has since flown to visit the grave.

Carolyn and David Fox had a relative disappear in a bomber over the jungles of Papua New Guinea. He was found by MIA Hunters along with his crew of 11 airmen, all brought home for a burial at Arlington Cemetery. However, the bomber had first flown to Australia, where the missing MIA relative, Joseph Thompson, fathered a little girl. He was killed over Papua New Guinea before the child was born. Sixty years later, the girl and her husband flew to the USA to attend the burial of a father she had never met, then came to Cannon Falls to thank Moon for finding him.

Between 6-10 other Hunters will be on stage in Cannon Falls, Moon said.

Among the stories they will tell is the search for a living MIA in the jungles of Laos. An American Vietnam War pilot, now 70, wants to come home; there's one small problem, though - Laos is covered in unexploded Vietnam War landmines.

The MIA Hunters are now planning missions in a new totally remote area in Indonesia. Volunteers are needed to authenticate reportedly dozens of lost aircraft and their crews, missing for 65 years. "It won't be easy," Moon said.

MIA Hunters is entirely supported by donations and by its mission members. More information will be available at the presentation.

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