June 3, 2016

Air Force announces Operation Colony Glacier casualty recovery

The Air Force announced June 3 the name of a service member who has been recovered from a C-124 Globemaster II that was lost Nov. 22, 1952.

A1C Delroy Cody has been recovered and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

The C-124 aircraft crashed while en route to Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, from McChord AFB, Wash. There were 11 crewmembers and 41 passengers on board. Adverse weather conditions precluded immediate recovery attempts. In late November and early December 1952, search parties were unable to locate and recover any of the service members.

On June 9, 2012, an Alaska National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew spotted aircraft wreckage and debris while conducting a training mission over the Colony Glacier, immediately west of Mount Gannett. Three days later, another AKNG team landed at the site to photograph the area and found artifacts at the site that related to the wreckage of the C-124. Later that month, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and Joint Task Force team conducted a recovery operation at the site and recommended continuous monitoring for possible future recovery operations.

Additional artifacts became visible in 2013, and every summer since, during a small window of opportunity, Alaskan Command and AKNG personnel have been supporting the joint effort of Operation Colony Glacier.

Medical examiners from the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used testing done by the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, along with other forensic evidence, in the identification of the service members. DNA testing continues to identify the remaining personnel. The crash site continues to be monitored for future possible recovery.

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