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M I A: That the Lost May be FOUND (Volume 1) Paperback – September 20, 2012
About the Author
Mark J. Reichman was born in Joliet, Illinois. Upon graduation from Lockport Central High School, he served four years in the US Navy from 1973 – 1977 as an Aviation Mechanic working on jet engines for the EA6B Prowler. He received his B.A. in intercultural ministries with New Tribes Mission. In 1986, along with his wife Joan, and five-month-old baby, Micah, he moved to Papua New Guinea. During their 23 years of service in Papua New Guinea, his family grew to four children, and for family outings, they would trek the jungles and scuba dive the seas in search of WWII relics. With PNG locals as their guides, they have discovered eight Japanese dive bombers code-named Val, of which one was in 21 feet of water with the remains of the pilot and crew. They also discovered a U.S. P-38 named Regina Coeli and a U.S. B-17 named Texas #6. They have dived on two sunken Japanese Merchant ships and scoured the Arawe battlefield with its remnants of U.S. tanks, bombs and caves full of dumped rations. After visiting one Australian Beaufort and three Lockheed Hudson crash sites, they discovered a fourth Hudson with its four-man crew that had been Missing In Action for 66 years. Mark is available for lectures and would like to hear your MIA story ... as he understands your pain. For contact information, visit: www.mia-missinginaction.com.
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The author often waited for months for the weather to clear and then attempting to decipher stories passed down through generations of tribal lore made it even more difficult to pinpoint actual locations or sightings of crashed planes or sunken ships. To know that all the while the author had a sincere heart's desire to find, remember and bring closure to loved ones who had responded to freedom's call from a war in which his own father had fought and returned home.
How few of the billions of people on planet earth have even once had the opportunity or bravely taken the risks or had the adventures that the author's missionary efforts of reaching others with the gospel of Christ have afforded him. Even greater for Reichman to have had the opportunity to share this with his children must have been a dad's dream come true. I enjoyed my time reading of these wild and perilous accounts.
As a veteran whose grandfather died in the south Pacific fighting in the United States Marine Corps, I have pictures of the military cemetery on the island of Saipan where my grandfather was buried. My father-in-law fought in Papua New Guinea in WWII and I appreciate how the author honored the lives of men who died in service to their country. How comforting to know that because of the efforts of Mr. Reichman and his family, a few families of the fallen now know where their loved ones fell.
Reichman could have named this book with a daring or adventurous sounding title, but rather than focusing on himself, the author has focused on those who fought and died in World War II. He has told of those who made it possible for him to spend his life in freedom in the same land. Because of their sacrifice and those with whom they served, the author has been able to spend his life telling others of Jesus Christ who offers everyone freedom from sin and the promise of eternal life in Heaven through the great sacrifice of Calvary.