The Project

Logo 300x89The Kwajalein MIA Project (KMP) is a team of divers, historians, researchers, and experts in areas such as aviation, unexploded ordnance, and archeology who search the waters of Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.  The goal is to locate the crash sites of American aircraft in the Kwajalein Atoll lagoon that went down during World War II, and to assist in the process of recovery and repatriation of American missing-in-action servicemen from those crashes, thereby keeping the promise of “no one left behind." 


Geoffrey Lake 214x300The KMP started informally in 2011 as the Kingfisher Project, and in March 2015 it formally organized as a sub-committee under American Legion Post #44 on Kwajalein, and was renamed the Kwajalein MIA Project. This was to help facilitate fundraising efforts, and to bring the project under the umbrella of the American Legion post on Kwajalein for tax-exempt purposes. 

The KMP is an all-volunteer, non-government organization (NGO). We have no paid members, and we do this in our off-time from our full-time duties on Kwajalein. We have a few members who live in the U.S. who perform vital functions such as research, geneaology, and others. Since most of our members live at Kwajalein, this eliminates overhead costs such as airfare, hotels, meals, etc. This means that 85% of the money we raise goes directly into the search operations, with the remainder going to such items as research and other minor associated costs for the project.  


The team coordinates with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), although we are not officially a part of DPAA. We also coordinate with the US Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll (USAG-KA) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) government. All findings are reported to DPAA, USAG-KA, and the RMI.       


    Wikipedia: The Battle of Kwajalein