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Team Members

Dan Farnham - Project Leader

Dan is a US Navy veteran, and he’s an employee of Kwajalein Range Services (KRS), where he works as an Equipment Repair Technician in the Mission Operations Department. He has been on Kwajalein since December 2005, and it was his lifelong passion for WWII history in the Pacific that brought him here. Dan learned to dive shortly after arriving on Kwajalein, and he has logged over 1,100 dives around the Pacific, mostly wreck diving. His passion for veteran’s causes, especially the search for MIA’s, led him to create the project to find the Kingfisher, which later became the Kwajalein MIA Project. Dan is very active in the Kwajalein community as well- he is the 2nd Vice-Commander for the local American Legion Post. In addition, Dan was the president of the Kwajalein Scuba Club from December 2013 to June 2016. He is a PADI Divemaster, and his additional dive specialty certifications include Enriched Air Nitrox, Drysuit Diving, and Underwater Photographer.

 

Mike Woundy

Mike is an employee of Kwajalein Range Services, where he works as a Structural and Architectural Designer in the Engineering Department. He has been a resident of Kwajalein since November 2007, and he is in his fourth year as the Commander of American Legion Post #44. Mike was involved with the search for the Kingfisher at the outset of the project by helping to dive targets of interest. He has also been instrumental in the project by helping set up the Kwajalein MIA Committee, a sub-committee of American Legion Post #44 that encompasses the search for MIA-related sites at Kwajalein Atoll. Mike has nearly 700 dives around the Pacific, and he is a PADI Divemaster. He spent six years in the U.S. Army.

Bill Williamson

Bill is an employee of Kwajalein Range Services, where he works in the Range Safety Department. He started diving in 1976 at Grand Turk, and he earned his PADI Instructor rating in 1992 at Kwajalein. In 2014 he earned his PADI Staff Instructor rating and he is working toward his PADI Master Instructor rating. Bill has trained over 400 students at Kwajalein to dive and has over 2000 dives around the Pacific, many of those diving wrecks at Kwajalein Atoll and Truk (Chuuk) Lagoon. He has served as the President of the Kwajalein Scuba Club (KSC) three times in the past. He is currently the KSC Environmental Officer, where he is heading up the Kwajalein Atoll Buoy Committee which is a reef conservation effort of installing a permanent buoy system at Kwajalein for diving. Bill has been involved in sonar towing in the search for the Kingfisher, and he is the former owner of the local dive shop on Kwajalein.

Tim Roberge

Tim is an employee of Chugach Management Services, Inc., where he works as a Fire Systems Technician for the Kwajalein Fire Department. He has been a resident of Kwajalein for over 7 years. Tim began diving when he arrived on Kwajalein and holds his PADI Rescue Diver Certification. Tim was one of the founding members of the Kingfisher Project when it started 2011, and he also played a central part in the discovery of the Hellcat wreckage off Bigej Island that same year. He plans to continue living on Kwajalein and be part of the Kwajalein MIA Project. Tim involves himself throughout the Kwajalein community- he is currently the Commodore of the Kwajalein Yacht Club. Tim is a longtime member of the Quality of Life committee which provides access to funds which improve the betterment of the community. Tim’s professional certifications are: 35 year Member IBEW Local 103 Boston Massachusetts, Massachusetts Licensed Journeyman Electrician, Fire Alarm system programming certification in Notifier and Simplex systems.

Matt Hess

Matt works for Kwajalein Range Services, and he is the Supervisor of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and Launch Ordnance team. Matt is a retired Army Senior Explosive Ordnance Technician and combat disabled veteran with 20 years of experience in the field of EOD. He has been a Kwajalein resident since 2013 and was certified to dive a month after arriving on island. He has logged just short of 200 dives within Kwajalein Atoll. Matt is a recent addition to the Kwajalein MIA Project, but brings his enthusiasm and love of diving to the team. Matt also brings valuable expertise to the team with his knowledge of unexploded ordnance (UXO). As a below-knee amputee, he has a deep respect for service members that have made great sacrifices for their country and is eager to assist in finding the Kingfisher and other MIA-related wreck sites in the lagoon. He is a PADI Advanced Open Water/Nitrox Diver.

Pam Hess

Pam is a U.S. Army veteran and former Department of Defense employee. She has been deployed to various countries and her husband Matthew, also an Army Veteran, is a wounded warrior so she knows firsthand of the sacrifices made by service members and their families. Pam left her job with the government in 2008 to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons Ryan and Sean. She started working part time while her sons are in school for Kwajalein Range Services as an Administrative Assistant in 2014. She is very involved with the Parent Teacher Organization, Swim Team and Cub Scouts on Kwajalein. She learned to dive within two months of arriving on Kwajalein and is honored to assist in any way possible. For Pam, being a part of this amazing project is one way to give back to the Greatest Generation and their families and a way to teach her sons about the sacrifices others have made for their country.

Bill Remick - Sonar Operations Advisor

Bill was first certified for scuba diving on Kwajalein in 1967 while he attended high school. He spent almost 30 years working as a groundwater hydrologist for the State of Arizona and is now retired. Over the years he has maintained a keen interested in Kwajalein and arranged to return for a visit and diving in 1989. Since then he has made 20 trips to Kwajalein, two to Chuuk and three to Palau. While at Chuuk and Palau he dove with author Dan Bailey on expeditions of discovery and photography of underwater ship and aircraft wrecks. Then he assisted Mr. Bailey with the editing of his books on wrecks at those two locales. In 2007, he acquired a side-scan sonar to help locate aircraft in the Kwajalein lagoon. Since that time he has discovered over 30 complete or partial aircraft and small craft/barges around Kwajalein and Roi-Namur. His research and analytical work was the key in locating the Hellcat wreck in 2011. That year Bill teamed up with Dan Farnham to make a concentrated search for the Kingfisher lost somewhere off North Loi Island. In the meantime he has completed a comprehensive book on the history of Kwajalein.

Josh Vance

Josh is a commercial airline pilot and a retired United States Marine Corps Major. He flew KC-130E/F/T/R/J and UC-35D aircraft, in addition to time as an Infantry Officer as a Platoon Commander, Company Executive officer and Company Commander. Josh retired with over 21 years of service in the Marine Corps. He has been deployed to numerous places throughout the world to include five combat deployments to the Middle East. He is a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and PADI TECREC Technical Diving Instructor and has logged over 1,000 dives, most while stationed on Okinawa, Japan. He was a founding member of the Kingfisher Project, which was later renamed the Kwajalein MIA Project, and was responsible for locating all of the WWII Veterans involved in the Kingfisher part of the project, and coordinating their reunion on Veterans Day 2012. He also assisted Harrison "Dub" Miller in being awarded several service medals and his three Air Medals for his combat missions flown during World War II, which were presented by his Congressman, Richard Nugent. He keeps in touch with all surviving Veterans and has been instrumental in CONUS-based operations in support of the Kwajalein MIA Project, to include conducting liaison with the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), formerly the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC). This coordination has resulted in the assignment of case numbers to all aircraft the team is searching for in the Kwajalein Atoll lagoon. He has played an instrumental part in the search for the Kingfisher and Hellcat and will continue until the team locates all MIA-related aircraft in the lagoon.

Debbie Schmidt - Genealogist

Debbie Schmidt is a retired CEO of a nonprofit agency in Northeast Indiana. She has recently relocated to her hometown of Mt Pleasant, Iowa. She does volunteer work for the Council on Accreditation in New York City; is on her local Habitat for Humanity board and a genealogist.

Natalie Bagley - Archaeological Advisor

Natalie holds a Master’s of Science in Archaeology, and several years of progressively complex field experience. Natalie has participated in excavations in Europe and the United States, and has worked as a contract archaeologist and cultural resource manager in Kwajalein for the last four years. Her expertise includes osteology, zooarchaeology, education, conservation and damage mitigations. Natalie has volunteered extensively with many local historical societies, helping these groups with creating management plans, and working to educate the public. Natalie’s role within the Kwajalein MIA Project is to advise and assist the Project Leader with making sure the documentation of MIA-related wreck sites is done properly and submitted to the proper agencies and authorities.

Bob Raymond - Digital Online Consultant

Bob is a 12-year former U.S. government civilian, having served with U.S. Army Missile Command (MICOM), now consolidated AMCOM, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, AL. During his government tenure, he spent 1991-1993 with the U.S. Army Space & Missile Defense Command (SMDC) on Kwajalein (USAKA) performing IT and postal operations functions at the U.S. Army Post Office. Since departing government work, Bob escalated his career in IT in the private sector (Electronic Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard), focusing on Web and Digital Marketing Technologies as well as Project Management. His background was a perfect fit for the Kwajalein MIA Project as the first Webmaster and Digital Consultant for the project website and advising on our other online properties and IT functions. Bob's family military history (father and grandfather being Army retirees), and the appreciation of his tour on Kwaj, drive his devotion to making the Kwajalein MIA Project as successful as possible.

Grant Day

Grant holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Archaeology and Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Anthropology and Public Relations/Advertising. He has over 20 years of expertise in Historic, Industrial, Maritime and Prehistoric Archaeology as well as experience in Architectural History. He is currently serving as the Cultural Resources Supervisor for 11 Kwajalein Atoll islands leased by the Department of Defense within the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and he was recently elected president of the Marshallese Cultural Center and Museum on Kwajalein Atoll. He has a strong working knowledge of cultural heritage/resource management laws and regulations, and experience providing regulatory compliance and consultation to support international, federal, state, local, and commercial projects and research. He has managed archaeological/cultural projects for multiple US federal agencies, including the Departments of Defense/military, Energy, Transportation, Interior, as well as commercial, and academic research projects throughout the United States and overseas. Grant has been researching underwater archaeological projects since the mid-1990s and he has logged over 200 dives, a number of which are related to wreck exploration and scientific research. Grant is a PADI Rescue Diver with PADI certifications in Nitrox/Enriched Air, Wreck Diving, Archaeology, Deep Diving and Drift Diving.

Deo Eddu Keju - R.M.I. Liason

Deo was born in Wodmej, Wotje, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), but grew up on Ebeye and serves as the principal at Ebeye Public Elementary School. As a child he completed his primary education at that same school prior to being sponsored by a former Kwajalein employee in North Carolina to attend high school and college in the U.S. Deo has a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Hawaii in Manoa with a specialty in Pacific Islands Studies, a MA in Secondary Education from San Diego State University, and an MA in Theology from St. Meinrad School of Theology in Indiana. As a former seminarian for the Roman Catholic Church in the latter 1990s, Deo has experience in chaplaincy work in hospitals in southwest Indiana, northeast Kentucky, and Oahu, Hawaii. Deo serves as the Ri-Majol interpreter for the Kwajalein MIA Project, and as the advisor for cultural and local tradition and project liaison to the government leaders of the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Bill Beigel - WWII Casualty Researcher

World War 2 Researcher Bill Beigel of Torrance, California, is the official researcher for the Kwajalein MIA Project. Bill’s role on the Kwajalein MIA Project team is to research military records, such as Navy deck logs, to help identify wrecks, locations, crew members, and rescue personnel involved in missions where American servicemen were lost and not recovered. Since 1999, Bill has researched more than two thousand servicemen and women killed or wounded and taken prisoner in active duty in U.S. military service, along with WW2 veterans who served and returned home. His clients are veterans’ family members, communities, schools and universities, and others, from all over the world. Bill holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Geography, both from UCLA. Bill has been involved with other MIA efforts, confirming identities of downed crew members for ongoing recovery efforts for about 77,000 Americans still missing or unrecovered. For more information or to search Bill’s WW2 Casualties Database, please visit WW2Research.com.

 

 

Jessica Holland

Jessica is employed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory and currently works on the islands of Kwajalein and Roi-Namur. In addition to her professional engineering career, she is a certified multi-and-single engine commercial pilot and flight instructor with flight experience in a variety of aircraft, including several from the World War II era. Since moving to Kwajalein in 2015, Jessica has become an avid wreck diver, is Rescue Diver certified with a variety of additional dive specialties, and is currently a PADI Divemaster Candidate. Granddaughter of an Air Force B-29 bomber navigator and daughter of an Army veteran, she is a strong supporter of the U.S. military personnel, both those currently serving and the veterans who have honorably served. She is proud to be part of the team searching for, and helping repatriate soldiers who bravely fought and died in the Pacific battles.

Misti French

Photo and bio forthcoming 

Michael Hayes

Michael is a U.S. Army Veteran having served nearly 10 years. Michael first took up diving as a father/daughter activity but soon discovered it to be a non-medication means to relieve the pain associated with neck/spinal injuries that ended his military career. Michael is sharing his passion for diving with others as a Diver’s Alert Network (DAN) Instructor, Handicapped Scuba Assn (HSA) Instructor and a PADI Master Instructor, certifying over 300 students and a mentor to future and new dive instructors. In the last ten years diving has taken him to multiple countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Central America and now Kwajalein in the Pacific. Michael is currently working towards his Course Director and Technical (Tech/Rec) Instructor ratings. Michael is an amateur WWII historian, which began early in his childhood with a keen appreciation for battles and theaters that his family has fought in. He has been a resident of Kwajalein since 2014, working for Chugach Management Services Inc., as a Project Planner/Scheduler specializing in project management techniques. Michael is also the current President of the Kwajalein Scuba Club (June 2016 – Present) and owner of Dive Kwaj, the local dive store. 

Christa Babcock-Wingfield

Photo and bio forthcoming 

Paul Gause

(bio forthcoming)

In Memoriam

Bob Greene

Bob was an employee of Kwajalein Range Services, where he worked as an Information Assurance Security Officer. He had been a resident of Kwajalein for over 9 years. Bob had been diving since his arrival on Kwajalein and had logged over 1600 dives around the Pacific. He was a founding member of the Kingfisher Project which later became the Kwajalein MIA Project. Bob was a strong member of the community and served on the Island Memorial Chapel’s Board, and he also served in various capacities for other community organizations.

 

Bob passed away unexpectedly in March 2017. His wife Connie has been made an Honorary Member of the Kwajalein MIA Project, so she can be a part of the team, and the cause, that Bob gave so much of his time to. He will be sincerely missed by his teammates on the Kwajalein MIA Project. 

In Memoriam

Stan Edwards

Stan was an employee of Chugach Management Services, Inc. and he worked as the Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention for the Kwajalein Fire Department. Prior to coming to Kwajalein, he retired from the fire department in Boise, Idaho following 27 years of service there. He also honorably served our country for a combined 25 years in the US Navy, US Army and Air National Guard.

 

Stan had been a resident of Kwajalein from August 2010 to November 2015. Stan was involved in many things on Kwajalein and loved supporting the US military and our veterans. This was evident by his volunteerism with American Legion Post 44 where he held the position of 1st Vice Commander, and he was one of the original members of the Kingfisher Project, and he remained an active team member of the Kwajalein MIA Project when the project was expanded. He was devoted to helping find and account for missing-in-action servicemen from WWII in the Kwajalein lagoon.

 

Stan passed away in June 2017 in New Jersey, following a long battle with cancer. His wife Paulette has been made an honorary member of the team. He will be sincerely missed by his teammates on the Kwajalein MIA Project. 

Former Team Members

Due to Kwajalein's nature as a military installation, personnel on the island rotate through based on contract lengths and other considerations. Our former team members, while no longer here, were vital to the success of the Kwajalein MIA Project in helping us get to this point, and we'd like to mention their names here:

Hal Parker, Shannon Paulsen, Jay Monnot, CW4 Shawn Carpenter, Brad Mitchell, Geoffrey Lake, Melina Lake, Curtis Childress, Shawn Mirowitz, Scott Phillips, Brandi Mueller, Jeff Oneal, Melissa Manske, Bryan Harrington, Kristi Harrington, Sam Engelhard, Melissa Engelhard, Ray Arsenault, Spencer Moorman, Mary Elizabeth, Jay Matar.