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Family members of the Wake 98 and of others who perished on Wake Island can contact Bonnie Gilbert or the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command for information about submitting a DNA sample. DNA Family Reference Sample Kits are free; the process is simple and involves swabs.

Lee Tucker, a spokesman for JPAC, said they use mitochondrial DNA, which is inherited only from the maternal line of the family. For example, they need samples from mothers, brothers, sisters or sister’s children.

Bonnie Gilbert can be reached at JPAC can be reached at Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory, 310 Worchester Ave., Hickam AFB, HI 96853. Call (808) 448-1730.

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