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Sarah Wagner
George Washington University (Washington, DC 20052-0001)

Public Scholars
Research Programs

[Grant products][Prizes]

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2018

Bringing Them Home: Identifying and Remembering Vietnam War MIAs

Researching and writing a book on forensic identification and public memorialization of U.S. service members Missing in Action (MIA) from the Vietnam War.

This book project examines the efforts to account for and memorialize U.S. service members Missing In Action (MIA) and presumed dead from the past century’s major conflicts, specifically the over 1,600 still missing from the Vietnam War. Stories from recovery missions in Southeast Asia, forensic scientific investigations, and decades-delayed homecomings help illustrate war’s destructive/generative nature and the obligations of care that arise through such a prolonged crisis of absence. Bringing Them Home also reveals important changes in how MIAs are commemorated, from everyday, small acts of remembrance to more public, monumental forms and spaces of memorializing the war and those who died waging it. In doing so, it presents a humanistic account of war and its legacy of remembrance that entwine the living with the dead in the project of national belonging.