Shigeaki Mori Honored For Research On POW Atomic Bomb Victims

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Shigeaki Mori, 68, a Hiroshima historian who has researched the fate of U.S. prisoners of war who died in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 60 years ago and other atomic bomb victims, attended the 2005 National POW/MIA Recognition Day luncheon as guest speaker at the U.S. Air Force's Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni on Friday.

Mori, who was 8 when the atomic bomb was dropped, has researched atomic bomb victims for almost 30 years. He has helped add the names of six U.S. POWs who died in Hiroshima to the list of atomic bomb victims beneath the Cenotaph for A-bomb Victims at the Peace Memorial Park and helped the families of eight U.S. POWs dedicate portraits of servicemen for the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.
Technical Sgt. Christopher Valgardson made a presentation on POWs and those missing in action and honored Mori for his research on the fate of POWs.

Valgardson said: "Mr. Mori wanted to honor the lives of these American POWs and has spent some 30 years of significant personal and financial sacrifice to accomplish this work. Because of his tireless efforts, he has helped to account for our dead."

Valgardson presented Mori with a POW/MIA flag and commemorative coin in honor of his work.

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