ACCESSION NUMBER:370268 FILE ID:EUR213 DATE:12/06/94 TITLE:U.S.-RUSSIA JOINT COMMISSION ON POW/MIAS VISIT U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY (12/06/94) TEXT:*94120608.PFE *EUR213 12/06/94 U.S.-RUSSIA JOINT COMMISSION ON POW/MIAS VISIT U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY (Text: State Department statement) (240) Washington -- The Department of State announced that the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs toured the U.S. Naval Academy December 5. Following is a December 6 statement on the visit by Christine Shelly, acting spokesman at the State Department: (Begin text) On Monday, December 5, 1994, the United States-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs (USRJC) toured the U.S. Naval Academy, visited with the superintendent, Admiral Charles Larson, and had lunch with naval cadets. The USRJC has been actively involved in locating the remains of United States Air Force Captain John Dunham. Captain Dunham was a 1950 Naval Academy graduate who was shot down on October 7, 1952, during an intelligence collection flight over the South Kurile islands. The Russian side has assisted United States efforts by providing information from Russian archives, producing witnesses, as well as searching for and excavating remains thought to be those of Captain Dunham on Yuri Island. The remains were found on September 2, 1994. They are now undergoing forensic analysis at the United States Army Identification Laboratory in Hawaii. The visit to the United States Naval Academy was designed to continue to stimulate initiatives with our Russian counterparts that are expected to produce more witnesses, documents, and leads to additional information regarding our POW/MIAs. (End text) NNNN .