John Lewis, a retired Navy captain who worked with Emory while assigned to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command between 2001 and 2004, said the command is fortunate someone like Emory has the time and initiative to painstakingly connect the dots on the unknowns.
Emory says people sometimes ask him why he’s spending so much time on events from 70 years ago. He tells them to talk to the relatives to see if they want the unknowns identified.
He doesn’t get emotional about the work, except when the government doesn’t exhume people he thinks should be dug up and identified.
He’ll keep working after he’s formally recognized during the Pearl Harbor ceremony today to remember and honor the dead. He has names of 100 more men buried at Punchbowl that he believes are identifiable.