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FALLEN AMERICAN VETERANS FOUNDATION INC

"Honor the Promise" - "Leave No One Behind"

Rockport, ME   |  https://www.fallenamerican.org/

Mission

The Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit co-founded with families of the Missing & dedicated to "Honoring the Promise" of "Leave No One Behind" through the search & recovery of US Military Personnel Missing In Action. FAVF has executed three USCG & DoD Greenland deep glacier search missions. FAVF: 1. ADVOCATES for surviving families of the 83,000 US Military personnel MIA since WWII through advocacy with the DoD & Congress. 2. EDUCATES the public, public officials, and US Military regarding US Policy & the US commitment to the Missing & their families. 3. REPATRIATES the remains of US MIAs through its "subject matter expertise" in the investigation, planning & execution of search & recovery missions in Greenland, Antarctica, Russia, Vietnam & Alaska.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Mr. Luciano Antonio Sapienza

Co Principal Officer

Jennifer Lehr

Main address

251 Park St

Rockport, ME 04856 USA

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EIN

26-3804154

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Fallen America Veterans Foundation, Inc., (FAVF) is a 501c3 non-profit, co-founded with families of US Military Personnel Missing In Action (MIA) to "Honor the Promise" of "Leave No One Behind" through the investigation, search & recovery of those Missing In Action from obscure WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Cold War battlefields and crash sites.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Greenland J2F-4 Grumman “Duck” (BuNo V1640) Three-Man MIA Crew Repatriation

“Honoring Our Fallen & Their Families” - Mission 2023

The Greenland Search and Recovery of WWII USCG Lt. John Pritchard, Radioman 1st Class Benjamin Bottoms and Corporal Loren Howarth

"If They Are There, We Will Find Them."

The Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc., will spearhead advanced and conventional technological surveys of the J2F-4 Grumman Duck site to locate WWII MIAs Lt. John Pritchard, Radioman 1st Class Benjamin Bottoms, and Corporal Loren Howarth. The aircraft is believed to be buried between 5 and 10 meters below the ice sheet surface. The remains of the men are expected to be found within the aircraft, wrapped in their shearling flight suits.

The FAVF science team designed these surveys to precisely and conclusively locate the USCG WWII J2F-4 crash site to facilitate the repatriation of Lt. Jon Pritchard, RM1C Benjamin Bottoms and CPL Loren Howarth.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

During the same mishap as the J2F-4 Grumman Duck crash, two other military WWII aircraft crashed onto the Greenland ice sheet. Thirty-Five miles from the J2F-4 Grumman crash site a C-53 Skytrooper with five aboard skidded onto the surface during its return flight from Reykjavik, Iceland.

While radio transmissions and flare sightings prove that men survived, conditions did not permit their rescue. Their bodies are presumed to be with the aircraft and buried up to 300 feet below the surface of the Greenland ice sheet. The above-mentioned J2F-4 crew crashed attempting to rescue the B-17 crew attempting to locate the C-53. In all 3 aircraft and 8 men were lost in this operation.

During the summer 2023 mission, FAVF will place satellite tracking devices at up to three points to determine ice sheet direction and speed.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

August 2024: Scattered around southeast Greenland are the remains of 7 US Servicemen whose remains were logistically impossible to bring home at the time they were killed. As a subject matter expert (SME) to the USCG and US Department of Defense (DOD) conducting polar recoveries outside the normal DOD recovery parameters the Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc., is investigating each of these cases and with its two cutting-edge geophysical, electrical engineering teams in conjunction with leading international universities will locate and if possible, repatriate the remains to their families and US soil through Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Officially designated as the very last three casualties of WWII by the US Department of Defense, the Fallen American Veterans Foundation (FAVF) working at the request of the surviving families will perform two expeditions to the Noville Peninsula on Antarctica’s Thurston Island, to establish the exact crash site location to up to 150 feet below the glacier’s surface. The men were entombed below the wing of their aircraft by survivors of the crash. FAVF will repatriate the well-preserved frozen bodies of (3) US Navy aircrewmen during a follow-up mission. The men perished when their converted reconnaissance patrol bomber (PB), a U.S. Navy Martin Mariner PBM-5 flying boat codenamed George 1, grazed a ridgeline, exploded and crashed on Antarctica’s Thurston Island, 30 December 1946 during ‘Operation Highjump.’ FAVF continues to work with the surviving family members and members of the US Congress to mandate the MIAs return.

OpHjp became Admiral Richard Byrd’s 4th and the largest ever exploration of Antarctica. It included 4700 sailors, 13 ships and 23 aircraft. Six men survived and were rescued 13 days later.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Working with an American Vietnam veteran and a former Vietcong Colonel, The Fallen American Veterans Foundation is working to search and identify the undocumented impromptu battlefield graves of 5 American Army infantrymen with ground-penetrating radar and electromagnetic pulse imaging. One of the 5 soldiers has been described as African American. Once the grave sites are identified the locations will be reported to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency for recovery.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
People of African descent

FAVF, at the request of former Senator Russ Feingold's (D-WI) office for the pilot’s family, FAVF recently facilitated fact and information gathering that can lead to the search of US Navy Commander James D. LeHaye shot down over the Gulf of Tonkin off of Hon Ngu Island after a raid (May 8th, 1965) on the Vinh, Vietnam airport.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

YT-14 (BuNo 154042) of HMM-164 was the last Marine helicopter lost in Vietnam (29 April 1975), and still sits at the bottom of the South China Sea in 65 to 100 feet of water at coordinates 09 55'32 N, 107 20'06 E. FAVF is attempting to partner with an oceanographic institute to accomplish the search and recovery of Pilot Capt. William Craig Nystul, and Copilot 1st LT. Michael John Shea.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

CDR. Mark Eslick, flew off the USS Intrepid over Formosa on 12 October 1944 and did not return. CDR. Eslick’s family has requested more information on this possible crash site. With funding, FAVF expects to discover detailed information that will likely lead to his crash site.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

FAVF came into possession of previously disclosed compelling government survey information from the Gulf of Alaska bottom that indicates the accurate location of an anomaly with specific measurements that resemble the dimensions of the four-engined DC-4 transporting 38 persons including 29 US Army and Air Force to Tokyo on the Korean airlift that went missing on July 21, 1951. The anomaly is up to 300 feet below the surface.

In April 2021, with private funding, totaling over $19,000, FAVF commissioned a transiting NOAA contract survey ship to run an exhaustive 12-hour side-scan sonar (SSS) and magnetometer survey over the area. The survey located the anomalies first discovered in 1977 but revealed that a combination of 1970s-era SSS and the analog recording system distorted the recording. The 1977 image was merely a rock formation. The question remains: If not here, then where is the missing air aircraft with the 38 MIAs onboard. The search continues.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Our results

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Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Greenland J2F-4 Grumman “Duck” (BuNo V1640) Three-Man MIA Crew Repatriation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Families of US Military Personnel Missing In Action, polar scientists, historians and explorers are interested in this mission

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc.:

ADVOCATES for surviving families of the 83,000 US Military Personnel Missing In Action (MIA) since WWII through advocacy and proposed legislation.

EDUCATES the public, public officials, and the US military branches regarding the US policy and its commitment to the Missing and their families.

REPATRIATES the remains of US Missing In Action (MIA) by executing worldwide recovery missions.

Advocate – Educate – Repatriate
The Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc. is a highly regarded a subject matter expert (SME) in deep glacier search and recovery of U.S. Military Personnel Missing In Action. As such it will foster its “Advocate – Educate – Repatriate" mission with a strategic vision for each of these areas.

REPATRIATE
The primary purpose of Repatriation is to provide closure to the families of the Missing.

FAVF will continue to cultivate and augment its extraordinary team of preeminent explorers, scientists, field specialists including highly experienced Greenland and US Antarctic Program mountaineers and established expedition companies that guide science teams into inhospitable mountain and polar regions.

EDUCATE
The Education of the general public and legislators though the publication of information in print, social media and documentaries creates an awareness that can cause public action, grass roots advocacy and the funding of additional missions.

ADVOCATE
The FAVF Advocates with the military and legislators for families as request and seek closure through the repatriation of their loved ones.

The Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc. maintains long established relationships with the U.S. Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and the U.S. Coast Guard executing the elements necessary to locate and recover their WWII military aircrews. FAVF works with members of Congress, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and other groups to further its cause.

The Fallen American Veterans Foundation has forged additional relationships with other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and leading research institutions including, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University, Columbia University, the Byrd Polar Research Center at the Ohio University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Iceland as well many other leading government and international academic bodies. FAVF also works and contracts with leading private-sector, commercial remote-sensing individuals and companies.

As a subject matter expert, with experience gained from its personnel involved in the only search and recovery of WWII aircraft from 268 feet below the surface of the ice sheet, the Fallen American Veterans Foundation Inc. already conducts and executes full turn-key missions that includes all research, data acquisition, data analytics mapping, specification of remote-sensing technologies, science and support teams, camp site and camp equipment, air, sea and land logistics including military and civilian assets.

With over the 83,000 MIAs from WII forward, the Fallen American Veterans Foundation will continue its three-prong mission to REPATRIATE the Missing while it ADVOCATES for the families of the Missing and EDUCATES the public about the status of U.S. MIA policy under U.S Code Title 10 Section 1481 – to recover all our nation's Missing.

May 2019: Fallen American Veterans Foundation (FAVF) will conduct a 4th mission to Greenland to locate and recover the remains of 3 U.S. Military Personnel Missing In Action (MIA) from up to 150 below the surface of a remote Greenland ice sheet; we have collected all but the last $50,000.00 required for this mission.

In conjunction with North South Polar, Inc., FAVF has supported three US Coast Guard & Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) mission to investigate and search for the aircraft. New information, analytics and technologies now allow for a full & comprehensive mission.

Led by the FAVF executive director and his team, all 3 missions accomplished their goal in eliminating suspect areas that may have contained the aircraft wreckage. These mission provided boots-on-the-ground “proof-of-concept" for methodologies and multiple cutting-edge technologies.

At the request of the surviving George 1 Antarctic MIA family members, FAVF met with the US Navy Chief of Naval Personnel to present its detailed search and recovery plan. As a result, the Navy recommended that FAVF present this information to the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) for consideration. FAVF provided its plan to JPAC's commanding officer and Senior Staff at its headquarters at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Honolulu. After serious reservations were considered this meeting “turned the tide" resulted in a “Go" recommendation to undertake the mission.

FAVF has provided National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Amendment language passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. This amendment mandates the recovery of the “George 1" (BuNo 59098) 3-man crew from a December 1942 Antarctic crash. While the language passed the House three times, the language was removed from the Senate version of the Act. FAVF will resubmit language for the 2020 NDAA with a more concerted effort made for passage by the Senate. FAVF continues to cultivate allies in the Senate and House with the full support of the national headquarters of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

EDUCATE
FAVF has provided print & video interviews to National Geographic Magazine, the NY Times, Congressional Quarterly and dozens of other publications & local TV stations to promote the search and recovery of US Military Personnel Mission In Action. Public speaking engagements provide a similar type of exposure to promote FAVF goals. FAVF maintains a web site, Facebook page and Twitter account to further disseminate information and promote its goals.

ADVOCATE
FAVF works with and advocates for over 50 family members of the Missing to ensure that all possible avenues remain open with the Military regarding the return of their loved ones.

REPATRIATE
FAVF conducts its own investigations and private recovery missions where the Department of Defense considers the mission low priority, no longer practical or where it does not possess the expertise to undertake the mission.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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FALLEN AMERICAN VETERANS FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2023
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Board chair

Mr. James Sisti

Fallen American Veterans Foundation, Inc

Term: 2021 - 2023

James S Sisti

Jody Fisher

Austin Williams

Jeffrey Aronson

Consultant

Theodore Lopez

Air & Space Magazine

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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