Military Historiography

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My new article will inherit most of the discussion of technology in my previous semester paper, but the progress of forensic technology will parallel with the family intervention in the military identification process. The description of technology will be revamped to make it more appropriate for an article in history, not sciences. To achieve these goals, I will readjust my historiography section accordingly and divide my work into new sections according to the paths of forensic technology. A new gamut of sources will be used to substantiate my analysis. Because of the new topic, the book list of my historiography section will undergo a significant readjustment. In the last semester, I have read several books related to body identification…show more content…
About this era, I did not observe much progress in the forensic technology. My sources are the 1976 version of TM 10-286 and a proceeding of a conference between the Smithsonian Institute and the Army in the early 1970s. Additional information may come from the oral history of Dr. Tadao Furue (a key figure for decades of deceased personnel identification in the military) kept at Carlisle Barracks, as well as a The New Yorker article of identifying a group of WWII-era skeletons. During this time, I did not see much critique of the identification of remains returned from WWII battlefields nor Vietnam. Consequently, the family response will not be discussed in this section. The sources for this section will be analyzed in the week of…show more content…
The narration of the DNA technology, its early use outside the military, as well as its spectacular success in identifying remains repatriated from Vietnam and Korea will be copied from my previous semester paper with some revision and expansion. As described earlier in this semester, I will refer to some introductory textbooks in genetics to present the technical details of DNA identification. I am also considering drawing easily understandable figures to describe the technology. Additionally, I will use two complete identification reports of the Central Identification Laboratory acquired in the Smithsonian Institute to supplement my description of the use of DNA and other forensic tools. All works will be done in the week of

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