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Watch an Emotionally Gripping New Documentary During Screening Aboard USS Yorktown

Mayci Rechner Mar 24, 2022

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will host a screening of the new documentary “To What Remains” at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 11, 2022. Tickets are $10 and include an opportunity to have a conversation with the team members of Project Recover featured in the film. Tickets are expected to sell out.



“To What Remains” follows the efforts of Project Recover to find the remains of more than 80,000 Americans missing in action since World War II. Project Recover is a team of accomplished scientists, oceanographers, archaeologists, historians, researchers, and military veterans who have dedicated their lives to bring these heroes home. The documentary was filmed over a series of several years and takes viewers on an emotional journey into the depths of the ocean and farthest corners of the earth to bring closure to families of service members killed more than 75 years ago.

“We are honored the Project Recover team is partnering with Patriots Point to host this film screening,” said Executive Director Dr. Rorie Cartier. “In our museum, we tell the stories of these World War II veterans and their sacrifices for our country. Many families were left heartbroken by the tragedy of war and decades later have not received closure because their loved ones are still missing in action. We know this documentary will be an impactful experience for our visitors and demonstrate the lasting impacts of World War II.”

During the film screening at Patriots Point, guests will see breathtaking imagery captured during the search, plus intimate interviews with Project Recover and MIA families. After the film, viewers are invited to participate in a Q&A session with four members of the Project Recover team, moderated by Fox24 Anchor Bill Burr.


Project Recover Team Bios

Learn more about the members of Project Recover participating in the post-film screening Q&A.

Diving the Solomon Islands in 2018. Photo by Harry Parker

Derek Abbey

Derek Abbey is the President and CEO of Project Recover. He enlisted in the Marine Corps out of high school and while in the Marines earned a bachelor’s degree at Oregon State. Commissioned as a 2nd Lt., Derek soon moved into an aviation career serving as a Weapons System Officer for the F/A-18 Hornet, including three combat air deployments over Iraq, before moving on to serve in Marine Special Operations as a forward air controller, JTAC, and Executive Officer for the 1st Raider Battalion, where he deployed in the ground war in Afghanistan. After 23 years in the Marines, Derek retired from active service to earn a Ph.D. in leadership studies at the University of San Diego while also directing the Barrons Veterans Center at San Diego State University. Derek first met Pat in 2004 while still on active duty and soon afterward became a member of the Project Recover effort, serving now in his 18th year of looking for MIAs around the world.

Pat Scannon, M.D., Ph.D., President and Founder of Project Recover.

Dr. Pat Scannon

Dr. Pat Scannon is the Founder of Project Recover. After earning a BS in Chemistry from the University of Georgia and an ROTC commission as an Army 2nd Lt., Pat went on to earn a Ph.D. in organic chemistry and then an MD along with board certification in internal medicine, degrees which he used to pursue a decades-long leadership career in the biotech industry before retiring in 2016. In addition to leading missions to find MIAs, he continues to advise the US government on biotech issues in a wide range of roles.



LtCol Casey Doyle

LtCol Casey Doyle has been an active duty Marine officer for the past 18 years.  He is originally from Snyder, Texas, and currently resides in North Carolina with his family.  LtCol Doyle currently serves as an Assistant Chief of Staff for 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, II Marine Expeditionary Force at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Texas Tech University, and a Master’s of Science in Operational Art and Design of Warfare from the United States Air Force University in Montgomery, Alabama.  

LtCol Doyle joined Project Recover (then the BentProp Project) in 2011 after the team discovered and coordinated the repatriation of his grandfather, Staff Sergeant Jimmie Doyle, who became an MIA on September 1, 1944 in the vicinity of the Palauan Islands.

Dan O’Brien watching over dive operations in Italy, 2018
Photo: Harry Parker

Daniel O’Brien

Daniel O’Brien is the CFO and Administrator of Project Recover. Dan is the team’s keel. His job is to stay calm, organized, and mission-focused while steering a highly qualified goal-driven team through complex operations to accomplish the task at hand. He has the background to do so. In his early days, Dan was a stuntman, skydiver, and dropzone owner. Dan met Pat when he owned a dropzone. Dan taught Pat how to skydive so Pat could better understand the experience of the MIAs for whom he searched. Dan is more than an enthusiast. He has made more than 10,000 jumps and has even jumped into the Olympics opening ceremony. When Dan traveled with Pat to Palau and touched his first underwater crash site, he knew two things. First, he was on hallowed ground. Second, he would devote his skills and most of his time and energy to bringing MIAs home.

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  1. Richard Robinson says:

    I brought my son to Patriots Point and Charleston about 10 years ago. We had a great experience.
    Richard Robinson
    Arlington, Washington

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