The USA wants to find the remains of its soldiers who lost their lives in india during world war II. US and India together have started a huge program for the same. World war II was fought from 1939 to 1945 between Axis powers and allied powers. WW2 is considered to be the biggest war fought in human history and it’s considered that almost 720 million people died in WW2 which is 3% of the population of the world of that time. More Indians died in WW2 than Americans. The total of Indian civilian and military deaths is considered to be between 1.5 to 2.5 million whereas total deaths on the US side were around 418k.
The USA was primarily against Japan in WW2 because Japan was taking control over Indo-pacific very rapidly which became concerning for the US and Japan also attacked pearl harbour in which the US suffered many casualties. Japan took control of the Philippines and many other Asian countries. Japan planned to enter India from Myanmar. In ww2 china, Russia India US were on the same side with many other allies together fighting Japan Germany and Italy on the other side which is very different from today’s world order. Japan was also supporting subash Chandra bose and his ‘Azad hind fauj’. A most important aspect for the USA and Britain was to protect India from going into the control of the Japanese.
So US and UK soldiers fought many wars in northeast India against the Japanese. In March 1944 Japan launched operation U-Go against forces of the British empire in the northeast Indian regions of Manipur and Naga hills ( then administered as Assam). Battle of Imphal was one of the most important wars in the history of world war II. According to the US, many US soldiers died in India and 400 of them were not found. The US also said there are over 81,800 defence personnel of the US who are still unaccounted from the Vietnam war, the Korean war, the cold war and world war II. Recovery mission by the US has been conducted in India since 2008 in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland and Tripura. In 2016, a team of DPAA and the anthropological survey of India found some evidence of remains of US Army personnel. Recently the US Department of defence joins with the National Forensic Science University (NFSU) in search of 400 personnel missing since WW2.