Adding to the Ranks of the Recoverable American Service Personnel Missing In Action

The Fallen American Veterans Foundation Honors the Promise of “Leave No Man Behind” as a specialist to the US Department of Defense in the search and recovery of US Service Personnel Missing In Action (MIA) in the most remote and hostile parts of the world. We advocate for the families of the Missing and Educate the general public on the Congressional mandate to recover all 83,000 US Service Personnel Missing In Action.  In conjunction with North South Polar Inc. we have 53 MIA’s on our search and recovery docket.



Lou Sapienza, Chairman – Lou is co-founder of the Fallen American Veterans Foundation. His guiding principle is to honor the promise of “Leave No Man Behind.” He formed and leads a remarkable coalition of world-renowned explorers, scientists, engineers and specialists – global experts – on private and governmental missions to recover American servicemen Missing-In-Action from World War II. To accomplish that goal, Lou works closely with the families of US Service Personnel Missing In Action, branches of the US military and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). He also manages an informal community of international scientists from NASA/JPL, the US Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation and numerous universities to develop the most efficient information and techniques to locate and return US Armed Forces MIAs. Lou is a former member of the Greenland Expedition Society WWII P-38 Recovery Team. He participated in three expeditions that developed the technologies and equipment that recovered a WWII P-38 Lighting fighter plane from 24 stories beneath the ice sheet surface. Lou also served as the mission’s principal photographer. His is work was used extensively in the History Channel’s “The Hunt for the Lost Squadron.” Lou also travels the world as a professional photographer.  His work has appeared in LIFE magazine, National Geographic, Forbes, Paris Match, Gulliver (Italy) as well as numerous other international publications and corporate annual reports. Sapienza is an elected member of the world-renowned, New York-based Explorer’s Club.

Mary Baker Anderson, Director – Mary joined the board of the Fallen American Veteran’s Foundation in 2009 after working as a volunteer in the organization for almost a year. Mary is serial entrepreneur; she has started or been part of the startup team of several early stage companies. She currently is the Managing Partner of Calipa Partners, a consulting firm supporting the startup community. She was CFO of AT&T Wireless Data where she was part of the team that put the first browser on a cell phone. She was also part of the founding team of HomeGrocer, an internet grocery store.  During her 30+ year career Mary has been a frequent volunteer, serving on diverse nonprofit community boards from Food Lifeline to Hope Heart Institute.  Mary is the proud mother of three young adults.  She enjoys traveling, blowing glass and loves playing with her dog, Travis.  Mary earned a Bachelor’s in Science with Honors from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Washington.