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The Green family returned to the scene of their family's trauma. They divided up the search area and within five minutes, they found Joyce's body. "I saw the brown of her skull, and I knew that was my mother," Robert says.

"We didn't have to move any wood. We didn't have to dig. We didn't have to use any of the equipment we brought to search with," David says.

Though this was a sad, emotional experience for the family members, it did provide closure. "That was the most important thing to us," David says. "Our mission was to come and get our mom."

Anderson says that Robert and David's story is so troubling because it's so common in the Gulf Coast. "Soldiers on the battlefield have a saying, which is, ‘Never leave a fallen comrade behind,'" Anderson tells Oprah. "There are front lines here in the United States. ... There are people who have fallen, who have not been brought back and have not been returned home."
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FROM: An Oprah Special Report: The Katrina Stories No One is Telling
Published on February 21, 2006

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