Argentina pays homage to Brit who recovered Falklands dead

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Argentina pays homage to Brit who recovered Falklands dead
Former British Army officer Geoffrey Cardozo talks to the Associated Press in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, March 23, 2018. Cardozo, a young British Army captain during the 1982 Falkland's war who recovered and reburied the fallen Argentine soldiers on the islands, was honored by the Argentine government and relatives of some of the fallen soldiers. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Families of Argentine soldiers killed in the 1982 war with Britain have paid homage to a former British army officer who helped recover and rebury their loved ones in a Falkland Islands cemetery.

A forensic study recently identified the remains of 88 Argentine soldiers buried there, and the families of the fallen troops will travel to the Falkands next week.

The identification process was possible thanks to the efforts of Geoffrey Cardozo.

He assembled a team of British funeral directors that rappelled into minefields from helicopters and dug up mass graves to recover the Argentine corpses 35 years ago. They then carefully prepared each one for reburial in individual coffins.

The families of the soldiers and Argentine officials thanked Cardozo on Friday at an emotional ceremony in Buenos Aires.