Advancing Exploration, Science & Historic Discovery
Lou Sapienza is CEO of North South Polar, Inc. and a founding member of the Fallen American Veterans Foundation. In both those roles, Lou’s guiding principle is to honor the promise of “Leave No Man Behind.” More specifically, 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 branches of the US military, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), and the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO). 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.
In September 2012, Lou and his North South Polar team returned from their second Greenland expedition for the US Coast Guard. The expedition succeeded in locating a J2F-4 Grumman Duck amphibious biplane containing three heroic American servicemen who had been missing since November 29th, 1942. Now entombed in ice forty feet below a glacier surface, the plane and its crew went down while attempting to rescue other Americans stranded on the Greenland ice cap. Plans are now underway to recover the Grumman Duck’s crew for their families and the aircraft to be restored as a memorial to the men.
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, and his work was used extensively in the History Channel’s “The Hunt for the Lost Squadron.”
Looking ahead, North South Polar is planning MIA expeditions to Greenland, Antarctica, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea in pursuit of 43 missing WWII servicemen.
Lou also travels the world as a professional photographer. His work has appeared in LIFE magazine, National Geographic, Forbes, Paris Match, and 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. He lives on eastern Long Island, New York, with his son Ryan and Sarge the howling Dachshund.