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The National Alliance of Families Mourns the Passing of long time POW/MIA advocate Michael Van Atta. Mike passed on July 14, 2014 of Agent Orange related non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Many will remember Mike for his fine research and publication “The Insider.” To his wife Luna and the Van Atta family we offer our deepest sympathy.

Lynn O’Shea
Director of Research 718-846-4350
National Alliance of Families
For the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen
World War II + Korea + Cold War + Vietnam + Gulf Wars + Afghanistan
May 24, 2014
MIA still haunts veterans, families
Area veterans gather for Honor Guard duty for Veteran's Day ceremonies at the Cairo Town Park. The POW/MIA flags accompany every event.



Stars and Stripes
May 26, 2014
Opportunities to identify war dead abound as DOD overhauls troubled recovery efforts
Stars and Stripes found that the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a DOD agency that conducts global operations to recover tens of thousands of ...
Abandoned in Place

The Men We Left Behind and the Untold Story of Operation Pocket Change the Joint Special Operations Command Planned Rescue of American POWs Held in Laos Six Years After the End of the Vietnam War©

by Lynn O’Shea.

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A historical piece worth reading. This is just a clip.

.....Shortly after the end of World War II – on 26 September 1945 – an American soldier was killed in Vietnam.  He was the first US citizen to die at the hands of communist Vietnamese forces.

His name was LTC A. Peter Dewey, US Army.  He was the son of US Congressman Charles S. Dewey.  He was also a distant relative of Thomas A. Dewey, who would be a candidate for POTUS in 1948.

LTC Dewey was a member of the OSS.  He was serving a post-World War II assignment to Vietnam at the time as his demise.

LTC Dewey was killed while returning to Saigon from what is today Tan Son Nhut International Airport (then Tan Son Nhut Airfield) in a Viet Minh ambush.  The Viet Minh afterwards claimed it was a case of mistaken identity, and that they mistook LTC Dewey for a French soldier.  (Dewey spoke French, and had indeed yelled in French at three individuals near the ambush site immediately before the ambush occurred.)  The other US officer accompanying him was not injured.

At the time he died, LTC Dewey was awaiting transportation to leave Vietnam.  The aircraft on which he was originally to depart Vietnam that day had been delayed.  He was returning from Tan Son Nhut to the OSS villa in Saigon for lunch when he was ambushed and killed.

LTC Dewey’s body was never recovered. Vietnamese historical accounts indicate it was dumped by the Viet Minh in a nearby river.

At the time, the French were US allies.  The Viet Minh were then communist-led rebels opposing the French.

LTC Dewey was killed in the line of duty, by forces hostile to a US ally, in Vietnam.  We later fought those same hostile forces ourselves.  But because his death occurred prior to the “official” start date of the US Vietnam War Era, he is not listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, nor is he officially recognized as a US war casualty in Vietnam.

Rest in peace, my elder brother-in-arms.  Rest in peace....

Retired Camp Lejeune Marine Returns From POW/MIA Search in Palau    April 23, 2014
A retired Camp Lejeune marine is back home after a month-long mission to bring home missing in action troops from World War Two. It's all part of the ...

Documents reveal Southeast Asian remains buried with US vet at Arlington

In Case You Missed It News - March 2014

'So many questions': Botched recovery mission didn't follow JPAC's own protocol - Stripes - Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide


 Pentagon agency slow to ID, return remains of America's fallen

 ARLINGTON, Va. – There are 83,000 Americans missing tonight.

They are troops who have never been accounted for in wars, from World War II to the present day.

A Pentagon agency called the Joint POW-MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC, is in charge of finding, identifying and returning their remains.

But CBS News has found this solemn mission has been undermined by lapses in management.

In 2012, for example, JPAC spent $100 million, but identified only 80 of the missing. ....

... But Lt. Fenstermacher's remains were not found by the U.S. government. They were discovered by one of the private groups that have stepped in where the Pentagon's JPAC has failed.....



French lab identifies US soldier's remains after JPAC refuses to investigate

Sen. Ayotte urges exhumation of 'unknown' remains on Oklahoma

The Union Leader

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has co-authored a letter requesting Pentagon officials grant the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command's Central Identification ...

The Military is Leaving the Missing Behind


Hagel Orders Shakeup of MIA Accounting Agencies

In this photo from 2010, Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and Vietnamese workers excavate a 4x4 meter unit at a recovery site in the Thua Thien-Hue province, Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Stars and Stripes | Feb 21, 2014 |

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of numerous reports of misconduct and poor management practices by personnel charged with recovering and identifying the remains of missing servicemembers from past conflicts, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to come up with a plan to consolidate all Defense Department assets into a single, more accountable entity that will manage all personnel accounting resources, research and operations.


Feb 22, 2014
UN Report Confirms North Korea Kept South Korean POWs after the War, But Gives Short Shrift to US POWs Also Held, Even Though They Were Lost While Fighting Under the UN Flag

[UN also mentions RoK POWs taken from Vietnam to North Korea; there is some evidence same thing happened to some Americans]


Stars and Stripes
Published: October 10, 2013


JPAC admits to phony ceremonies honoring ‘returning’ remains

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense unit charged with recovering servicemembers’ remains abroad has been holding phony “arrival ceremonies” for seven years, with an honor guard carrying flag-draped coffins off of a cargo plane as though they held the remains returning that day from old battlefields...


Principles collide in captive soldier's case

By Matt Smith and Barbara Starr, CNN
updated 6:44 PM EST, Tue February 18, 2014


(CNN) -- "No negotiating with terrorists" versus "Leave no soldier behind."

With the long war in Afghanistan winding down, the plight of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has left the U.S. government trying to reconcile those two longstanding credos in a bid to win the freedom of the only American solider held as a captive.....

Abandoned in Place, The Men We Left Behind and the Untold Story of Operation Pocket Change the Joint Special Operations Command Planned Rescue of American POWs Held in Laos Six Years After the End of the Vietnam War by Lynn O’Shea – is scheduled for release in mid-May to early June 2014. Using documents never seen publically detailing Operation Pocket Change, O’Shea put together the events leading up to the aborted rescue mission. While telling the story of men left behind, men who survived their loss incidents and into captivity.

Commenting on the manuscript, former Senator Bob Smith wrote, When I received your manuscript, I fully intended to "skim through it" and then get back to you with a short statement about my reaction to what you wrote… However, when I started to read, I could not stop. I actually read every single word and sometimes went back and re-read certain passages.

I want you to understand that what I am about to say here is not to flatter you or "blow smoke" at you. I have no reason to do either. I sincerely mean it, when I say that you have put together the best chronology and in depth analysis of the POW/MIA issue that I have ever read! As I read this, I basically re-lived the 25 years of frustration and heartache that I faced as I worked on this issue. Your 25 years of research and your excellent portrayal of the facts have been skillfully combined to create a document that will withstand historical scrutiny on this issue...

Abandoned in Place has a Facebook Page.


Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 00:45:07 -36000
Subject: Re: Bracelets: Returning the favor

Frank you are right on. In 1981, when stationed at Bragg, I was involved with
some very compartmentalized planning to rescue POWs held in Laos under
Vietnam control. It had the blessing of the President. We had privy to radio
intercepts , satellite photos, humint, and much more . The scale mock up was
updated weekly. The operation was abruptly ended in early 81.  Based upon
what I saw and heard there were people left.       GB       Scotty

Huntington Beach cites bar for rooftop sign honoring military vets Los Angeles Times
Perched atop Johnny's Booze and Pool, the sign reads: "Thank a veteran for your freedom," with the National League of POW/MIA Families logo next to it.


Sen. Moran Offers NDAA Amendment on Funding POW/MIA ... KOAM-TV
POW/MIA service members deserve a hero's welcome home to a grateful nation and their recovery should never be delayed or postponed,” Sen. Moran said.
'Mystical island forces' land JPAC in 'Deep Tiki' Stars and Stripes
The Pentagon's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command found time earlier in November 2013 to allow a Hollywood movie to shoot scenes for a movie starring the ...

McCaskill wants reorganization of POW-MIA group Columbia Daily Tribune

McCaskill's remarks come several months after an Associated Press story revealed an internal Pentagon report that was harshly critical of the Joint POW-MIA ...

Mo. Sen. McCaskill plans to introduce legislation requiring Pentagon ... The Republic

McCaskill's remarks come several months after an Associated Press story revealed an internal Pentagon report harshly critical of the Joint POW-MIA Accounting ...

Tens of thousands of U.S. service members missing, Wisconsin veterans official says

To remember prisoners of war and members of the military missing in action, state Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos issued a statement on Sept. 20, 2013 -- national POW-MIA Recognition Day.

The statement included this claim:

"There are still tens of thousands of missing service members from previous and current conflicts that our nation is working to find and repatriate."

A reader asked us: Tens of thousands?...

Nov 8, 2013
Brothers behind Korean War Project keep a watchful eye on history ... Dallas Morning News
“In 1979, I was looking at a picture of the colonel, and I had asked him what the Silver Star was for,” Hal Barker said of his father. “He said, 'None of your ...
American POWs in North Korea?
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Spotted on the Government Attic web site

Records relating to the Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) contract with Analytical Services Inc. to study restructuring of the DPMO mission and an overall change in the DoD handling of missing in action/prisoner of war - MIA/POW issues, 1998-2000 - [PDF 52 MB 19-Aug-2013]
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Exhuming Pearl Harbor victims: trying to appease Congress? The News Journal (blog)
Our Wednesday blog post reported Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command's strong interest in exhuming all of the unidentified Dec. 7, 1941 ...
Pentagon probe zeroes in on MIA accounting mission Honolulu Star-Advertiser
W. Montague Winfield, deputy assistant secretary of defense for POW-MIA policy, said that in addition to the investigation by the Pentagon's watchdog, officials ...

Subject: TRAITOR ALERT - DON'T WATCH THE MOVIE. Please pass this on to every Veteran, Active Military you know!

"The Butler" is a new film about a person who served in the White House during several administrations. Unfortunately, whoever cast the movie selected one of the most vile and unrepentant traitors of the Vietnam War, "Hanoi Jane" Fonda, to play former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
Until such time as "Hanoi Jane" prostrates herself before God, Country and surviving Vietnam Veterans and, the families of those killed or wounded in Vietnam, she should not be supported in any way. Please help pass this to everyone who cares!
McCaskill Calls POW-MIA Recovery Efforts 'Dysfunctional' « CBS St ... Justin Wingerter
According to McCaskill, Congress has demanded that at least 200 missing soldiers be found each year but fewer than 100 are being recovered annually.
CBS St. Louis
Lawmakers Order POW/MIA Office to Fix Problems |
Two senators on Thursday warned senior leaders responsible for bringing home the remains of troops lost in America's wars that funding may be cut unless they ...
Pentagon to probe alleged waste, fraud in MIA unit Greenwich Time
W. Montague Winfield, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for POW-MIA policy, said that in addition to the investigation by the Pentagon's watchdog, ...
Lawmakers grill POW/MIA officials on inefficiencies Stars and Stripes
In this file photo, military members of the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command work a World War II crash site in June 2011 near St. Vith ...
Can Online Crowdsourcing Solve Korean War Mysteries 60 Years ... Sacramento Bee
Someone on the Internet probably has the linguistic skills to match those names to the official POW/MIA list and determine if they are real. A captured North ...

National POW/MIA Recognition Day Poster

How Far Would You Go to Keep a Promise to a Dying Friend?
Hudner's heroic attempt would earn him a Medal of Honor, but it would not save ... A Concord resident, Hudner is the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient from ...

Navy vet fails to make it to N. Korea war site  -Hudner had hoped to find remains of friend who was Navy's first black aviator

PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA ? A decorated Korean War veteran from Massachusetts left North Korea on Monday without fulfilling his mission: to travel to the Chosin Reservoir battleground where he was hoping to locate the remains of a friend who was the Navy?s first black aviator.

Retired Navy Capt. Thomas Hudner was visiting Pyongyang in hopes of following through on a promise made to wingman Ensign Jesse Brown in December 1950 as Brown lay dying in his crumpled plane.

?We?ll come back for you,? he told Brown after crash-landing his own plane in a bold but unsuccessful bid to try to rescue his friend.

The 88-year-old had hoped to travel to the site of the crash, known in North Korea as the Jangjin Reservoir, to search for his friend?s remains. However, heavy monsoon rains and flooding in the rugged mountains in north-central North Korea, northeast of Pyongyang, prevented the veteran from making the difficult journey...

POWs, MIAs deserve better than Pentagon program Palladium-Item
The Associated Press conducted what is being called an exhaustive investigation into the military's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and found it to be ...
07/23/2013 11:01 AM CDT

Mission Fulfills Sacred Pledge, POW/MIA Official Says

By Claudette Roulo
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2013 - No matter what it takes, no matter how long it takes, the nation must continue to fulfill its sacred pledge to account for its missing warriors, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for prisoner of war and missing personnel affairs said today.

"We honor the sacrifices of our missing and the sacrifices of their families," W. Montague "Q" Winfield told attendees at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Louisville, Ky.

Winfield, also the director of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office, leads the national effort to achieve the fullest possible accounting of the more than 83,000 warriors lost while serving the United States. He also is responsible for limiting the loss and capture of Americans serving abroad in current operations.

In the last year, Winfield said, the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command has accounted for 64 missing warriors -- seven from World War II, 40 from the Korean War and 17 from the Vietnam War.

Additionally, the White House recently approved the charter for a joint U.S.-Russia commission. "This is a wonderful, wonderful advancement," he said, "because it will allow us to increase our bilateral relationship with our Russian counterparts as we seek to get more access to their archives."

One of the most important aspects of his job is meeting with family members of missing service members, Winfield said. One of those family members recently showed him a letter written from Vietnam in late 1970 by Army Sgt. George C. Green Jr., a radio operator in the 5th Special Forces Group.

"In the last paragraph of what was to be his last letter home to his mom, he wrote, 'If I am killed, no one will ever recover my body, because I don't want anyone to risk their life for this worthless piece of clay,'" Winfield said.

In December 1970, Green's reconnaissance patrol in Laos was engaged by an enemy force, and he was killed during the firefight.

"Because of the intensity of that firefight, his team had to leave his remains behind," Winfield said. "Like thousands before him, Sergeant Green answered the call to duty. Like thousands before him, Sergeant Green was a humble soldier. Like thousands before him, Sergeant Green laid down his life for his brothers in arms. Like thousands before him, Sergeant Green paid the price for our freedom with his life.

"Sergeant Green may have felt that he was a worthless piece of clay, but to us, he was and is an American hero, deserving our nation's highest priority and enduring effort," Winfield continued. "He is not forgotten."

A widow once told him that people don't appreciate a funeral until there isn't one, Winfield said.

"The men and women of the accounting community are dedicated [and] committed to doing everything humanly possible to account for America's heroes -- those who are still missing. We believe in that mission," he said.

MIA work 'acutely dysfunctional'

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon's effort to account for tens of thousands of Americans missing in action from foreign wars is so inept, mismanaged and wasteful that it risks descending from "dysfunction to total failure," according to an internal study suppressed by military officials.

Largely beyond the public spotlight, the decades-old pursuit of bones and other MIA evidence is sluggish, often duplicative and subjected to too little scientific rigor, the report says.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the internal study after Freedom of Information Act requests for it by others were denied.

The report paints a picture of a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, a military-run group known as JPAC and headed by a two-star general, as woefully inept and even corrupt. The command is digging up too few clues on former battlefields, relying on inaccurate databases and engaging in expensive "boondoggles" in Europe, the study concludes.......

Watch the special program Saturday, April 20, noon EST; repeat airing Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. EST on cable C-SPAN stations.

(NORFOLK, Va.) - C-SPAN will break story April 20 about “An American in the Basement”, a investigation Into What Happens to Americans Missing in Action and/or Prisoners of War, Framed by the Real-life Story of Captain Scott Speicher
Author Amy Water Yarsinke, a veteran author of more than 55 non-fiction books on American history, military and current affairs. She is known as “the POW Hunter” due to her experience in military intelligence.
An American in the Basement is an expose about the betrayal of Captain Scott Speicher and the cover-up of his death, according to the author. C-SPAN will explore this detailed investigation for the first time, as author Amy Yarsinke warns that this story is for every parent, family member or enlisted person about the promises made by the U.S. Forces to search, locate, assist and recover all alive prisoners of war and missing in action.
“The public has been shielded from the ugly truth of the Speicher case and others like it,” said Ms. Yarsinke. “This book bares the truth in a way that Washington has actively tried to prevent.”
The story of navy Captain Michael Scott Speicher begins when he became the first American service man shot down in the 1991 Iraqi conflict. The book documents what happened, from beginning to end, with new documentation and eyewitness accounts that confirm Speicher was alive and captured during that war, but “forgotten” and left to behind to die. The book also examines in great detail the war of words used by the armed services to define those it will bring home, and those it will choose to ignore.

Text clipped due to copyright law.

One of the last flights - 1973 - POWs come home
5 March 2013 Last updated at 15:02 ET

BBC News - Soviet war veteran found in Afghanistan after 33 years

A Soviet soldier who went missing in Afghanistan nearly 33 years ago has been found living with Afghans in the western province of Herat. The soldier is semi-nomadic, has the adopted Afghan name Sheikh Abdullah and practices herbal medicine, Russia's RIA news agency reports. An ethnic Uzbek, he was found by ex-Soviet veterans of the war. He was wounded in battle in 1980, only months after the Soviet invasion, and was rescued by local Afghans.
The head of the official veterans' committee, Ruslan Aushev, said Sheikh Abdullah - real name Bakhretdin Khakimov - was tracked down in Shindand district after a year-long search. He had served with a motorised rifle unit.
The committee lists 264 Soviet soldiers as still missing in Afghanistan, half of them Russians. In the first decade after the Soviet withdrawal in 1989 the committee found 29 missing soldiers - and 22 of them decided to return home, while seven opted to stay in Afghanistan, RIA reports.
The committee says it is determined to track all of the missing men down. Sheikh Abdullah was married but his wife died and he has no children. The committee's deputy chairman, Alexander Lavrentyev, said Sheikh Abdullah bore the scars of his war wounds - a shaking hand and shoulder and nervous tic. The ex-soldier, from the city of Samarkand, was able to name his former place of residence in Uzbekistan and the names of his relatives, Mr Lavrentyev said. He understood Russian but spoke it very poorly.
In 2009 the BBC's Lyse Doucet interviewed two ex-soldiers from Ukraine, now Muslims and living with Afghans in northern Afghanistan. Some 15,000 Red Army soldiers and more than a million Afghans were killed in a decade of fighting between a Soviet-backed government in Kabul and mujahideen fighters armed by the West and Islamic neighbours.
Budget Cuts Would Affect POW-MIA Recovery Ops
"We are committed to the completion of a full accounting of all American POW/MIA's and this action could seriously impede progress.

The Butterfly Effect
A bit over 45 years ago – on 23 January 1968 – the USS Pueblo was seized in international waters by North Korean forces.   It was only the second US Navy ship to be captured by enemy forces since the War of 1812 (the river gunboat USS Wake was captured by Japanese forces on 8 December 1941).  It remains on the roster of US Navy ships today. ......

November 8, 2011

CIA Continues to Hide Evidence on Vietnam Era MIAs
Bob Smith

           Seoul refocuses on POWs thought dead
           The government is considering reviewing the legal status of former South Korean soldiers who have been listed here as killed in action during the 1950-53 Korean War, but were found to be still alive in North Korea........

Was Rambo Right?
Hundreds of POWs may have been left to die in Vietnam, abandoned by their government—and our media.

By Ron Unz

In the closing days of the 2008 presidential campaign, I clicked an ambiguous link on an obscure website and stumbled into a parallel universe.

During the previous two years of that long election cycle, the media narrative surrounding Sen. John McCain had been one of unblemished heroism and selfless devotion to his fellow servicemen. Thousands of stories on television and in print had told of his brutal torture at the hands of his North Vietnamese captors, his steely refusal to crack, and his later political career aimed at serving the needs of fellow Vietnam veterans. This storyline had first reached the national stage during his 2000 campaign, then returned with even greater force as he successfully sought the 2008 Republican nomination. Seemingly accepted by all, this history became a centerpiece of his campaign. McCain’s supporters touted his heroism as proof that he possessed the character to be entrusted with America’s highest office, while his detractors merely sought to change the subject. .......

Ron Unz is publisher of The American Conservative.

Read Sydney Schanberg's exposé "McCain and the POW Cover-Up" here.

And read Schanberg's account of how this story was buried by the mainstream media here.

Silent Treatment
American Conservative Magazine
Yet his explosive 2008 essay 'McCain and the POW Cover-Up' was stonewalled by .... acknowledged that their paper or magazine or TV network had “blind spots. ...

My name is xxxxxxxxxxx, my husband xxxxxxxxxxxxx was a SK on board the USS Hooper DE 1026, 1966-1968.  He never talked much about Viet Nam or the war. I do know he and others were put on shore to do body counts. Before he died of cancer he told me of this:

He was there, WEST PAC, when they were searching for a downed US fighter jet & pilot they were in a small boat, they had found a wing off the jet, then they found the pilots body floating in the ocean.
The captain would not allow them to pick up the body, but ordered it run over and sunk by the boat. My husband hated that captain, the captain would not allow them to even get the dog tags off the body. I'm sorry to tell you this now, I wish I had more information. My heart aches for the family of the pilot, never knowing what happened. If the captain, or other crew members of the Hooper, were contacted maybe they could help with identifying this hero.
widow of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  USN
 Updated: Fri., Apr. 9, 2010, 10:03 AM home
Mobster POW scam took LI pol for 18G

Last Updated: 10:03 AM, April 9, 2010

Posted: 4:12 AM, April 9, 2010

A mobster pleaded guilty yesterday to a bizarre scheme to defraud a former Long Island congressman out of $18,500 in exchange for bogus information about Vietnam POWs.

Charles Guiga, 38, admitted that within the last year he'd sent letters supposedly written by a Russian mobster and giving the locations of 75 prisoners of war supposedly being held in the former Soviet republic of Belarus.......

Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 11:55:51 -0500
From: Irene Mandra <>
Subject: FW: New IMO

February 2010

Another year has passed… one more year without answers, only more questions.

One more year, without access to North Korea, only political stonewalling.

One more year, without open discussion between the US and the former Soviet Union, China and Vietnam about POWs.

One more year, that the men who survived may have died, yet no substantive action has been taken to address continued live-sighting reports.

One more year that Congress has done nothing on the issue of Prisoners and Missing, not even allowing an up or down vote on Hearings, yet rushed thousands of pages of pork-barrel laden health care Legislation through 2 bodies, without fully reading or comprehending what they were voting on.

One more year that yet another President has done nothing to reach-out to his global counterparts as a humanitarian issue and bring answers and closure to the families of the men and women who never came home.

So, that leaves us with a new year. And that means we should seriously evaluate how to go forward in order to insure we get the most out of our appointed and disappointing officials.

America is the greatest nation on the earth. Nowhere, has there been such remarkable bravery, selflessness, sacrifice and charity - for others. If you do not believe that, then simply look at the endless list of names of combat casualties who died for the freedom of OTHER countries and people. Look at the number of Missing, Prisoner and Presumed Dead from WW I - fighting for the freedom of EUROPE, WW II - fighting for the freedom of EUROPE and the PACIFIC, Korea - fighting for the freedom of SOUTH KOREA, the Cold War - fighting for the freedom of the WORLD, Vietnam - fighting for the freedom of SOUTH VIETNAM, Persian Gulf War - fighting for the freedom of KUWAIT, Persian Gulf II - fighting for the freedom of Iraq…. and let us not forget the numerous other conflicts that cost American men and women their lives.

When there is a disaster, be it man-made or an act of nature, we are the first to give… men, materials, money, technology… whatever is needed, we give. When the Christmas Tsunami struck, our own JPAC put all activities on hold while they worked against the clock to help those in desperate need. Around the world, at word of the slightest tragedy, we pour millions of dollars into the area to assist those most  in need.

When all hell broke loose in Haiti this month, it is the US men and women in uniform, who are on the scene, making runways out of rubble and directing the flow of millions of tons of aid, our floating hospital city off the coast, unable to dock, yet flying thousands of injured to her sanctuary of healing. The donations of millions of Americans filling the coffers of Aid agencies and organizations to bring hope and healing to this battered island nation.

But, when will it be our turn? When will someone in Congress or the White House say, let's help these POW-MIA families get some answers? Why is it that our government is so quick to throw all manner of assistance at someone else's problems, but stands in the way of our need to find answers?

Why is it that Congress will vote on and pass resolutions for some of the most stupid and self-aggrandizing notions, yet, do everything in their power to prevent a simple Yes or No vote on POW-MIA Hearings that have been sought for more than a dozen years.

Why is it that the State Department and this Administration will support former President Clinton's foray to North Korea for 2 wayward journalists, yet do nothing to allow recovery and excavations with the same nation?

Why is it that we allow China to be our largest creditor and manufacturer, dumping trillions of dollars of trinkets into this Country, yet we do not demand the answers on known POWs and MIAs or the brutal camps the Communist Chinese ran.

In this New Year, when we evaluate what needs to be done and how to do it, we need to remind our government and ELECTED officials that their priorities are askew. The days of favoring foreigners over Americans are over. That protecting the rights of illegals and criminals over the rights of tax-payers and voters is a thing of the past.

 And, most importantly, that men and women in uniform are not disposable  government issue, but the very thing that makes us truly American… a people willing to sacrifice for someone else, but not willing to be abandoned by a country and a government that has lost its focus and backbone.

Hawaii's Hickam AFB preparing to upgrade lab to ID war dead   02/14/2010
Honolulu Advertiser
The 400-member Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, or JPAC, at Hickam has responsibility for investigating, recovering and identifying American dead from the ...

..... A total of 74,213 U.S. service members remain missing from World War II, with 19,000 deemed recoverable. There are also 127 missing from the Cold War, 8,034 from the Korean War, and 1,723 from the Vietnam War, according to the command's latest figures.....    November 11, 2009

Remembering Our POWs Who Never Returned
Edward Olshaker

Thirty-six Veterans Days have passed since the official release of our Vietnam prisoners of war, yet to this day we are left with clashing verdicts on the crucial issue of whether numerous prisoners were knowingly left behind.

An official communication from the US State Department to the Department of Defense on April 12, 1973 announced, "There are no more prisoners in Southeast Asia."  
But if all living American prisoners of war were returned that year, why did an Air Force general maintain that intelligence experts felt "shock and sadness" that so many known prisoners were clearly left behind? Why did a congressman and former high-level aide to President Ronald Reagan reportedly claim that Reagan privately admitted that hundreds of abandoned American prisoners were still languishing in Vietnam at the end of his eight-year tenure? ......
Springs man, famous for POW flag design, dies
Newt Heisley was 88
May 16, 2009 - 5:22 PM
The Colorado Springs man who designed the black and white POW/MIA flag flown everywhere from federal buildings to Harley-Davidson fenders died Thursday at his home.
Newt Heisley was 88. .....


Every year, by proclamation, the President of the United States declares April 9th as "National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day."  This date honors those that CAME HOME along with the missing. In the past decade, an average of TWELVE returnees have died EACH DAY. 

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is by law, the 3rd Friday in September every year. This date honors those men and women STILL HELD in enemy hands or buried on foreign soil.
On August 10, 1990, the Congress passed a bill recognizing the black and white, POW/MIA flag as "the symbol of our Nation's concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fate of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia..."

In 1997, bills passed the House and Senate mandating the POW/MIA flag be flown on specific holidays. The 1998 Defense Authorization act noted that the flag MUST be flown on: Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, Flag Day, Veterans Day, Independence Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day.

In 1998, the Veterans Administration noted the flag will fly EVERY day at their facilities. 

Why is it so difficult to understand the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day? 
The original reason for the two days of remembrance have been obscured if not forgotten.
Veterans Day came from the 11-11-11 Armistice of the Great War (WW I) and celebrated World Peace until 1954 when Armistice/Remembrance Day was changed to Veterans Day to honor also those who served in WW II, and now honors those who served in the Armed Forces at any time. (Those still serving are honored on Armed Forces Day in May.)
Memorial Day [end of May] (originally Decoration Day for honoring fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War and also celebrating the Grand Army of the Republic) has a rich history toward honoring the fallen Union, and later Confederate soldiers of the Civil War, and then the fallen of WW I and later casualties of all wars, and also deceased family who never served in the Armed Forces.

ALL POW/MIAs lost prior to Jan 1, 2013  are now noted as PFOD except Bowe Bergdahl

WWI  116,708 KIA
204,002 wounded
3,350 POW/MIA [pfod]
WWII 407, 316 KIA
670,846 wounded
78,777 POW/MIA [pfod]
Korea 54,246 KIA
153, 303 wounded
7,190 POWs [4,428 repatriated); 8177 MIAs [pfod]
Vietnam 58151+ KIA
303, 678 wounded
2,459 POW/MIAs [pfod]
Iranian Hostage Crisis* 8 KIA
Lebanon* 265 KIA
Grenada* 19 KIA
Panama* 23 KIA
Gulf War* 382 KIA
467 wounded
2 Missing, Presumed Dead
1 Missing/Captured

OUTSIDE Combat theater: 1,590 Died

Somalia* 42 KIA
Haiti* 4 KIA
War on Terror*
[Died in "Terrorist Action"]
10 KIA 1993
19 KIA 1994
6 KIA 1995
20 KIA 1996
3 KIA 1998
2 KIA  1 KIA/BNR 2001 post 9/11
83 KIA 2002
28 KIA 2003  (as of 05/20/03) (Does not include losses from air crashes WITHIN  U.S.) DOES include Philippines (10 - some KIA/BNR), Afghanistan, Med Sea., Puerto Rico. Includes bombing in Saudi Arabia 05/2003...
Sept 11 Pentagon: 125 KIA, 118 remains recovered
Gulf War II

The Department of Defense has recently released updated casualty statistics for Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). 
* Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports

The missing

The remains of approximately 100 U.S. troops listed as missing are recovered each year.

World War II

78,000 still missing

20,000 to 30,000 potentially recoverable


8,100 still missing

5,400 potentially recoverable

Cold War

126 still missing

20 potentially recoverable


1,800 still missing

1,000 potentially recoverable

1991 Gulf War

3 still missing

1 potentially recoverable

Source: Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office 06/2008

  • 4,500 servicemen were either missing or Prisoner of War after WWI.
    (Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, 1975)
  • World War I
    Captured and Interned 4,120
    Died while POW 147
    Refused Repatriation 0
    Returned to US Military Control 3,973
    Alive as of Jan1, 1998 5
    (Ex-POW Bulletin, February 1998)
  • World War II had 406,872 Killed in Action / 78,750 Missing in Action or Prisoners of War. The State Department knew of more than 5,000 American prisoners in the hands of the Soviets and their European satellites.
    (New York Times, January 5, 1954)
  • On May 19, 1945, British Intelligence told U.S. officials that Soviet Marshall Tolbukhin had in his possession at Odessa, nearly 16,000 American and 8,000 British ex-POW's.
    (National Archive copy of Cable)
  • "...a lot of documents that, taken together, indicate that Moscow imprisoned 20,000 or more American and several thousand British soldiers at the end of World War II. The record further shows that U.S. officials knew it and let it happen."
    (Bill Paul, Wall Street Journal, August 13, 1987. Documents in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. )
  • A 1972 Senate Judiciary Committee study on Communist treatment of POW's disclosed that captives freed by the Soviet Union had provided evidence "that several hundred thousand of the missing persons (from WWII) were still being held forced laborers or prisoners" in the 1950's.
    (Army Times, October 13, 1986)
  • World War II
  • Does NOT include Merchant Marines - 4,780 MIA, 882 Dead (including 37 POws) and 572 released from captivity. 201 alive as of 01/01/2002.
Captured and Interned 130,201
Died while POW 14,072
Refused Repatriation 0
Returned to US Military Control 116,129
Alive as of Jan 1, 1998 52,531
(Ex-POW Bulletin, February 1998 and 2002)
  • Prisoner of War. "Whereas 944 soldiers of the United State are now Prisoners of the Chinese Communist forces in Korea... "
    (Congressional Record, June 29, 1954, Rep. Thomas O'Neill Jr.)
  • "Approximately 78,750 Americans were unaccounted for following World War II... Another 8,177 of our comrades in arms are still missing in action and 389 known prisoners of war unaccounted for nearly 35 years after the end of the Korean Conflict...."
    (Col. Charles D. Cooper, USAF Ret., "The Stars and Stripes, May 9, 1988)
  • Korea
Captured and Interned 7,140
Died while POW 2,701
Refused Repatriation 21
Returned to US Military Control 4,418
Alive as of Jan1, 1998 2,814
(Ex-POW Bulletin, February 1998)
  • Vietnam War had 57,685 Killed in Action - at least 2,459 Missing in Action or Prisoner of War.
  • Vietnam
Captured and Interned 772
Died while POW 144
Refused Repatriation 0
Returned to US Military Control 658
Alive as of Jan1, 1998 625
(Ex-POW Bulletin, February 1998)
  • "The Pentagon lists six prisoners and 311 men missing in Laos, but officials believe that the number of prisoners held by the Pathet Lao guerrillas is substantially higher."
    (New York Times, 1/29/73)
  • "The number of Americans still alive is claimed to be 100-500. There are approximately 2,500 Americans officially acknowledged by our government to be missing or killed in action. There are another 2,000-2,500 men that our government will not admit were lost because they disappeared on secret missions, which helps explain the high number of live sightings of Americans in captivity in Vietnam and Laos even in 1986.
    (The New American, Yvonne Becker, 7/14/86)
  • In 1965, Marine Robert Garwood was captured by the enemy in Vietnam. In October, 1973, he saw 15/20 American POW's. In March, 1975, he saw 20/22 American POW's. In July , 1975, he saw 6 American POW's. In July , 1977, he saw one American POW. In December, 1977, he saw 20/30  American POW's. In December, 1978, he saw 6/7 American POW's. In 1979 Private First Class Robert Garwood, came home after 14 years as a Prisoner of War. He was charged with wartime desertion, enemy collaboration, and other crimes. He was found not guilty on all charges except collaboration. He was not debriefed on his knowledge of LIVE POW's until 1985, six years after coming home. During his trial, his lawyer said "Bobbies biggest crime was that he survived." As it is, Bobby Garwood was a major embarrassment to two government: the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, for their claiming no living Americans remain involuntarily in their country, and to the U.S. for believing them.
  • In 1988, a former officer of the Royal Lao Army, stated that he was held captive with Live Americans in 1978 in Laos. Somdee escaped from prison in 1984 and came to the U.S. In 1988, Somdee went before the House Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where Congressman Stephen Solarz refused to allow him to testify.
    (U.S. Veteran News and Report, June 29, 1989)
  • "Look, the Nation knows they (the POWs)are there, everybody knows they are there, but there's no groundswell of support for getting them out. Certainly you are not suggesting we pay for them, surely not saying we could do any thing like that with no public support?"
    (William "Bill" Casey, Former Director of the C.I.A., October 7, 1986)
  • "I do think there has to be...there have to be live Americans there.
    (Robert "Bud" McFarlane, Former National Security Advisor to President Reagan, October 9, 1985)
  • "I am convinced today that Americans are being held against their will by the Communists in Southeast Asia.....There could be 50-60 in Vietnam, maybe more."
    (Lt. General Eugene Tighe, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, During Congressional Testimony.)
  • In 1981, just weeks after President Reagan took office, the new administration learned that Vietnam wanted to sell to the U.S., an unspecified number of Live POWs still in Southeast Asia for the sum
    of $4 billion was decided the offer was indeed genuine.
    (The Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, August 19,1986)
  • The United States Government recognizes only Col. Charles. E. Shelton, USAF, as a Prisoner of War from the Vietnam War. "...was reported as missing in action on 29 Apr 65. Sufficient evidence was received on 24 May 65 to warrant placing him in a captured status." His "Duty Status", as of 18 Feb 89 was "Active Duty - On Duty", a battle casualty, in a captured status, in
    Laos. (On October 4, 1990, his wife Marian, committed suicide)
    (DD Form 1300, Dept. of the Air Force, Report of Casualty)
  • A Joint Casualty Resolution Center cable, dated January 1988, states that during the August "Vessey visit to Hanoi, the Vietnamese people were prepared to turn over seven or eight live American P.O.W.'S   if Vessey told them what they wanted to hear...all the prospective returnees were allegedly held in a location on the Lao side of the border..."
  • A Buddhist Monk, released on January 20, 1989 from captivity in a Vietnamese prison camp, had been held with Live American POW's. He had firsthand knowledge of at least 10 Americans. "Yoshida" is a graduate of Sophia University, one of Tokyo's International Schools. (June 7, 1989, the Reuters Wire Service)   American POW cell mates had nursed him to health.
    (The Washington Post,  June 10, 1989)
  • Alabama Senator and Ex Prisoner of War, Jeremiah Denton says "The greatest motivation I have for me to believe there are Americans there, is Communist insistence that they are not."
  • "...Milliner is  [sanitized]    and can be brought to the Thai border....  interested in returning him to the US in exchange for a reward"
    (JCRC cable OCT 89 from Thailand to Hawaii office.)
  • A  Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Interim Report concluded that despite public assurances in 1973  that no POWs remained in the region, the Defense Department"... in April 1974 concluded beyond a doubt that several hundred American POWs remained in captivity in Southeast Asia..... The executive branch...has profoundly mishandled the POW/MIA problem.... participants in covert actions (now MIA) have never been publicly identified... information reviewed provides enough corroboration to cast doubt on the U.S. G. statement that no evidence exists that Americans are being held against their will... there is insensitivity on the part of the Executive Branch of the U.S.G. in providing complete and accurate information to the next-of-kin..... DOD has allowed its procedures to be dictated by a preconceived policy finding."
    (October 1990  Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Interim Report on POW/MIAs in Southeast Asia)
  • "Last month, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Thach in fact confirmed to the United States that his county still held as many as ten U.S. POW/MIA's.
    (letter from Senator Jesse Helms to Secretary of State Baker, November 13, 1990)
  • Colonel Millard Peck, Chief of the Pentagon's Special Office for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, resigns in protest of being ordered by policy makers in the POW/MIA Inter-Agency Group not to investigate live-sighting reports of American POWs!
    (Millard Peck, letter of Resignation, February 1991)
  • Senator Bob Smith addresses the Senate and reveals that, of more than 1,400 eyewitness sightings of live POWs, NONE has ever received an on-site investigation!
    (April 25, 1991):
  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee's concludes that the U.S. has ignored thousands of American POWs, and left them to rot in Soviet slave labor camps and North Korean and Vietnamese prisons. "Any evidence that suggested an MIA might be alive was uniformly and arbitrarily rejected."
    (May 23, 1991 Examination of U.S. Policy Toward POW/MIAs)   
  • Summer of  1991: A flood of new evidence of live POWs pours from Southeast Asia: pictures, handwriting samples, hair samples, blood samples, fingerprints, footprints, maps and other physical proof. The Bush administration disregards the evidence and attempts to discredit it by rumor and innuendo. Some of the photos are scientifically validated -- and have never been scientifically disproven!   "Until we can account for every person  missing, we have to run down these leads to prove that nobody is held."
    (August 2, 1991: President Bush)
  • ... from Garnett E. Bell, chief of the government's POW/MIA office in Hanoi.  Asked whether any American POWs or MIAs were alive in Vietnam after Operation Homecoming, Mr. Garnett said yes, perhaps as many as 10.   Although the number is much higher (hundreds of airmen lost in Laos never came home), the statement was the first acknowledgment of its kind.
    (Washington Times, Nov 11, 1991)
  • Somalia
Captured and Interned 1
Died while POW 0
Refused Repatriation 0
Returned to US Military Control 0
Alive as of Jan1, 1998 1
(Ex-POW Bulletin, February 1998)
  • WASHINGTON -- Somali "entrepreneurs" are holding several US soldiers in Mogadishu and are prepared to "sell them to the highest bidder," senior US officials say...... But at least 6 others are unaccounted for since the raid, in which 12 US personnel were killed and 75 wounded. Administration officials told UPI today that as many as 5 of the missing  are "believed to be held"
    by Somalis with no real connection to Aidid. "We now believe that these entrepreneurs are holding some Americans in hopes they can sell them to the highest bidder," a senior US official monitoring the situation closely said under condition of anonymity.
    (PRODIGY  October 08, 93)
  • Persian Gulf
Captured and Interned 23
Died while POW 0
Refused Repatriation 0
Returned to US Military Control 23
Alive as of Jan1, 1998 23
(Ex-POW Bulletin, February 1998)
  • POW/MIA Returns from Death - Army MSgt. Mateo Sabog served 24 years. ....... "In late February 1996, Mateo Sabog used his correct name and social security number to apply for veteran's benefits. When computer records indicated the application was being made in the name of a man  who was officially classified as dead, fingerprints were compared and they proved  Sabog was who he claimed to be. In early March 1996, Mateo Sabog was returned to active duty so he could be admitted to the Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Georgia for evaluation and any needed medical treatment. According to an Army spokesman he's been somewhere for the last 26 years. But he served his country honorably. We will treat him with dignity."
    (Washington Times, March 7, 1996)
  • Newly declassified documents show the U S. lied about the fate of hundreds of Vietnamese commandos it sent into North Vietnam in the 1960's, declaring them dead when many survived The U.S. government deliberately declared the secret agents dead, lied to their families and covered up the matter during the Vietnam War. Nearly 200 of them survived capture, torture and prison and are alive in the U.S. today.  
    (16 June 1996: Reuter's Wire Service)
  • More than 1400 pages of recently  declassified documents from the National Archive were posted on the Internet. The documents show that the United States and the Republic of Vietnam have withheld vital information from family member s for decades. Not only do the documents show a meticulous method of record keeping by the enemy, but they spell out intent to capture, hold, document, trade, and lie to the United States on the subject of live captured American servicemen.
    (P.O.W. NETWORK, June 19, 1996, Operation "Smoking Gun")
  • Over the last several months, in separate conversations with the National Alliance of Families New York State Director, Lynn O'Shea, one casualty officer assured her there was no cover-up or conspiracy in the P.O.W. issue. In his words there is "Just a lot of incompetence." While speaking with a Senator's aide, on a specific case, we were told, "If the government purposefully went out to hire stupid people to handle this case, they could not have done a better job."
    (09/08/96 National Alliance of Families, Bits N Pieces Newsletter.)
  • In his native Russian, General Volkogonov wrote of his efforts to help resolve the fate of American POWs.  "I am not certain that we have fully clarified everything.  I know that quite a few documents were destroyed. However, one document, probably sensational, is still in storage.  I have a copy of it.  It's content is as follows: at the end of the 1960s the KGB (external foreign intelligence) was given the task of "delivering informed Americans to the USSR for intelligence gathering purposes."...  General Volkogonov's notes continued:  "History, especially Soviet history, is full of secrets, and very often evil. With the exception of this incident, I can say that I have done something in order to raise the mysterious curtain from them...." On November 9th, 1998, in an article by Bill Gertz, the Washington Times broke the story of the document's existence.   According to the article, "Moscow is refusing to turn over a secret KGB document suggesting captured Americans were taken to the Soviet Union in the late 1960s for  "intelligence-gathering purposes..." The article continued, "The Russian government has told U.S. officials the plan was never carried out, and Moscow recently turned down U.S. government requests to study the intelligence document, saying it is classified and will not be released, the officials said...."
    (Bits and Pieces November 11, 1998)
  • ...  The POW issue is now the subject of scrutiny and debate following recent parliamentary testimony by two former prisoners of war who related their miserable plight in North Korea. Even today, 45 years after the end of the Korean War, there are more than 100 South Koreans being held captive in the Communist North.Chang Mu-hwan and Yang Sun-yong, both in their 70s, appealed to the government to bring back the South Korean prisoners of war held in the North. Both were believed to have been killed in action, but they returned to the South separately in September and December after escaping from North Korea where they toiled away, year after year as forced laborers. They are among the three South Korean POWs to have escaped the North in four years; the first was Cho Chang-ho who arrived here in 1994.
    (The Korea Herald, November 26, 1998)
  • TOTALS FROM ALL WARS -- Includes Gulf, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo
    Captured and Interned 142,232
    Died while POW 17,004
    Refused Repatriation 21
    Returned to US Military Control 125,207
    Alive as of Jan 1, 1992 93,029
    Alive as of Jan 1, 1998 55,999
    Alive as of Jan 1, 2001 46,417
    Alive as of Jan 1, 2002 42,781
    (Ex-POW Bulletin, June 2001, Feb 1998, March 2002)
  • Not all POWs who died in captivity are buried at home. Many are buried in foreign cemeteries, some with only a cross for a name to mark their sacrifice. In some instances, no grave site or burial site is known.
  • ONE serviceman is still noted by the United States Government as being a "Prisoner of War" (POW) or "Missing in Action" (MIA) or MISSING CAPTURED.  Presumptive Finding of Death hearings have been held on each and every one of the rest, as mandated by the Missing Service Personnel Act. The result has been status changes from POW and MIA to Killed in Action/Body not Recovered (KIA/BNR) or Presumptive Finding of Death (PFOD). Included in these status changes, were the 324 servicemen in the Vietnam conflict that were "last known alive."
    All posted biographies will state the status as of 1973, prior to many PFOD hearings, and promotions at the time of the hearings. Most family members and concerned citizens still refer to the ORIGINAL status of their loved ones -- using POW or MIA.
  • Serb TV early today showed pictures of three American soldiers it said its forces captured near the Macedonian border.  The men were identified  as Sergeants James Stone and Andrew Ramirez and Specialist Steven Gonzalez. The patrol, a unit from the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 6th  Infantry Regiment, was part of a NATO force put in place to secure Macedonia's border with Kosovo, a province of Serbia, Yugoslavia's dominant republic. The soldiers were named on television are thought to be held in the Kosovo capital, Pristina.   The vice-president of Yugolslavia, Vuk Draskovic, said: "Nothing wrong will happen to them. We are respecting the enemy.  We will be sticking to the terms of the Geneva Convention. You can be sure of that." However, he then warned: "They are going to face Serb justice."  Pentagon and NATO officials said alliance forces and Macedonian police mounted an urgent air and ground search for the soldiers, who were last reported on a civilian road in Kumanovo, about 10 miles (16 km) from Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, and less than 3 miles (5 km) from theKosovo border.  The last words heard from them were "help, help, SOS."
    [NOTE: As these men were part of "peace-keeping" forces, status as Prisoners of War, protected under the Geneva Convention, was uncertain.]
    (Compiled from news clips (AP, UPI, London Times, New York Post, ABC 04/01/99)
  • ...Preston's son Terry is very matter-of-fact in his expression of disappointment toward the handling of his father's case.  "I either want to see him walk through the door alive... Or I want someone to show me a body that will prove to me that he isn't."

    Neither the Preston family nor the families of the seven others who were lost with him have been given either such means of closure.

    In May 1999, the U.S. government presented each family with a highly inconclusive report signed by Dr. Thomas D. Holland, Scientific Director of the Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii, which claims that 23 small, non-mt-DNA-tested bone fragments "may" be those of one or all of the crew members. The remains were highly fragmented, rendering individual assessment impossible....

    Nonetheless, on December 13, 1999, despite the inconclusiveness of the "group identification" and the lack of mass graves, the Pentagon released its official, public announcement that all members of this crew of U.S. military service personnel are now "accounted for."...
    {Amanda Y. Kidd is a Georgia freelance journalist and a relative of CMSgt. James Arthur Preston - Missing In Action - Laos. January 24, 2000)
    POW MISSION OF HOPE - The James Preston Case
  • Bits 'N' Pieces  January 29, 2000  {below is only a PORTION of the newsletter}

    ... In December 1998, the National Alliance of Families was provided with a set of briefing slides outlining the long term plans of DPMO... Notably absent, at year 2004, is any funding for the Joint Task Force - Full Accounting (JTF-FA.)

    Folks, those are the guys that, in DPMO's own words "conducts operations, to include, analysis, investigations, archival research, and recovery of remains." Quite simply, no JTF-FA,  more information, and no more remains recoveries. This impacts our World War II - Korean And Cold War - Vietnam - and Gulf War families and the overall POW/MIA issue....

    Our fears were again confirmed, by a statement contained on page 4 of a DPMO booklet titled "POW/MIA Accounting," dated 1999.    The statement, under the caption "VISION" reads; "By the end of the year 2004, we will have moved from the way the US government conducts the business of recovery and accounting to an active program of loss prevention, immediate rescues,
    and rapid post-hostility accounting."

    There it is folks, in black and white, in DPMO's own words "By the end of the year 2004, we will have moved from the way the US government conducts the business of recovery and accounting to an active program of loss prevention, immediate rescues, and rapid post-hostility accounting."

    The government is planning to go from what they consider their active mode to a passive mode.  This means investigations will be made only if Vietnam, North Korea, China, or Russia decide to provide information.  Since all of the nations cited continue to withhold information, what makes anyone think that they will decide to provide information when we stop asking?

    We were further disturbed by the contents of the January 14th, 2000 DPMO Weekly Update describing an  "Extensive Study" that "Addresses Recovery and Accounting."  The update reads; " The Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office has initiated a broad study to examine the worldwide mission of POW/MIA personnel recovery and accounting."

    "The Department of Defense is charged by law with responsibility for policy and oversight of the full range of recovery activity, from pre-combat training, to combat search and rescue to remains recovery.  In light of the evolving missions of the Department of Defense, this effort will help ensure that the most effective use possible is made of DoD resources."

    "The analysis, called the Mission Area Analysis (MAA), is to help implement the best use of money, resources and technology across the wide range of DoD's responsibilities in personnel recovery and accounting."    [Our comment: this means JTF-FA.]

    "It will examine the entire range of personnel recovery, to include diplomatic, military, and other means of recovering isolated personnel.  The examination will address recovery operations throughout the spectrum of conflict from small-scale contingencies to major theater war and  peacetime operations, both at a tactical and strategic level."

    "The study will analyze the forces dedicated to personnel recovery as well as the structure of the organizations which carry out this mission."

    "It will identify deficiencies and pinpoint where any changes are necessary in doctrine, policy, organization or technology.   Interagency coordination (between the military and other branches of this government, and other nations) is a critical element of effective planning for personnel recovery, and the MAA will examine all aspects of this coordination process."

    "In the area of personnel accounting and remains recovery the MAA will analyze all facets of this mission from operational activities to diplomatic effort to achieve the fullest possible accounting of past and future unaccounted-for Americans."

    "It will look closely at the missions and structure and budgets of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office; the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory Hawaii; the U.S. Army Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operations Center; the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory; the U.S. Air Force Life Sciences Equipment Laboratory; and the Joint Task Force-Full Accounting; and highlight areas where the Department can most effectively employ its resources to better accomplish the mission."

    "The study began in late 1999 and is scheduled for completion in late 2000."

    It is our opinion that this study will eventually provide the justification to end POW/MIA investigations, as we know them.  While we have never been happy with the methods used to investigate and resolve POW/MIA cases, we can not allow DPMO to shift their methods of operations when so much more needs to be done.

    The U.S. government has mishandled the POW/MIA issue since 1945. We left men in North Korea, China, the former Soviet Union, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. We mishandled every opportunity to gain information and gave away everything in our grab bag of incentives. These incentives, such as aid and trade, may have gained us our live POWs or valuable information on the fate of others...

    Unless major effort is put forth between now and 2004, many known POWs and last known alive cases will remain forever, unresolved.

    Are we prepared to allow the United States government, represented by DPMO, to complete the abandonment of men like Charles Shelton, David Hrdlicka, Roger Dumas, Richard Deseautels, John McDonnell and the others like them?


    What about John McDonnell - In the September 11th, 1999 edition of Bits N Pieces we carefully outlined the facts leading to the inescapable conclusion that John McDonnell was alive in a Ba To prison camp, in late February 1973. He was alive, folks!  When the freedom birds were leaving Hanoi, John McDonnell was still in the jungles of Vietnam and, he wasn't alone.  DPMO has labeled all the sightings of McDonnell as fabrications. They aren't.

    Are we prepared to allow the USG to complete the abandonment of John McDonnell?  We're not done with this case.  We've found other information that may correlate to this case.  We've also found one live sighting that if not related to John McDonnell is a coincidence beyond statistical probability... Yet, DPMO refuses to request access to, or locate, the witnesses who saw and spoke with John McDonnell, at Ba To.


    Time Is Running Out 
    What are we going to do?  

    We need each and every one of you to help....   
    We have posted outlines of the appropriate letters, and a list of addresses to send your letters....

    If we can't mount this last ditch effort to insure ongoing investigations, we all better get used to the idea that the governments' active participation in POW/MIA investigation will end in 2004, and perhaps sooner.....

    Speaking of the truth - The following also appeared in the DPMO weekly update of January 14th "Since the end of the Vietnam War, the remains of 552 servicemen have been recovered, identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors."

    The remains of 552 servicemen, recovered, identified and returned to their families....  Not by our count.... The following servicemen were NOT recovered, NOT identified and NOT returned to their families for burial.... James Preston, William L. Madison; Kenneth D. McKenney;  Lavern G. Reilly; Marshall L. Tapp; George W. Thompson; James E. Williams;   Jacob Mercer; Richard Nyhof; Robert Wilson;  Leon A. Hunt; Larry J. Newman; Paul F. Gilbert; Stanley Lehrke; Robert Harrison; Donald H. Klinke; Richard M. Cole; Gerald F. Ayres; Charles Rowley; Ronnie Hensley; Robert Ireland; Stephen Harris; Donald Lint; William Brooks; Charles B. Davis; Donald G. Fisher;
    John C. Towle; Thomas Adachi; Peter Matthes; Joseph Matejov, Dale Brandenburg, and Todd Melton. Yet, all are included in the number 522

    This list was compiled off the top of our heads. There are others. This list does not include the 1/2 tooth identification of Peter Cressman, or the one and two teeth id's of Mark Danielson, Robert Simmons or others...

    Nor did we include the crew of Specter 17,   Thomas Hart, Rollie Reaid; George D. MacDonald; John Winningham; Francis Walsh; James R. Fuller; Robert T. Elliott; Robert L. Liles; Harry Lagerwall; Paul Meder; Delma Dickens; Stanley Kroboth; Charles Fenter.  Of the thirteen "identifications" only two were based on acceptable scientific practices.   Through court action,  the Defense Department, rescinded the identification of Tom Hart and George MacDonald.  Yet, all are included in the number of 522.......
    (National Alliance of Families For The Return of America's Missing Servicemen
    World War II - Korea - Cold War - Vietnam

    NETWORK NOTE: Biographies for EACH of the above named men are available.
Former Soldier Flees to South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A former South Korean soldier who was captured during the 1950-53 Korean War has returned home after  fleeing the North, the government said Saturday......

The latest defectors brought to 497 the number of North Koreans who have fled to the South this year. Last year, 312 North Koreans  defected to South Korea, up from 148 in 1999......

11/24/2001 04:05

Tue, 12 Mar 2002 00:45:07 -36000

Frank you are right on. In 1981, when stationed at Bragg, I was involved with some very compartmentalized planning to rescue POWs held in Laos under Vietnam control. It had the blessing of the President. We had privy to radio intercepts , satellite photos, humint, and much more . The scale mock up was updated weekly. The operation was abruptly ended in early 81.  Based upon  what I saw and heard there were people left.       GB       Scotty

Navy Changes Gulf War Pilot Status

.c The Associated Press 

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Navy has changed the status of Gulf War pilot Scott Speicher from missing in action to missing-captured, Sen. Pat Roberts said Friday.

A defense official confirmed that Navy Secretary Gordon England had approved the change in status, which had been in the works for months......

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Jan. 8, 2005 Bits N Pieces



POW Status - For the last several years, we have written about the fact that the Department of Defense (DOD) quietly eliminated the designation/status Prisoner of War as it applies to captured American service personnel. DOD representatives, specifically those from the Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) have told us we are wrong. They say the POW status still exists. We've asked representatives of DPMO, on more than one occasion, to provide us with a copy of the controlling directive governing and describing the conditions under which a member of the Armed Forces would be listed POW. Needless to say, they have been unable or unwilling to provide this directive. This leads us to believe, in spite of their statements to us and the media, that there is no directive under which a member of the Armed Forces would be listed as POW.

DOD Controlling Directive 1300.18, issued Dec. 18, 2000, does not provide for a Prisoner of War designation/status. Under this directive, the most a captured service member can hope for is the ambiguous designation/status Missing/Captured or MIA-C.

Section E2.1.1.24. of the Directive reads, in part "Missing. A casualty status applicable to a person who is not at his or her duty location due to apparent involuntary reasons and whose location may or may not be known...."

Subsection E2. deals with captured personnel stating "Captured. The casualty has been seized as the result of action of an unfriendly military or paramilitary force in a foreign country."

Thus the new status "Missing-Captured" or "MIA-C.) No where in the December 20, 2000 directive will you find the phrase Prisoner of War or its acronym POW.

When the Navy changed Capt. Scott Speicher's status from Missing to Missing/Captured, then Secretary of Navy Gordon England wrote, "This category denotes that a service member has been seized as the result of action of an unfriendly military or paramilitary force in a foreign country..... if the government of Iraq is holding Captain Speicher he is entitled to Prisoner of War status under international law and the Geneva Convention..... Although the controlling missing persons statute and directives do not use the term "Prisoner of War," the facts supporting a change in Captain Speicher's category from Missing in Action to Missing/Captured would also support the conclusion that, if alive, he is a Prisoner of War."

In other words if the status existed, the Secretary of Navy would have designated Capt. Speicher a POW.

We realize that our enemies violate the rules of international law and the Geneva Conventions regarding the care and treatment of captured American Service Personnel. Terminology will not change that. Terminology does change world perception regarding the value we place on our captured personnel. In the eyes of the enemy, doesn't it downgrade the worth of a battered American service member, displayed on television worldwide, for the Department of Defense to designate him or her Missing/Captured rather than Prisoner of War?

The status Missing/Captured fails to provide this nation's service members the moral dignity and international recognition provided by the Prisoner of War status.


Call To Action - We're asking your help to get the Prisoner of War status reinstated. DOD isn't going to do it. Elimination of the POW status is part of their overall plan to end the POW issue. With no POW status, they will never again leave a POW behind.

We're asking all who read this to contact their Senators and Congressional Representative, informing them that the POW status has been eliminated and state your opposition to this move by the Dept of Defense. We're betting that most if not all Senators and Congressional Representatives are unaware of this.

We've set up a web site listing all Senators and Congressional Representatives along their addresses, phone and fax numbers. There are also samples of two letters that you can download, to send to your representatives. You can also adapt these letters to send to your local newspapers. This issue needs to be brought to the attention of all Veterans groups and the public at large.

We can't do it without you. For the list of Senators, Congressional Representatives, and sample letters visit http//


Why Is This Important - Neither International Law or the Geneva Conventions recognize the status Missing/Captured. Our captured service personnel must be designated with a status recognized by the International community and it's conventions.

Those of us involved in the POW/MIA issue have often stated that one of our goals is to make sure that no POW is ever left behind, again. With the elimination of the Prisoner of War status, the Dept of Defense has taken care of that, the easy way. They simply eliminated the designation/status Prisoners of War.

We're going to make the issue of the elimination of the Prisoner of War designation/status a priority for 2005.

However, we can't do it alone. We need every POW/MIA and Veterans Group and each individual to write the letters. Once the letters are written, we need follow-up. We can not let the Dept of Defense strip our captured service personnel of the designation/status POW and the legal and moral protection that status implies.


A Little Late But Here It Comes - In early 2000, we obtained a copy of DPMO briefing slides detailing long range plans and goals. List among DPMO goals was the plan to "Transition the accounting process from active operations to reactive efforts triggered by new information by FYE 2004."

We created quite a stir with our statements that DPMO was preparing to end recovery operations. DPMO even accused us of spreading misinformation, until we posted the briefing slides on our web site. Well, we are now in FYE 2005 and unfortunately more and more cases are being categorized "No further Pursuit."

This past week we received an email from Chris Rich, husband of Diane Moore. Diane is the daughter of confirmed POW, CMS Thomas Moore. Chris informed us that DPMO is ready to declare this case "No Further Pursuit."

Thomas Moore, Samuel Adams, Charles Dursing and Jasper Page were captured by the Viet Cong on October 31, 1965. Two days later, on November 2nd, while being transferred to detention camp, the four attempted escape. Only Page succeeded. When the war ended, the Vietnamese government listed Moore, Adams and Dursing as having Died in Captivity.

In recent years investigations conducted led to excavations in an attempt to recover remains. Unfortunately, the excavations were unsuccessful.

There is no question that the three were Prisoners of War. There is no question that the fully cooperating Vietnamese government know what happened to these men. They admitted in 1973 that the three died in their custody. Yet, they have failed to lead investigators to a successful recovery of remains.

If cases of confirmed POWs are now being declared "No Further Pursuit" what chances do other case have as we approach the DPMO goal to "Transition the accounting process from active operations to reactive efforts triggered by new information ...."

A letter to President Bush is needed asking how we can continually certify the Vietnamese government as "fully cooperating" on the POW/MIA issue when they have failed to account for men they admit died in their custody.


Candlelight Vigil - Friends Working to Free Scott Speicher will mark the 14th year since the shootdown with a Candlelight Vigil. The Vigil will be held on Monday, January 17th, 2005, at 730pm at Lake Shore United Methodist Church, 2246 Blanding Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32210. The group will also remember PFC Matt Maupin during the Vigil. Scheduled speakers include for MIA-C Ron Young, (Who wants to tell Ron Young he was never a POW) and Carolyn & Keith Maupin, parents of PFC Maupin.

If you are in the Jacksonville area, please come out and show your support for Capt. Speicher and PFC Maupin, while remembering all our POW/MIA's from World War II, Korea, the Cold War, and Vietnam.

For more information contact Georgia Davis at

If You Can't Make It to Jacksonville - Make a call to the White House on Monday January 17th and let the President know we haven't forgotten Scott Speicher. Call the White House Comment Line at 202-456-1111 between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM EST.


Sunday, 23 October 2005
Press Conference Set to Discuss Upcoming Screening for Congress of New Documentary on American POWs
WASHINGTON, DC, (NAMC) - Congressman Ron Paul will conduct a press conference Friday, Oct. 28th at 12 noon announcing plans to distribute the documentary film, "Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search For America's POWS," to all the members of Congress and the Senate.

This effort is being made to aid the passage of House Resolution Bill, HRes 123, that will create a Select Committee to investigate all the unresolved matters relating to any United States personnel unaccounted for from the Vietnam Era, the Korean Conflict, World War II the Cold War Mission, or Gulf Wars, including MIAs and POWs.

Representatives of POW/MIA and veteran organizations will speak briefly followed by an introduction to the documentary by filmmaker Bill Dumas. The film will then be screened for the press and House members/staffers in Rm. 122 of the Cannon House Office Building.

“Missing, Presumed Dead” focuses on Bill Dumas and his family’s search for Bob Dumas, a U.S. Soldier who served in the Korean War but was declared MIA by the U.S. Government. But the Dumas family has solid evidence and eyewitness accounts that Bob Dumas, along with other American soldiers, are still being held by North Korea.

Choices, Inc will release “Missing, Presumed Dead” on DVD. In addition to the film, the DVD will contain a director’s statement, additional scenes and teacher resources.

Bill Dumas will be available for interviews in Washington D.C. from October 24th until October 29th. To arrange an interview, please contact him at (213) 948-9998.

Erik Gudris

by Henry Mark Holzer

Vietnam POW/MIAs: An Enormous Conundrum

June 20, 2007 02:00 PM EST

An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs

Abandoned in Southeast Asia, by Bill Hendon and Elizabeth A. Stewart

(Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin’s Press)

In the Twentieth Century the United States fought three wars in Asia: World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. In all three, thousands of Americans were captured and became prisoners.

The fate of live American POWs in World War II was comparatively easy to establish, because the Japanese were vanquished, they surrendered unconditionally, and virtually all the territory they had occupied came under American or allied control. After the surrender, there were few, if any, places the Japanese could hide live American prisoners of war, nor any reason they would want to.

Not so in North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union......

Verbatim Transcript
July 10, 2008
House of Representatives
Committee on Armed Services, Subcommittee on Military Personnel
Committee Hearing

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2009

POW/MIA Recognition Day


On September 18th 2009, America pauses to honor and remember our unaccounted for Prisoners of War and Missing in Action, our husbands, brothers, sons, and fathers.  On this day it is appropriate we share some of our memories:
"As of now, I can come to no other conclusion." Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director James Schlesinger before the  Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, when asked directly if the United States left men behind in Southeast Asia.
"There are too many live sighting reports; specifically observations of several Caucasians in a collective farm by Romanians and the North Korean defectors' eyewitness of Americans in DPRK to dismiss that there are no American POW's in North Korea ."  Background Paper prepared, in 1996, by I.O. Lee, analyst Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO). 
"Americans, including American servicemen, were imprisoned in the former Soviet Union ...." The Gulag Study 5th Edition issued Feb. 11, 2005 - compiled by the Joint Commission Support Directorate (JCSD), the investigative arm of the U.S/Russian Joint Commission on POW/MIAs.  
AAshley and four crew members, (Turner, Olsen, Shaddick, and Ishida) were known to be alive in Communist hands as of the close of the Korean conflict, Jul 53.@  Escape and Evasion Section of the 6004th Air Intelligence Service Squadron, report dated Oct. 19th, 1955. 
“There is evidence, moreover, that indicates the possibility of survival, at least for a small number, after Operation Homecoming...."  Conclusion of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs, January 1993
U.S. field teams in Vietnam since 1989 have uncovered evidence that more Americans were in fact taken captive than officially recorded.”  (“The Universe of Possible POWs: 1973 versus 1992” by Sedgwick D. Tourison, investigator, for the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs 1991 - 93.)
Too many reports to dismiss…  There is evidence…. The possibility of survival…. More Americans were in fact taken captive than officially recorded…..   These are not our words.  These are the words of government officials taken from official government documents and reports.
These words haunt our memories as we continue to asked; what of the men known, some by name, to be alive in enemy hands at wars end.   What happened to these men and how many, like their South Korean counterparts, survive today decades after the end of the Korean/Cold War and the War in Southeast Asia .
We cannot dismiss the possibility of survival for unaccounted for POWs, based simply on the passage of time.    The release, over the last 15 years, of more than 60 South Korean soldiers from the Korean War held as POWs in North Korea proves that.
Isn’t it time we find out what happened to these men?

National Alliance of  POW/MIA Families
For the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen
World War II – Korea – Cold War – Vietnam – Gulf Wars - Afghanistan

Dolores Alfond --- 425-881-1499
Lynn O’Shea  ----- 718-846-4350

Web Site --

Email ------

The October 12th edition of contains a piece by Jamie Glazov title “The POWs We Left Behind.”   This article is an interview with the National Alliance of Families Director of Research.   The link below will take you directly to the article.

National Alliance of Families
For the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen
World War II – Korea – Cold War – Vietnam – Gulf Wars
Dolores Alfond --- 425-881-1499
Lynn O’Shea ------ 718-846-4350
Web Site --
Email ------

Wrong bodies buried under Arlington National Cemetery grave stones. New Unknown Soldiers.

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No. 892-09
November 13, 2009
Army Orders Probe at Arlington National Cemetery, Releases Investigation Findings

                Secretary of the Army John McHugh announced today that he has ordered an investigation into allegations of lost accountability of some graves, poor record keeping and other issues at Arlington National Cemetery.


                "This is the place where valor rests, a place of reverence and respect for all Americans," McHugh said after signing an order directing the Army's Inspector General to begin an investigation into allegations regarding cemetery operations.  "As the final resting place of our nation's heroes, any questions about the integrity or accountability of its operations should be examined in a manner befitting their service and sacrifice."


                McHugh's order comes on the heels of revelations that cemetery workers inadvertently buried cremated remains at a gravesite already in use.   The error was discovered in May 2008, and cemetery officials immediately took corrective measures, moving the cremated remains to another gravesite and remarking the original grave.  Since then, questions have been raised over whether cemetery officials used proper procedures to correct the mistake, including notifying the next of kin.


                McHugh's announcement of the probe follows completion of separate internal investigation by the Military District of Washington (MDW) - which the Army released today - over the discovery of an unmarked grave.  Cemetery officials conducted an extensive search of both internal and Department of Veterans Affairs records, followed by the MDW investigation and additional efforts by the cemetery, which employed ground penetrating radar and a team of geoarchaeologists.


                 "Cemetery records, the MDW investigation, and the non-invasive geophysical analysis of the grave sites strongly indicate that a husband and wife, who died years apart and should have been buried in the same gravesite, were instead buried in adjacent graves," said MDW spokesman Col. Dan Baggio.


                Cemetery officials have ordered new grave markers for the site.  While exhuming the remains and conducting DNA testing would provide a 100 percent assurance of the cemetery's findings, the family has declined taking such invasive action.  The Army is abiding by their wishes.


                While the unmarked grave was first discovered in 2003, cemetery officials took no action until 2009.  McHugh is now directing the Inspector General to examine accountability and policy issues in that case.  The Inspector General is also in the midst of a management review of Arlington National Cemetery, begun under former Army Secretary Pete Geren, to make overall recommendations on how better to operate the facility, including possible changes in policy, procedures and regulations.


                "A thorough investigation, and transparency in its results, can help correct whatever may be wrong, and ensure America's confidence in the operation of its most hallowed ground," McHugh said, adding, "We will take appropriate action as the facts dictate."


                A copy of the Article 15-6 investigation can be found at:

Wiseguys take ex-pol LeBoutillier for $18.5G in scheme to rescue American POWs from Vietnam War

Friday, January 8th 2010, 4:00 AM

An alleged errand boy for a jailed Colombo gangster was charged Thursday with scamming an ex-congressman out of $18,500 in a phony scheme to rescue American POWs.

John LeBoutillier, a wealthy blue blood Republican who was elected to Congress in 1980, has been on a personal crusade to locate dozens of U.S. prisoners of the Vietnam War he thinks are held in Belarus.......

09/2012  Nam- Pows Cited for Life Time Achievements

The Air Force Association celebrating the 65th anniversary of the USAF at The Gaylord on the Potomic in North Harbor MD, 16Sep2012, honored the entire body of Nam-Pows for their Lifetime achievements for our nation. Attending that annual AFA convention were four Nam-Pows with their wives: Col. Carlyle S. Harris, Col. Elmo Baker, LTC Richard E. Smith and LTC Orson Swindle.
Several individuals and four groups were cited during the formal ceremonies at the well attended final banquet. When the four Nam-Pows mounted the stage, Col. Smitty Harris accepted the Crystal trophy on behalf of the Nam-Pows. Col. Harris delivered a powerful , moving speech of acceptance. His remarks include:
"In the prisons of North Vietnam another type of war was fought by the American warriors. The enemy attempted to exploit us for propaganda; attempting to force us to condemn our government and to urge other  warriors to cooperate in their efforts. We refused to cooperate regardless of the punishment and coercion. Armed with our national patriotism,  the Code of Conduct, our person integrity and our unanimous commitment to 'Return with Honor', we defeated the captors attempt to propagandize us. WE WON THAT BATTLE!"
At that moment the entire audience stood and applauded in an extended ovation. Among those attending were the SECDAF, Chairman of the JCS, The Chief of Staff of the AF, AFA Chairman of the Board S. Stanford Schitt as well as countless other high ranking officers and civilian dignitaries.
As the foursome descend the steps of the stage, we were greeted the in-coming and out going Chairman of the JCS in frozen salute until we passed and made our way to our seats.

Mo Baker

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