Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Monthly Field Operations Summary
As of February 07, 2017
Summary: Keeping the families of our missing and
veterans informed is a part of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's (DPAA)
mission. This Field Operations Summary is intended to provide an overview of
past and future efforts to account for our missing.
Overview: As of February 7, 2017, there were 60
personnel deployed in support of operations around the world.
We continued our Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17)) Joint Field Activities this month.
Our main operational focus is to conduct recovery missions in Southeast Asia in
order to account for our personnel lost during the Vietnam War. Our operations
in Europe and the Mediterranean region focused on investigations to enable
future recovery efforts in 3rd/4th
Quarter of FY17. The majority of our long-term
disinterment projects this year will be from U.S. cemeteries in the Philippines,
Hawaii and Europe.
The Continuing Resolution that goes until April 28 remains a factor in our
ability to conduct field operations. The budget horizon beyond April is
uncertain; therefore, we will allocate limited funds in order to achieve the
fullest possible accounting for the remainder of this fiscal year.
In addition to the Continuing Resolution impacting our ability to request
additional funds as highlighted in last month’s summary, DPAA is also impacted
by the recently announced freeze on hiring civilian employees. Positions that
are currently unfilled continue to impact operations and operational support
functions; however, we have received guidance on the requirements for submission
of exceptions to policy and are working to request exceptions to fill our most
We have begun mission analysis and planning for the Agency’s FY18-19
Operations Plan (OPLAN). The main effort for field recoveries continues to be
Vietnam War losses. The primary effort to achieve our goal of identifying the
remains of 200 unaccounted-for personnel in FY18 and FY19 will come from the
disinterment of service members buried as Unknowns. 2 | P ag e
Asia-Pacific Region: DPAA recently began missions
in the Asia-Pacific region for the 2nd
Quarter of FY17 (January-March 2017). To maintain momentum for
Vietnam War losses, DPAA deployed Investigation Teams (IT) and Recovery Teams (RT)
to Laos as planned; however, DPAA did reduce the number of teams conducting
operations in Vietnam and Cambodia. The Vietnamese will conduct a unilateral
operation to help offset this reduction. Additionally, DPAA reduced the size and
number of teams, and in some cases cancelled missions altogether in other
countries in Asia and the South Pacific. DPAA will continue to reevaluate
planned missions, adjusting the size and scope of field activities as dictated
by budgetary constraints, degradation of sites by acidic soil, unexploded
ordnance (UXO), increased development activity, and host nation requests.
During the 2nd Quarter, DPAA will
deploy one IT and one RT to Vietnam, as well as a Field Forensic Review (FFR)
and Joint Forensic Review team. Our Vietnamese counterparts will provide one
Research and Investigation Team (RIT) and one Unilateral Investigation Team (UIT).
Within the last 30 days DPAA conducted missions in the following Asia
Pacific region countries:
o Tarawa, (via
History Flight Group, DPAA Partner)
(via DPAA Partner University of Illinois, Chicago)
o Cambodia, Pre
Deployment Site Survey (PDSS) in prep for 1xRT 3rd
DPAA planned missions in the 2nd
o Tarawa, FFR
reduced from 3xIT/5xRT to 2xIT/2xRT 1xRT,1xURT
reduced from 1xRT/1xIT to 1xRIT
1xIT/1xRT (via SEARCH H2O DPAA Partner)
DPAA missions cancelled due to Continuing Resolution impacts:
o China, 1xIT
o Papua New
Europe-Mediterranean Region: Under the current
funding arrangement DPAA has sufficient funding to operate at full capacity in
the Europe-Mediterranean region through April 2017.
DPAA had no Field Operations planned for the month of January in the
DPAA mission related engagements for 2nd
with U.S. Army Europe planners to complete, later in FY17, a joint recovery of a
WWII aircraft loss in Eastern Europe
States-Russia Joint Commission (USRJC) technical talks in Moscow February 20-21.
In a continuing effort to reinvigorate the USRJC, these will be the first
technical talks held since 1997 to cover all four conflicts (WWII, Korea, Cold
War, and Vietnam)
Flight, Incorporated, a DPAA partner, will return to Germany to complete a site
they began excavating in the 1st
DPAA planned Missions in the European-Mediterranean Region, 2nd
o Italy, 1xIT
Netherlands/Germany, 2xRT, History Flight Pilot Program (DPAA Partner)
continues with multiple agencies for the repatriation of unknown remains
disinterred from the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) cemetery, in
o Eight (8)
scheduled for ABMC Cemeteries (5 in Ardennes, 2 in Sicily, 1 in Tunis)
Scientific Analysis: DPAA laboratories are
adequately funded through the 2nd
Quarter of FY17. The pace of identifications has slowed due to the retirement of
our primary Medical Examiner. Our second Medical Examiner provided to DPAA by
the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System will continue to
validate/authorize identifications in the interim.
Identifications: 35 Fiscal Year To Date (FYTD)/0 in January 2017
93 FYTD/38 in January 2017
Two Green Beret associations are frustrated that only one veteran listed as
missing from the Vietnam War has been publicly announced as accounted for
since June 9. They expressed bitter disappointment that a new director
hasn’t been appointed to the DoD’s Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action
Accounting Agency (DPAA) since the sudden departure of Director Michael
Linnington eight months ago.
In October, knowledgeable sources told SOFREP that a replacement for
Linnington was selected, but before any formal announcement of that
candidate’s name—another Army general—was publicly made, that man withdrew
from consideration. This further clouded the DPAA top leadership selection
process for an agency formed over two years ago to bring together three
separate federal organizations to improve U.S. efforts to account as fully
as possible for U.S. servicemen and designated civilians still missing from
the Vietnam War....
concur with the author of the email below.
the remains are adequate, we need to be utilizing nuclear DNA testing. If
the data base is available – take the samples – move on to the next set of
remains and repeat. No matching results – fall back to forensic and
Take a few minutes and view the video.
Please share this link, this is about the Marines that were
recovered One year ago on Tarawa.
Why did it take ONE entire year to bring them Home????????
And when you are done with the "Last Battle" story - do not miss this
families story: http://pownetwork.org/bios/b/b120.htm
The link above is the home site for the recently
released CIA files.
The Number of total files is in the millions – but – they
have made it searchable by word or phrase!
A number of files that came up when searched for Prisoner
of War (POW) & Missing in Action (MIA). Several files were specific to Korean
POW Camps. There appears to be a ton of files specific to Vietnam as well as WW
PSAM.ORG click Museum -
click Displays. New POW/MIA Bracelet display archives and honors the
story, the history, the men and those that wore the band of metal.
Good Sunday Morning!
'To Educate the Public'
As Advocates for those that are being/have been held as
Prisoners of War (POW) and for those who carry the master classification Missing
in Action (MIA) next to their name, our job is "to educate the public". To do
that effectively and efficiently we must make sure that we are knowledgeable on
all aspects of the POW/MIA topic.
Please - open the link above - there is enough
documented information on this site that you could create a college course that
would fill a semester at least on the topic of COLD WAR and Korean War POW/MIAs.
Pass this link on to all your advocate friends as well
as your Veteran friends and when you have confidence with your knowledge on the
topic, send it on to your elected representative - State & Federal - let them
know that contrary to popular/their opinion - you and your fellow advocates have
NOT Forgotten those left behind in Korea and other
Someone must stand for those that are not able to stand
for themselves – let that someone be you.
Until they all come home……….
Obama ignored the history again especially when it came to the topic of
human rights in Cuba much less war crimes. Fidel gets a pass by the
White House and the whole Obama front team.
JudicialWatch: Cover-up on American POWs in Cuba? Seventeen
U.S. airmen captured during the Vietnam War may have been flown to Cuba,
held captive in a prison noted for holding political prisoners, and used
for medical experiments on torture. We don’t know for sure, because the
Obama Pentagon is balking at requests for records. This week we filed a
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of
Defense to obtain records about American POWs who may have been held
captive by Cuban government or military forces on the island of Cuba.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of
Watch v. U.S. Department of Defense (No. 1:16-cv-00151)). We
filed this suit after the Defense Department failed to comply with a
June 1, 2015, FOIA request seeking:...
Judicial Watch Sues Department of Defense for Records on American
POWs Held Captive in Cuba
MARCH 22, 2016
Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense to obtain records about
American prisoners of war (POWs) who may have been held captive by Cuban
government or military forces on the island of Cuba. The lawsuit was filed
in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial
Watch v. U.S. Department of Defense
Attached in PDF form is the first issue of Abandoned in Place - The
Newsletter. We hope you all find it insightful and thought provoking. It
should be available later this evening at this link as well. (http://case0358.com/index.php/news/
As some may have heard, I have resigned from my position with the National
Alliance of Families to pursue my personal research and continue the legacy
of research of the incomparable Lynn O'Shea, Director of Research for the
National Alliance. Lynn requested that I continue her research after her
death, a responsibility that I take very seriously as well as proudly.
I am here, just as Lynn was, to help where I can. I look forward to working
with you all in that capacity.
Mary Ann Reitano
December 7, 2015
It is with heavy hearts, we here at the National
Alliance of Families share with our members and followers the news
of the passing of our Director of Research, Lynn O'Shea. As many of
you know, Lynn has been battling cancer for the past year and
finally succumbed to this ugly disease in her sleep Friday
evening/Saturday morning. Services for Lynn will be this Wednesday,
December 9th on Long Island with Visitation Hours at from 2 pm to 4
pm and 7 pm to 9 pm at James Funeral
Homes, 540 Broadway, Massapequa, NY 11758, (516) 541-4000. The
Funeral Mass in honor of Lynn will be on Thursday, December 10th at
Maria Regina Church, 3945 Jerusalem Ave, Seaford, NY 11783.
Lynn's family as graciously requested that in
lieu of flowers, you consider sending a donation to the National
Alliance of Families. Donations can be sent to the Alliance at
2528 Poly Drive Billings, MT 59102 or through our website using
PayPal. The Alliance is an IRS recognized 501(c) 3 organization
EIN 94-3146805. Contributions are Tax Deductible.
Lynn will be greatly missed. Her keen eye for
research and tenacity in seeking the truth will be
irreplaceable. We will be dedicating our next issue of Bits
N'Pieces to Lynn and ask that you all keep her family in your
thoughts. If you would like to send a private message to Lynn's
family, please feel free to email
firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make sure they are
forwarded to her family.
Lynn is now at peace and no longer in pain.
Those who went before her will welcome her with open arms to end
her journey to finally know the truth. Never Forget!
There are no words to describe the depth of this loss for the POW/MIA
community. Our heartfelt prayers go out to her family, the National Alliance
family, and all of those whose lives she touched.
May she now have the answers we seek, and peace.
Sad - yet Joy knowing
she is no longer in pain and I hope walking a walk
with those who went before her who finally have an answer to many
that just were not to be answered here on earth.
Words can not describe this loss, Lynn was such a good person and
her heart for the return of the POWs was huge, Lynn will be missed
by all of us.
That's a big loss. Sorry to hear this and she's no longer in pain.
We were so saddened to hear that Lynn had passed away. Her
contributions to the POW/MIA family were priceless.
We will hold her friends and family in our prayers.
Jerry and Sandy
REST IN PEACE !!
So very sorry to hear this. Lynn and I explored the TTU archives
together. She will be greatly missed.
MIAs from the "Forgotten War" remembered in
SOUTH PORTLAND (WGME) -- Family members of unaccounted soldiers met in South
Portland on Saturday to look for answers and closure.
Around 200 families from10 states joined the conference with the
Department of Defense, which has a program that accounts for missing
soldiers. It's called the POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
"The Department of Defense spends roughly in excess
$115 million every year,"
said Mike Fowler of the POW/MIA Accounting Agency. "Last year we made
so we brought home 80 people."
The department still has remains that have not been
identified. It says there are
five active recovery missions
August 15, 2015 Bits N Pieces Page 1 of 11
... The National Alliance of Families Mourns the Passing of – Rod
Utech, longtime POW/MIA activist. Rod
spent the last 15 years as either producer or host of POW Radio
a weekly internet show. The show ended in
February 2015 but Rod continued his efforts on behalf of our
POW/MIAs. To his wife Karen and the entire
Utech family we offer our deepest sympathy.
Rod was a dear friend from "home." We appeared on his show many
times, and he visited Skidmore during Freedom Fest in years past. Another
gone way too soon. Our deepest sympathy to his family.
The Search for Morgan Jefferson Donahue
the US campaign in Vietnam, over a thousand service members were
classified as prisoners or war (POW) or missing in action (MIA.
Generally, those who went missing were killed or captured by the
a few instances,
as Robert Beckhusen
recounts at War is Boring,
Americans were captured or went MIA when their planes were shot
down in or near Chinese airspace. Beijing's role in the conflict
is becoming increasingly apparent as the NSA releases signals
intelligence (SIGINT) documents from Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
instance, on September 20, 1965, US Air Force Captain Philip E.
flew over the Chinese island of Hainan after his navigation
equipment stopped working and he became lost in heavy cloud
cover. A Chinese MiG-19 intercepted and shot down Philips due to
his violation of Chinese territory. ...
Accuracy questioned in JPAC
identification of WWII remains from Philippines
Stars and Stripes
Published: December 10, 2014
As the Defense Department attempts to identify
World War II remains exhumed in the Philippines in August,
questions have surfaced about the identification years ago of
four sets of remains that were returned to families and buried.
The revelations are the latest in the Joint
POW/MIA Accounting Command saga to
identify 14 servicemembers and Navy employees who died at the
hands of Japanese captors on Nov. 19, 1942, at the Cabanatuan
prisoner of war camp in Luzon and were buried in communal grave
After the war, remains of four of the men in that
grave were allegedly identified and sent home to their families.
What were thought to be the remains of 10 others were moved to
the Manila American Cemetery and buried as unknowns...
Vietnam Prisoner Of War / Missing In Action (POW /MIA) Information
On 13 July 1992, the Senate Select Committee
on POWIMIA Affairs levied a task on NSAlCSS to review SIGINT reporting
for relevance to the Vietnam POW/MIA issue and possible correlation to
individual POW/MIA cases. NSAlCSS provided the Committee with three
Correlation Studies, produced in August 1992, September 1993, and
September 1996. Most of the information mentioned in these studies is
chronologically organized by Reference Number (ReiNo), which is listed
as case #, and includes the incident date. The Department of Defense
assigned ReiNos to each incident in which there was the potential loss
of life or capture. There are some entries without a ReiNo or case #,
but do have the incident date. The earliest incident
is dated 1951 and the last 1988.
Over the next several months, NSAlCSS will
post over 1600 additional documents related to POW/MIAs in Vietnam and
Southeast Asia. The documents are NSA field site reporting, NSA end
product, summary reporting, memoranda, watch officers notes, and analyst
communications. For ease of searching, those documents will be
accessible under links posted for each ReiNo for which they contain
The correlation studies and the documents
related to the incidents have been previously released under the FOIA in
the past, but they have never before been posted together, facilitating
access to families and historians. In addition, the documents have been
reviewed using the most current guidance, making this release the most
complete of any prior releases.
|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.
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
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.
Order your copy today at
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....
Documents reveal Southeast Asian remains buried with US vet at Arlington
In Case You Missed It News - March 2014
THE NAVY IS WRONG!
agency slow to ID, return remains of America's fallen
– 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
Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., has co-authored a letter requesting Pentagon
officials grant the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command's Central
The Military is Leaving the Missing Behind
Hagel Orders Shakeup of MIA Accounting Agencies
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
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.
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]
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
updated 6:44 PM EST, Tue February 18, 2014
"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
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
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
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
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.
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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]
This is a large file; 53 Megabytes
Exhuming Pearl Harbor victims: trying to appease Congress? The News
Our Wednesday blog post reported Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA
Accounting Command's strong interest in exhuming all of the unidentified
Dec. 7, 1941 ...
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
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!
National POW/MIA Recognition Day Poster
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
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
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
One of the last flights - 1973 - POWs come home
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
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. ......
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........
Hundreds of POWs may have been left to die in Vietnam, abandoned by
their government—and our media.
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.
is publisher of The American Conservative.
Read Sydney Schanberg's
exposé "McCain and the POW Cover-Up"
And read Schanberg's
account of how this story was buried by the mainstream media
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
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
Mobster POW scam took LI pol for 18G
By JANON FISHER
Last Updated: 10:03 AM, April 9,
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.......
Another year has passed… one more year without answers, only more
One more year, without access to North Korea, only political
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
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
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
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.
Hickam AFB preparing to upgrade lab to ID war dead
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
(presumptive finding of death)
3,350 POW/MIA [pfod]
78,777 POW/MIA [pfod]
153, 303 wounded
7,190 POWs [4,428 repatriated); 8177 MIAs [pfod]
303, 678 wounded
2,459 POW/MIAs [pfod]
2 Missing, Presumed Dead
OUTSIDE Combat theater:
[Died in "Terrorist Action"]
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 -
Afghanistan, Med Sea., Puerto Rico. Includes bombing in Saudi Arabia
125 KIA, 118 remains recovered
|Gulf War II
Department of Defense has recently released updated casualty statistics
for Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom
of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, Directorate for Information
Operations and Reports
- 4,500 servicemen were either missing or Prisoner of
War after WWI.
(Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, 1975)
- World War I
PLEASE NOTE THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE MIAS - ONLY
|Captured and Interned
|Died while POW
|Returned to US Military Control
|Alive as of Jan1, 1998
|(Ex-POW Bulletin, February 1998)