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....
From the desk of
Billy Cox, Staff Writer for the Herald Tribune (Sarasota
- 50th Anniversary of the release of US Military
personnel from the USS PUEBLO as told by former Prisoner
of War, Rick Rogala, US Navy, SK-3, POW- 23 January
1968- 23 December 1968.
Six Navy divers held captive for 17 days in Beirut, Lebanon, by
jihadists in 1985 will be awarded the Prisoner of War Medal by
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus at a private, late April ceremony in
The 1986 bombing raid on
we still ask Where is Paul Lorence?
William R. Higgins
http://ojc.org/higgins/ Marine Col on
mission for UN in Lebanon, was taken hostage on February 17, 1988. He was murdered sometime during the next couple years and declared
dead July 6, 1990. Honored by the Navy, the USS HIGGINS DDG 76
was named in his memory. Awarded POW Medal 2003.
The story of the search for "Spike" from
1991 - 2009
POW/MIA, KIA/BNR, and Returnees
U.S. Military, Civilians and Foreign Nationals
Rescue Story in AF
Gen USAF AF-CC, and the story of his
rescue (1999) were featured 19 June
in the Air Force Times
in an article by Stephen Losey:
recording is striking for how steady
the pilot's voice remains. High
above Serbia, Lt.
Col. Dave Goldfein's F-16 has
just been hit by a surface-to-air
missile. His breathing accelerates
as warning alerts blare, but with an
even voice he informs his wingmen of
his trajectory as the Fighting
Falcon goes down. Only a brief,
frustrated expletive betrays the
pressure Goldfein feels in that
moment. And just as quickly, his
voice regains its edge as he tells
his fellow pilots that he's going to
glide as long as he can before he
bails out. Then he issues a
call: "Start finding me, boys." And
with that, the mad dash to save the
life of a U.S. Air Force pilot was
on. Read the full article
a retired FBI agent and private investigator who
disappeared from an
Iranian island in 2007,
is believed to have died in Iranian custody,
his family revealed in
a statement Wednesday....
March 9, 2019 marks
the 12th anniversary of the
abduction of Robert A. “Bob”
Levinson from Kish Island, Iran.
This milestone is an opportunity for
the leadership of the government of
Iran to demonstrate its commitment
to basic freedoms and civil rights
and return Mr. Levinson home to his
family. During the past 12 years,
Hong Kong (CNN)
Driving from their home in New York to Cambridge,
Massachusetts, Harrison Li had no idea it would be the last
time he saw his father for more than a decade......
Kai Li was born in Shanghai, and he was returning
to the city for a ceremony to mark the one-year anniversary
of his mother's death. However when his plane landed, he was
met not by his family, but state security agents --
beginning a years-long ordeal that resulted, in July 2018,
in him being sentenced to 10 years in prison for
She notes that, “there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind” that her son is
Austin Tice, who served as an infantry officer in theMarine
Corps, was abducted in August 2012
in Darayya, a suburb of Damascus, three months after he entered the
country, according to the U.S. government. The status of Tice and other American hostages in Syria
is unknown, ....
The Washington Times reports that three Americans held in North Korean
prisons are preparing for their release; The three Americans — Kim Dong
Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk, also known as Tony Kim — were
released from a North Korean labor camp and sent to Pyongyang for
medical treatment, the Financial Times reported. […]
Navy vet freed from Iranian prison ill, seeks transfer to
by: ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy veteran
released from an Iranian prison last week on a medical furlough says
he is sick with symptoms of the coronavirus and is requesting a
humanitarian evacuation to the United States for medical
Baumel, who immigrated to
Israel with his parents from
New York in 1970, was 21
when he fought in Israel's
invasion of Lebanon and was
declared missing in action
along with two other
soldiers in the Battle of
A Russian court on Thursday sentenced former U.S.
Marine Trevor Reed to nine years in prison for assaulting police
officers while drunk. His conviction follows the high-profile
trial of another former U.S. Marine, Paul Whelan, last month on
espionage charges in a case that has fuelled speculation of a
prisoner exchange with the United States...
Reed has been
held in a Moscow prison in pre-trial detention since August 2019.
SEAL Team Six attempts to rescue American contractor in
SEAL Team Six commandos raided a village looking for
former Navy diver turned contractor Mark
who was kidnapped in Afghanistan back in early February, the Associated
Press reports..... From the perspective of the U.S. government,
Frerichs appears to have vanished without a trace. If he was kidnapped
by the Haqqanis, it is possible he was smuggled from Khowst into
Pakistan, according to an analyst that Connecting Vets spoke to. This
would likely be the same underground railroad used to transport Bowe
Bergdahl, the captured U.S. soldier who was freed in 2014 after extended
The incredible story of
denial, deceit, and deception that ultimately cost
Navy pilot Captain Michael Scott Speicher his life
is exposed in this military tell-all. Asserting that
years of information has been intentionally kept
from an American public, the book reveals that,
contrary to reports, Speicher survived after he
ejected from his stricken F/A-18 Hornet on the first
night of the Persian Gulf War. Protected by a
Bedouin tribal group, he evaded Saddam’s capture for
nearly four years. In that time he was repeatedly
promised by an American intelligence asset that a
deal for his repatriation would be worked out but it
never was. Speicher was left behind. After Saddam
Hussein captured him, Speicher spent the next eight
years in a secret Baghdad prison and being moved
around in secret to avoid an American task force
looking for him, and before he was killed after the
United States invaded Iraq in March 2003. Author Amy
Waters Yarsinske, a former naval intelligence
officer and a veteran investigator and author,
presents her fascinating case after years of
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.....
Pentagon orders new review of POW-MIA group,
citing concern about ...
The decision announced Tuesday follows The Associated
Press's disclosure of an internal report that said the Joint
POW-MIA Accounting Command is "acutely ...
American Trophies: How US POWs
Were Surrendered to North Korea, China and Russia by
Washington's "Cynical Attitude"
and will be released
through Amazon on July 27, the 60th anniversary of
the Armistice of the Korean War.
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