POW/MIA Issue  The Fake Warrior Project

Prisoners?   Missing?   Hostages?   Detainees?   DUSTWUN?   Missing/Captured?   Forgotten?


All those noted as Prisoner of War, Missing in Action, Killed in Action/Body not Recovered, AWOL, PFOD,
Remains Returned,
or Returned Alive.

Remains Returned
Previously noted as POW, MIA, or KIA/BNR
from Vietnam

The POW Issue
Notes, quotes, links, statistics, information, media headlines - all wars

Last Known Alive
The men and women listed have all been administratively declared dead despite the fact they were "last known alive" during Vietnam. 

History of the POW bracelet

When and how to
return a bracelet

from those who care - still wearing bracelets, decades after the losses during Vietnam

From a POW/MIA daughter, Diane Moore

 From a POW/MIA sister, Donna Elliot

Order a POW Bracelet
POW/MIA, remains returned or KIA

What to Do
Books, Movies, Newsletters

Wartime Live Sightings
Pilots in Pajamas
The transcript of the German propaganda film  with captured Vietnam POWs

“Torture Experiences of Prisoners 
Held in North Vietnam

Dr Well's abstract for poster entitled 


The Copper-stained Skeleton 

by  Henry Mark Holzer 


Hanoi Jane  
Jane Fonda


Jane Fonda and "100 Top Women of the Century"   

A MUST read to stop the email hoax from 1999...


More files and documents- includes
POWs and Politics -
What Hanoi Knows

and  59

Tourison Memos
22 July 1992
"Vietnamese reports about U.S. POWs not previously known by the Defense Department"

1 Aug 1992
"Individuals Reported Died in Captivity and not listed on Current DoD/Vessey/SSC priority lists."


The Torturers - NVN
DIA -North Vietnamese Personnel  
associated with U.S. Prisoners of War




Listing on Vietnam Wall sought for troops killed
in 1962 plane crash


Family wants to see Mansfield soldier added
to Vietnam memorial



Washington Post, March 17, 1962


Pueblo Incident
The history of those held Prisoner of War when the USS Pueblo was captured by the North Korean's in 1968.
List of those held


The Butterfly Effect

...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....

From the desk of Billy Cox, Staff Writer for the Herald Tribune (Sarasota Florida).

Christmas 2018 - 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.


Rick and many of his shipmates are still working hard today to get the USS Pueblo return to the United States Navy.


What's the difference between murder and massacre? 
USS Liberty ... 

USS Liberty Cover Up

Fate of Marines left behind in Cambodia in 1975 haunts comrades
The "Mayaguez Incident"

bios in link - see "Vietnam"
www.newsweek.com    Jan 2017
Disturbing new details reveal what the U.S. government has kept hidden for decades.

Those held by China 1952-1968
April 2-April 11, 2001


Divers to receive POW Medal, 30 years after hijacking


March 28, 2015

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 Washington, D.C.

Iranian Hostage Crisis
The history of those held "444 days", 1979 - 1980

Rescue Attempt



Americans held in Iran waited decades for relief. Now they face a new challenge.

Michael Durant
Somalia, 1993 and Blackhawk Down
Scott Francis O'Grady
Shot down June 2, 1995
Those captured and held in Yugoslavia in 1999

Captured, Held & Released by Iran in 2003

The 1986 bombing raid on Tripoli -
we still ask
 Where is Paul Lorence?

William  R. Higgins and 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.

Gulf War
1991 GULF WAR POW/MIA, KIA/BNR, Returnees, U.S. Military, Civilians and Foreign Nationals
The Returnees sue Iraq and Saddam Hussein
Michael Speicher

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 Times

Dave "Fingers" Goldfein, 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:
"The cockpit 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 here.

2006 - "PAT 332


Dec17 2014

and Cuba - 2009


Gulf War / OIF / OEF / Afghanistan
Media stories and bio links for those captured, missing, DUSTWUN, AWOL, remains returned from a missing type status.






Robert Levinson, 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....

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Pictures Released of Captured Former FBI Agent
Bob Levinson's family releases photos of man believed to have been kidnapped in Iran in 2007.


Christine Levinson CNN Interview

FBI Statement on 12th Anniversary of the Abduction of Robert A. Levinson

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, […]



Iran Investigating Case of Former FBI Agent Who Went ...

https://time.com › World › Iran

Nov 9, 2019Iran said the case over the 2007 disappearance of former FBI agent Robert Levinson was "on going," renewing questions over what happened.


Marine vet held captive in Iran for
555 days - Tactical Life

 Mar 5, 2013  -- DETROIT The family of a retired U.S. Marine detained in Iran on espionage charges is begging for his freedom a year after his death sentence was overturned .... Amir Hekmati

RELEASED 01/21/16

Hekmati renounces Iranian-Citizenship

....  Iranian authorities arrested him while he visited relatives there in  Aug 2011 - more than three years ago - and have held him ever since.


May 10, 2016


"Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search For America's POWs" has just been made available for free, online screening on the web:  https://vimeo.com/62760333

Bill Dumas Productions




John Hartley Robertson


Neither DNA nor fingerprints
reportedly confirmed these claims.

RELEASED 05/31/2014



Sgt Tahmooressi USMC
and Mexico



How this Long Island man ended up in a Chinese prison on espionage charges



She notes that, “there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind” that her son is alive...

Austin Tice, who served as an infantry officer in the Marine 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, ....

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/university-of-virginia-student-otto-warmbier-in-a-coma-released            6/13/17

University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, said to be in a coma, released from North Korea

Americans in North Korean prisons    RELEASED 05/09/18

 | May 2, 2018

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. […]



Andrew Brunson: Turkey releases US pastor after two years  10/12/18



A new report shows Layla Shwekani, 28, was killed in Syria in 2016. Shwekani, who was engaged, was detained in February 2016 and her family just learned her fate after a report was released Sunday....

  02/09/19      http://enews.earthlink.net/article/top?guid=20190109/f05f505f-7149-4446-a219-090c42bd6808

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran confirmed Wednesday it is holding U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White at a prison in the country, making him the first American known to be detained under President Donald Trump's administration....

03/11/19  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6794575/Verdict-issued-against-US-Navy-veteran-held-Iran.html

   U.S. Navy veteran Michael White has been declared guilty of unknown crimes in Iran after he was taken captive back in July....


American Michael White held in Iran since 2018 released on medical furlough


03/25/2020  https://www.ozarksfirst.com/local-news/politics/navy-vet-freed-from-iranian-prison-ill-seeks-transfer-to-us/

Navy vet freed from Iranian prison ill, seeks transfer to US 

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 treatment...


4 June, 2020 10:31

Navy Veteran MICHAEL WHITE, 46, CALIF - released and on way home from Iran. Prev sentenced to 10 years.




... Zachary 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 Sultan Yacoub...




Russia Jails US Marine Veteran for 9 Years over Police Assault

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.



  1. Austin Tice – Syria - https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/detained-journalist-austin-tice-s-parents-says-there-s-no-n1001631

  2. “We’re trying to find the key -- or someone who has the key -- to bringing Austin home,” Marc Tice, Austins father, told Connecting Vets.



  1. Xiyue Wang – Iran - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-detains-president-hassan-rouhani-brother-sentences-xiyue-wang/

  2. Reza Shahini – Iran - https://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-iran-prisoner-20161025-snap-story.html

  3. Siamak Namazi – Iran - https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/19/world/asia/siamak-namazi-iran-prison.html

  4. Baquer Namazi – Iran - https://www.cbsnews.com/news/baquer-namazi-iran-reprieve-from-jail-to-ailing-u-s-citizen-held-since-2016/

  5. Robert Levinson – Iran - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Robert_Levinson

To the best of my knowledge they are STILL Being held against their will. All are American citizens or hold Dual citizenship which includes American.    mm

Many of these may NOT have Geneva Convention protections...
Held by militias? Militants? Declared War?




A Russian court found ex-U.S. marine Paul Whelan guilty of spying for the United States on Monday and sentenced him to 16 years. He was arrested in December 2018 by Russian agents....


FedEx Express pilot Todd Hohn
released from detainment in China,
reunited with family!

29 June, 2020 10:37


Authorities detained Hohn in China on Sept. 12 when they found pellets used in replica air guns in his bag, the Wall Street Journal reported then. ...

Hohn, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, departed Guangzhou on Saturday to return to his family, who live in Florida. ...



American detained in Lebanon released after 6 months


Amer Fakhoury, a naturalized U.S. citizen, was arrested in his native Lebanon during a family trip in September...... 


Feb 5, 2020 - Mark RFrerichs of Lombard, Illinois, was kidnapped last Friday in Khost, a province located in the southeastern part of the country that borders ...


SEAL Team Six attempts to rescue American contractor in Afghanistan


SEAL Team Six commandos raided a village looking for former Navy diver turned contractor Mark R. Frerichs 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 negotiations.  

Remains Returned and Casualties:

Remains Returned


WWII and Korea and Cold War


Sept 11, 2001
Lest we forget and the
list of those who lost their lives on 9/11


2001- current
including Afghanistan


Casualties in Iraq





No longer noted by DPAA - but not forgotten.


Doughboy MIA Database 1917-1920

Presented here is a complete list of all known US service personnel Missing in Action from the First World War. The list is searchable in various ways. We encourage you to explore...


Memorial Day....


An American in the Basement: The Betrayal of Captain Scott Speicher and the Cover-up of His Death


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 research.


AP IMPACT:  MIA work 'acutely dysfunctional'

By ROBERT BURNS    Jul. 7 10:22 AM EDT

     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.

You can learn more by going to the website, http://cynicalattitude.com/





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