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From: Patrick ( 1 ) <>
Sent: 18 August, 2020 10:26
Subject: Re: Today is the Austrailian Vietnam Veterans Day!


Was in DC on Sunday in the rain for ceremonies near, at The Wall.


Battle of Long Tan Memorial Service at The Vietnam Veterans Memorial 16 August 2020

In 1987 Prime Minister Bob Hawke designated August 18 as Australia’s official Vietnam Veterans’ Day.

The date commemorates the [1966] Battle of Long Tan, during which Delta Company 6 RAR fought an ‘encounter’ battle against enemy forces in the Long Tan rubber plantation just a few thousand metres from the 1st Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat.

Delta Company suffered 42 casualties, including 18 dead – more than one-third of its strength – while some 245 enemy troops were killed. Delta Company’s 105 men, and three New Zealanders from 161 Battery, Royal New Zealand Artillery, fought for almost four hours against soldiers of the North Vietnamese Army who outnumbered them by ten to one.”


It's been more than 2,922 days since Austin Tice, Marine, journalist, son and brother, was captured in Syria. His family has worked tirelessly for eight years to bring their son safely home. Now, they hope with a recent public commitment from President Donald Trump, they may be one step closer to...
Jul 6, 2020 - American student locked in Egyptian prison for over a year without trial is freed, returns to US. Mohamed Amashah spent 500 days in detention ...
Jul 7, 2020 - Mohamed Amashah, a dual Egyptian-American national, returned home to New Jersey on Monday after nearly 500 days in Egypt's Tora prison ...

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. ...


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.

 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....


 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



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.

April 9, 2020

Subject: Info - Nobel Peace Prize Nomination
Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2020 20:01:05 -0400

Please, join me in offering CONGRATULATIONS to our colleague

Edwin (Ed) Huffine!


Ed had the privilege of working with the Argentinean Forensic Team for several years focusing on his field of expertise – DNA -  and the Teams overall effort has brought them to the attention of the NOBEL PEACE PRIZE Nomination Committee for 2020. (Check out the link in the email below.)

Ed has been in this special business for a few decades and his work his not gone unnoticed. Attached you’ll see Recognition from Virginia’s Governor and the “Presidents E Award”

To check out what Ed is up to now check His LinkedIn site -

We will keep our fingers crossed for the team and Ed for the final vote.

Until they ALL come home……….


Sent: 30 March, 2020 22:02
in Subject: Info - Nobel Peace Prize Nomination


FYI - I worked with the Argentinean Forensic Team (EAAF) for many years and helped develop/implement the DNA testing to identify the missing for several projects.  Some of the work I did in Latin America with EAAF been nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.  I have attached some documents related to this as well as a photo of us preparing to provide Congressional Testimony.  This work is part of the reason I received the President 'E' Award and Virginia Governor's Kompass award.

Update on the ROGER HALL, et al., versus The CENTRAL INTELLENGECE AGENCY lawsuit.

From the desk of Tony C. , US Marine Corps, Vietnam Combat Veteran, Advocate Extraordinaire.

moe note: the attached pdf document  is a must read .  A quote from the document: “The Court is satisfied that the existence of such records is not mere speculation.”

From: Tony C <>
Sent: 31 March, 2020 21:03
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Judge Lamberth's one=page order denying Govt's motionforreconsideration


From: Roger Hall

Roger, congratulations on an important victory. It will be interesting to see what the government's next move is. It is particularly remarkable given the flurry of bad decisions in other of my cases over the past few days.

I tried to find a copy of the government's motion for reconsideration which Lamberth denied but couldn't locate it. It will have to wait until tomorrow or very late tonight since I've got another urgent matter I have to deal with now. Jim

Tony C.

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......
Statement of The American Ex-Prisoners of War before the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs, U.S. Senate/U.S. House Of Representatives, March 3, 2020
National Commander Robert G. Certain
Chief Executive Officer Cheryl Cerbone
Legislative Officer Charles Anthony Susino
Chairmen Mark Takeno and Jerry Moran, and members of the House and Senate Veteran’s Affairs committee and guests, my name is Robert Certain, National Commander of the American Ex-Prisoners of War. Thank you for the opportunity to express our comments today.

Our legislative agenda has been very consistent year to year. It is based on the earned benefits of the veteran for serving their country, never using the word “entitlements” in the same sentence as veteran. Its center is healthcare and fair compensation to the veteran and their family....

Rolling Thunder Inc, National
XXXIII Nationwide "Ride for Freedom"


Sunday, May 24, 2020

Food, speakers, vendors, musical tribute to veterans

Joe Bean - 484-880-2012                       Ed Crabtree - 908-930-1920

From: Patrick ( 1 ) <>
Sent: 29 March, 2020 22:15
Subject: Re: National Vietnam POW/MIA Monument Dedication March 29, 2020

Friends and Supporters of the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial we have decided to forego the public unveiling of the National POW/MIA Monument to those from the Vietnam War, scheduled for noon on Sunday, March 29, at the Memorial.

To comply with local restrictions and in the interest of the health of those who may attend, we instead will hold a “virtual” event ceremony that will be broadcast on our Facebook page at the same time and date, which is National Vietnam Veterans Day. Remarks by Ralph Galati, former POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Doug Seiler is the Monument’s architect.


#NeverForget #NeverQuit

God Bless America

From the Desk of Mike Benge, POW Vietnam – 28 January 1968- 5 March 1973.

moe note: Ms. Howard was a Gold Star Mother, country music singer, songwriter, producer, Author and a member of the Grand Old Opry.
She passed away 28 March 2020 in Gallatin, Tennessee.

United at Last.


From: Michael Benge <>
Sent: 29 March, 2020 14:36


On 7 December 2019, Iran announced the release of Wang in exchange for an Iranian scientist, Masoud Soleimani, held by the United States.[16]


Xiyue Wang – Iran -


... 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...

Release on Bail, Escape, and Lawsuit

Shahini was released on $62,000 bail in 2017 after a hunger strike. Sometime in 2017 or 2018, he left Iran (method undisclosed) and came to the U.S. and filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Iranian government and several senior IRGC officials. The suit claims that Shahini’s jailers subjected him to “sleep deprivation, interrogation, solitary confinement, painful shackling, malnutrition, and denial of medical care.” 


Reza Shahini – Iran -


... nation's capital end. If you have hotel reservations for Memorial Day weekend 2020, don't cancel them!@AMVETSHQ #POW #MIA #RollingThunder.
POW/MIA is a key issue that we're always thinking of at AMVETS. We think this a great event, no matter what, we'd like to help,” said AMVETS National ...
... held annually for more than 30 years in honor of veteran causes, as well as prisoners of war and missing in action (POW/MIA), Army Times reported.
The request includes access to lists of POWs and MIAs provided to North Vietnam, as well as materials used to brief President Nixon in 1973 about ...

“The Vietnam MIA-POW issue is a sore spot for many veterans and concerned Americans. Why is the Pentagon stonewalling our attempts to obtain ...

... period, Deputy Chairman of the US-Russian Joint Commission on Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Alexander Kirilin told Sputnik.


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


PALM SPRINGS, Calif.- - People all over the country gathered to recognize prisoners of war and those missing in action. The Palm Springs Air ...

Subject: Castro's Torture of American POWs in Vietnam | Frontpage Mag



Try this link for the Castro story:


where Glazov got much of his information for his front page article


From Ray Calore:

Hi Mary!  I put together some info and pics to update you on what's been happening in Kansas on POW/MIA activities.  First thing is that our past SEVEN governors have signed a POW/MIA Recognition for the state, beginning in the late 1980's:

Gov. Mike Hayden -- 1987-91
Gov. Joan Finney ---  1991-95
Gov. Bill Graves -----  1995-2003
Gov. Kathleen Sebelius -- 2003-2009
Gov. Mark Parkinson ----- 2009-2011
Gov. Sam Brownback ---- 2011-2018
Gov. Jeff Colyer -- 2018 to present.

Schanberg investigated the work of the Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs in 1991 and 1992, of which McCain was a member. In a lengthy ...

American officials made the claim during a May meeting of the U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs, and experts say it could undermine the ...

Daily Beast


Cambodia’s Hun Sen: The Blood-Drenched Opportunist of Asia

He evolved from peasant to Khmer Rouge commander, then Khmer Rouge opponent, then an illiberal strongman tolerated by the West. Now as a Chinese client, his tyranny looks dynastic....

From: Richard D. Williams
Sent: 30 July, 2018 08:49
Subject: Fw: Updated Vietnam-Era Statistical Report: DPAA 7/17/2018 (UNCLASSIFIED)




Richard D. Williams

South East Regional Representative

United States of America

Vietnam War Commemoration

Midtown, Atlanta, Georgia



"Sadly, the statistics don't reflect the misidentifications as well as live sighting reports which were dismissed for no valid reason or were just ignored as sand fell through the hourglass for years/decades.

The powerpoints always look impressive until the questions are asked."   NAME WITHHELD


" agree with YOU, XXXXXXXXXX.


Certain sectors of our illustrious government are quite skilled at presenting the ‘numbers’ in a slightly bias nature. They have been doing it for decades.

Two additional examples of the numbers game; 

  1. The 4,400 plus Unaccounted for from World War One – off the books. Gone. Why? They were part of the original mission. Who authorized eliminating them from the Mission? What is happening on these cases?
  2. The current publicized ID’s for this past fiscal year – 201 – of which only 182 were actually ‘new’ ID’s from the accounting period. The other 19 ID’s were remains that had been included in group ID’s reported in previous years and the families had been notified and services conducted. In essence the 19 cases have been double booked.

I find it interesting that the Congressional numerical goal since 2015 was 200 ID’s Minimum per year and once that number is stated publicly for the first time at the end of fiscal year 2016-17 the annual Budget  for 2017-18 goes from $112 million to over $150 million for the current year. 25 + % increase!?? Did someone knowingly cook the books?

Bill Bell was reporting a Last Known Alive number of over 300 cases during the Senate Select POW/MIA Committee hearings back in 1991-92; numbers reported now are below 60 cases – little to no explanation on how the 250 + cases were resolved or if they were resolved.

I wonder what Paul Cole would find today if he applied the same formula he used in the  private review of the effectiveness and the efficiency of then  Joint Pacific Accounting Command (JPAC) back in 2010-11 to the current Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)?

So, what is our plan XXXXX? What can/do we do to combat these inaccuracies in reporting? How do we keep the ‘truth’ in the reporting process? How do we hold management accountable to ‘the people’?

Look forward to your response."


From: Cheryl Cerbone
Sent: 13 July, 2018 08:35
Subject: Death of our National Commander

The Directors, Officers and members of the American Ex-Prisoners of War are saddened by the death of our National Commander Charles Susino, Jr. on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at his home in New Jersey.

As always, he was surrounded by his family and their love.

There will be a very simple one day service on Wednesday, July 18th,

2-6 pm at the Wright and Ford funeral home in Flemington, NJ.  At a later date, TBD, he will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Many of you know his love and passion for veterans, his fellow ex-Prisoners of War and his country.


If you wish to reach out to his family, please address cards to his son, Charles Anthony Susino, who will share them with his mother, Lillian, and his family.

Charles Anthony Susino

951 Gates Avenue

Piscataway, NJ  08854


We appreciate all the support we have received from the Veterans Service Officers through the years. Thank you. 


Cheryl Cerbone, Editor

EX-POW Bulletin

23 Cove View Drive

South Yarmouth, MA  02664


Good Sunday Morning Veterans, Advocates, Patriots, Family and Friends of our Missing in Action and Former Prisoners of War!

The National POW/MIA Recognition Day event, The RIDE HOME, is scheduled to kick off on September 20, 2018 and our base of operations this year will be Warner Robins Georgia. For over 15 years we have invited Former Prisoners of War and Families of those still Missing in Action so we may fulfill the Commander-in-Chief’s Proclamation:

“I call upon the people of the  United States to join me in honoring  and remembering all former American prisoners of war and those missing in action who valiantly served our great country.  I also call upon Federal, State, and local government officials and private organizations to observe this day  with appropriate ceremonies  and activities.”

Please check out the YOUTUBE link above, provided courtesy of Ann Wolf and then check out the event website - - on the main menu at the top of the page you will find the Hotels we have agreements with under Lodging - - and you can see the proposed itinerary for the three day event here - -

Hero’s Banquet – Friday, 21 September requires a $25 donation per plate if you wish to break bread with our Honored Guest – information here -

All Services are open to the Public.

All escort Rides gathering points to the services will be announced on or about the 10th of September.

This is the Largest mutigenerational gathering of Former Prisoners of War and Families of Missing in Action in the country in response to the Presidential Proclamation, so come, be a part of History!

If you wish to Sponsor an Honored Guest, check out the attached Form.


Looking forward to see you in Georgia this September!


Until they all come home……….





Date: Thu, Jun 21, 2018, 08:16
Subject: Fwd: Sad News- Update - Cong Billy Hendon


Dear Friends and Fellow Veterans,
Last night at about 11:00 PM Billy made his final journey to his eternal reward.

As soon as I can find out any information regarding Billy's  internment I shall endeavor to share it.



May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Subject:   What President Trump Should Ask North Korea About American Prisoners from the Korean & Vietnam Wars (clean version from today's National Alliance of Families meeting, pls feel free to distribute)
Date:   Sun, 27 May 2018 15:58:41 -0400
From:   Kathleen Shemeley <>

Hi folks,
Attached is an important document from Mark Sauter concerning the  summit, hopefully to be held in the near future,  and unrecovered POWs and missing Americans in Korea.  It was presented during the National Alliance meeting in Washington, D.C. this weekend.


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. […]


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: FW: No combat pay for Korean Army POW's
Date: Fri, 4 May 2018 08:48:06 -0400
To: 'Moe Moyer' <>

From the desk of Mary Schantag, COB, POW Network!

moe note; I would like to personally and publicly THANK Mary  for saying what many of us were thinking. There are many concerns surrounding  this issue and if we are to maintain an affirmative attitude to the conclusion we must not be afraid to speak to the truth.

Thank YOU, Mary!



A couple of weeks ago we were told the families of enlisted Prisoners of War, returned as remains after decades in enemy soil, were denied full military funeral honors  (that is reserved for officers.)   Had not for their capture or missing status - would they have continued their military service - perhaps to become officers? 

Then we were informed that the Admin Building at Arlington does not fly a POW/MIA flag.

And now - once again, we find out the Korean War POWs were shortchanged.

So much for unity, equality, and justice for all.


Mary Schantag, Chairman

-------- Forwarded Message --------

Subject: No combat pay for Korean Army POW's
Date: Thu, 03 May 2018 15:41:13 +0000
From: Monica Cash <>

Maloney Announces Legislation to Fix Historic Underpayment of Korean War POWs
Bill Would Provide Back Pay to Veterans Who Were Short-Changed by Arbitrary Combat Pay Limits...

I validated this through Elliott Sortillo.   Didn't know this.











We also draw your attention to several bills which we believe have special merit ....

H.R. 27: Ensuring VA Employee Accountability Act. All veterans in all VA facilities deserve adequate care from VA employees.

H.R. 4369: To amend title 38, United States Code, to codify the authority of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to assign a disability rating of total to a veteran by reason of unemployability, and for other purposes

H.R. 299 and S. 422 : To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes. H.R. 303 and S.66: To amend title 10, United States Code, to permit additional retired members of the Armed Forces who have a service-connected disability to receive both disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for their disability and either retired pay by reason of their years of military service or combat-related special compensation.

S. 339: A bill to amend title 10, United States Code, to repeal the requirement for reduction of survivor annuities under the Survivor Benefit Plan by veterans’ dependency and indemnity compensation, and for other purposes.

HR 1472 and S. 591: Military and Veteran Caregiver Services Improvement Act of 2017 S. 1990: Dependency and Indemnity Compensation Improvement Act of 2017 S. 544: A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes.

Thank you for your time and attention and most importantly your unwavering support of ex-POWs and all veterans — deserving heroes every one. 
God bless our troops 
God bless America

Charles A. Susino
National Director 
American Ex-Prisoners of War

Subject:   POW/MIA FOIA case against the CIA
Date:   Thu, 5 Apr 2018 17:21:42 -0400
From:   Roger Hall <>
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Case against the CIA for unreleased POW/MIA documentation to be declassified and released has reached the point where we will be able to take depositions of people with knowledge of withheld pow/MIA information. The depositions are expensive and donations have been few in the past few years. This case needs financial ($) help in order to get the evidence from the CIA. Many documents have been released but we have not yet breached the wall for the documents we seek. The only documents the CIA releases are those we have proof exist. These depositions will provide that information.  Please donate to:

attn:    Roger Hall
8560 2nd Ave., apt 105
Silver Spring, MD 20910
When Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy and Army troops were captured by the North Vietnamese or went missing in action in the late 1960s and early '70s, the government ordered their wives and families to keep quiet. They were told that to speak about it might endanger the lives of their husbands, fathers ...
From the desk of Scott Ward, C-130 Corrosion Analyst/Sr. Logistician,
POW/MIA Committee member, Robins Air Force Base

-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Ward 
Sent: 13 March, 2018 07:42


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On Sunday, April 8, 2018, former prisoners of war (POWs) from World War II,
Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and other conflicts will gather, along with
hundreds of veterans and visitors, at Andersonville National Historic Site
to commemorate the only national museum dedicated to preserving and sharing
their stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice for their country. Since
opening in April 1998, the National POW Museum has helped over 2.6 million
visitors better understand the experiences of American POWs from the
Revolutionary War to present day.

Activities will begin at 1:30 p.m. with a performance of patriotic music by
a ceremonial band from the U.S. Army MCoE. A commemorative ceremony at 2:00
p.m. will feature U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop and three former POWs.
Colonel (ret) David Eberly was a fighter pilot and the senior allied POW of
the 1991 Gulf War. Captain (ret) Bill Robinson, shot down over Vietnam and
held for over 7 years, was the longest-held enlisted POW in American
history. Sy Lichtenfeld was captured during the Battle of the Bulge and held
prisoner by the Germans during World War II. Each will share their
incredible and inspiring story during our commemorative ceremony. At the
conclusion of the ceremony, the Lee County NJROTC Armed Drill Team will
demonstrate their command of the rifle and unwavering teamwork.

Other planned activities include a presentation by Major Nicholas Holten,
Commander of the U.S. Army Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE)
School, a flyover of military aircraft, and display of a UH-1 Huey
helicopter. All activities are free and open to the public.
On April 8, 2018, former prisoners of war (POWs) from World War II, Korea,
Vietnam, Desert Storm, and other conflicts will gather, along with hundreds
of veterans and visitors, at Andersonville National Historic Site to
commemorate the only national museum dedicated to preserving and sharing
their stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice for their country. Since
opening in April 1998, the National POW Museum has helped over 2.6 million
visitors better understand the experiences of American POWs from the
Revolutionary War to present day.

Scott Ward
C-130 Corrosion Analyst/Sr. Logistician
Mandaree Enterprise Corporation (MEC)
812 Park Dr.
Warner Robins, GA 3108


I wanted to share the video of Mr. Johnson’s speech during debate on H.Res. 129, and share the good news that it just passed today by a vote of 411-0!

The video can be found on Sam Johnson’s Facebook feed toward the top:

Please feel free to share. I’m sure this will be of great interest to all of our MIA families.

Thank you!

Jett Thompson

Legislative Director

Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-03)

(202) 225-4201


H.Res.129 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Calling on the Department ...
Feb 15, 2017 - Summary of H.Res.129 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Calling on the Department of Defense, other elements of the Federal Government, and foreign governments to intensify efforts to investigate, recover, and identify all missing and unaccounted-for personnel of the United States.


Subject:   Will any POW/MIA families show up to ask Mr. Lord about the secret POW/MIA for reparations deals?
Date:   Thu, 8 Feb 2018 13:51:44 -0500

From: Washington History Seminar []
Sent: Thursday, February 8, 2018 12:28 PM
Subject: WHS 2/15 - Vietnam: The Kissinger-Le Duc Tho Negotiations, August 1969-December 1973

WHS Logoer-

Vietnam: The Kissinger-Le Duc Tho Negotiations, August 1969-December 1973

Vietnam: The Kissinger-Le Duc Tho Negotiations, August 1969-December 1973, an almost 1,800 page documentary history of the negotiations, compiled and edited by John M. Carland, contains word searchable transcripts of every meeting Kissinger had with the North Vietnamese—comprised of 68 separate meetings in 27 separate negotiating rounds. The negotiations resulted in the still controversial January 1973 Paris Peace Accords. Many of the transcripts are accompanied by long discursive footnotes that reference and quote from, sometimes copiously, Kissinger’s summary memos to Nixon about a particular meeting with Le Duc Tho, as well as from other American documents, and also from enemy message traffic—Le Duc Tho to and from the Hanoi Politburo, and various memos and memoirs from North Vietnamese side.

John M. Carland, a historian at the Army Center of Military History, wrote Combat Operations: Stemming the Tide, May 1965-October 1966, official history of the Army’s first eighteen months of combat in Vietnam (2000).At the Historian’s Office, Department of State, he compiled, edited, and published in 2010 two documentary histories: Vietnam, January – October 1972; and Vietnam, October 1972 –January 1973. In retirement, he completed a third documentary history for State Department: Vietnam: The Kissinger-Le Duc Tho Negotiations, August 1969-December 1973, published in late 2017. All three documentary histories speak to the relationship between force and diplomacy in a war-time setting. He has also published and delivered numerous articles and papers on the United States and the Vietnam War. Carland holds an undergraduate double degree in political science and history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, an M.A. in political science from the City College of New York, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Toronto.

George C. Herring has devoted much of his career to teaching and writing about the Vietnam War.  He taught his first class on the war in the spring of 1973, as the last U.S. troops were coming home from Vietnam. His book, America's Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975, was first published in 1979 and next year will go into a sixth edition--with a new title. His books also include The Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: The Negotiating Volumes of the Pentagon Papers (1983) and LBJ and Vietnam: A Different Kind of War (1994). A native of Virginia, Dr. Herring graduated from Roanoke College, and after service in the U.S. Navy earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Virginia. He taught at the University of Kentucky from 1969 until his retirement in 2005. In 1993-1994, he was visiting professor at the United States Military Academy.

Winston Lord has led a distinguished career in international affairs, both in and out of government. His governmental posts have included Special Assistant to the National Security Advisor, Director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff. Ambassador to China under President Reagan and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs under President Clinton. He has also led or served many non- governmental organizations, including as President of the Council on Foreign Relations and Chairman of the International Rescue Committee. With respect to the Vietnam negotiations, Lord attended every Kissinger meeting with the North and South Vietnamese from 1970 through January 1973. He was also on related trips to China, the Soviet Union and Southeast Asia. Lord was one of the principal drafters of the Paris Peace Accords on Vietnam, as well as the Shanghai Communique on President Nixon's trip to China. Lord graduated from Yale University (magna cum laude) and the Fletcher School (first in class),and is the recipient of several honorary degrees and governmental awards.

Stephen Randolph served as The Historian of the State Department from 2012 until his retirement at the end of 2017. As The Historian, he was responsible for publication of the Foreign Relations of the United States series, the official documentary record of US foreign policy and diplomacy. Prior to his arrival at the State Department, he served for fifteen years as professor, department chair, and associate dean at the National Defense University. Still earlier, he served as a fighter pilot, commander, and policy advisor through a 27-year career in the Air Force, retiring as a colonel in 2001. He is the author of Powerful and Brutal Weapons: Nixon, Kissinger, and the Easter Offensive, a study of the endgame of the US war in Indochina. Dr. Randolph graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1974, and was awarded a master's degree in the History of Science from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975 and a Ph.D. from the George Washington University in 2005.

The Washington History Seminar is co-chaired by Eric Arnesen (George Washington University) and Philippa Strum (Woodrow Wilson Center) and is sponsored jointly by the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program. It meets weekly during the academic year. The seminar thanks the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the George Washington University History Department for their support.


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From: Michael McDonald-Low []
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 5:44 PM
Subject: Vietnam MIA Mission Problems


                My name is Michael McDonald-Low and I'm asking for your help in bringing attention to the problems at DPAA, (Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency), that are inhibiting MIA recovery efforts in Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

                I am a former Army officer who served as an infantry platoon leader and company commander in Vietnam (D/1/20 Inf, 11th LIB, Americal) in 1967 and 1968. 

                In 2009, I contacted DPMO (Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office) and JPAC (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command) and informed them that they were going to the wrong location in their search for an MIA from my platoon - MIA case 1165 - Clifford Van Artsdalen. They had sent Investigative Teams four previous times to Vietnam in their search for 1165, without ever contacting me, his platoon leader at the time of the incident.

                After three years of contacts with JPAC/DPMO, I was finally able to lead a JPAC Investigative Team to the mountains of the Que Son Valley near Tam Ky, Vietnam in 2012. Our goal was to find the correct location of a soldier from my platoon who was killed there - MIA 1165. The mission was successful, however I am still waiting, like many others, for approval by a DPAA Excavation Decision Board. 

                In September 2014, after providing advice on other ground loss cases, I was appointed as the first ever Southeast Asia (SEA) Veteran Liaison - the first Vietnam infantry veteran to be officially involved in the search for MIA's in Southeast Asia.

                As the SEA Veteran Liaison, I participate in Southeast Asia MIA case analysis by reviewing existing DPAA background information and investigative reporting related to unresolved ground loss cases in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. I also conduct independent open-source research related to assigned cases, including but not limited to additional Vietnam War era veteran interviews, when applicable. 

                I was also invited by Alisa Stack to join the government organized PACT (Personnel Accounting Consolidation Task Force) when it was formed to review JPAC/DPMO procedures and methods in 2014. I visited JPAC as a PACT representative to review their mission procedures. I submitted a detailed report based upon those observations. Unfortunately, all of the PACT input (and money spent) had little effect in changing the agencies.

                In 2016, my book, Unaccounted, was published and released. It is the true story of an American infantryman MIA in one of Vietnam's deadliest locations and the mission to find him 44 years later. It provides a firsthand look at a JPAC (DPAA) IT mission.


Recovering Southeast Asia MIAs is the foundation of the MIA mission, but there is something terribly amiss at mission control - DPAA.


                The search for American MIAs of the Vietnam War has been led over the years by the government organization which has gone by many names, most recently, JPAC, DPMO and now DPAA.

                After almost 50 years, there are still over 1,600 American military personnel missing in action - and considered unaccounted in Southeast Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. 1,450+ of these MIA cases fall into categories of pending an Investigation Decision Board (IDB), pending an Excavation Decision Board (EDB), or like most - still in research. There are more than 150 MIAs who have been approved for excavation, but are still waiting. Most of these are not even scheduled for excavation due to a lack of funding, and in most instances, lack of key personnel, specifically archeologists. 

                The priority of DPAA should be to finish the mission originally founded by the mothers of Vietnam Veterans - POW/MIA League of Families. These cases need to be given immediate priority over all other MIA cases worldwide as there is a diminishing window remaining before disintegration of all skeletal remains in the acidic soil and harsh climate of Southeast Asia. 


How the MIA mission of DPAA is failing Vietnam Vets.

1) DPAA Hawaii

                It is refreshing to see that Mr. Kelly McKeague is the new director at DPAA. Hopefully, under his leadership things will dramatically change. 

                Department leadership at DPAA Hawaii has been all about self-preservation of career rather than getting the job done - it is a cult of personality. The same people, problems, attitudes, and processes that forced the creation of DPAA still exist, even after 30 Jan 2015 (the formation date). DPAA kept the same people in the same jobs in Hawaii, but placed them under new department names; the mission continued as it had in the past. The disconnect between DPAA Hawaii and DPAA in Washington, D.C. is obvious and counter-productive. A fresh direction requires new, dynamic people and leadership at the department level, not the same old career GS JPAC Hawaii "veterans" operating as they have for years.



                The IDB (Investigation Decision Board) and EDB (Excavation Decision Board) process is a nice example of how DPAA Hawaii serves the process rather than the process serving the mission. People with no field experience are voting and running through the ringer those who know what they need to do to accomplish the mission. Policy, and External Relations and Planning have no business being involved in any IDB/EDB. Their input is not relevant to any decision relating to investigations or excavations. Their job should be to review and insure all measures are being taken to successfully accomplish the mission. To insure objectivity and fairness, all decisions regarding IDB’s and EDB’s should be made by a panel that consists of: DPAA J2, J2 lead investigator, IT/RT case analyst, MIA Case Consultant / Veteran Liaison, DPAA - Washington DC case leader, CIL (Central Investigation Laboratory), American Witness, and headed by Director DPAA.


3) Burden of Proof Protocols

                The current recommended Burden of Proof protocols appear overly weighted on aircraft MIA’s, metal object losses, and are not appropriate considerations for infantry surface losses. I believe there should be two sets of protocols, or two sets of weighting standards: one for aircraft losses and one for surface losses.  It is also important to note that all of the easy MIA cases have been completed. The toughest remaining cases are for the most part infantry surface losses. 


4) Ignorance of Battlefield, Enemy Tactics, Infantry Organization, Weapons and Injuries

                Prior to the appointment of a SEA Veteran Liaison there were no combat veterans from Vietnam who worked on any MIA case. Consequently, many mistakes have been made over the years by investigators who are ignorant of basic combat tactics, weaponry, wounds, and circumstances they have no ability to evaluate. I have seen cases where no further action was indicated by the investigator, because he/she couldn't identify the possibility (for example) . . . that a human being could not be disintegrated by a 81mm mortar. And yet, that has happened. I believe an accurate analogy would be trying to describe the color red to a blind person.


5) Failure to Properly Interview Veteran Survivors

                Vietnam veterans, particularly infantrymen and Marines, are a special group that deserves special handling when you're investigating a fallen comrade. If you can't do the talk, you certainly can't do the walk. If you're an investigator you should be familiar with combat and all that it entails, otherwise you won't ask the right questions or be able to identify information that may or may not help you. In my opinion, one of JPAC's and DPMO's (And now DPAAs) biggest oversights has been their inability to identify a credible veteran witness and then obtain relevant information from that witness.


6) Investigation Team (IT) / Recovery Team (RT)

                The IT process needs to be more dynamic and fused. An IT leader in the field should have the authority to be able to run down leads in the field to closure. but the host nation, due to time constraints and coordination, often times do not allow further pursuit during the operation. This rigid process forces IT to visit a site at least two or more times with approval boards at DPAA in between. Meanwhile, years pass and hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent for multiple trips. An average IT mission is Vietnam carries a hefty price tag - approximately $250,000.

                Ideally, IT/RT should be combined into a single unit for investigation and recovery. When IT successfully locates an MIA location it can be years before an RT visits it. When an RT eventually gets to the site they are depending on field notes and GPS to re-identify the site. This process is haphazard even with GPS. It is absolutely necessary that the IT be involved to positively identify the location, as well as any witness, American or otherwise. This combined unit would have the flexibility in the field that is needed to immediately excavate a site that has a high potential for recovery. This could save years of waiting to return to a site and/or could even save the loss of a site that was in danger. Additionally, the new IT/RT teams should consist of a historian, analyst, Geographic Information System specialist, archeologist, and an external relations person.


7) American Witnesses

                An American Witness should always sit on the EDB of his MIA, particularly after providing exact coordinates and leading the team to the MIA site. Further, the input by the American Witness to the EDB will add a sense of place, importance and legitimacy to the proceeding. He should then always be invited to participate in the RT to re-verify that the correct location is being excavated. In the past there has been little transparency at DPAA particularly involving decisions concerning excavation. This shroud should be removed and the inclusion and participation in an EDB by the American Witness would go a long way towards that endeavor.


8) Central Investigation Laboratory (CIL)

                The CIL's control over the use of technology for IT needs to end. IT needs to be free to try any and all technologically that is available. CIL needs to be focused on identifications only and not be given any power over any other aspect of the organization. Senior lab leadership should be removed to improve the culture of the lab and the future version of DPAA. The archeologists should be removed from CIL and moved into the future version of the IT/RT organization.



9) The Center for the Investigation of the Missing and Advancement of Geospatial Methods (CIMAG)

                The CIMAG is a program in which DPAA could have served as a nexus to help direct and develop products by universities, NASA, and NGA to develop remote sensing methods to search for MIAs (particularly high altitude aircraft wreckage). The program was a low investment initiative where DPAA would have provided the problem and coordinated with other agencies to establish lines of research funding to solve the problem. Unfortunately, this initiative angered the CIL scientific director and he forced it to be cancelled. 


10) Skilled Archeologists - University Battlefields Initiative 

                There are usually only one or two archeologists working for DPAA, which slows down the IT/RT process. The University Battlefields Initiative was a proposal developed that would focus on using university personnel to conduct battlefield archaeology. The current mode of search and recovery used by DPAA is not geared toward the systematic work required of complex battlefields. The DPAA recovery model had evolved around the concept of a single location that was defined by a burial or wreckage feature rather than the complexities of a battlefield. The University Battlefields Initiative would establish endowed professorships to head programmatic in-depth archaeological studies of historic battlefields that would be chosen based on the missing casualty densities determined by DPAA researchers. Again, universities would be responsible for establishing their own funding lines through grants or other public and private support under the assumption that their affiliation with DPAA would be a benefit. When presented to several universities, each expressed a high level of interest.


11) Search Methods - Advanced Technology

                One of the biggest challenges DPAA will face is the excavation of surface loss cases where the loss location can only be narrowed down to a 25 meter (m) x 25m, 50m x 50m, or larger area. Most of these sites are remote and/or lightly populated where there is little chance of a local Vietnamese or a People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) soldier corroborating an American loss from 50 years ago; too much time has passed, and the ability of a PAVN soldier or local Vietnamese to recall dates and specific locations are questionable. 

                The MIA remains at a loss location sites are typically small bone fragments or teeth (not metal). Currently, DPAA’s only on-the-ground search tool is a metal detector. Metal artifacts (dog tags, weapon, equipment) supporting the location of an MIA are at times discovered, but in many instances PAVN and Viet Cong forces routinely stripped equipment, weapons, dog tags and personal ID of any American left behind.

                A larger excavation footprint requires more efficient search methods. Use of Ground Penetrating Radar, Sonic Analysis, Magnetometry, micro aerial drones, and other promising technologies would make searches quicker and more productive in finding remains. Many companies actively involved in the development of these technologies would rush to the opportunity to use their equipment on an MIA mission. 

                The reality of my mission and personal work experience with DPAA is sub-par and is probably best explained by a letter I sent to Bob Maves, (next page), my DPAA senior supervisor in Hawaii. It should be noted that Mr. Maves did not respond.




Nov. 1, 2017

                Mr. Maves,

                I haven't heard much from you or others at DPAA. In the past year, I have been asked but twice to look into cases. It's disappointing that I cannot be of more service, especially given the limited window of time remaining to find MIA remains in Southeast Asia. 

                Frankly, I don't see any change at the new DPAA that encourages me about the MIA effort in Southeast Asia. In fact, I'd have to say my skills have been utilized less and less since the reorganization. In some specific cases, I provided detailed information about an MIA that was never acknowledged nor was I given any explanation regarding its value or contribution.

                Even the very basics in computer assistance, so I could access case files, has taken almost a year to accomplish. 

                My credentials expire tomorrow and if I thought things would change, I'd renew  them.





                I appreciate any assistance you can provide. I have also sent a copy of this letter to President Trump and many other Veteran and POW/MIA organizations and media.



                Michael McDonald-Low




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Subject: FW: Army Air Corps Museum - Special Announcement - December 7, 2017
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2017 11:51:40 -0500
From: Moe Hog <>
To: 'Moe Moyer' <>

Good Thursday Morning!

Please join us in extending our CONGRATULATIONS to MIA Recovery Network  ( ) and its founder Mr. Ken Breaux on their recent partnership with The Sons of Liberty Museum and The Army Air Corps Library and Museum!!

Ken and his team have created an excellent searchable data base on our World War II Missing in Action and are able to bring it to a public platform where Families of those still Missing in Action will, at last, have access to it.  

FYI – the Missing in Action/Unaccounted For from World War II represent approximately eighty seven percent (87%) of the DoD’s List of MIAs.

Keep up the GREAT Work, Mr. Breaux!

We are Blessed to have you and your team on this Mission!

Until they all come home……….


From: Kenneth Breaux []
Sent: 7 December, 2017 08:37

Subject: FW: Army Air Corps Museum - Special Announcement - December 7, 2017

Air Corps Newsletter - December 2017


On this the anniversary of the December 7 attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor we want to make a special announcement.


This week we are announcing a strategic partnership between the Sons of Liberty Museum, the Army Air Corps Library and Museum, and the MIA Recovery Network to help in researching and locating American military personnel who were lost in combat.  The information is now live on each website under the "Projects" section.

Read the complete press release and follow/comment on Facebook pages:

We are very excited about this partnership.  When we loaded the data we found a number of cross references to material in our honor roll sections and will assist in filling out a biography on those listed. 

Since the history and story of the individual citizen soldier is at the heart of the museum's mission it is hoped that providing this material we can assist in some small way to help write the final chapter in their story.

We've mentioned this before but it's worth repeating; our sister organization, the Sons of Liberty Museum is a great organization. Whereas the AACLM covers the Air Service, Army Air Forces and US Air Force, the "Sons" covers all branches of service from World War I to present day.   The Sons recently relaunched their website containing over 100,000 web pages; they will be adding more pictures of their exhibits and collection.

We look forward to the day when both of these organizations can have a large campus housing both of their impressive collections saluting our nation's citizen soldiers and preserving US military history one soldier at a time.  (We are currently in the opening stages of a capital campaign to do this).

We need you !  We need your help to further our mission of preserving and bringing this history to you and your families.  We are not unlike all non-profits, we always need capital!  You can make donations through the following link.  As a 501(c)(3) non-profit your qualifying donations are tax deductible.

If you have donated or considered donating artifacts to the AACLM and in your family you have items from the other branches of service and service members, please let us keep all your family heritage together by donating those items to the AACLM and our sister organization the Sons of Liberty Museum. World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and present day items are welcome by both organizations.

Join us on this journey !

Please follow us on Facebook and Pinterest.  Enjoy the news of the Museum and partner with us to help share this information with persons of like minds.

In Their Memory, 

Robert Coalter, Director

Jason Weigler, Director

Robert Weigler, Director

David Contreras, Director

Researching A Veterans' Service

One of the most frequent questions we receive is the general "can you tell me what my relative did in the service". Unfortunately, most of the time we have to say "no" we are not familiar with him or her but if you are interested we can give you a roadmap to follow and possibly help you along the way. Following is an outline of the roadmap that will help you get started. So get ready to put on your detective hat and let's get going.

In the beginning you might be dealing with a forest of information so large that it is overwhelming, so we need to start a process of elimination. The first thing to do is gather any and all papers and photographs that you may possess. These can provide a lot of information and offer clues. Papers may contain service serial number, time in service, awards and much more. Pictures may contain names, places and dates. Within the photos may be clues as to locations and units and if they contain aircraft, tail numbers and nose art. There are a lot of historians that have done exemplary research on aircraft creating invaluable tools.

Personnel Records

For decades the US Government housed individual servicemen/women personal-personnel records at the NPRC in St. Louis Missouri. These types of records are also referred to as the service jacket or 201 file. These would contain copies of all documents pertaining to the individual who would possess their own copies. Contained therein could include orders, assignments, awards and discharge papers. Like with many documents regarding our lives, many people get rid of a lot of excess items so you may only have a few items if any.

If you have been researching for some time, you may have heard the story of a fire in the St. Louis National Personnel Record Center (NPRC) that destroyed all records. The fire did happen in 1973 and according to the National Archives, the custodian of this material, it destroyed approximately 16-18 million records of Army and Air Force personnel. Not all of the records were destroyed-burned, many were water damaged . You can and you should request to see what they have and if you have made a request in the past with no success, make another one now because there has been an effort to recover and re-compile records using a variety of sources. Don't get your hopes too high but make another effort.

Instructions for requesting records:

Discharge Documents

Even if you have a discharge paper also known as a form DD-214, it only contains the last assignment; if the veteran served overseas in a conflict, it's likely that when returned to the states, they were assigned to another organization before they were discharged, so this document will not provide everything you are looking for. However, the last set of discharge papers have a multitude of other items such as awards, time overseas and can provide a lot of clues on where to begin your research.

 Continue Reading the Complete Article

*** New Researchers Tools ***

If you are searching for an airman who was Killed in Action (KIA) or became a Prisoner of War (POW), you have another place to search.   Reports called Missing Aircrew Reports or MACRs were created for all aircraft that went down behind enemy lines.   These reports contain the dispensation of each crewmember and often eyewitness reports. All of the MACRs from World War II can be found on the website: 

Award Documents   

We need you !  A continued big thanks to our fantastic army of volunteers, busy with our archiving and digitizing project.  But we have much more to go so if you can type and have a couple hours each week we can use you !

If you have any WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam award documents, please send us an original or a digital copy!

Why Awards?  Some of you may wonder why we are undertaking this type of project.  One of the most frequent inquiries we have relates to 'my relative was <name> can you tell me where he served and what awards he received'.   Individuals' service records are stored at the personnel center in St. Louis, and many records were destroyed in a fire and unless the serviceman and family kept a copy of his personnel file those documents are gone forever.  This was all before the advent of digital record keeping.  Of the Group and Command records that have survived many are spotty at best, however, they do not contain individuals' files.  So we are piecing together files with different types of documents;