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April 9, 20202

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.
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


... 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.

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.


-------- 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




A POW/MIA flag waves during the closing ceremony for the POW/MIA 24-hour run at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Friday, Sept. ... It was developed by Kenneth Breaux and his team at the Houston-based M.I.A. Recovery Network, a nonprofit that advocates for missing-in-action servicemembers and ...
Freedom Flight POW/MIA, a group that honors and tries to increase awareness of soldiers missing in action or prisoners of war, is asking for help in locating equipment worth thousands of dollars that was recently stolen. President Luke Cesnik said someone broke into their trailers at the McKay's Dodge ...
-------- Forwarded Message --------
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; these are the award documents which many times were preserved at Command level headquarters.  We are just scratching the surface but we feel it is a worthwhile endeavor. We are always seeking committed and dedicated volunteers to help us with this project.

Published data from this project occurs on multiple websites that you can access via the Honor Roll Section of our main website.


We welcome new dedicated volunteers to help us with this award document transcription project!


We welcome all donations of papers, books, photos, gear, uniforms, jackets, medals, ribbons, weapons, equipment, scrapbooks, biographies, diaries, letters, logs, cash and other assets for our general fund and capital campaign and much more. Please Contact Us

Donations of Artifacts Help Us Grow

Another big thanks to all of you that have provided us with donations recently and in the past. From the uniforms to the photos, papers and other items you have been instrumental in helping us grow this fantastic collection.  We continue to accept new items; these items are great for research as well as honoring the service of the veteran. Our collection includes memorabilia from the cook to the clerk, armorer, line chief, gunner, navigator, bombardier and pilots.  They all served, they are all to be honored.

World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Cold War donations welcome!

Sometimes donations are very large in the number of items, others may be small simple items; they all tell a story.  

Curtis Jefferson Gray

Thank you again to all the families that have made donations.

 Mayday! Mayday!

We feel the following message is very important; so we will be repeating it over the course of 201 and beyond.

Attention Website Owners & Veteran Associations

As many of you may know, many WWII veterans organizations are shutting down or are being altered significantly with the loss of their founding fathers.  A number of these organizations had developed some type of website, some with enormous amount of data and history.  Sadly, many have not made provisions for the website to be continued and thus when the bill stops being paid, the website disappears and all the work and information is then lost.  We want to help and we need you to help us.  If you know of a group that is disbanding and they don't have plans to continue their website, please have them get in contact with us; we would like to bring their website and information under our wing.  If they want to continue to maintain it we can give them access to continue that as well.  As one of our top goals for 2017, let's preserve this history and not lose it!

If your organization has physical materials such as uniforms, patches, photos and other memorabilia and you would like a permanent home for these items  when you cease operations, we would be honored to be the custodian of your group's history. 

Presidential Unit Citation

Roster Documents

Many groups received unit citations during their particular conflict. When this occurred the paperwork, in triplicate, would include a roster of all assigned and attached personnel on the date for which the unit was awarded.  We are actively seeking and requesting copies of those roster documents.  Please search your papers, talk to your association and help us out with this information and get them to us pronto!

Korea, Vietnam

We may be called the Army Air Corps Library and Museum, but we have items in our collection from the days of the Air Service and World War I all the way through the Vietnam War.  We are actively looking to expand material we can offer for education and research and build on our website for these conflicts.  Should you or any association of which you are a member have material including roster documents like we mention above including websites and other items of memorabilia, please get in touch with us.

Preserve This History, Honor the Service, Provide Education For Future Generations.


Army Air Corps Library and Museum
Directors' Line: 214.957.1393

Stay Connected




Good Wednesday Morning, Advocates, Veterans, Families of our Missing in Action and Former Prisoners of War!

The USS PUEBLO – you remember Her? (  Came under attack, (while under orders) by the
North Koreans. The ship and Crew were captured and the Crew was held – tortured, starved – for eleven (11) months before
being released. The North Koreans KEPT the ship and it is on public display to this day. The US Government/DoD did NOT
recognize the Crew as Prisoners of War. As a matter of fact, the USG/DoD brought the Captain of the PUEBLO, Commander
Pete Bucher, up on charges. It took 20 plus years for of legal battles to finally clear himself and obtain the DoD Classification
for his Crew as ‘Prisoners of War’.

The Crew has been engaged in this fight for over 45 years and with the Current Administration placing North Korea on the
 ‘State sponsors of terrorism’ list’ the Crew with the aid of some gutsy attorneys are going after the North Koreans. If you
check out the ‘go fund me’ site - - you’ll will see the funding  request is for incidentals
NOT lawyer’s fees.

We hope you’ll give their request for funding support and we respectfully ask you that you share this information with all on your
electronic lists.

Until they all come home……….


From: Robert Chicca <>
Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Subject: Go fund me reparations site

Shipmates and Friends,

Hopefully, the go fund me campaign for help raising reparations funding is set. Below is the link, hopefully, as I am not sure what I
 am doing. Anyway, check it out and then forward it with a note to all of your email contacts, post it on Facebook, twitter, etc.asking
for their support and to pass it along to their contacts.  If you have been interviewed by some paper, send them the link and ask for
support. If you know anyone who can help, please forward it to them. Time is a bit of the essence here so please do what you can.
There is another go fund me page that is for some help with the 50th reunion, but the reparations one is the extra important one. 

Any questions ask me and I may be able to answer.



Bob Chicca


Friends: Our site is up   11/11/17

We’ll call it a “Beta” b/c this entire replacement site literally had to be built this morning after our app threw a sprocket late last night. So we did what veterans do and sucked it up. We’ll update you when the next version comes along, which will allow us to process multi-lingual information from Contributors around the world, especially Chinese, Russian, Lao, Korean and Vietnamese (our site launches today with all these and more languages).

The point of our non-profit project: We know some of the answers we seek are “out there,” and the PIP is designed to reach people who may have those answers, reach them in their own countries and languages, and give them reasons – and the secure ability -- to provide the answers to us. We call it a mash-up of investigative journalism and global crowdsourcing. Our aim: Do what the US government will not or cannot do, using tools that have never existed before to reach people and institutions that may now, finally, be willing to open up.

Can You Help Us Find Missing Americans?

Можете ли вы помочь найти пропавших американцев?


누락 미국인을 찾을 도와 드릴까요?

Bạn có thể giúp tìm những người Mỹ mất tích không?

ທ່ານ ສາມາດຊ່ອຍຊອກຫາ ຄົນອາເມລິກັນທີ່ສູນຫາຍໄດ້ບໍ່ ?


Thank you to all you POW/MIA families who provided information on their loved ones and personal messages to the current and former foreign officials and citizens who likely have information that could help resolve the fates of these missing heroes.

Please spread the word & send me suggestions and corrections as we move forward. Mistakes are all mine and credit goes to our superstar advisors, consultants and experts (see some names below and more on the site,) plus the unnamed researchers we have working from Taiwan to Belarus.

To the American heroes profiled on our site, the additional POW/MIAs to be included on the site in future and all their families: Thank you for your unmeasurable sacrifices for our country.

We remember and salute you this Veterans Day.



POW Investigative Project (PIP) Launches on Veterans Day

Innovative Site Combines Investigative Reporting & Global Crowdsourcing


(Washington, Nov. 11, 2017) Designed to help solve some of the most controversial and enduring mysteries in US history, the POW Investigative Project (PIP) launches this Veterans Day, Nov. 11th.  The multilingual site combines global crowdsourcing, investigative reporting, international freelancers and insights from former top government experts on POW/MIA and human rights issues. @POWIProj

The project invites contributors from across the world to provide information on US servicemen missing from the Korean, Cold and Vietnam Wars. The site launches with information in seven languages plus English (Russian, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, Lao, Polish and Spanish), with more to come. Online contributors may volunteer to share information or, in some cases, accept paid research assignments to resolve specific leads.

With the Pentagon now largely focused on identifying POW/MIA remains already stored in its labs, the PIP investigates reports of Americans secretly held by communist regimes and never returned (alive or dead) – reports the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) now asserts are supported by “no substantiated evidence.”

Take Cold War Navy aviators Lloyd Smith, Jr. and William McClure. Declassified US files obtained by PIP report the men were likely captured by communist forces after their recon plane was shot down off Shantou, China in 1953. The family of Smith is actively seeking information on his fate. The PIP site provides information on the incident in Chinese and asks contributors to track down PRC government records, photos, local newspaper reports or other evidence that could help resolve the fates of Smith and McClure. As part of its mission, the PIP also fights to declassify US intelligence records (some decades old) on American POW/MIAs, including Top Secret and Secret records held back earlier this year related to US prisoners in North Korea and other locations (The family of a POW featured on the PIP site is suing the US government for files on Americans taken to the USSR.


PIP advisors and consultants include:

  • Garnett “Bill” Bell: Widely-regarded as among America’s top experts on Vietnam POW/MIA issues, Bell served as Chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs in Hanoi;
  • Chuck Downs: Expert on North Korea, former Executive Director of the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea and ex-Deputy Director in the Pentagon’s East Asia office;
  • Norm Kass: Leading expert on the involvement of the Soviet Union with US POW/MIAs, Kass served for 18 years as the US Staff Director of the Presidentially-mandated US-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs;
  • Eric Longabardi:  A national-award winning TV producer and investigative journalist with expertise in national security issues; and
  • John Zimmerlee: Known for his unmatched databases on cases of specific POW/MIAs from the Korean War, Zimmerlee is the son of Capt. John H. Zimmerlee, an Air Force officer missing in Korea.

A nonprofit company, the PIP was founded by Mark Sauter, who serves as its president and investigative correspondent. An author and former award-winning investigative reporter and online news executive, Sauter’s research on unrepatriated US POWs has been widely cited by major media organizations. He is also a former Army officer with service in the DMZ between South and North Korea.


The Library of Congress has a Vietnam War-era POW/MIA database, which provided Miller with a lot of information about what happened to these ...


The book is finished and will be released on April 20, 2018 and is available for pre-order on Amazon:

Cambodia retaliates for visa ban, suspends US MIA searches

SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 7:00 PM

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday he will retaliate against a U.S. halt on the issuing of most visas to senior foreign
 ministry officials and their families by suspending missions by U.S. military-led teams searching for the remains of Americans
 missing in action from the Vietnam War.

Cambodia's pro-government Fresh News website reported that Hun Sen said cooperation with the United States on the MIA
search would be suspended until the two countries resolve several issues, especially the visa ban. Government spokesman
Phay Siphan confirmed the report...

From: McKeague, Kelly K SES (US) []
Sent: 8 September, 2017 13:01

To our Family Group, Veteran Service Organization, and Military Service Organization Partners,

I am humbled and honored to have been entrusted to lead the dedicated DPAA team in dutifully and attentively serving this sacred humanitarian mission. I'm also privileged to again be able to partner with you and your organizations.

In my first message to the DPAA team, I reinforced that accountability to the families of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and are missing must
guide our words and actions.  To abide as such, my teammates and I must apply a personal sense of responsibility and be resolute in accomplishing
our duties.

The resources and will the Department of Defense devotes to this vital mission is the result of a moral imperative that also defines us as Americans.  I pledge to you to be a servant-leader of consequence and to strive to make a difference to the DPAA team, this mission, to you, and most importantly, to the families.  I look forward to reconnecting with you at next Friday's POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony, or our Oct 6th update to all of you. 

With gratitude for all you do,

Kelly McKeague
Director, Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency
Fulfilling Our Nation's Promise


The Pentagon announced retired Maj. Gen. Kelly McKeague, a 1977 Damien Memorial School graduate,
is the new director of the Defense POW/MIA ...


NOT NEW to the position!!  McKeaque was in command when the sham ceremonies were held on the tarmac
with remains from the lab shelves.  He was appointed again to fill  the position - to the disgust of many in the
POW/MIA community.  So much for progress.


JPAC admits to phony ceremonies honoring 'returning' remains - Stripes

Oct 10, 2013 - The Department of Defense unit charged with recovering servicemembers' remains
abroad has been holding phony “arrival ceremonies” for ...

Pentagon duped the nation for years with phony repatriation ...

Oct 10, 2013 - The Pentagon admits that most remains in the 'arrival ceremonies' had been ... 
:Ceremonies like the one pictured have been revealed as having ... following a chaplain's prayer —
the remains are returned to the lab.

Please see the ....August 2017 DPAA Field Operations Summary. 

We hope you will find this information helpful in keeping our families and
your membership apprised of our efforts to account for our missing.

We have also posted this field summary at

If you have any questions please contact Johnie Webb at or  Mike Fowler at

All the best,


Todd S. Livick Sr.
Director, Outreach and Communications
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA)
241 18th St S. (Suite 800)
Arlington, VA 22202-3420


... according to the Lincoln Journal Star, but the 8th Circuit's decision focused on the 2011 funeral of 26-year-old
Caleb Nelson, a Navy SEAL. Despite ..


....Nearly half a century after having accepted his brother’s fate, Bob Moore received a package from the
Air Force on July 19, 2002, containing a startling revelation. An enclosed letter read that it was “possible
that Capt. Harry C. Moore survived his shoot-down incident and may have been interrogated by Soviet
officials. His fate afterward remains unknown,” according to The Seattle Times. Years went by without
further information, and the government has refused to disclose files that remain classified to this day.
Bob Moore, who married his brother’s widow, is now 91 years old and said he’s more determined than
ever to figure out the truth.

“We’re gonna sue them and demand they release the information,” Bob Moore told Newsweek....

Wieneke petitioned the agency now known as the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to disinter the remains — buried under the ID “X-5867 ...

....No match.

Instead, a DNA analysis found they were the remains of Pfc. Reece Gass, 20, who also died when the tank
exploded. Gass was subsequently buried on June 10 in his hometown of Greeneville, Tennessee......

What military officials forgot to do, though, was tell the Wieneke family. Jerry Wieneke learned
of the identification months later through a reporter......


moe note: After the Senate Select Committee in 1991-92, the Senate passed a Bill and President Bush signed it. It dealt with the declassification of personal files pertaining to Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam War. The following three (3) Presidents, Clinton, Bush (2), Obama all signed Executive Orders pertaining to the Declassification of files related to Prisoner of War/Missing in Action. Roger Hall filed this Lawsuit against the Central Intelligence Agency in 2004  seeking records concerning Prisoners of War and Missing in Action from the Vietnam War. The attached will provide you the latest opinion From Judge Lambeth in the on-going action.

In the meantime 80,000 plus American Families wait for answers about their Missing in Action Service member.

Please, someone explain how Military Files from 45 to 75 years ago can have a negative effect on our National Security.


From: Roger Hall

The following is the most resent activity in the CIA Foia Litigation. There is an attached file court decision that should be read of what will happen next.


Roger, Judge Lamberth handed down an opinion today which is partially favorable.  Have not yet had a chance to read it carefully.  We've probably won on Exemption 6 (personal privacy), although it remains to see what the CIA does on re-processing, and, more importantly, on photographic imagery. 

Lamberth has ordered the parties to consult about scheduling a status conference for the week of August 21st.  This is bad for me, since I have a brief due in the Court of Appeals in the Morley case on August 28th, which also happens to be my 49th wedding anniversary, but I may have to go with a date in the early part of the week, anyway.



His theme for his year is “Service not Self,” and his goals are to end sequestration, to fully fund the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, to demand ...
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, with a budget of $112 million, has the bulk of its operations based out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, ...

...The Pentagon has tapped Navy Rear Adm. Jon C. Kreitz to be the next deputy director for operations of the agency that searches for, recovers and identifies missing American war dead from around the world....

It's been more than two years since the scandal-plagued Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command and Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office merged to ...
A Wisconsin lawyer filed a lawsuit in federal court in Texas seeking a judge's order to compel the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency to exhume ...

New tool could help solve long-forgotten MIA cases

By MATTHEW M. BURKE | STARS AND STRIPES       Published: May 11, 2017


.....However, thanks to a new tool developed by Kenneth Breaux and his team at M.I.A. Recovery Network, a nonprofit that advocates for
missing-in-action servicemembers and their families, there is a renewed sense of hope that at least one of the men could soon be identified.

Breaux — a retired Navy officer with experience in data analysis — and his team have developed a database of unknown World War II-era U.S.
soldiers buried in American cemeteries. After plotting the Military Grid Reference System location of each recovered unknown from the European
theater and entering details — service branch, last-seen location, date of death, height and dental work — the team can search unit records for matches......

BANGKOK, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Independent film called M.I.A. A Greater Evil, produced by MIAAGE Company, Ltd, is likely to ...
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 16:30:31 -0400
From: Kathleen Shemeley <>

Hi folks,

 Attached below you will find 49 pages of a document prepared by Wick Tourison.
This was prepared prior to hearings held by the Senate Select Committee in June 1992.

Fascinating reading and many questions to ponder as the POW/MIA issue remains unresolved to date.

Kathy Shemeley
WASHINGTON -- As Pentagon officials struggle to fill key posts in the new administration, one senator wants to know when they will name someone ...
Brad Jacobsen suspects the remains are his Uncle Jerry and wants to bring him home but he has become frustrated with the Defense POW/MIA ...

moe note;

A tip of the hat to Jed Henry. After battling numerous countries, multiple USG Agency he was able to locate and identify PFC Gordon
and brought him home to his family in 2014. After a first hand experience of the joy of reuniting a family and their soldier, he was hooked.
We want to wish him nothing but success on these new missions.

Two Green Beret associations are frustrated that only one veteran listed as missing from the Vietnam War has been publicly announced as accounted ...

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....

Subject: FW: POW/MIA Update: February 10, 2017
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 01:58:29 +0000
To: moehog <>

I concur with the author of the email below.

If 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 circumstantial evidence.

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????????



But in recent days, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency said it is now "taking the steps to send out inquiries and conduct archival research" to try ...
Jan 2017
And when you are done with the "Last Battle" story - do not miss this families story:    Jan 2017
Disturbing new details reveal what the U.S. government has kept hidden for decades.
Older story -  but what will it take to end this and bring our men home? How much more must the families suffer?
AP EXCLUSIVE  -  / 03:38 PM March 24, 2016

American soldiers’ remains in North Korea lost in political limbo

On 2/27/2017 7:26 AM, wrote:
Yes, very sad.   The one that kills me is the new dam they are building in North Korea and the locals are digging up the bones of Americans,
putting them in sacks and repairing them above the damn line, and we can't get them. So many families could have answers. 

On Feb 26, 2017 9:57 PM, "POW Network" <> wrote:
 No wonder our families die fighting for the truth.


On 2/26/2017 wrote:
 Koh Tang - Did you know when the helicopters were sold for junk and they lifted them out of the water more remains
washed up on shore with no one there to collect them....    Jan 2017
Disturbing new details reveal what the U.S. government has kept hidden for decades.

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 II.

“The military ordered the POW/MIA wives and their families to adhere to a 'Keep Quiet' policy,” Lee said. “At the start of the Vietnam conflict, the wives ...

Exhibition will share stories of Vietnam POW, MIA advocates  

KU Today   Jan 9 2017

“The League of Wives: Vietnam's POW/MIA Allies & Advocates” will tell the story of the military wives who founded the organization, which would later ...

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.   2017
Rick Downes, president and executive director of the Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIA'S, said remains of 5,300 of the missing ...
In order to provide more transparency for families of POW/MIAs and support their efforts to bring their loved ones home, the legislation would create a ...
Hundreds of American and British prisoners of war held captive by North .... When the Senate created the Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs in ...
But those observers also wonder whether the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, which reached full operational capacity in January, will flounder ...


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 communist countries.

Someone must stand for those that are not able to stand for themselves – let that someone be you.

Until they all come home……….


Wilkes Barre Times-Leader   June 98 2016

Marine veteran and Luzerne County native Ed Zimmerman intends to return to Vietnam this summer, he said, to assist a U.S. recovery team in its hunt ...

Weatherford Democrat
 June 8, 2016
In addition, the ceremony honors the memory and welcomes home the remains of recovered MIAs. Also among those who attended the annual ...

Did Barack and Raul Discuss Fidel’s War Crimes/POWs?

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 Columbia (Judicial 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

(Washington, DC) – 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 (No. 1:16-cv-00151))....
Military Times
According to the Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, most died in major battles or as prisoners of war. Others died "along the wayside ...

According to the US Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), more than 1,600 Americans who served during the Vietnam War never returned ...

Hello All, 

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.  (  
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. 
Thank you!! 
Mary Ann Reitano
POW/MIA Researcher 

A coalition of veterans' families has helped push for a change in congressional legislation to protect efforts to find the remains of missing POWs and ...
Lynn O'Shea, whose advocacy for the families of missing U.S. servicemembers caught the attention of Congress and led to changes in the POW/MIA ...

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 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.

Mary Schantag, Chairman

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 questions
that just were not to be answered here on earth.

Joe Oliver

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.
John Bates
VietNow  National 

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



Semper Fidelis,

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 Korea

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 of about
$115 million every year," said Mike Fowler of the POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
"Last year we made
80 identifications so we brought home 80 people."

The department still has remains that have not been identified.  It says there are
five active recovery missions worldwide.

The Grubers fault the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC), saying the agency charged with identifying the missing until recently was inept ...
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.               P.O.W. NETWORK



The Search for Morgan Jefferson Donahue

Key Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command scientific experts to be cut in reform effort
Daily Journal   12/28/2014
HONOLULU — A program that provides dozens of scientists and other experts to the Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command is being cut.


During 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 North Vietnamese.

But in 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.

For instance, on September 20, 1965, US Air Force Captain Philip E. Smith accidentally 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

November 11, 2014
Turmoil Continues in Agencies Searching for America's MIAs
At national POW/MIA day ceremonies in September, Hagel said the Defense Department this year has accounted for 71 service members from World ...
November 10, 2014
U.S. Families Of The Missing In Action Fight Time And Bureaucracy
That changed three years ago when she attended a meeting of the National League of POW/MIA Families, where she met some of the families of more ...

Vietnam Prisoner Of War / Missing In Action (POW /MIA) Information

September 2014


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 pertinent information.


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.

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

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

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

by Lynn O’Shea.

 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....

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

Documents reveal Southeast Asian remains buried with US vet at Arlington

In Case You Missed It News - March 2014

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The Union Leader

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

The Military is Leaving the Missing Behind


Hagel Orders Shakeup of MIA Accounting Agencies

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

Stars and Stripes | Feb 21, 2014 |

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


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

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


Stars and Stripes
Published: October 10, 2013


JPAC admits to phony ceremonies honoring ‘returning’ remains

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



Principles collide in captive soldier's case

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abandoned in Place has a Facebook Page.


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

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

Huntington Beach cites bar for rooftop sign honoring military vets Los Angeles Times
Perched atop Johnny's Booze and Pool, the sign reads: "Thank a veteran for your freedom," with the National League of POW/MIA Families logo next to it
Sen. Moran Offers NDAA Amendment on Funding POW/MIA ... KOAM-TV
POW/MIA service members deserve a hero's welcome home to a grateful nation and their recovery should never be delayed or postponed,” Sen. Moran said.
'Mystical island forces' land JPAC in 'Deep Tiki' Stars and Stripes
The Pentagon's Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command found time earlier in November 2013 to allow a Hollywood movie to shoot scenes for a movie starring the ...

McCaskill wants reorganization of POW-MIA group Columbia Daily Tribune

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

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

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

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

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

The statement included this claim:

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

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

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



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Spotted on the Government Attic web site

Records relating to the Defense POW/MIA Office (DPMO) contract with Analytical Services Inc.
to study restructuring of the DPMO mission and an overall change in the DoD handling of
missing in action/prisoner of war - MIA/POW issues, 1998-2000 - [PDF 52 MB 19-Aug-2013]
This is a large file; 53 Megabytes
Exhuming Pearl Harbor victims: trying to appease Congress? The News Journal (blog)
Our Wednesday blog post reported Hawaii-based Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command's strong interest in exhuming all of the unidentified Dec. 7, 1941 ...
Pentagon probe zeroes in on MIA accounting mission Honolulu Star-Advertiser
W. Montague Winfield, deputy assistant secretary of defense for POW-MIA policy, said that in addition to the investigation by the Pentagon's watchdog, officials ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

07/23/2013 11:01 AM CDT

Mission Fulfills Sacred Pledge, POW/MIA Official Says

By Claudette Roulo
American Forces Press Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIA work 'acutely dysfunctional'

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

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

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

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

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

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

Text clipped due to copyright law.

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

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

A Soviet soldier who went missing in Afghanistan nearly 33 years ago has been found living with Afghans in the western province of Herat.
The soldier is semi-nomadic, has the adopted Afghan name Sheikh Abdullah and practices herbal medicine, Russia's RIA news agency reports.
An ethnic Uzbek, he was found by ex-Soviet veterans of the war. He was wounded in battle in 1980, only months after the Soviet invasion, and
was rescued by local Afghans.
The head of the official veterans' committee, Ruslan Aushev, said Sheikh Abdullah - real name Bakhretdin Khakimov - was tracked down in
Shindand district after a year-long search. He had served with a motorised rifle unit.
The committee lists 264 Soviet soldiers as still missing in Afghanistan, half of them Russians. In the first decade after the Soviet withdrawal in
1989 the committee found 29 missing soldiers - and 22 of them decided to return home, while seven opted to stay in Afghanistan, RIA reports.
The committee says it is determined to track all of the missing men down. Sheikh Abdullah was married but his wife died and he has no children.
The committee's deputy chairman, Alexander Lavrentyev, said Sheikh Abdullah bore the scars of his war wounds - a shaking hand and shoulder

and nervous tic. The ex-soldier, from the city of Samarkand, was able to name his former place of residence in Uzbekistan and the names of his
relatives, Mr Lavrentyev said. He understood Russian but spoke it very poorly.

In 2009 the BBC's Lyse Doucet interviewed two ex-soldiers from Ukraine, now Muslims and living with Afghans in northern Afghanistan. Some
15,000 Red Army soldiers and more than a million Afghans were killed in a decade of fighting between a Soviet-backed government in Kabul and
mujahideen fighters armed by the West and Islamic neighbours.
Budget Cuts Would Affect POW-MIA Recovery Ops
"We are committed to the completion of a full accounting of all American POW/MIA's and this action could seriously impede progress.

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

November 8, 2011

CIA Continues to Hide Evidence on Vietnam Era MIAs
Bob Smith

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

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

By Ron Unz

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

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

Ron Unz is publisher of The American Conservative.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted: 4:12 AM, April 9, 2010

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

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

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

February 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remembering Our POWs Who Never Returned
Edward Olshaker

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

ALL POW/MIAs lost prior to Jan 1, 2013  are now noted as PFOD  (presumptive finding of death)

WWI  116,708 KIA
204,002 wounded
3,350 POW/MIA [pfod]
WWII 407, 316 KIA
670,846 wounded
78,777 POW/MIA [pfod]
Korea 54,246 KIA
153, 303 wounded
7,190 POWs [4,428 repatriated); 8177 MIAs [pfod]
Vietnam 58151+ KIA
303, 678 wounded
2,459 POW/MIAs [pfod]
Iranian Hostage Crisis* 8 KIA
Lebanon* 265 KIA
Grenada* 19 KIA
Panama* 23 KIA
Gulf War* 382 KIA
467 wounded
2 Missing, Presumed Dead
1 Missing/Captured
OUTSIDE Combat theater: 1,590 Died
Somalia* 42 KIA
Haiti* 4 KIA
War on Terror* 10 KIA 1993
[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 - some KIA/BNR), Afghanistan, Med Sea., Puerto Rico. Includes bombing in Saudi Arabia 05/2003...
11-Sep Pentagon: 125 KIA, 118 remains recovered
Gulf War II

The Department of Defense has recently released updated casualty statistics for Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). 

* Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, Directorate for Information Operations and Reports

The missing

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

World War II

78,000 still missing

20,000 to 30,000 potentially recoverable


8,100 still missing

5,400 potentially recoverable

Cold War

126 still missing

20 potentially recoverable


1,800 still missing

1,000 potentially recoverable

1991 Gulf War

3 still missing

1 potentially recoverable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


    Time Is Running Out 
    What are we going to do?  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/24/2001 04:05

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

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

Navy Changes Gulf War Pilot Status

.c The Associated Press 

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

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

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Jan. 8, 2005 Bits N Pieces



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

For more information contact Georgia Davis at

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Erik Gudris

by Henry Mark Holzer

Vietnam POW/MIAs: An Enormous Conundrum

June 20, 2007 02:00 PM EST

An Enormous Crime: The Definitive Account of American POWs

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2009

POW/MIA Recognition Day


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

National Alliance of  POW/MIA Families
For the Return of America’s Missing Servicemen
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The October 12th edition of contains a piece by Jamie Glazov title “The POWs We Left Behind.”   This article is an interview with the National Alliance of Families Director of Research.   The link below will take you directly to the article.

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World War II – Korea – Cold War – Vietnam – Gulf Wars
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Wrong bodies buried under Arlington National Cemetery grave stones. New Unknown Soldiers.

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Friday, January 8th 2010, 4:00 AM

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

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

09/2012  Nam- Pows Cited for Life Time Achievements

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

Mo Baker

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