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Frida Saide, a Swedish aid worker who was held hostage by jihadists in Syria in 2014, took the stand at a Virginia federal court Thursday to testify against one of her ca

 

 

 

 

 


 

Nicolas Henin, a French journalist held hostage for 10 months by ISIS terrorists in Syria, has told a court how he was
made to sing a parody of Hotel California while in captivity.

 

 

 

Wreathes across America announces a new project in Maine - FLAGPOLE OF FREEDOM PARK - will have flagpole 1776 feet above sea level, taller than Empire State Building, flying worlds largest USA Flag. Park will include EVERY veteran's name possible whether KIA, MIA, returned alive, and since deceased.   Names of donors will noted at park.  Watch for launch news on Thursday, March 31.

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/us-man-detained-russians-forces-fleeing-ukrainian-city-released-rcna21662


U.S. man detained by Russians forces while fleeing Ukrainian city is released
 
Tyler Jacob, a Minnesota man who was living in Ukraine, was held for 10 days in Russia while trying to leave Kherson, Sen. Amy Klobuchar said....

Tyler Jacob, 28, who was living in Ukraine, was taken by Russian forces around two weeks ago, her office said in a statement.

“I am relieved that Tyler is safely reunited with his wife and daughter. Over the last two weeks, my team and I have been in close contact with his family, the State Department, and the U.S. embassy in Moscow working towards this outcome, and I am grateful that we were able to help bring him to safety,” Klobuchar, D-Minnesota, said in a statement....

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https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/zahrahirji/dozens-of-men-got-sick-during-a-secret-training-exercise-at

Dozens Of Men Got Sick During A Secret Training Exercise At A Nuclear Site In 1991. They're Still Fighting For Answers.

“I had mucus running from my nose to the ground and was coughing uncontrollably to the point that I nearly threw up...

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American Airlines unveiled a newly painted aircraft with a tribute to Medal of Honor recipients ahead of the groundbreaking for a new museum ...
Citizenship. Those values are embodied in the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, and can now be found on the fuselage of an ...
The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation will break ground on the Arlington museum on Friday morning.
The museum recognizes recipients of the Medal of Honor. It's the nation's highest award for valor in combat.
https://www.audacy.com/connectingvets/news/us-vet-jailed-in-iran-sues-for-usd1-billion-alleges-torture

U.S. vet jailed in Iran sues for $1 billion, alleges torture

A U.S. Navy veteran who was jailed in Iran for nearly two years sued the Iranian government on Thursday for $1 billion, alleging that he was kidnapped, held hostage, and tortured.

The federal lawsuit describes in unsparing detail the “prolonged and continuous" abuse that Michael White says he suffered behind bars,....

 

 

 

02/22/2012

Local Media Honors Long Time POW/MIA Activists and Alliance Supporters – As you know long time activists Jack and Wilma Laeufer are retiring once they sell out their inventory.  The story that follows, published July 9, 2012 by Heather Rutz, is from the Lima News.

[Begin Article]  From time to time, someone asks Jack and Wilma Laeufer if their 41-year effort with the Lima Area POW-MIA has been a waste of time, because they've never determined what happened to their cousin, Owen G. “Pete” Skinner, a Navy pilot who went missing in Laos on Dec. 12, 1970.  It's a ridiculous question, really.  Through the efforts of loved ones who wouldn't let the public or U.S. government forget, 919 Vietnam veterans of the reportedly 2,583 American prisoners listed as missing or killed in action/body not recovered have been accounted for.

The Laeufers, who are both 79, have a better question to ask: Who will carry the POW-MIA flag now that they no longer can?  After forming the chapter in 1973 and raising $250,000 for the cause through merchandise sales, the couple are dissolving the group this year.  It's a painful decision, because they are afraid the answer is no one.

The 41-year commitment is not just for their cousin, although he is remembered everywhere in the house: a collage with grandchildren and the family cat includes a photo of Skinner's name on The Wall in Washington, D.C.  “It's been about not wanting these families to feel like they were going through this alone,” Wilma Laeufer said.  Jack Laeufer adds, “Their sons are our sons.”

Skinner was 37, married with two daughters, ages 10 and 13, when he decided to volunteer for the war in 1970. Jack and Wilma Laeufer are both related to him. Wilma Laeufer's mother and Skinner's mother were first cousins. Skinner and Jack Laeufer are also first cousins. Skinner is six months older than Jack Laeufer, which means that if Skinner is still alive, he's nearly 80 years old.

The Laeufers both still wear the same stainless steel bracelets they put on their wrists shortly before that Christmas in 1970, and they've sold 30,000 bracelets with Skinner's name. Jack Laeufer engraved many of them himself. They kept 50 cents from each bracelet for their work; the rest of the profit has gone to the Ohio POW-MIA chapter and the National League of POW/MIA Families, which does the work of accounting for the missing.

A naval instructor, Skinner believed that after sending so many young men to Vietnam, he should serve as well. Skinner was a navigator in a Bird Dog plane, which flew ahead of jets and identified targets. The Laeufers believe the plane experienced mechanical problems, but have scant information about what happened. They've received anecdotal information that if he survived the plane's failure, he may have been taken to Moscow for information about how to defend against U.S. air power.

The Laeufers tell story after story about the families they've met, places they've traveled, memorials they've experienced, parades in which they've walked, school presentations they've given.  The relationships and believing they are making a difference with public awareness have sustained them.

Fifty-five years ago, after Jack Laeufer returned home from serving with the Army in the Korean War, Jack and Wilma married.  A year later, they moved into a home they designed themselves not far from where they grew up, just north of Lincoln Highway.  They're still in the home, and the surrounding acres Jack Laeufer used to farm are now cash rented.  He also retired from BP in 1990, and they raised two boys while running the POW-MIA organization.  It became an IRS-recognized nonprofit in 1984, but they've been tracking expenses since June 13, 1974.

Wilma Laeufer pulls out a 3-inch thick three-ring binder of expenses and orders handwritten in her efficient cursive on ledger papers in reverse chronological order.  She flips from the 2012 pages at the front to the back of the book.  On that date, she recorded her first expense, $1.61 for “office supplies.”  By April 1975, they were “in the black,” she said, and have been since then.  The federal government, Jack Laeufer said, could learn a thing or two about budgeting and accounting from his wife.

I have 9 cents unaccounted for,” Wilma Laeufer said.  “It bothers me.”  The words hang in the air at the Laeufers' kitchen table.  “Unaccounted for” is the same language used to describe the missing in action.  It's not the amount of money she is upset about, but the idea that she can't find it.

The Laeufers have never solicited donations.  All the money they donate is from profits of sold merchandise: POW stickers and decals; United States, POW and military flags; mud flaps and flagpoles.  Earlier this spring, they announced plans to dissolve the chapter and began depleting the inventory.

The phone rings and a man from a Fraternal Order of Eagles chapter in Wapakoneta is calling.  He needs another 50 of a certain size of flag.  That leaves 54 left, Wilma Laeufer counts.  The phone rings a little bit later; this caller will be by to pick up a flag he wants.  It's continuing like this, Jack Laeufer said, as people scoop up what they can, especially of the flags that are made in the United States of U.S.-made materials.

As longtime suppliers to community and veterans groups, the Laeufers feel as if they're letting folks like this down by closing up shop.  They wish they could sell a bit on the side, but the IRS doesn't look too kindly on that sort of thing, they've been told.  But Wilma Laeufer thinks she'll end up doing something, a new chapter not yet written.  Jack Laeufer's not so sure they'll ever really be able to give up.  “You know, they'll be closing Wilma's casket, and she'll hold up her arm, saying, ‘I've got one more order.” [End Article]

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Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 5:15 PM
Subject: Passing of my older son Mark

 
Dear Friends,

Four months ago on Nov 16, 2021, I received word that our older son, Mark, had died suddenly
of coronary heart disease.  Keith and I and many others attended his funeral on Nov 20th,
south of Indianapolis.  I was so sad that I was unable to send out my usual Christmas cards.
I did not want to relate my sadness to you during the Christmas holiday season.

I really miss calling and talking to Mark almost every other day, trying to bolster up each other’s
spirits in what was easily an hour conversation over the phone.  I was so glad that in 2021,
two weeks in the Spring, we flew to Cocoa Beach, FL - just relaxed and locally went to Flea
Markets (his favorite thing to do) and went for a week in August (his birthday) at a timeshare
in Fairfield Glads, TN - we cooked together and visited some friends, and yes, another Flea
Market.  I treasure that time spent with him - We had given him and Donna a week in 2018 and
2019 in Cocoa Beach, FL before she died in October 2019.

In October 2021, one of his sons remarried and we all enjoyed that day in southern Ohio, and
had many photos taken of the wedding, seeing my other grandsons and their families, plus
photos of the four generations, etc.  Who knew it would be the last time I would see him?

His obit:  https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jonesfamilymortuary.com%2Fmemorials%2F
donald-laeufer%2F4785327&data=04%7C01%7C%7Ca16df8ad98b14f2e618e08da07ab4095%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7
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Keith, our younger son, comes over often and has helped me so much.  Sorry it took me this
long to email you, but I am not moving all that fast anymore; however, I really feel the need to
help the families that are displaced in Ukraine - they need our help so badly, everyone in the
U.S. should help in some way in whatever way they can.            Love, Wilma

 

Subject: Andre R. Guillet Air Commando, Combat Controller by his sister, Doris Maitland
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2022 17:58:14 -0500
From: Kathleen Shemeley <pow.mia.ctfmn@gmail.com>
To: Kathleen Shemeley <pow.mia.ctfmn@gmail.com>

 

 
Hi folks, 
 
Doris and David Maitland gave us permission to scan the attached  booklet written by Doris in 2007 about her brother, USAF SMS Andre R. Guillet, who has been missing in action since 05/18/1966 in  Laos.  You'll meet the young Andre, learn of his Air Force service, how his family has sought information from the government,  how they have educated others about our POW/MIAs, and how the family has kept his memory alive in our hearts.
 
It is a wonderful template for families to use to tell the story of their loved one for family members, friends, and future generations. 
 
With love and admiration of Andre and his family,
Kathy, Bill, and Kat
https://newswithviews.com/feb-15-1973-american-pows-come-home-with-honor-a-day-to-remember/
 

Feb. 15, 1973: American POW’s Come Home With Honor—A Day To Remember

By |February 15th, 2022

by Rees Lloyd

February 15, 2022

February 15, 2022 is the 49th  anniversary of a shining moment in American history: It was on that day in 1973 that American prisoners of war came home from Vietnam with their honor intact,  after suffering unspeakable torture, some for over seven years, at the hands of  North Vietnam led by dedicated Communist Ho Chi Minh.

It was a day of great importance in 1973 in an America divided by the war in Vietnam. And it is a day to remember all these years later in an even more  divided America.It is important for what it teaches about honor, duty, country, and who and what we are as Americans....


02/09/2022

Tom spent his life serving and helping others, living out the greatest commandment, to love your neighbor. He was particularly involved in the POW/MIA ...

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Our deepest condolences to his family and many, many activists and friends. We worked with Tom for decades o the POW/MIA issue. His writings brought attention to the plight of the families with no answers.
 

From a 2012 Show of POW/MIA Freedom Radio:   Mr. Tom Ashworth: Tom  will begin our discussion of the POW/MIA issue with the question of Hostage Politics and why are our missing Americans still being held by various governments around the world. Mr.Ashworth is a former US Marine combat veteran of the war in Vietnam. He is a noted author, speaker and researcher especially in archival resources pertaining to our POW/MIAs from World War II, Korea and Southeast Asia. Tom has assisted Senator Jesse Helms with An Examination of U.S. Policy Toward POW/MIAs by the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Republican Staff. He has provided research for authors like John M.G. Brown with his book Moscow Bound and the late Ted Sampley's Veteran Dispatch.  Tom has also been active in helping the Hmong veterans, our allies from the war in Southeast Asia.

POW Network

 

https://www.cofo.edu/resolution
 

My Fellow American,

In writing the book Vietnam 101: A Class Like No Other, I traveled and interviewed many Vietnam Veterans. Their feelings for serving America were admirable. Nowadays, public opinion toward Vietnam Veterans is high.

Those of us (99% of the population) who have our freedom preserved by the 1% in uniform need to address how Vietnam Veterans and their families were treated before it’s too late.

I invite you to join College of the Ozarks in a non-partisan resolution addressing this unfinished business. This is an American resolution we can all support.

Sincerely,

Jerry C. Davis, President

Resolution of Apology to Vietnam War Veterans

Yes!  Sign me up to show my support for the non-partisan Congressional Resolution.  I agree it's time for Congress to apologize to Vietnam Veterans and their families for how they were treated during and after the war.

 

READ THE RESOLUTION:   https://www.congress.gov/117/bills/hjres59/BILLS-117hjres59ih.pdf

FOLLOW THE PROGRESS OF THE RESOLUTION:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-joint-resolution/59?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22res+59%22%2C%22res%22%2C%2259%22%5D%7D&r=1&s=1


Yes!  Sign me up to show my support for the non-partisan Congressional Resolution.  I agree it's time for Congress to apologize to Vietnam Veterans and their families for how they were treated during and after the war.

https://www.ozarksfirst.com/local-news/local-news-local-news/college-of-the-ozarks-president-inspires-u-s-hjr-59-to-formally-apologize-to-vietnam-veterans/?nxs_link=big-story_1_title_4&email=6d3b71cec3dff592339efa10b43e2fd7b3420df1&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=KOZL%20Daily%20News%202021-10-02&utm_term=Daily%20News
 College of the Ozarks President inspires U-S HJR 59 to formally apologize to Vietnam Veterans
 
POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. – College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis called for a resolution to acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of Vietnam
Veterans in his recently published book Vietnam 101. Congressman Dan Crenshaw, of the Texas Second Congressional District, put forth this legislation. If ...
BRANSON, MISSOURI
 
https://www.bransontrilakesnews.com/entertainment/article_38c6f264-25f5-11ec-855b-c391ca496d9c.html
 

‘A Flight to Faith: The Story of a Vietnam P.O.W.’: New patriotic play to open this week at C of O

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The College of the Ozarks production of “A Flight to Faith: The Story of a Vietnam P.O.W.” opens this week at The Keeter Center.

The play, produced and performed by students at C of O, chronicles the riveting journey and true story of American hero, Colonel John Clark. Performances are free and open to the public and seating is first-come, first served, according to a press release from C of O....

 

 

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9811781/How-U-S-unleashed-hells-agent-left-trail-appalling-birth-defects-Vietnam.html




How the U.S. unleashed hell's agent: It left a trail of
        appalling birth defects in Vietnam

When Carol Van Strum moved to Five Rivers, Oregon, in 1974, she thought she had found the perfect rural idyll. Surrounded by National Forest, her four young children could grow up close to nature. They loved fishing and playing by the river, fascinated by the little 'dipper' birds that sat on the rocks. 'They knew everything that lived down there,' she recalls. 'There were beavers and otters in the river, and all the fish and herons and ospreys. So they just were part of that.' Then one day the children fell sick, choking and gasping.

     

    ...Agent Orange, according to Tran, is the mother of them all, though. ‘If we allow it to be forgotten, the tragedy of pesticides will continue,’ she says.

    And whether we mean Vietnam or Oregon, no one has been made properly accountable.

    The People Vs. Agent Orange is available to rent or buy at vimeo.com

https://www.foxnews.com/world/ex-marine-released-from-iranian-jail-in-2016-fights-espionage-claims

Ex-Marine released from Iranian jail in 2016 fights espionage claims
An FBI investigation alleges Amir Hekmati traveled to Iran to sell classified secrets

After Amir Hekmati was released from Iranian custody in a 2016 deal trumpeted as a diplomatic breakthrough, he was declared eligible for $20 million in compensation from a special U.S. government fund.
 

But payday never arrived, leaving Hekmati to wonder why....

ttps://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9365867/Battered-mace-teeth-wrenched-pliers-ANDY-McNABs-torture-Iraqi-jail.html

03/16/2021

There was no way I was going to tell him I was an SAS sergeant and with my eight-man, long-range patrol — call sign Bravo Two Zero — we had been dropped deep into Iraq to destroy their Scud missile launchers....

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https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/mar/9/cia-air-america-flyers-hopefully-winning-recogniti/

'It is not right': Bill offers hope that flyers of CIA's Air America will finally win recognition
Vietnam War-era veterans fell through cracks, denied benefits

...Air America lost 240 crew members during the Vietnam War era. The lack of recognition from the U.S. government that employed them is particularly galling to Mr. Hansen and his fellow Air America pilots. Their names are not featured on the memorial wall of CIA personnel who lost their lives on a covert mission.
“The agency didn’t want to admit that they were there,” Mr. Hansen said. “They were reluctant to admit anything...
https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/02/26/federal-court-awards-23-billion-uss-pueblo-crew-members-families-terrorism-case-against-north-korea.html?ESRC=eb_210301.nl

Federal Court Awards $2.3 Billion to USS Pueblo Crew Members, Families in Terrorism Case Against North Korea...

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/02/27/air-force-general-known-leadership-son-tay-raid-dies-100.html?ESRC=eb_210301.nl

Air Force General, Known for Leadership in Son Tay Raid, Dies at 100...

http://www.aero-news.net
 

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum In Danger of Shutdown

Museum Has The Largest Collection Of Historical Aircraft, Flown By Marine Corps Aviators, In The World

Our history and the courageous people who made the best of it happen are too often ignored or left to fade away by those who really should pay it the proper respect. Unfortunately; more evidence of that situation has reached us here at ANN.

On April 1, 2021, the United States Marine Corps intends to permanently close the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum....

 

PLEASE read all the way down beyond the Daily Mail news article link!  The emails distributed with permission.

Mary

From: POW Network <info@pownetwork.org>
Sent: 18 February, 2021 15:23
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: news

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9273765/Gulf-War-syndrome-not-caused-depleted-uranium-munitions-study.html

Gulf War syndrome which left 250,000 veterans suffering long-term fatigue and dizziness was caused by exposure to a NERVE AGENT - and not debris from depleted uranium munitions, study claims

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From: Bob Miller
Sent: 20 February, 2021 13:17
Subject: Re: FW: news

... I am constantly amazed at the continuing "expose's" those with Gulf War Syndrome from the 1991 and 2002 Iraqi interventions.

My 300 page nonfiction book, "America's Disposable Soldiers: The Real Truth Behind Gulf War Illness," with 27 pages and 403 references, which came out in 2002, was completely ignored by DOD and the Pentagon, but not before they threatened me with court action for violation of the National Security Act, and prison time if I did not cease and desist my research to prove there was not only Sarin in Iraq, but a host of other chemical weapons to which our veterans were exposed.  I had served for four years as a DIA Mideast intel analyst from 1991 through 1994, saw report after report about our troops being exposed to Sarin, and saw what was not being reported!. Most of it was highly classified and code word. Only some years later around 1997 did I get so annoyed over the continuing cover up that I started gathering information with some help from friends up the river. By 1999 I knew I was in trouble, but continued when the Director of the VA, Principi,  confided to me in an interview that he knew what was behind it all but had his hands tied like the rest of us, and would i send him a copy of my book when it came out. 

The whole process was slowed down as no one in the States wanted to touch the subject, and I had  refused to let DIA edit the manuscript. Finally a Canadian outfit printed it in 2002. I sent a copy to Principi and a few months later he announced the VA would no longer wait for DOD to admit that so many of our veterans were sick from strange problems which DOD stated were not there, and now all veterans needed to do was provide copies of their orders that they had been in the Iraq theater, and VA would take care of them.

Isn't it strange now that others keep hyping the chemical/Sarin  issue as if it is something they just found out about. I also gave many of my former associates in DC headaches about our guys lost in various parts of the world, and was again threatened with serious legal action... even to the point where they reclassified data I had obtained as unclassified.  I had hundreds of documents I was no longer supposed to have? Zimmerlee can tell you about those as he too encountered the same problems when I did. When America's Abandoned Sons came out,  Senators from Missouri and New Hampshire read it and called for the hearings which led to DPMO's 'well deserved' downfall.  

 FYI, if interested, you can find my books on Amazon, or my website BOBMILLERBOOKS.COM

Smile.... stay well and stay healthy you all.

Bob Miller 

 

Subject:

Your POW NETWORK Email to Bob Miller?

Date:

Sat, 27 Feb 2021 09:07:54 -0500

From:

Bob Miller

......

I also read the article you sent and feel bad about it. While the war probably could not have been avoided, the way it was fought and its outcome could have been. I wish I had said a lot more at the time. But I didn't want to go to jail and already had enough people with their sights on me and wanted to throw me under the bus. For 38 days before the ground war started the Czech chemical equipment was alarming as low readings were supposed to do. Our own equipment was useless as it only went off for lethal doses we needed to detect earlier in a NATO confrontation with the Warsaw Pact. I saw the 1991-2 lost Army chemical tapes which the Army then lost shortly later. 

When the ground war started the reporting was much more spotty, even after the Khamisiyah event in which tens of thousands of our troops got healthy doses of Sarin and other chemical debris.  The really sad aspect of the whole affair is we provided him with a lot of the stuff, and documented his approach to using it on the Iranians. When they put too much into the wind before the Persians the Persians quickly took counter-measures to limit the effect. So for day after day when the prevailing winds were towards the Persians,, Saddam released small doses which gradually had the ultimate effect.  And even years later when it was all over, Schwartzkopf too denied chemicals being present... how sad. Had he led the attacks from the front lines rather than drinking coffee and donuts from his comfortable headquarters near Riyadh.... maybe our veterans would have fared better these days? 

While writing my book, every qualified DOD source I spoke with made me feel like an idiot, not only the chemical issue but DU too, so I ignored the latter but wished I hadn't. But I knew it would be a problem, and now we are talking about it? Today I recall many around me in DC asking, who the hell is this guy, he is getting in or way. One senior person cut me to pieces in a public briefing. Looking back now I wish i had just shouted back that he was a 'posterior sphincter muscle' and needed to at least consider other opinions. Someone later informed him of my background and a few days later he got onto an elevator with me at Clarendon, and apologized for the event and hoped I understood? But the damage was done.

I was long retired by the 2002 Iraq conflict a decade later, but again spent months in meetings in DC and again ran into a lot of resistance, not only over the skimpy ground force that would hold Iraq afterwards, but even more so, in the post war political solution, which many supported me. But then Bush said no and insisted each Iraqi would have one vote to determine their political future after the country stabilized. With sixty percent Shiite, and our already confrontational situation with Shiite Iran,  it made the outcome obvious. The Sunni, Kurds and minorities are what  they are  today - victims of endless chaos and corruption, while Iran runs the show in Baghdad.

And if you want to know how many Iraq there feel, their own health problems related to the chemical and DU problem are horrific even as we speak. Why they have not brought this to our doorstep and made us suffer too, is a miracle. Then too there were our WW-II POWs who perished by the tens of thousands in Siberia into the late 1940's and decades that followed, but that is another saga left for some future time.   

Please forgive the frustrated discantings of an old man.  I know that history marches on. I hope you are all well, and extend my thanks, appreciation, and even awe, for all you do to keep a light of hope burning in our troubled world. God Bless you all.

Bob Miller 

Bob Dumas
3/9/30 - 2/6/21

 
The POW/MIA community lost one of it’s most fervent activists last week. Bob Dumas dedicated his life to finding his brother, Roger, and in the process became a leader in the search of all American prisoners-of-war and the missing-in-action. His journey would lead to a White House meeting with Ronald Reagan and a very long contentious dialogue with the President’s National Security Advisor, Admiral James “Budd” Nance, which ultimately resulted in, as reported by Dan Rather on the CBS Evening News, Bob’s $200M lawsuit against the President.
 
It was a brilliant strategy that ultimately evolved into an unprecedented Federal lawsuit in which Bob prevailed and the Federal judge ordered the Secretary of the U.S. Army to reclassify Roger from MIA to POW.
 
The national news coverage caught the attention of North Korea and Bob would receive a call from the North Korean ambassador to the U.N. Mission in NYC. Thus began another “unprecedented” accomplishment for Bob - a relationship with North Korean ambassadors that would continue for years with hundreds of phone conversations and several in-person meetings.
 
Sadly, as the North Koreans wanted to negotiate for POWs the U.S. government continued to deny the truth that American POWs were left behind. Years later Bob would testify before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA affairs. Committee Co-Chairman Bob Smith (John Kerry was the Democratic co-chair) asked Bob for his advice on how to approach the North Koreans on negotiating the POW/MIA issue. Bob new exactly what the Korean’s wanted and it would be almost 30 years before his recommendation would actually be acted upon. What the North Koreans have been asking for since the Korean War Armistice was signed, Bob said, was a one-on-one negotiation between the U.S. President and the Supreme Leader of North Korea.
 
When Roger was reported missing in the early part of the Korean War, Private First Class Bob Dumas, volunteered to go to battle in North Korea where he would look for his brother whenever he had the opportunity. He did two tours in the brutal 3-year war and was awarded three Bronze Stars. Shortly after the war while his mother was on her death bed he promised he would never stop looking for Roger. He never stopped. It’s safe to say there are very few who have worked as long and as hard and has accomplished as much as Bob Dumas for our Prisoners of War and Missing in Action.
 
In his honor please consider signing the petition to keep the search alive for our Korean War POW/MIAs: https://www.change.org/OurPOW-MIAs
 
(Bill Dumas posted on Facebook)

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9196483/Terrorist-beheaded-Wall-Street-Journal-journalist-Daniel-Pearl-RELEASED-Pakistan.html
 

 

Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered the release of four Islamist militants who were convicted and later acquitted in the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002....
 

Subject: Fwd: National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition Chairmanship of POW MIA Committee
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:16:57 -0500 (EST)
From: JOHN MOLLOY <hokahey76@comcast.net>
 
Dear Coalition  Members and Friends,
As you know, the sad and unfortunate passing of Larry O'Daniel, resulted in the the office of Chairman of the Coalition's  POW MIA Committee being vacating.  In an effort to fill the position, I contacted former Vietnam POW CAPTAIN Eugene 'Red' MacDaniel, USN (ret.)  who willingly accepted the position.  We are most grateful to CAPTAIN McDaniel for his tremendous sacrifice to our nation, for his service to the Coalition for many years and for being willing to accept the aforementioned position.
 
The Coalition website will reflect the change shortly.
 
Blessings to all.
John
John J. Molloy, OSJ
Chairman
National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition

 

Subject: Passing of Larry J. O'Daniel, Vietnam veteran, POW-MIA Activist, Author, Chairman of POW MIA Committee of National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition
Date: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 13:02:46 -0500 (EST)
From: JOHN MOLLOY <hokahey76@comcast.net>

 
Dear Coalition Board Members, Officers and Compatriots,
It is my sad duty to advise you belatedly of the passing of Larry J. O'Daniel. 
The last time I spoke to Larry it was last Spring as he had planned to visit a friend in South Vietnam with whom he had served in military intelligence.  Since then Larry had been off the radar. I just learned today that he died at home several months ago.
Larry was a Captain in the United States Army and served primarily in the III Corp Area in i968/9 where his function was to identify and neutralize the Viet cong- including those holding American POWS.  After leaving the military he continued his efforts on behalf of American prisoners of war and missing in action and  was the author of "Missing In Action Trail of Deceit" in the late 1970s. It was so controversial that it was reportedly removed from the libraries as it was one of the first books to reveal that our government abandoned our prisoners of war and missing in action.  He later authored additional books:  "Help Me I'm Still Alive" and in 2000, "Trails of Deceit."  Larry was relentless in his efforts on behalf of our missing servicemen and he will be missed.
 
Rest in Peace my Friend.
 
John Molloy, OSJ
Chairman 
National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition
 

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