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Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing


February 2006 Issue 10

POW-MIA We Remember!

2006 FAMILY UPDATE LOCATIONS 2006

City selections are based on past update schedules and demographic mapping of family members' home locations.

Family Update 2006 Cities for 2006

February 25th Savannah , GA
March 25th San Francisco, CA
April 29th St Louis, MO
July 22nd Syracuse , NY
August 19th Minneapolis , MN
September 16th Seattle , WA
October 18th, 19th, 20th Washington , DC*
November 18th Albuquerque , NM
* - The Korean and Cold War Annual Government Briefings




Secretary's Corner by Emma Skuybida:
IMPORTANT NOTICE! Dear Members:
MEMBERSHIP DUES are DUE!
If you do not renew your membership, this will be your last issue.

Please send your dues to:
Korea-Cold War Families of the Missing, Inc.
PO Box 454, Farmingdale
New York 11735 USA
Emma Skuybida
Secretary
http://www.koreacoldwar.org/




IN MY OPINION
by IRENE L. MANDRA


We start a new year and family members still wait for the truth, answers, accountability and closure.  We have 369 men that the U.S. government admits were alive at the end of the war and we family members know those numbers are much larger.  Where are these men?  If you are able to read the Gulag Study 5th Edition, it is an excellent report the US Commission put together.  Please take the time to read this priceless document, it's 108 pages of excellent information on our men taken into Russia.

As you know we still haven’t received any answers from Russia; As far as China is concern, they just send us their exports, and N. Korea claims not to have prisoners of war.  In the interim South Korean POWs are escaping to China and into S. Korea to report that there are many more Korean POWs still being held in N. Korea. So why not Americans?

Why is it that some of the returning S. Korean POWs statements are classified? Why are these interrogations not made public?  One would think that the government is trying to hide or cover something up.  I realize that the U.S. doesn’t bargain for prisoners of war, but we have given humanitarian food and medicine to North Korea, why did we not ask about our last seen alive men and why did we not demand answers.  Why are we not negotiating with starving North Korea, the offer of food and supplies for American POWs?  If your child were missing, would you not negotiate with the devil himself?

On November 11th President Bush made a speech and included our MIAs, by saying  “We remember the men and women in uniform whose fate is still undetermined our prisoners of war and those missing in action.  America must never forget their courage.  We will not stop searching until we have accounted for every soldier and sailor and airman and marine missing in the line of duty.”  Wonderful words Mr. President.  We cannot blame your administration, for the lack of answers after all this has gone on for over fifty years.   This is our nations highest priority.  OK NOW SHOW US with more than words.

The department that handles our missing has been in a mess.   The last Deputy Assistant Secretary was a man that the family organizations wanted removed.  We have waited much to long for the White House to clean house. On January 9, 2006 a new man (Mr. Robert Newberry) has been assigned as a temporary Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD).  I hope the changes being made will get DPMO moving in the right direction. Mr. Mel Richmond  (DPMO Chief of Staff) was transfer from his position also Mr. John Unangst (DPMO Executive Director was also transferred.  There are others that need to be transferred or retired.  This writer wishes Mr. Newberry, the best of luck and I look forward to meeting and working with him. 

President Bush made a statement on Veterans Day 2004 “We will not rest until we have made the fullest possible accounting for every life.” Tell me then why has the department that is suppose to be giving us accountability allowed to deteriorate so low that families have no confidence in the powers that be.  Our US. Russian Commission has no leader. The Senators and Congressmen that are on the commission, no longer show any interest.  In all my active years on the POW/MIA issue I have never seen it this bad.  I have sent out letters hoping to generate interest in our missing servicemen, please read the enclosed letters.




GULAG STUDY : Online:
http://www.aiipowmia.com/gulag/gulagstudy5.html

PDF for DOWNLOAD:
http://www.aiipowmia.com/gulag/gulag5feb2005.pdf





November 18, 2005
Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn
The United Nations
One UN Plaza
NY, NY 10017


Dear Professor Muntarbhorn:

  As National Chair of the U.S. Korean War/Cold War Family Association of the Missing, I am writing to ask your humanitarian assistance and intervention. Recently I have learned of the important humanitarian work you are doing to help resolve the issue of South Korea’s POWs and abductions. Your six-point appeal to North Korea is most admirable!

The pain and uncertainty the family members of the South Korean missing are something, which I, and those I represent, can empathize. Thousands of other Americans also still wait for answers on the fate of American POWs and MIAs. We believe some still remain alive in North Korea.

To that end, and on behalf of all the families, I respectfully ask you to include our American men still missing from the Korean War in your efforts to account for the South Korean POWs. There have been many live-sighting reports that Americans are also still being held. I can provide you documentation from U.S. Government POW/MIA officials to support this conclusion. In this issue, we are all one, one family looking for our fathers, our brothers, uncles and nephews.

I request a meeting with you to discuss adding our concerns to your humanitarian agenda with North Korea, and, in particular, to enlist your office in pressing North Korea to fully address the status of American POWs still held by them, or their remains or personal effects. I live near New York City and would be able to meet at the UN.

Thank you very much for your consideration of this humanitarian request. I applaud your ongoing effort and sincerely ask that you please remember and include the Americans whom we believe still wait to come home.

  Respectfully,
Irene L. Mandra

P.S. Congratulations on winning the 2004 UNESCO prize for Human Rights Education.




Mr. Jay Lefkowitz
Special Envoy On Human Rights
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington D.C. 20500

December 28, 2005

  Dear Mr. Lefkowitz:

  We are the families... sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, sons and daughters of the many men who went to war for our nation and have yet to return, or be accounted-for. We want to bring a voice to those who served in the Forgotten War - Korea, and the Unacknowledged War - Cold War Era. We families are united as one in a search for answers, truth, acknowledgment and closure.

Being the Special Envoy on Human Rights to North Korea, we are asking for your help! You are aware of all the live sightings of Americans held captive in North Korea. The men that were never returned in Operation Little Switch (4/20/1953 – 5/3/1953) when sick and wounded POW’s were exchanged and Operation Big Switch (8/5/1953 – 12/23/1953) when all POW’s were to be exchanged. Our men have given there all for the United States and it is past time for answers, truth and closure. They have waited long enough to be reunited with their families.

  Our request is simple; please do the following three things for the families. First, include our loved ones in your talks with the North Koreans. Second, we ask that you re-introduce the unresolved POW/MIA issues to be brought to the attention of the White House so that once again this issue will become the “Highest National Priority”. Third, please discuss with President Bush the resumption of the recovery missions in North Korea. The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) needs to get back into North Korea and bring our men’s remains home. As the families of these men, we deserve to know what has happened to our loved ones.

Mr. Lefkowitz, for one moment please imagine if your child was being held by the communist North Koreans, would you not do everything in your power to get him back. This is all we are trying to do, to get our loved ones home. The time is right for North Korea to have a conscience, and if the pressure is applied, perhaps our prayers will be answered. President Bush is performing nothing less than a miracle in Iraq, we feel what we are asking can come to fruition if he will apply some friendly pressure. Thank you.

Very Truly Yours,
Irene L. Mandra




NEWS - December 3rd, 2005
Jerry Jennings Resigns After Being Investigated

Pentagon MIA chief is retiring; has been under internal investigation

By ROBERT BURNS
WASHINGTON-A senior Pentagon official who has been under internal investigation, accused of abusive management practices, told his staff Friday he was retiring for health reasons.

Jerry D. Jennings, 65, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for POW/MIA affairs since August 2001, was investigated this year by the Pentagon inspector general for allegations that include reprisals against subordinates and sexual harassment of a female employee. The status of the probe has not been made public and it was not immediately clear Friday what, if any, role it had in Jennings' decision to retire.

Jennings told his staff by letter that he was retiring, effective Saturday. "It has been my utmost hope to return to full duty; however, my illness precludes my continued service," he wrote. A copy of the letter was released by his spokesman, Larry Greer. Jennings did not specify his illness, and Greer said he had no knowledge of it except that it has kept Jennings away from work since April.

Greer said he did not know the status of the IG investigation.

A spokeswoman for the IG's office, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Rose-Ann Lynch, had no immediate comment. In his letter, Jennings made no reference to the controversy. "I appreciate your expressions of support during this ordeal," Jennings wrote. "I wish you all continued success as you work this sacred mission."

The Pentagon's POW/MIA accounting effort is far-flung, taking U.S. search teams to remote parts of China, Russia and elsewhere to excavate burial grounds, aircraft crash sites and long-forgotten battlefields.

There are more than 1,800 U.S. servicemen still missing from the Vietnam War, more than 8,100 from the 1950-53 Korean War, about 125 from Cold War spy-related aircraft shootdowns, and 78,000 from World War II. The work sometimes involves sensitive diplomatic efforts with countries like North Korea and Vietnam.

Jennings has been under fire by organizations that represent the interests of MIA families. Early this year the boards of directors of three leading organizations, including the oldest, the National League of POW/MIA Families, each took the unprecedented step of voting "no confidence" in Jennings and urging his removal from office.

"We're all relieved that he's no longer in a position to undercut the seriousness of the U.S. government's commitment or inflict the damage on his own office that has occurred," said Ann Mills Griffiths, executive director of the National League of POW/MIA Families, when asked her reaction to Jennings' resignation.

"His record on the job was very disappointing, unexpectedly so," she added. "We're just thankful that Jennings is no longer in position to obstruct an integrated, thoughtful policy approach to achieve accounting objectives more rapidly."

Although some family groups continued to support Jennings, the most influential faulted him for being unresponsive to their concerns, not working more smoothly with other elements of the government and not pressing harder for foreign cooperation on the MIA issue. They also assert that he has alienated families of the missing and demoralized his staff.

When The Associated Press disclosed the Pentagon's investigation of Jennings last July, he provided a written defense of his record. He wrote that he cooperated fully in the investigation and he declined to comment directly on the accusations, saying the inspector general asked that no one comment until the probe was completed. Jennings also wrote that he was "aware of the complaints by a small number" of employees and pledged that they would be "handled appropriately." Jennings held a variety of posts in the Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush administrations from 1973 to 1992 _ none related to POW or MIA issues. He was deputy director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency from 1990-92. An official biography says he was a CIA officer from 1965-68.




NEWS - Associated Press December 27, 2005
China Helping U.S. Search for Those MIA

Chinese officials have agreed to consider a U.S. request to search military archives that could yield clues to the fate of missing Korean War servicemen possibly held by China, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday.

Beijing was "optimistic that a way could be found to access the documents," the embassy said in a statement.

China also will help organize local support for U.S. investigations at sites where the remains of U.S. airmen from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War might be found, it said. The probes should take place next year, it said.

The Chinese military ran prisoner-of-war camps in North Korea after intervening in the war in October 1950 to push U.S.-led United Nations forces back from the Yalu River separating China and North Korea. The Pentagon has said it has information that China took some U.S. POWs into China during the war.




CURRENT POW-MIA STATISTICS:
Operation Iraqi Freedom - 1
Persian Gulf War - 3 (officially) 12 (unofficially)
Vietnam•Laos•Cambodia - 1,808
Korea - 8,100
Cold War - 123
WW II - 78, 773
WW I - 4,452




CHIT CHAT By Irene 
February 2006


Many thanks to our volunteers and Board Members who help to write the many letters this organization generates.

  I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful holiday.  Dues were due January 1, 2006. If you haven’t sent your check, please do so. It takes time and money to send out reminder cards.   As usual, the board and I were kept busy with different projects.

  We sent a letter out to Senator Harry Reid, the minority leader, complaining about Senator Kerry’s inactivity with the US/ Russia commission.  He is on that commission and has not made one meeting in thirteen years.

  We sent a letter to Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn at the United Nations.  This gentleman is trying to resolve the issue of South Korea’s POWs being held by North Korea.  We asked if he would also include Americans who are still being held by North Korea.  Mr. Muntarbhorn won the 2004 UNESCO prize for Human Rights Education.  I also mentioned that I would be happy to meet with him to prove our case.  At the same time a      letter was sent to the Special Envoy on Human Rights to North Korea, Mr. Jay Lefkowitz, to include our men who are still being held in North Korea. Secondly, we requested that he bring the POW/MIA issue to President Bush’s attention, so that once again this issue will become the “Highest National Priority” thirdly we urge the administration to resume recovery missions to North Korea.

  Another one of our projects is the humongous amount of paper work, which has to be processed in order to qualify for a grant from Nassau County.  We needed a Lawyer to help fill all the necessary papers.  It’s like writing a book.  The job is completed, and I wish to thank Attorney Diane C. Carroll for all her time and help.  It was truly a big job.  I now filed for two additional grants. It doesn’t mean that they will pick our organization, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. 

  Letters were sent to the White House endorsing Norman Kass for the position of DASD.  We have put a lot of effort into this project, not only sending our recommendation to the White House, but also writing a number of Congressmen for their   help.  Mr. Kass is so qualified for this position.  Take a moment of your time and drop a note of recommendation for Mr. Kass to the White House Personnel Office 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington DC 20500, or call 202-456-1414 send E-Mail to president@whitehouse.gov

I wish to thank the National Alliance of Families for also recommending Norman Kass for the DASD position.  It’s wonderful when Family Organizations can join together for the benefit of the issue.  Five hats to Lynn O’ Shea from the National Alliance for a job well done. 

     When the time allows, we continue to send out letters to Veterans’ organizations, corporations, and county legislators asking for donations.

 We wish to say goodbye to the family liaison Ava Webb Sharpless who is retiring at the end of the month.

I hope that this year will be better for our member Joann Wooley, whose house was hit by the hurricane. Bless you Joann and know that you are in our prayers.

Many Thanks to Luann Nelson who taped, label and stamped the hundreds of newsletters for November and takes care of all the regional updates.  It’s a tremendous amount of work and we can’t thank her enough.

UPDATE AT DPMO:  As I mentioned we have a new acting DASD, Mr. Robert Newberry; the new Chief of Staff is Col. George Gagnon USAF; Mr. Wade Ishimoto, Senior Advisor; and Ms. Rose Fairnot, Secretary.

Although we are pleased and optimistic about the recent changes to DPMO, we still have profound concerns and misgivings. We applaud the changes that brought Mr. Jennings to his long anticipated retirement and the current temporary DASD into place. He has, thus far, been very responsive, articulate and gracious. We also look forward to a permanent appointment to the position in the very near future.  However, we are deeply worried that there are still individuals within the DPMO hierarchy that are unresponsive and most difficult to deal with. They do not represent the United States Government nor our Missing loved ones with dignity, grace and compassion. Sometimes we feel as if they are our true adversaries, not the belligerent governments from whom we seek answers and resolution. We continue to hold onto hope that once a permanent DASD is brought on board, additional personnel changes will be soon to follow.

Our next newsletter will be in May.  At that time we should be able to address the outcome of a new DASD and his staff.




A Note from fellow Family Members -

"Irene:

Mr. Newberry and his transition team will, no doubt, be making some hard recommendations and/or decisions regarding operations within DPMO. We have learned that a top priority is reducing the budget. Among the areas of DPMO under review is the Joint Commission Support Directorate. Responsible for the most notable progress on the Korean/Cold War POW/MIA issue, the JCSD is the one shining beacon of hope within DPMO. The Korea/Cold War Families of the Missing would object most strongly to any change to JCSD funding or mission.

Lynn O'Shea
Director of Research
National Alliance of POW/MIA Families
for the Return of America's Missing Servicemen"




ON THE WEB: 19th Plenum 2005
http://www.aiipowmia.com/usg/19thplenum2005.html





ATTENTION

KOREA-COLD WAR Families of the Missing, recommends Mr. Norman Kass for the permanent position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Affairs (DASD)

Mr. Kass is the most qualified for this position. First, during his work with the US-Russia Joint Commission, he has on a recurring basis, met with senior officials from the Russian government as well as their counterparts in Eastern Europe. This includes Cabinet and sub-Cabinet officials, U.S. Ambassadors, members of the international diplomatic community, personal advisors to heads of states, senior military officers, and members of parliament.

Secondly, the positions he held for the past twelve years were previously held by a two-star Army general and a civilian member of the Senior Executive Service.

Thirdly, Mr. Kass has on numerous occasions, represented a U.S. Congressman at meetings of the Joint Commission, where he has served as the U.S. Chairman of the Commission’s Korean War Working Group. It is largely due to his efforts that the first Deputy Chief of the Russian General Staff directed that a careful review be conducted of military records bearing on the question of Missing American servicemen. The minutes of those meetings appear on DPMO’s web site and are accessible to anyone wishing to confirm these points.

CALL THE WHITE HOUSE 202-456-1414
E-MAIL THE WHITE HOUSE- president@whitehouse.gov
FAX THE WHITE HOUSE 202-456-2461

WRITE THE WHITE HOUSE PERSONNEL OFFICE
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500

WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CLIMB MOUNTAINS, BUT WE SURE CAN USE THE PHONE AND WRITE LETTERS.




Resume of NORMAN D. KASS
Senior Director, Joint Commission Support Directorate,
Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office
and
Executive Secretary, U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs


Mr. Norman D. Kass has served in his current positions since June 1992. He has had primary responsibility for ensuring effective analytical and investigative support for the work of the Presidentially mandated U.S.-Russia Joint Commission on POW/MIAs. He has also supervised the development and expansion of accounting efforts as the Commission’s areas of inquiry have grown to encompass loss incidents in Eastern Europe and elsewhere beyond the Russian Federation.

Prior to his current assignments, Mr. Kass held various positions within the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA), where he served for almost nine years. As a participant in DoD’s early efforts to stem the flow of sensitive technologies, Mr. Kass’ assignments included negotiating and securing multilateral approval for U.S. export-control initiatives. He was also DoD’s representative to interagency committees responsible for adjudicating contentious export-licensing issues. At the time of his re-assignment to the DoD personnel accounting program, Mr. Kass held the position of Deputy Director of DTSA’s Licensing Directorate.

Before assuming his duties with DTSA in August 1983, Mr. Kass served as a research associate with a major contracting firm conducting a study of Soviet technologies and their relevance to U.S. defense applications. He also has professional experience in the fields of international banking, credit analysis and risk assessment.

Mr. Kass performed his military service from January 1969 through June 1971. He received a direct commission and was awarded the Bronze Star following a tour of duty .with First Field Force, Vietnam.

His academic credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, from Queens College of the CUNY; Master’s Degrees from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, and certificates of completion from Indiana University and Leningrad State University, USSR. Mr. Kass was also the recipient of two NDFL and an NDEA Title IV Fellowship.




NEWS - POW/MIA advocate from Canterbury says support for his cause is on rise
By ADAM BOWLES - Norwich Bulletin
December 14, 2005
CANTERBURY-- As he has for 55 years, Robert Dumas believes the next big break in his search for his missing brother from the Korean War is just around the corner.

Encouraged by the initial responses to his nephew's documentary on prisoners of war, Dumas is anticipating that momentum is finally building for a national investigation into the issue.




NEWS - 05 December, 2005
R. Patrick Corbett
Korean War vet's remains identified
Discovery helps Utica man's family heal

UTICA- For more than 50 years, the remains of Utica Marine PFC John Lawrence Ward were in a grave listed only as No. X-13082 on a marker in Hawaii's National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

Ward was one of the hundreds of American Marines and soldiers who fought and died in the epic battle of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea in 1950. His remains, unidentified and slashed by shrapnel, were not returned to American control until 1954.

Ward was identified this fall by the technicians of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, created to track 88,000 men and women who have died in service but whose remains have not been recovered or identified. Ward's sister, Elenita Ashley of Titusville, Pa., said she was in "utter disbelief" when a JPAC officer called her from Hawaii Oct. 19 to tell her the news.




NEWS - 'More interested in surviving'
By NEIL STRASSMAN, STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER
  ARLINGTON -- Shot twice in the leg and once through the neck, 1st Lt. James L. Stone ordered the surviving men in his platoon off the Korea hilltop they had fought all night to hold.

"I told them I wasn't in shape to go and would stay with the wounded," said Stone, a Medal of Honor recipient who lives in Arlington.

EDIT: Captured and kept alive for questioning, Stone spent the next 22 months in a prisoner-of-war camp on the Yalu River, near the Manchurian border. He wrote letters from the camp, some of which got through, and his family knew he was alive, he said. He was freed in September 1953, in the "Big Switch" prisoner exchange after the Korean War ended.




NEWS - AEGWAN, South Korea - Forty-nine years ago, Private Frederick M. Ryan and 41 other American prisoners of war were gunned down on a Korean hillside, their hands tied behind their backs, and left for dead.




  NEWS - S. Korean POWs detained in N.K. concentration camps, defector says.
YON - Yonhap News Agency of Korea
November 23, 2005
  SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- A large number of South Korean prisoners of war (POW) and North Koreans who had unsuccessfully attempted to defect to the South are being held in two concentration camps in the communist state, a North Korean defector claimed Tuesday. The defector, who asked to be referred to by a false name, Kim Su-cheol, said he was detained in one of the two camps in the North's northeastern Hamgyeong Province for 38 months before fleeing to the South in May. In a press conference in Seoul, Kim also disclosed some of the names of South Korean POWs and defection-seekers being held in the two gulags in Yoduk and Heoryeong in the province. Kim said he was imprisoned in the Yoduk camp. "I want to raise the issue of the seriousness of North Korea's human rights issues once again," Kim said. The camps' inmates were also suffering torture, forced labor and other inhumane treatments, Kim said, adding he had witnessed the public execution of some inmates who were caught trying to escape the jail.




US DOD: DoD specialists discuss POW/MIA matters with Chinese officials

A team of U.S. POW/MIA specialists met last week in Beijing with officials of the Peoples Republic of China to pursue further access to archival documents relating to American prisoners of war and to coordinate case investigation and recovery operations in China in 2006.

Led by an official of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO), the team held meetings at the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of National Defense, and the Chinese Red Cross.

For several years, the U.S. has sought access from China to documents that may shed light on the fates of more than 2,000 Americans held as prisoners of war by the Chinese or North Koreans during the Korean War. From 1951 until the end of the war, the Chinese operated the camps where the Americans were held and therefore might have information pertaining to American POWs.

More than 8,100 Americans are still unaccounted-for from the Korean War, including more than 2,000 believed to have died as POWs.

During the meetings last week, the Chinese agreed to consider the U.S. request and were optimistic that a way could be found to access the documents.

They also agreed to begin logistics planning in support of several investigations at sites where the remains of American airmen lost in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War may be found.

Last year, local and central government officials in China assisted U.S. teams in Dandong where they located the remains of Air Force Capt. Troy Cope, missing from the Korean War.




REF: HR 2369 [Honor Our Fallen Prisoners Of War Act

(from 7 Dec 1941 to present and into the future)]


Dear Ms. Mandra;

The departed American Heroes that this Bill (Honor our Fallen Prisoners of War Act) would recognize and address, can no longer speak out for themselves. It is therefore incumbent upon us all, each and every one of us, to champion their memory! "Would they, after all, have done any less for us?"

The passage of HR 2369 [Honor Our Fallen Prisoners of War Act] into law, is not a partisan issue - it is rather a matter of "True Americanism & Respect!" And regardless of our political affiliations, the brave souls who expired in the depravity of Prisoner of War camps were all - truly our brothers. "If not for the grace of God, we too could all have been in their tragic circumstances!"

"Who could possibly claim that paying this one last honor to our departed American POWs is not in order?" The "Gallant American Service Personnel" who died in these "Enemy Prisoner of War Camps" from 7 December 1941 to the present, and indeed, even into the future if needs must, certainly deserve this final recognition! And contrary to popular belief, most of those who expired as Prisoners of War from starvation, beatings, exposure, medical neglect, dysentery, and other fatal causes, "DID NOT" receive a "Posthumous Purple Heart Medal!

As such, I implore you all to put aside any political differences for a moment, and embrace a patriotic issue that transcends politics. Let our voices echo forth in unity, and let us forever proclaim that: "We Shall Never Forget!"

You may pull up the entire text of HR 2369, Honor Our Fallen Prisoners of War Act, a Bill now sitting before the House Armed Services Committee, by going to house.gov on your computer. Then scroll down to find bill or law, click on to it, and then type in HR 2369. "I feel that once you have read this Bill, you too will be touched by the words and sentiment of this long overdue legislation!"

"Your help in quickly backing this Bill is greatly needed! Can we and our fallen comrades count upon your assistance in getting this Bill passed into law?

The organizations that have already given their support to this legislation (HR 2369, Honor Our Fallen POWs) are:

Military Order of the Purple Heart, National The Korean War Veterans Association, National The Tiger Survivors, National The American EX-Prisoners of War, Korean War, National. Chapter # 1, East Texas Chapter of the AMEX A USMC league unit in Murrieta California A VFW Post in Temecula California Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees Marine Corps League - National.

AND OF Course.... 9 members of Congress of the United States of America.
The fine Congress people who have thus far given their support to this Bill are:

Rep. Robert Filner (Sponsor) - California
Rep. Sherwood Boehlert - New York
Rep. Bob Etheridge - North Carolina
Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter - Michigan
Rep. Chris Van Hollen - Maryland
Rep. Danny K. Davis - Illinois
Rep. William L. Jenkins - Tennessee
Rep. Michael R. McNulty - New York
Rep. Cynthia A. McKinney - Georgia, and of course, this number is rising!

And for the record, on 12 December of this year, Senator Barbara Boxer of California will join the nine (9) members of congress, who are already firmly behind this fine piece of legislation. She will, I am informed, introduce a Companion Bill into the Senate at that time....

"Is it not time for us all to prove that we are worthy of the ultimate sacrifices made by these fallen American patriots!!"

I just got the following figures in, and I trust that they are fairly accurate. Thought that they would interest you as well....

Below are the statistics regarding American POW held by a foreign power:

World War 2
Captured 130,201
Died in Captivity 14,072
Came home 116,129

Korean War
Captured 7140
Died in Captivity 2701
Came home 4418

Viet Nam
Captured 766
Died in Captivity 114
Came home 651

For the period covered by HR 2369, Honor Our Fallen POWS Act (7 December 1941 to Present), here are some additional figures....

Captured 139,107
Died in Captivity 16,887
Came home 121,198

Allowing for approximately 2% to have been awarded a Purple Heart of those who died in captivity, that leaves about 16,550 who were not awarded a Purple Heart Medal.

NOTE: Statistics for the Korean War may seem to be a bit confusing when compared to other wars. This is not official, but one can add an additional 1000 to the number of captured Americans, and 1000 also, to the list of those who died in said captivity.

Respectfully Yours In A Strong America,

H. Rick & Brenda Tavares (niece of Corporal Melvin Morgan, 24th Infantry Division who died 6 December 1950 in a North Korean Prisoner of War Campfrom starvation and beatings...)
sgt1@sciti.com and Wilbert [Shorty] Estabrook [North Korea Prisoner of War]




• N E W S • N E W S • N E W S • N E W S •

• We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Family Member, Joe McNulty, on the loss of his brother.

• A huge special Thank You to LuAnn Nelson for the extraordinary effort in getting out our newsletters.

• Former Newsletter Editor, Ki Ceniglio, has completed her first semster at UMBC , and did a wonderful job. She begins her next semester the end of January.




A Happy and Healthy New Year to You All !




Contact your Congressional Rep through the U.S. Capitol Switchboard - 1-202-224-3121 or House Cloak Room at 1-202-225-7350 (R) and 1-202-225-7330 (D).

Congressional Contacts:
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White House: http://www.house.gov/




Board of Directors and Staff:
National Chair - Irene Mandra, Family Member
Treasurer - Gail Stallone, Family Member
Secretary - Emma Skuybida, Family Advocate
Membership Chair - LuAnn Nelson, Family Member
Cold War Advocate - Charlotte Mitnik, Family Member
Washington Liaison - Frank Metersky, Korean War Veteran
Korean War Historian - Irwin Braun, Korean War Veteran
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